A MUST READ: COULD HOLLYWOOD’S ‘SAN ANDREA’ BE A PROPHECY OF TSUNAMI TO AMERICA?

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     Dwayne Johnson in ‘San Andrea’ (Warner Bros)

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“A Seismologist ReviewsSan Andreas‘: What’s Real and What’s Preposterous?”

By Lucy Jones
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones breaks down the tumbling skyscrapers, tidal waves and more.

Documentaries educate, while movies entertain. Many documentaries explain facts, while most movies explore emotions. The new film San Andreas clearly is not a documentary. But it does capture some of the emotional realities of a disaster.

Nobody should confuse San Andreas with Seismology 101. Hollywood usually exaggerates for effect, and this movie is no exception; both the magnitude of the shaking and the damage displayed are exaggerated beyond reality. Magnitude 9 earthquakes only occur on “subduction zones,” places where tectonic plates collide, pushing one plate under another and deforming the sea floor to create tsunamis. It has been millions of years since there was an active subduction zone under Los Angeles or San Francisco. The modern day San Andreas Fault maxes out at about magnitude 8.3, and, being mostly on land, will never produce a big tsunami.

The level of destruction portrayed in the movie is over-the-top, collapsing high rises with heedless abandon. The gaping chasm we see rupturing the San Andreas in central California belongs to the realm of the completely impossible. If the fault could open up like that, there would be no friction — and without friction there would be no earthquake.

San Andreas makes a hero of the Caltech seismologist predicting the coming disaster. We seismologists sure wish we could do so, but we have yet to find any way to foresee the time of a particular earthquake. Magnetic and electric signals, strain meters and even animal behavior have been studied without success. The only time we know an earthquake becomes more likely is right after another one because of earthquake triggering, an important piece of seismology the movie gets right.

In San Andreas, a magnitude 7.1 in Nevada triggers a magnitude 9.1 in Los Angeles that triggers a magnitude 9.6 in San Francisco. If you adjust the magnitudes to what’s possible on the real San Andreas, the triggering pattern is actually plausible. In the day after the 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco, magnitude 5 to 6 earthquakes ruptured through Imperial Valley, Santa Monica Bay, Oregon and Nevada. At those distances, we call them “triggered earthquakes” instead of “aftershocks,” but they are common. The aftershocks that continue to rattle the characters in the movie are representative of what indeed could follow a real event.

The most plausible part of San Andreas is its portrayal of the emotions in a disaster. Loss of communication brings fear to families, while the knowledge of how to protect yourself and those around you reduces that fear and boosts the chances of survival. San Andreas nicely shows that knowing the fundamentals of first aid, how to “Drop, Cover, Hold On,” that tsunamis can be preceded by a draw-down of the ocean, that landlines work when cell phones are out and that having a “plan B” all can make life easier and safer after a big earthquake.

(Spoiler alert!) Even better, a young woman — Blake Gaines (played by Alexandra Daddario) — not only saves herself and those with her because of that knowledge and competence; she even wins the heart of the boy, because she is competent. That’s a message I can applaud.
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READ AN ANALYST VIEW ON THE CONTROVERSIAL INAUGURAL SPEECH OF NIGERIAN PRESIDENT ELECT

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Anasiudu Okwudiri writes:

RHETORIC AFTER POLITICS: THE BUHARI ANTITHESIS:
I must congratulate Buhari’s speech writer for his antithesis evidence in our NEW PRESIDENT’s SPEECH. ”I belong to everybody, I belong to nobody.” for every discourse analyst and stylistician, such is the reminder that the discourse after politics is usually more realistic and careful than what we find during campaign. First, in his address, Buhari succeeded in pointing out the many challenges of our nation: power, insecurity,unemployment, tribalism etc. In this, he stated the obvious. There was nothing new about all of those. But we must salute his acknowledgement of the situation in our nation, and the power supply situation of –4000megawatts at the cost of 20billion maybe naira or dollar….I was struggling to hear the voice well the sound engineers at Abuja may not have noticed the echo, the acoustic problems and interference. Those are still the obvious. However, we must read between the lines, Buhari has said nothing new, nothing new, and before we praise him for reminding us about our problem, let us wait and support him to at least solve one. What caught my attention was his antithesis. For non language majors, it may seem common, but every language student understands the essence of antithesis. Unlike semantic entailments, antithesis are like counter examples and are instruments of linguistic denial, a safety outlet, if all things be not equal. Antithesis defies the rule of a valid statement because of its faulty syllogism.And from every antithesis, the former is important but the latter is most important. ” I belong to everybody, implies that he is our president, he had made promises, we own him, but his seconder ”I belong to nobody destroys and refute his first statement. And he wants us to know that he belongs to nobody. He is on his own, he wants free reign, he wants absolute uncheckmated power. Nobody should interfer. There is so much meaning to be read from that expression. And using an indefinite pronoun of everybody and nobody, he may just be refering to nobody indeed.

