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Day: June 30, 2017

NIGERIA TO HOST 14TH ANNUAL WEST AFRICAN COLLEGE OF NURSES CONFERENCE

The Nigerian Government will host the West African College of Nursing (WACN) 14th Biennial General Meeting (BGM) in Abuja from July 1 to 8.

According to a press statement by the Ministry of Health on Thursday, the minister, Isaac Adewole, said the conference, featuring the 23rd Scientific Session and 37th Council Meeting, is themed: ‘Emerging Health Emergencies: Community and Health Workforce Response in the Sub-region.’

The conference seeks to address issues including the emerging impact of non-communicable diseases, emerging health emergencies in Infant and young child feeding and protection of healthcare workers during conflict and insurgencies.

Giving a brief background of the WACN, the minister said that the college is an agency of the West African Health Organization with headquarters in Burkina Faso.

He explained that the college was officially inaugurated in Banjul, the Gambia in April 1981 with the aim to promote excellence in nursing education and maintain the standard of nursing and contribute to the improvement of health care within the West African Sub-region, as well as promote and encourage research in the field of nursing.

Membership of the WACN comprises Anglo and Franco-phone countries in West Africa, namely: Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone and recently Benin Republic which joined in 2003 and hosted the Biennial General Meeting in 2009.

Mr. Adewole said that member countries of the college host the Biennial General Meetings and Scientific Conference on rotational basis, adding that the last BGM was hosted by Ghana in 2015. Nigeria last hosted it in March 2005.

He expressed optimism that the BGM and Scientific Conferences offer opportunities for Nurses and Midwives from the Sub-region to share experience in nursing education and practice.

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52 YEAR OLD MARRIED MAN ABANDONS FAMILY TO LIVE WITH ADOPTIVE PARENTS AS 6 YEAR OLD TRANSAGER-TRANSGENDER

Just when you thought the transgender movement couldn’t go any further, it does. Stefonkee (formerly Paul) Wolscht, a married 52-year-old father of seven, in a recent interview with the gay news site The Daily Xtra claims he is now a 6 year old girl.

“The Daily Xtra video, however, glosses over a tiny bit of important information about Wolscht: he thinks he is actually a six year-old girl—not just a woman, but a six year-old girl—stuck in the body of a 50-something man.

“At age 46, Wolscht deserted his wife and his seven children to live his ‘true’ life.

“’There’s days I forget my past,” Wolscht says. “I can actually go a week without even thinking about what was before.’

“’I can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children,” Wolscht admits. “But I’ve moved forward now and I’ve gone back to being a child. I don’t want to be an adult right now and I just live my life like I couldn’t when I was in school.’

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“Wolscht is not speaking in an abstract sense. He actually wants to be a child.”

So how exactly does this work?

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“He explains, “Well, I have a mummy and a daddy. [An] adopted mummy and daddy who are totally comfortable with me being a little girl. And their children, and their grandchildren, are totally supportive. In fact, her youngest granddaughter… When I was eight. A year ago, I was eight, and she was seven. And she said to me, ‘I want you to be the little sister, so I’ll be nine.’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t mind going to six.’ So I’ve been six ever since.’

“’We have a great time. We color, we do kids stuff. It’s called play therapy. No medication, no suicide thoughts. And I just get to play,’” Wolscht says.”

Unsurprisingly, Wolscht is in a sexual relationship with his ‘adopted’ father.

Apparently Wolscht spent nine days in jail and in solitary confinement. He did not explain why he was there but he did say that he still played while incarcerated:

She made the cell a kingdom and sang songs there and would not be an adult, so she said they could not hurt her, saying, “If I’m six-years-old, I don’t have to think about adult stuff.”

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Wolscht was married for 23 years.

(H/T MRCTV)

 

**All I can say is – the world is getting truly madder!

KIDNAPPER EVANS FILES N300M LAWSUIT AGAINST IGP, 3 OTHERS

The billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans, on Thursday filed another suit against the Inspector General of Police, and three others at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

In the new suit, Evans is claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for “illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial”.

Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the commissioner of police Lagos State and the special anti-robbery squad, Lagos State Police Command.

Earlier on June 28, Evans had filed an ex-parte application before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court.

He had also sought an order directing the respondents to release him unconditionally where no charge is preferred against him.

According to an affidavit deposed by his father, Stephen Onwuamadike,  the applicant argued that he has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.

 

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Mr. Onwuamadike further argued that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.

The applicant, therefore, argued that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail, is an infringement on his fundamental rights.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that in his new suit marked FHC/L/CS/1012/ 2017, the applicant is seeking a declaration that his continued detention since June 10 without arraignment, violates his fundamental rights as guaranteed under the 1999 constitution.

