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Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 11, 2018
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The Department for International Development (DFID) says Nigeria needs to invest more in healthcare, education and economic reforms.

The country head of the oganisation, Debbie Palmer, said this on Monday during a conference organised by the Not Too Young To Run group in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

She explained that there are projections that soon Nigeria could become the third largest nation on earth which could mean a rise in the number of the working age and potentially, a boost in the nation’s GDP.

However, according to her, this can only be possible if the nation invests in its health, education and economic sectors.

Palmer said, “According to projections, Nigeria is set to become potentially, the third largest nation on earth by 2050 after China and India.

“So, what that means is, there will be a huge rise in the number of Nigeria’s working age over the next 50 years and in theory, this could transition Nigeria from being a lower middle-income country to being a higher middle-income country with a GDP per capita of over $8,000 per person.

“That is a bright future to work for and that would be a fantastic future for Nigeria.

“To get there, Nigeria needs to be investing in its healthcare, education and economic reforms.

“Because in a nutshell we’ve got huge numbers of Nigerians being born and we need those people to be nourished, educated, healthy, skilled and to become productive members of the society, having jobs and driving this economy forward”.

Also addressing the youths, the sponsor of the Not Too Young To Run bill in the House Of Representatives, Mr Tony Nwulu, asked them to walk their talk anytime they recite the country’s national anthem.

“The Not Too Young To Run initiative has truly brought us into the spirit of the national anthem. Today, we can actually say that we have answered that clarion call for young people to get involved in mainstream politics.

“So if you could have made it through your party primaries, go through the rigors and every other thing that goes with it and you emerged as a party candidate, then you know that you’ve truly been called to serve this country with strength and faith and I want all of us to continue to reflect on the national anthem,” he said.

The conference brought together candidates from 91 registered political parties to educate them on the need to build the right values that would help them deliver good governance and quality representation in Nigeria.

President Buhari had signed the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill into law in May, reducing the age limit for presidential candidates from 40 to 35.

On the other hand, the minimum age for National and State Assembly members was reduced to 25.

The aim of the law is to increase the participation of young people in politics


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 1, 2018
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Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94 originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has died at age 94.
His death was announced by his family Friday night on Twitter. The president’s health had been in decline in recent months.
“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement. “He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.”
His son George W. Bush, who served as the country’s 43rd president, released a statement of his own from the family.
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George W. Bush said. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital with a blood infection on April 22 — two days after the funeral for his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush .
He is survived by his five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush .
Bush was with there his wife when she died at the age of 92 on April 17.
“He of course is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day and was at her side when [she] left this good earth,” a statement from his office said after her death. “But it will not surprise all of you who know and love him, that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family.”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 1, 2018

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Nigeria is among the top 25 countries in the world with the highest number of international students studying in The United States.

The number of international students in the United States surpassed one million for the third consecutive year, increasing by 1.5 percent to reach a new high of 1,094,792, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Open Doors 2018, released recently by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Nigeria is among the top countries adding to the numbers.

According to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data released recently by IIE and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Nigeria is among the top 25 countries in the world with the highest number of internatonal students studying in The United States..

The country was ranked the 13th country with Highest Number of International Students Studying in the US and the first in Africa.

The report which was released on Tuesday, November 13 shows the number of international students in the United States increased by 8.2% over the prior year, while the number of American students studying in Nigeria increased by 281 percent from the prior year.

The top countries with the highest number of international students studying in the United States includes :

China – 363,341 students
India – 196,271 students
South Korea – 54,555 students
Saudi Arabia – 44,432 students
Canada – 25,909 students
Vietnam – 24,325 students
Taiwan – 22,454 students
Japan – 17,753 students
Mexico – 15,468 students
Brazil – 14,620 students
Nepal – 13,220 students
Iran – 12,783 students
and then Nigeria – 12,693 students

According to the report some of the reasons behind the increased numbers of students include increased awareness about U.S. college and university application process among students, parents, and educators, partnerships with U.S. higher education institutions etc.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 30, 2018
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Earlier this month, November, 2018, we shared with you about Allyn Pierce, a brave nurse who risked his life, limb, and truck to save his patients and colleagues form the deadly California wildfires.

After Pierce posted photos of his burnt Toyota Tundra on social media, Toyota applauded his heroic actions and offered to replace his truck.

Toyota has made good on its promise and delivered a new 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro to Pierce.

Pierce’s last Tundra was lightly customized to meet his needs. But Rockstar had offered to build Pierce’s new Tundra in any configuration that he would want.

The nurse’s old truck had been burnt into its crispy marshmallow-like color after Pierce drove it through the California wildfires (not once, but twice) to shuttle patients from his hospital’s ICU to safety.

In fact, the entire hospital staff worked diligently to set up a triage in the parking lot of the facility as it became engulphed in flames, protecting the patients until emergency crews could carve out a safe a venue away through the blaze for the workers to whisk away the remaining patients in a convoy of their own personal vehicles.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 29, 2018
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Nigeria recorded a leap on the 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index (LPI) of most prosperous countries in the world.

At 129, the most populous black nation moved up by three points from its 132nd position in 2017. Since the inception of the index in 2006, this is the first time that Nigeria would move up.

The LPI is an annual ranking developed by the Legatum Institute, a division of the United Arab Emirates-based private investment firm, Legatum.

The index measures prosperity using nine pillars: economic quality, business environment, governance, personal freedom, social capital, safety and security, education, health and natural environment.

Of these pillars, Nigeria ranked 139, 66, 107, 111, 48, 145, 123,143, 104 positions respectively.