Buhari has said nothing.
I expect a blue print. I want him to succeed. I pray he should. Yes we can.

From a critical discourse scrutiny of the same expression, we see a can full of worms and debris.

The deictic placement and lavish provision of the first person pronoun ” I” indicates a personality unveiled at the speech. First it identifies Buhari as the given. Previously, it has been the ”We” voice of the APC, the ”We” voice of the Buhari-Osinbajo team, now it is the ”I”. I know many will wonder: why am I creating a theory and weaving a basket with something as small as ”I”. Buhari my president has arrived. He has followed carefully some of the laws in 48 laws of Power. And now that he is in POWER. He has arrived. He has made no mistake to the common man, but he has said alot. With several rhetorical innuendos and pun he has discredited the Jonathan’s era. And announced himself as a messiah. He has in his bid to overdo also…committed a mistake too. He said ”he will work to recover or rescue the Chibok girls alive”. That is a presidential mistake. He does not even have their details, he does not know where or if they are alive, unless by implication, he has been in conversation and has seen them, and where they are. Do I want the girls back? Yes I do. Are they still alive, healthy, pregnant, married? Those I know not.
I am very much concerned. Because , a president must not give false hope. A president is not a magician. A president should speak objectively.
I sincerely wish Buhari well. And this piece is my own small way of electoral scrutiny and constructive criticism.
And as a nation, as a citizen, we owe this nation the duty to express ideas with respect too. I will wait for his address to the nation at large, I will wait also, for his blue print. And fighting corruption, which has become a mantra for him is not a good vision. Obasanjo fought corruption and corruption defeated him. Because we do not know where corruption is. But we can create a reliable system to signal and arrest its presence. So my new president should not fight corruption. A system should fight its corruption, not an individual. So Buhari should build a system. Just like Jonathan had started and laid some foundation.

What I want from Buhari:
1: A robust plan for our education.
2. A massive infrastructural campaign
3. Continuation of the independent power plan, and invitation of new players, private sectors to our power industries.
4. A true federal constitution
5. A nuclear program, and an alternative source of power supply.
6. Privatisation of Railway coporation with government supervision and shares.
I will stop here. Maybe after three years in office I will introduce more.

Buhari’s slogan, is CHANGE. CHANGE COMES WITH AND AT A PRICE.
And I will support him, because he is my president.

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A BEAUTY QUEEN LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA COMMEMORATES CHILDREN’S DAY WITH A VISIT TO NIGERIAN SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION

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It was an amazing moment to behold and an unforgettable experience for the staff, members and visiting patients at the National Headquarter of Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria today; 27th May 2015 when an August Visitor-Miss “Models on The Island Pageant, Nigeria” paid the NGO a courtesy call. According to a close source and an eye witness, the Beauty Queen Marylyn Jacob; an undergraduate of Philosophy at University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the reigning queen of MOTI Nigeria, accompanied by the Pageant KingHenry Nwachukwu and her Personal AssistantJumia Akin was led on the visit by Delaquine Services-the brand management consultant to Twin Image Concept-the pageant organizer. In an interview with Influence News Team, and Blue Carpet TV on the purpose of the timely visit which involved facility tour and closed door meeting with the NGO’s founder/chairman-Prof. Olu Akinyanju OON, the National Director and other staff members, the queen stated that: she was on the tour first to commemorate the Children’s Day, to learn inspiration to help other Sickle Cell Patients like her access good health management and to discuss possible alliance and technical partnership with the NGO ahead of the Official Launch of their Pet Project slated for July 2015. In her warmth remarks, she expressed that the pet project tagged “Sickle Cell Anaemia Health Management Campaign” will form a CSR mechanism of the pageant office for the next one year of their reign, driven through drug subsidy for the treatment and survival of indigent sickle cell patients in the society. While extending a hand of fellowship upon a successful grand meeting with the NGO, demonstrated through a presentation of ROSE FLOWER to the national Diretcor, she informed that a minimum of 5 indigent sickle cell patients in the society sourced from the NGO would enjoy monthly drug/health maintenance subsidy for one year under the pet project. The beauty queen however, noted that the choice of the Globally recognized NGO as a technical partner to their pet project is a brave walk to milestone success, hinging her conviction on the fact that the NGO is the most comprehensive of its’ kind in Nigeria and has a profound global network. The August visit and common interest romance reached its’ crescendo with a photography session and other sign off pleasantries which set forth a template for the new synergy yet to unfold its’ attendant mutual benefits and laudable positive ripple effects in the society as we anticipate.

