Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nigerian Girl Named Most Powerful 11-Year-Old In The World

Nigerian Girl Named Most Powerful 11-Year-Old In The World

Zuriel Oduwole
New York & Singapore based Business Insider, a leader in Technology, Money, Entertainment and 
Market News recently released its annual list of the Worlds Most Powerful 100 Individuals – one at every 
age from 0 to 100 years old and Zuriel, founder of Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up, Girl-Child initiative, 
was named the most powerful 11-year-old person in the world today based on being the youngest 
person to be interviewed by Forbes, Magazine.

Describing her, the business insider said, “Oduwole started the “Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up” 
program to inspire girls in Africa to achieve their dreams of an education, has interviewed a dozen 
presidents and prime ministers from all over Africa and  was named in December as one of the most 
influential Africans by New Africa magazine.”

Others who made the list include, 1-year-old Margaret Hager-Bush, Grand Daughter of George Bush, 
2-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyonce and Jayz, 8-year-old Infanta Leonor in line to Spanish 
Monarchy, 15-year-old Malia Obama, First Daughter of the USA, 26-year-old soccer star Lionel Messi, 
29-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, 31-year-old Kim Jung Un, North Korean Leader.
The 52-year-old bracket was taken by Barrack Obama, 58-year-old bracket by Bill Gates, at 60 
Chinese President Xi Jinping, at 66 former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, at 77 years old Pope 
Francis, at 83 Investor Extraordinaire Warren Buffet, the Queen of England listed as the most powerful 
88 year old in the world and at 90 years old is President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.


Friday, April 18, 2014

The Pastor Who Died After 21 Days Of Dry Fasting And Prayers: Did God Forsake Him?

The Pastor Who Died After 21 Days Of Dry Fasting And Prayers: Did God Forsake Him?

By Kwame Danso Acheampong
The Bible encourages Christians to fast and pray. Pray without ceasing. 
In fact so emphatic is this statement to the extent that in Matthew 21:22 God says anything that is requested in prayer shall be granted. 
I’m sure you are familiar with the story about the pastor who passed in Ghana, West Africa, last Wednesday after a grueling 21-day dry fasting and prayers. 
According to reports from the West African country, the Presiding Bishop of Holy Fire International Church, Rt. Rev. Dr Reginald Ofori-Twumasi , 68, died at a private hospital at Anaji near Takoradi, Ghana’s oil production hub. 
The pastor is reported to have told his congregation “he will be back after his 21 day fasting.’’ 
But reports say the Man of God died few days after he completed the fasting. 
A member of the church who told the media the pastor was suddenly taken ill after the fast and was admitted to the hospital. 
He subsequently died. 
I am certain that most Christians can identify with this sad story because as they say, true Christians fast and pray. 
The police are yet to determine the cause of death, but obviously 21 days of dry fast - without food and water - is enough to cause havoc to any human body.
But the question running through the minds of many, including me, is did God forsake the Rt. Rev. Dr Reginald Ofori-Twumasi?
Now beyond the fact that this story is of particular interest to the Christian community, I guess it perhaps opens the discussion on the need to explore further the import of that call to fast. 
Christians do believe that God is an all-knowing God. If so, why can’t people appreciate that due to the obvious differences in people’s health and mental stamina, not everyone can go through the strenuous distressing experience of fasting and praying for long hours? 
I have come across several instances where a number of days for fasting are imposed on sick people who have gone to prayer camps or centres in a desperate search for healing. 
Make no mistake I believe in miracles and the fact that God works in several ways, however I also believe that God has given us wisdom and the willpower to make decisions that affect our lives. 
Thankfully this case has received wide media attention. How about the thousand and one people who die at prayer camps across Africa while observing long periods of fasting?
Couldn’t we as Christians make distinction between those who can survive several days of fasting and those vulnerable ones who obviously cannot, due to the frailties of their bodies?
I don’t believe that the directive by God is absolute as some believers are making it seem. 
God understands our individual circumstances and has demonstrated amply to always meet those who call upon Him at the point of need.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Abuja Bus Station Bombing Update

Abuja Bus Station Bombing Update

By Saharareporters, New York
Police and emergency services officials in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja have said that the death toll from a bombing this morning at a bus station in Nyanya stands at 76 people. In addition, the officials disclosed that at least 100 people sustained various stages of critical injuries.

Police sources and eyewitnesses said the explosion went off as the park bustled with passengers who gathered there to take commuter buses known as “El Rufai”, after a former Minister of the capital territory, Nasir El Rufai. Our sources stated that day laborers frequently use the big red buses to commute to work at various locations around the metropolis.

The explosion killed many commuters and bystanders as well as set several buses ablaze, several witnesses said.

A police witness said body parts still littered the scene of the explosion several hours after the bombing. Most of the badly decimated remains as well as the injured have been taken to the General Hospital in the Maitama area of Abuja.

Ambulances belonging to different security agencies were seen making several trips from the scene of the attack.

The bombing is the first time the Nigerian capital has seen a major bombing this year. It comes as a group of Nigerians put together by President Goodluck Jonathan is meeting in Abuja to grapple with the country’s future.  The gathering known as “National Conference” promptly adjourned their sitting till 4Pm tomorrow ostensibly over security concerns.