While the giant of Africa rose 12 places on the business environment pillar, it fell one point in safety and security.

“In the overall Prosperity Index rankings, Nigeria has climbed by three positions from 132 to 129 when compared to last year. Since the Prosperity Index began in 2006, Nigeria has moved down the rankings table by five places,” the report read.

“In the Prosperity Pillar rankings, Nigeria performs best on Social Capital and Business Environment and scores lowest on the Safety and Security pillar.

“The biggest positive change, compared to last year, came in Business Environment increasing by 12 places, whereas they dropped one place on Safety and Security.”

Despite Nigeria’s rise on the ranks, the country, however, falls among the 20 least prosperous countries (red zone) and the report says “those in the bottom 20 face significant challenges across all pillars, especially in improving Safety and Security.”

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is ranked 25th.

Norway, New Zealand and Finland topped the index, while Yemen, Central African Republic and Afghanistan came last three respectively.

“The measurement of national prosperity is an important task for governments and for those who hold them to account,” the report read.

“Prosperity entails much more than wealth, it reaches beyond the financial into the political, the judicial, and the wellbeing and character of a nation – it is about creating an environment where a person is able to reach their full potential. A nation is prosperous when it has an open economy, inclusive society, strong institutions and empowered people who are healthy, educated and safe. This leads to higher levels of wellbeing.

“The Prosperity Index covers 149 countries. The top 40 most prosperous nations are those that have demonstrated over time how to build prosperity. Those in the bottom 20 face significant challenges across all pillars, especially in improving Safety and Security.

“Prosperity has grown over the last year to its highest ever point. In the last five years, 113 countries have improved their prosperity. In many respects the world is getting better. It is now easier to start a business in many countries.”


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 15, 2018

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In the midst of the deadliest and most destructive fires in US history, that killed 50 and over 250 still missing.

Stories of incredible bravery and heroism are emerging.

One such tale came from the hospital in the destroyed town of Paradise, where paramedics, doctors and nurses continued to treat patients in the parking lot as the fire consumed the hospital and raged around them, before finally getting the clearance to evacuate.

One of the nurses, Allyn Pierce, who refuses to called a hero as it was a group effort of people just doing their jobs, lost his house and his workplace in the fire.

His truck, a Toyota Tundra which he used in the evacuation, is heavily burnt, showing just how close a call it was.

Allan clearly has a lot of love for his truck, and took to social media to praise Toyota for the hardy manufacturing of the vehicle that saved his life amd others.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 13, 2018
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Northern California’s Camp Fire has become the deadliest wildfire in United States history as the death toll climbs to 42 and 220 missing.

Bodies recovered from the Ridewood Mobile Home Park on Monday.

Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea revealed that the remains of 13 additional people were located on Monday.

Honea said 10 human remains were located in Paradise.

Seven of those were found in homes and three outside.

Bodies were recovered in Paradise, California.

– 42 people have died in Northern California’s Camp fire

– 2 people have died in Southern California’s Woolsey fire

– 228 people are still missing

– 7,000 structures have been damaged

– 57,000 structures still remain under threat

– 149,000 people still under evacuation order

– 8,000 firefighters on the front lines.

The remains of some of the Camp Fire victims were found in burned-out vehicles (pictured) that were overrun by walls of fire as evacuees tried to flee by car in panic, only to be trapped in deadly knots of traffic gridlock.

Journeys that should have taken minutes ended up taking hours, with dozens of survivors telling how they jumped out of the cars and ran, carrying whatever they could.


Akeem ReachnaijaNovember 1, 2018
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Canada is prioritizing the deportation of asylum seekers who walked across the border from the United States illegally.

More than 36,000 people have walked into Canada from the United States to file refugee claims since January 2017, many saying they feared U.S. President Donald Trump’s election promise and policy to crack down on illegal immigration.

The influx has thrown the Canadian asylum system into turmoil and caused a political uproar in a country accustomed to picking and choosing its newcomers.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 27, 2018
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A single fingerprint helped the FBI crack the mail bombing spree targeting critics of President Donald Trump and identify a suspect, officials have revealed.

Cesar Altier Sayoc, 56, was taken into custody on Friday morning in Plantation, Florida in connection with the 14 suspicious packages that have been discovered this week.

FBI officers escort Sayoc into a waiting SUV at FBI headquarters after arresting him in Miramar, Florida on Friday.

Earlier thread:

FBI and local police are seen at the last registered home address of Sayoc in Aventura, Florida.

Cesar Sayoc’s van is seen in Boca Raton, Florida on October 18, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.

A number of hats with the American flag, the University of North Carolina logo and Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan could be seen on the dashboard of the van as it was transported away from the scene by law enforcement.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 20, 2018
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Hundreds of Canadians have taken to the streets to celebrate the legalization of recreational marijuana following a nearly century-long ban.

Canada officially became the first industrialized nation to legalize the drug on Wednesday following a two-year push by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which hopes to bring dealers out of the black market and into a regulated system.

Cannabis connoisseurs appear to have embraced the new system as massive queues formed outside many of the 111 legal pot shops now open around the country.

Eager consumers were pictured spewing smoke on the sidewalks, using up products almost certainly purchased on the black market as they waited to get their hands on the legal version.

Celebrations are being held across Canada on Wednesday following the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Cannabis connoisseurs are seen parading through Montreal with a Canadian flag bearing a pot leaf in place of a maple one.

A man fights the frigid weather by dancing on the sidewalk as he waits in line to purchase legal cannabis at a store in Montreal.

Hundreds of cannabis-loving Canadians lined up to get their hands on legal marijuana at over 100 stores across the nation.