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A MUST READ: WITH NO FORMAL EDUCATION, NIKE LECTURES AT WORLD’S FOREMOST UNIVERSITIES

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In a world where certificates trend on a viral scale making the future uncertain for the one whose life and background was dealt a great blow by a lack of formal education particularly a University Degree, yet a Nigerian Woman whose pedigree at birth was studded by obscurity, hopelessness and impending socio-economic jeopardy, dared the odds as she joins the A-list of world scholars in impacting nations with rich educational values as a Lecturer at Harvard University & other foremost Universities in the world. Ladies & Gentle Men, I present to you the true story of an African White DiamondNike Okundaye; whose zero formal educational background has shot into prominence amongst world’s leading academic professors

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“Meet Nigerian woman who has no formal education but lectures at Harvard, other top varsities”

Not many in her homeland appear to know about her unique story. But in other lands, especially Europe and America, she is a ‘goddess’ whose works are cherished by kings and presidents.

Without a doubt, the story of Nike Okundaye, the face behind the huge success story of Nike Arts Gallery, located in Lagos, Abuja and Osogbo, is as compelling as it is inspiring.
At a time when young Nigerians are in desperate need of a role model and inspiration in what self-belief and hard work can achieve, Nike’s rise from the status of an unknown village girl born into a seeming insignificant family in a rustic village to a globally celebrated icon would make an A-list inspirational novel.
Born in her native village of Ogidi, Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State, young Nike had high dreams about what type of future she wanted for herself. But her dreams were truncated even before they could take form when she lost her mother at age six. “I was six when my mother died,” she said with a tinge of sadness.
With the blow inflicted on her dreams by her mother’s death, young Nike was taken away to live with her grandmother. At the time, many believed that by going to live with an old woman, the young girl’s future had been compromised. But events have since proved that destiny may indeed have been at work in her journey through life.
She had her first contact with the world of arts through her grandmother, who at the time, was the leader of cloth weavers in the community.She said: “I come from a family of craftsmen. My parents were crafts people from Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State. My life as an artist is something that I was born with. I started weaving at the age of six. “I started with weaving different things, including adire, a traditional Yoruba hand-painted cloth design. As a matter of fact, I can say everything that had to do with textile. They taught me how to weave, using a little calabash. Gradually, I graduated to using bigger materials.”
Though Nike was six years old and barely able to tell the difference between her left and right hands, she already had a picture of the kind of future she wanted.“My grandmother was the head of all the weavers in our community. So, even as a little child, I already had a dream that I would own a big studio when I grew up. People came from different areas to buy the cloth from her. So, at that time, I already sensed that I might not have the opportunity to go to school.”
With the death of her mother, her grandmother, whose responsibility it was to look after her, did not pamper her in any form. She ensured that the virtue of hard work was instilled in Nike’s young, impressionable mind.
At that time, young Nike, unaware of the reason behind her great grandmother’s action, would cry, believing that she was being unnecessarily punished. “I would cry and lament because I thought she was wicked and punishing me. But today, I always thank her for inculcating in me the virtue of hard work. It was through her that I learnt that you must persevere in whatever you do and never give up on your dreams.”
Although she lost her mother at a time she needed her most, Nike believes that destiny might have been involved in the way her life played out, including her mother’s death. According to her, the mother was a very hard working young woman who would have spared nothing to ensure that her child got a good education up to the university level.
“Even at that young age, I knew that my mother was very hard working. And I am very sure that if she had not died, she would have trained me up to university level. My father was a farmer. He also did several other things like basket weaving to supplement his income. So, definitely, I would have been educated very well if my mother had not died. “But today, I look at my childhood and all that I went through as something designed by destiny. Who knows, maybe if my mother had not died and I had gone ahead to be educated, I may never have had the kind of opportunity that I have today and may never have risen to the level that I am.”
Nike never went to school to study art, the vocation that has brought her to global spotlight.
Vocational training in art was passed down to her by her great grandmother, the late Madam Ibikunle. Watching her great grandmother in the art of adire textile processing and helping her out, Nike walked up the line to become an expert in adire making, dyeing, weaving, painting and embroidery.
A product of the famous Osogbo Art Movement, Nike is today a world acclaimed artist and textile designer. She brings vivid imagination as well as a wealth of history and tradition into the production of adire. Her works are celebrated in major capitals of the world, with her designs exhibited in countries like the USA, Belgium, Germany, Japan and Italy, among others.
Nike spent the early part of her life in Osogbo, a recognised hotbed for art and culture in Nigeria. During her stay in Osogbo, her informal training was dominated by indigo and adire.
Nike’s romance with international exposure began in 1968 when she had an exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Lagos. Since then, she has grown to become a major name on the international art circuit. She is most outstanding in paintings and design of adire, beadwork and batik.
Among Nike’s proudest achievements was her invitation to Italy by the Italian government in 2000 to train young Nigerian sex workers on how to use their hands to engage in creative ventures. Her invitation was as a result of complaints to the Italian government by the young Nigerians that they left Nigeria in search of work, not knowing what they would be forced into. When Nike got to Italy, she taught them skills in craft making and many of the women became self-reliant in no time and stopped their old means of income.
In 2006, she was awarded one of the highest Italian national awards of merit by the government of the Republic of Italy in appreciation of her efforts in using art to address and solve the problems of Nigerian sex workers in Italy.
About two years ago, her adire painting was accepted at The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum, located in Washington DC, US. Some of her works can be found among-st the collection of prominent personalities around the world, including the White House.