Mr. Jonathan reportedly cancelled a planned trip outside of the capital today.  The president later visited the scene of the bombing under tight security.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oregon mother 'fatally beat her four-year-old son until his intestines tore because she thought he was gay'

**Oregon mother 'fatally beat her four-year-old son until his intestines tore because she thought he was gay'

  • **Jessica Dutro, 25, charged with murder in August 2012 death of her son Zachary Dutro-Boggess

  • **Dutro's boyfriend, Brian Canady, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault, and agreed to testify against the mother

  • **Miss Dutro sent Facebook message to Canady saying that Zachary 'walks and talks like it [gay]', and that the boyfriend would have to 'work on' him

  • **Dutro's 7-year-old daughter told detectives how her mother and Canady repeatedly beat Zachary until he 'got dead' 

  • **Doctor who examined 4-year-old testified that contents of his ripped bowels leaked into his body for at least two days

  • **All of Zachary's siblings also showed signs of abuse, except for Dutro and Canady's infant son

An Oregon woman accused of beating her 4-year-old son to death believed the boy was gay and that was a motive behind the murder, according to the prosecution. 
Jessica Dutro's son Zachary died in August 2012, days after collapsing at the homeless shelter where his family was living southwest of Portland.
Washington County Judge Don Letourneau ruled Wednesday, after jurors were released for the day, that a Facebook message from Dutro to her boyfriend was admissible evidence.
Jessica Dutro
Brian Canady
On trial: Jessica Dutro (left) is accused of beating her 4-year-old son to death with the help of her boyfriend, Brian Canady (right), because she thought the toddler was gay 
Crime scene: Zachary Dutro-Boggess was found unconscious August 14, 2012, in the homeless shelter Good Neighbor Center in Tigard, Oregon
Crime scene: Zachary Dutro-Boggess was found unconscious August 14, 2012, in the homeless shelter Good Neighbor Center in Tigard, Oregon

In the message, Dutro told her boyfriend, Brian Canady, that Zachary was 'facing the wall' because he had made her angry.
Her son was going to be gay, she wrote, using a slur. 'He walks and talks like it. Ugh.'
Canady would have to 'work on' Zachary, she wrote.

The message established Dutro's motive for inflicting a pattern of abuse, prosecutor Megan Johnson said. Dutro assaulted three of her children, but Zachary received the harshest treatment, authorities said.

The judge ruled additional web searches done by Dutro were also admissible, The Oregonian reported.
On August 16, 2012, the day her son was taken off life support, Miss Dutro searched terms such as anger management and parenting classes, prosecutors said. 

She also searched listings for free stuff and sex with strangers, they said.
Earlier this month, Canady pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault for his role in the homicide.
Zachary Dutro-Boggess died of blunt-force trauma to his abdomen and a delay in medical treatment, prosecutors said.
Dutro, 25, is charged with murder, murder by abuse and second-degree assault. 
Admission of guilt: Brian Canady (center) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault earlier this month
Admission of guilt: Brian Canady (center) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault earlier this month

On August 14, 2012, Jessica Dutro and her boyfriend called 911 to report that her son was unconscious after collapsing at Good Neighbor Center, a family homeless shelter. 
Little Zachary, who just turned four the day before, was rushed to a Portland hospital where doctors diagnosed him with blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, which caused his bowels to tear.

The toddler was taken off the ventilator two days later.
On March 4, Brian Canady, 24, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in Zachary's death and agreed to testify against Dutro as a witness for the prosecution. 
Under the plea agreement, the more serious charges against him, including four counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault, have been dropped. 

When questioned by detectives, the man admitted that he had kicked Zachary in the stomach because the boy wanted to take off his shoes before sitting down to watch TV, as Canady had ordered him. 
During a hearing Tuesday, the jury got to hear an audio recording of an interview that detectives had conducted with Miss Dutro's 7-year-old daughter, who described how her mother and Canady allegedly hit and punched Zachary until he 'got dead.' 
The girl also told police that the couple often hit her and her siblings for 'not being good.' 
The 7-year-old recounted how her brother was repeatedly struck by his parents for not listening until he got sick.
Jessica Dutro pictured just days after Zachary's killing
Plea deal: Canady has agreed to testify against his girlfriend in exchange for the more serious charges against him being dropped
Plea deal: Canady has agreed to testify against his girlfriend in exchange for the more serious charges against him being dropped 

The boy eventually stopped breathing, but his sister told police that Dutro and her boyfriend 'didn’t tell anybody.' 
On the morning of August 14, Dutro placed Zachary in the shower because he had wet himself, but the child's body was limp and his eyes rolled. 

Dr. Danny Leonhardt, who examined Zachary, testified that by the time his parents sought medical help for the toddler, he 'essentially was dead.' 
Leonhardt said that the contents of his torn intestines had leaked out into his body for at least two days, resulting in a deadly infection. 

Besides the injuries to Zachary’s abdomen similar to those seen in car crash victims, the child's body was covered in bruises suggesting prolonged, repeated abuse. 
Leonhardt said that in the hospital, he caught a glimpse of Zachary's 3-year-old brother and said that the child's face was covered in scrapes. An exam later showed that the toddler had five broken ribs in various stages of healing. 

The physician evaluated the victim’s siblings and concluded that all of them had been abused, save for Dutro and Canady's infant son. 

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