While little is known about Nike and her works across the country, two former presidents of the USA, Bill Clinton and George Bush, were so enthralled by her works at various times that they sought audience with her during their visits to Nigeria. Much more than just meeting and shaking hands with the two former presidents, it was Nike that decorated George Bush’s room in Abuja during his stay in the country.
According to Nike, these two incidents, were some of the best things to have happened to her.
She said: “When President Bill Clinton of the US visited Nigeria, he asked to meet the woman behind Nike Gallery, and I was taken to Abuja to meet him. It was the same thing with President George Bush. I was invited to meet him in Abuja during his visit to Nigeria. I was the one that decorated the room where the president stayed during the visit. What honour can be greater than this? I feel accomplished.”
As an accomplished artist, Nike has taught in several universities in the US, imparting the knowledge of her traditional adire designs in thousands of eager students from across the world. Her teaching exploits, she disclosed, have taken her to revered institutions like Harvard and Edmonton in Canada.
“I have lectured and held workshops in several noble institutions across the world. Some of the universities include Harvard, Columbus, Edmonton, Ohio and in Los Angeles, among others.
My first experience with teaching was in 1974. At that time, I taught people with doctoral degrees.”
Interestingly, all the education she had at the time, according to her, was the traditional education that parents pass onto their children.
“The type of education I had at the time was the education that is passed from parents to their children, not the education you get in a classroom. It was the practical type of education,” she said with a wry smile.
In 1983, she established the Nike Centre for Art and Culture in Osogbo, Osun State, where trainings are offered free of charge to Nigerians in various forms of arts. The centre was opened with 20 young girls who were picked from the streets and offered a new life in arts. So far, according to her, more than 3,000 young Nigerians have been trained at the centre.
The centre also admits undergraduate students from many universities in Nigeria for their industrial training programmes in textile design. The centre now admits students from Europe, Canada and the United States of America. International scholars and other researchers in traditional African art and culture also visit the centre from time to time for their research works on the processing of adire fabric and African traditional dyeing methods.
But she says the true story of the gallery started in her bedroom about 47 years ago.
“The gallery you see today actually started in my bedroom in 1968. In 2008, we opened the one in Lagos, and my husband was always the motivator. It was intended to give the young and old a platform to hear their voice.”
As she spoke, with signs of fulfillment splashed on her face, her husband, Reuben Okundaye, a retired commissioner of police, who had remained quiet since the interview started, suddenly joined in the conversation.
He said: “It is with practical education that she has continued to teach and impart knowledge into people with doctoral degrees and masters in Fine Art. Some of these people even come here under the cover of night to seek advice from her. Yet, some would say she is not educated.”
Speaking about another experience, Mr. Okundaye said he once had an encounter with a prominent Nigerian who told him that his wife would have been made a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if she was educated. Surprised, he said he took a swipe at the man, telling him his wife was better educated than most of the people that were being flaunted.
He said: “You can imagine, I was discussing with one big man the other day and he said that my wife would have been made a minister if she was educated. I was angry and I asked him what he meant by that. Here is a woman who teaches people with doctoral degrees in higher institutions all over the world, yet you say she is not educated. But when the chips are down, they come to her for advice.”
Asked how she feels whenever she teaches in the classroom, Nike looked up as if relishing her achievements, and said: “I feel fulfilled. It was a very high sense of fulfillment. Imagine, a little girl who grew up in a rustic village without any sign of hope for a good future. Now I stand before PHD holders and teach them. I have been invited to meet presidents of foreign countries. I think I should be proud of my little achievements and be grateful to God.”
In spite of her seeming low education, she insists she has no regrets about not attending school. “I have no regrets at all. I give thanks to God for making all these things possible for me. I also thank my husband for standing by me all these years. I must confess that it was not easy coming this far. You will agree with me that for a woman to be recognised, she has to work three times harder than a man.”
Reechoing his wife’s position, Mr. Okundaye said Nike could not have had any regrets, having attained the heights sought by many across the world. “You asked if she has any regrets. How can that be possible? What kind of regret was she supposed to have with all her achievements? She is fulfilled in every sense of the word,” he enthused.
Expectedly, the couple was attracted to each other by their mutual love for arts. “I have always been an arts lover. I have some of her works. Perhaps, like you said, maybe it was destiny that brought us together.”
With a sterling career as a police officer, which saw him attaining the rank of Commissioner of Police and serving in more than four states, the couple has in the last 20 years of their coming together enjoyed the beauty of marriage and weathered the storm together.
Nike, who would be 64 in a couple of weeks, has also successfully created an identity for herself. Her most treasured clothes, she confessed, are adire fabrics. And it is not surprising that she cannot remember the last time she wore anything other than that.
“You may be right if you say I have created an identity for myself with my adire clothes. It is the only thing that I am known with. I don’t wear any other clothe, even when I travel out of the country,” she said.
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Rainbow sparks precious memories of the end of a phase of a dark moment. The experience of this celestial phenomenon first made headline in the account of “Noah’s Ark” in Gen 9:11-17 as God’s token of decision never to destroy the earth by flood. Today, whenever this mystery which geographers and meteorologists of this world are still battling to comprehend makes appearance, a breathe of such new lease of life and hope which comes after a long battle with a life threatening siege is never in short supply in humans. At every point and time, people at different regions of life are faced with situations to which they look forward to a new dawn which should bear an anthem of help and miracle. Such expectations are uncommon and are likened to Rainbow experience! Nigeria; the most populous black nation in the world and the largest economy in Africa has been undergoing a dark moment-Fuel Scarcity, throwing its’ citizens and all resident in the country into operational coma. However, Rainbow has shown up as one man made a brave and timeless but strategic step to build the Ark of Hope to end this plague in his Country. Read below how Ifeany Uba is solving fuel scarcity problem in Nigeria. Could he really be a rainbow and what impact would this act of brevity have on his business economy should the scarcity continue?

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Ifeanyi Ubaha loyalist of President Goodluck Jonathan and Director of Capital Oil and Gas has offered to supply 13 million litres of product to depots around the country”. Read details below:

Ubah made this known via a press statement issued few hours ago. The statement reads, ”On Saturday 16th May 2015, we received an SMS ordering the suspension of loading activities in all depots from Monday 18th May 2015. We later realized that this directive was as a result of unpaid funds owed to transporters by oil marketers who in turn are owed by the Federal Government.”

”This development has resulted in immense hardship to our fellow country men and women. We believe that a better solution can be pursued towards solving this problem in a way that does not adversely affect our dear citizens. Capital Oil and Gas has watched with so much pain, the suffering and hardship our citizens have been subjected to as a result of scarcity of petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and house hold kerosene.”

”We are deeply pained to hear that hospitals cannot perform surgeries, laboratories are unable to carry out much needed tests especially for emergency patients leaving such patients at risk of dying, radio stations are shutting down, communication is being affected as MTN and other telecommunications company have announced an impending shut down while homes, offices and key facilities nationwide are experiencing blackouts.

”We are constrained at this point and have decided that two wrongs cannot make a right. We will not be part of this sabotage against our fatherland. Therefore from this minute, we shall take the risk of opening our facilities and commence swift loading and distribution of products Nationwide. Our facility has the capacity to load over 13 million litres of product before dawn. This comes to approximately 400 trucks of petroleum products. With this act, it is our belief that once again our citizens will begin to smile, return to normal family and work life.”

”We call on other petroleum marketers to follow suit and save our Nation from this impending economic and social crisis. This is a period that requires patriotism and service to fatherland. Let’s join hands to help our fellow citizens and save Nigeria. We also call on striking bodies to call off the strike action. Let us work together for the betterment of our people”.

”As we brief you this moment, our truck park, port reception facilities and our depot complex have been ordered open. We are ordering and resuming discharge of products from vessels at our berths. We have ordered our trucks to commence loading of products and move overnight to every state of the Federation.

Ubah was the head of the Transformation Agenda of NigeriaTANa group that spearheaded President Jonathan’s campaign.

Quoted source: Nigerian Bulletin (Online).
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READ HOW IFEANYI UBA BECAME A RAINBOW TO NIGERIAN FUEL CRISIS

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Rainbow sparks precious memories of the end of a phase of a dark moment. The experience of this celestial phenomenon first made headline in the account of “Noah’s Ark” in Gen 9:11-17 as God’s token of decision never to destroy the earth by flood. Today, whenever this mystery which geographers and meteorologists of this world are still battling to comprehend makes appearance, a breathe of such new lease of life and hope which comes after a long battle with a life threatening siege is never in short supply in humans. At every point and time, people at different regions of life are faced with situations to which they look forward to a new dawn which should bear an anthem of help and miracle. Such expectations are uncommon and are likened to Rainbow experience! Nigeria; the most populous black nation in the world and the largest economy in Africa has been undergoing a dark moment-Fuel Scarcity, throwing its’ citizens and all resident in the country into operational coma. However, Rainbow has shown up as one man made a brave and timeless but strategic step to build the Ark of Hope to end this plague in his Country. Read below how Ifeany Uba is solving fuel scarcity problem in Nigeria. Could he really be a rainbow and what impact would this act of brevity have on his business economy should the scarcity continue?

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Jonathan’s FriendIfeanyi UbahReleases 13million Litres of Fuel to End Scarcity

Ifeanyi Ubah, a loyalist of President Goodluck Jonathan and Director of Capital Oil and Gas has offered to supply 13 million litres of product to depots around the country”. Read details below:

Ubah made this known via a press statement issued few hours ago. The statement reads, ”On Saturday 16th May 2015, we received an SMS ordering the suspension of loading activities in all depots from Monday 18th May 2015. We later realized that this directive was as a result of unpaid funds owed to transporters by oil marketers who in turn are owed by the Federal Government.”

”This development has resulted in immense hardship to our fellow country men and women. We believe that a better solution can be pursued towards solving this problem in a way that does not adversely affect our dear citizens. Capital Oil and Gas has watched with so much pain, the suffering and hardship our citizens have been subjected to as a result of scarcity of petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and house hold kerosene.”

”We are deeply pained to hear that hospitals cannot perform surgeries, laboratories are unable to carry out much needed tests especially for emergency patients leaving such patients at risk of dying, radio stations are shutting down, communication is being affected as MTN and other telecommunications company have announced an impending shut down while homes, offices and key facilities nationwide are experiencing blackouts.

”We are constrained at this point and have decided that two wrongs cannot make a right. We will not be part of this sabotage against our fatherland. Therefore from this minute, we shall take the risk of opening our facilities and commence swift loading and distribution of products Nationwide. Our facility has the capacity to load over 13 million litres of product before dawn. This comes to approximately 400 trucks of petroleum products. With this act, it is our belief that once again our citizens will begin to smile, return to normal family and work life.”

”We call on other petroleum marketers to follow suit and save our Nation from this impending economic and social crisis. This is a period that requires patriotism and service to fatherland. Let’s join hands to help our fellow citizens and save Nigeria. We also call on striking bodies to call off the strike action. Let us work together for the betterment of our people”.

”As we brief you this moment, our truck park, port reception facilities and our depot complex have been ordered open. We are ordering and resuming discharge of products from vessels at our berths. We have ordered our trucks to commence loading of products and move overnight to every state of the Federation.

Ubah was the head of the Transformation Agenda of Nigeria, TAN; a group that spearheaded President Jonathan’s campaign.

Quoted source: Nigerian Bulletin (Online).
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TOP NEWS: READ WHAT SCIENTISTS SAID ABOUT “IMPACT OF DANCE” ON BONE & MUSCLE

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Moments of Innovation:
“Scientists measure the longterm effects of dancer’s movements on joints and muscle groups using inertial motion capture suits and movementmeasuring floors”. Sharon Reich reports.

Dancing is great exercise, but it also can put stress on the body and lead to joint diseases like osteoperosis. That’s why a group of Polish scientists are measuring the physical pressures dancers face while performing with the help of this motion capturing suit. Professor Robert Michnik and his team at Silesian University of Technology created the special ‘costume’ made of sensors. What makes the suit so unique is that when used with a floor that’s hooked up to a recording system it takes detailed measurements and can assess which skeletal and muscle bodies bare the heaviest loads when dancing. (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) SCIENTIST FROM SILESIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, ROBERT MICHNIK, SAYING: “We gather together the information from these two systems, synchronise the measurement data and analyse them to find out how body position influences the size (of the load). From this studies, it can take place. In addition, we have already prepared a mathematical model allowing the calculation of the forces generated by the muscles and it allows you to show the reaction in the joints.” The results will help researchers determine the long term impact of force on a dancer’s joints. After all, the figure jumps that often look so light and elegant can actually be heavy burdens for the dancers bodies. With the help of the suit, the team determined that classical ballet dancers face the greatest strains on joints and bones. Measurements show that the vertical ground reaction force could reach up to ten times the weight of the dancer. Professional dancer Magdalena Wrazlowska, says she never realized the kind of pressure being put on her skeletal system. (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) DANCER FROM “SLASK” SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE, MAGDALENA WLAZLOWSKA, SAYING: “I’m not sure if I would have chosen this profession years ago when starting ballet school if I had known about these loads, whether to choose to take this path … but I think I would have.” Researchers hope their study results will help choreographers and trainers develop exercises and new movements that reduce the strain on their bodies.
(Sensor suits help measure spring in dancers’ steps)
Date published: Monday, May 18, 2015 – 02:16
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THE SECRET PASTOR CHRIS TOLD ME MANY YEARS AGO

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Hahaha! Life is bigger than hitting the first billion. The lesser is in the greater. Work on being as always and not on having because with who and what you are, you will have everything. Success is not in the bank statement but in the Impact Statement of your life; that’s to say: leading a fulfilling life of purpose and destiny in Christ Jesus should be your focus. Do you know; the world is your Platform and your wealth is immeasurable because  the Lord has made you an ocean and access to wealth distribution. You must know that none of these realities can be analyzed by the financial codes and accounting softwares of this world, hence don’t limit your assessment to the records of “net worth” rating according to the world’s standards and platforms. Remember we are as rich as Papa God. However, if you want to know how big you are or can ever be, become a financier of God’s Kingdom Course!…inspired by teachings of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD.

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MOMENTS IN PICTURE

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From our archive come these amazing pictures released for your thrill. These will worth the moment you stop over here and would inspire you to think and dream again. Enjoy the survey of our image gallery!

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READ WHAT REV. TOM AMENKHIENAN OF CHRIST EMBASSY SAID ON PULPIT AND PEOPLE’S REACTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Christ Embassy has constantly remained a global media delight in Church events and news. The ministry with an ever widening scope and expansive programming around the world has hit the world’s center stage since decades, delivering its’ divine madate with extraordinary excellence, uncommon style, manifold results and undeniable legendary achievements; making the church a phenomenon amongst its’ kind. However, these realities are always characteristic with the Pastors and Leaders of the worldwide church; especially in how they live, think and communicate. Recently one of the church’s Senor pastors, an International Director: Church Ministry/Organization and a Member of the Central Executive Council-the highest leadership wing of the ministry took to the pulpit and had this to say during a teaching session with a congregation under the ministry. The deep truth from the astute, sagacious and handsome Pastor has provided deep insight for many who heard it firsthand and since its’ upload on social media platforms.  You too will get invigorated and revolutionised as you read this profound revelation from the seasoned Man of God:

The Bible says that God is a spirit (John 4:24). This means that the realm in which He operates is the realm of the spirit and to him , things in that realm are more real than things in the physical realm . For example if you needed a job and then having prayed , God said to you l have given you the job; He doesn’t need to put you in the physical company first, as proof that He’s actually given you the job. As far as He is concerned , it’s done , it’s a settled fact in the realm of the spirit. As a child of God, you are also a spirit being and the Lord expects you to function from the realm of the spirit . But of course the realm of the spirit is invisible to the human eyes and we need to look into it from our spirits, and praying in other tongues is of utmost advantage in this regard. As you pray in tongues , spiritual realities are unveiled to your spirit and you are able to see and relate with the real truth concerning any situation. Though Abraham’s body was physically dead , but he looked into that realm and saw his unborn generations (Romans 4:17). You also can see into the spirit realm and relate with your inheritance in Christ Jesus as you pray in tongues. Remember life is spiritual, everything you can see with your optical eyes and relate with physically came from the realm of the spirit. Operate from the realm of the spirit for you to win in life. That way, you will always dominate this physical world. For you to have a fruitful walk with the Lord , you have to learn to see the way He sees. You must see things first in the realm of the Spirit before they manifest in the physical.

Few Reactions from the comment thread:
Harry Ewere Peterson
Glory, what a word? Thank you Pastor.

Nwokeke Solomon
Thank you sir

Oyor Appolos J
Wow. I’m a spirit being. Glory!!

Motupa Nicholus Sekgobela
Thax pastor

Sonesis Faith
thanks pastor

Nkosinathi Epiginosko Dlamini
Gloooory

Rose Lee Mabotja
powerful msg thank u pastor sir 4 reminding us our identity.
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Kenneth Ninemafunga
true scriptures, agreed.

Caleb Praise
Wow, powerful

Aniagwu Esther
thank u pastor sir.i am lead by the SPIRIT.

Maikano Lillian Ntau
Powerful!

Zoe Judge Pratt
Glory to God!

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AFRICA INSPIRES FASHION

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Model: Chinyere Williams
Necklace: African bead with crystal pendant
Outfit: A lace blouse and one piece wrapper with aseoke

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A cross section of models display different cultural prints in African designs

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African made Indian wears displayed by a male and female models

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A continent known for notorious media tabloids, yet it rocks my mind each time I see the enduring beauty characteristic with the people and the geography ofvthis Iconic pillar of hope for the modern world-Africa. Am sure if the values Africa are popular in the western media which occupies a principal spacemark in global information network, these revealing images could speak volumes to skeptics and critics. However, colours, cultural heritages, respect for family values, skills, talents, strength, adventures and resourcefulness are hallmarks you could find inside Africa. Shocking right? The world’s fashion runway in recent history has witnessed an uncommon perspective which has diversified its’ dynamism and aesthetics since the invasion of African Designs. Hmmmm…From the just concluded MOTI beach fashion week organized by Twin Image Concept at Takwa bay Island, Lagos Nigeria, enjoy a pictorial journey of colorful designs which are clear evident that Africa Inspires Fashion. I trust you were inspired by the views. Now, I love and cherish your thoughts. Please, like, comment and share. You can follow us to receive notifications of all the ongoings from this blog by subscribing with your email. Also keep tab on us via these handles: http://www.facebook.com/InfluenceWithAquinas, http://www.twitter.com/@InfluenceWitAq & Google+: AquinasCosmas. Content by Influence Media,  2015.  All rights reserved. Content usage policy and terms apply.

AN INSPIRATIONAL OCEAN

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I never knew there was anything more communicating and inspiring than the literature library until I spent some solitary moments in five long days at an ocean which is described as one of the biggest oceans in nature. Here are some of the wisdom I learnt during my adventure.  I trust the thoughts litered all over like crumbs of bread in this patchement would help you find insights that will inspire you beyond imagination like they did to me:
1. Convincing Human being is one of the most challenging things
2. Africans don’t see much, so little is much.
3. Some times people don’t move, so just move.
4. God fills everywhere; not necessarily his presence
5. Don’t ask for a hug if you can’t offer a kiss
6. Life on eargh is empty except we live it for Jesus
7. Nothing in this world is compared to the glory of meeting Jesus
8. Never tell a story you don’t know the history
9. Share not the experience you never appreciated
10. Rest in the mind is more than moon night sleep
11. Decision is the last hope standing when the journey gets ctitical
12. Winning is more than attitude, it is a culture
13. Bravity is the hallmark faith gladiators
14. You don’t need a wrestle to have your desires since Jesus came
15. Your voice is your future. So it matters what you are speaking.
16. The joy of music is beyond the harmonic motion in the voice notes.
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JOSH AJAKYE THRILLS OVER 1000 LIVE AUDIENCE & FANS AT GCGT TALENT HUNT SHOW; AS A CELEBRITY GUEST ARTISTE

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Saturday the 25th of April, 2015 will endlessly rock the minds of the contestants and live audience at the audtion episode of the ongoing 2015 season of “God’s Children Great Talent Hunt Show” (GCGT) organized by RCCG-City of David, Lagos Nigeria for the moment of such an electrifying music experience they enjoyed with the Music Icon-Josh Ajakaye. The dynamic, sensational and stylish Lyric Wonder, who graced the Star Appearance Session as a “Guest Celebrity  Gospel Music Artiste” took his fans and the curios audience through a pulsating live music trend. With his vocal prowess and artisic excellence embedded in his uncommon romance with the Holy Ghost whom he models after, the auditorium went agog with torrents of power and tsunami of divine glory which left the audience enraptured in an atmosphere of divine bliss. As the day was landscaped in what many discribed as the “Josh-Factor”, history for many who came and also the contestants, could become a normal affair if this uncommon act in music personage could make a come back on the show said some fans.
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