Evans is therefore seeking a declaration that his parade on June 11 before journalists in Lagos, at the Lagos police command headquarters in Ikeja, without any court order, is unconstitutional and illegal.

He is consequently seeking an order compelling the respondents to immediately arraign him before a law court, or release him from custody immediately.

The suspect is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further arresting, detaining, harassing, investigating or inviting him in relation to the facts of his case.

Evans and six of his co-conspirators were arrested earlier in June, after officers stormed the kidnappers’ den and engaged in a gun battle which lasted several hours.

The gang primarily kidnapped victims in Lagos State but have also kidnapped prominent Nigerians from other parts of the country.

 

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COMPANY THAT REFURBISHED GRENFELL TOWER THREATENS COUNCIL WITH LEGAL ACTION

The contractor that refurbished Grenfell Tower has threatened legal action against Camden council in a dispute over its use of the same combustible panels on other residential blocks in the borough.

The London Borough of Camden evacuated hundreds of families from four towers on the Chalcots estate last weekend after it emerged that they were clad in flammable aluminium polyethylene-filled sheeting under a £150m PFI contract with Rydon. Fire brigade inspectors also raised concerns about a lack of fire doors and insulation around gas pipes.

The council leader, Georgia Gould, complained publicly that the cladding fitted under the contract with Rydon was not to the standard commissioned by the council and said: “We thought we were dealing with reputable companies and we feel let down.” She warned Rydon the council was taking urgent legal advice and said the cladding “did not satisfy our independent laboratory testing or the high standards we set for contractors”.

Rydon, however, strongly denies that the cladding was not up to the agreed standard and said it had been certified as compliant with building regulations by Camden’s building control department. It has demanded a retraction from Gould over what it claims is damage to its business reputation.

Its chief executive, Robert Bond, is understood to have told Gould in a letter that her “inflammatory statements are highly damaging to our reputation and our business and will be defended by us in the strongest terms possible”.

He concluded: “Given the seriousness of these allegations, I have no choice but to refer this matter to our legal advisers and to seek recourse from the council for the damage inflicted on this business.”

It was sent on Friday 23 June, hours before Camden ordered the night time evacuation of hundreds of families from the towers, which saw at least 100 people staying in the Swiss Cottage leisure centre overnight.

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The panels on the Chalcots estate towers were among samples from 137 residential towers in 41 local authority areas that failed the government’s combustibility test. They are now being removed. The way the Grenfell Tower fire spread so rapidly across a cladding system using the same Reynobond PE panels installed under the auspices of Rydon is a central line of investigation in the police inquiry into the deaths of at least 80 people on 14 June.

A spokesman for Rydon declined to comment on the details of the dispute but confirmed a letter had been sent which stated that Rydon was satisfied it had met its obligations under the wider PFI contract, which involved ongoing maintenance.

A spokesman for Camden council said: “We can confirm that the council leader has received a letter from Rydon which has been passed to the borough solicitor. At this moment the leader and the resources of the council are fully focused on ensuring the safe return home of Chalcots estate residents.”

A source close to the leader added the letter was “not going to stop her speaking out on the important issue of cladding safety”.

The Chalcots cladding system used fire-resistant mineral wool insulation whereas Grenfell used more flammable Celotex material to improve the thermal performance.

It emerged on Wednesday that Camden had been told five years ago about concerns that some apartments in the Chalcot estate were not fitted with fire doors. A fire risk assessment commissioned by the council and seen by the Guardian concluded the doors would not provide residents with 30 minutes fire separation and recommended all apartment doors be replaced.

On Thursday Gould announced a new regime of fire testing and said the results would be published for residents to see “to ensure full transparency”.

 

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BROOKLYN BECKHAM MOCKED FOR “TERRIBLE PHOTOGRAPHS” IN LAUNCHED PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

The eldest son of footballer David Beckham and former Spice Girl turned top Designer, Victoria, Brookyn Beckham, has come under fire over releasing photography book, What I See.f

The 18 year old’s offering, which was launched on June 27, has been met with a negative response on Twitter – with some unimpressed with his snaps.

Taking to social media, one took shared two photos from the book – including a snapshot of an elephant, and another of a dinner.

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Huge fan of Brooklyn Beckham’s terrible photographs and even worse captions

Alongside the uploads, the Twitter user in question wrote: “Huge fan of Brooklyn Beckham’s terrible photographs and even worse captions.”

And others rushed to join the discussion over the teenager’s pictures.

One asked: “F*****g hell. Is this in a book?”

Another replied: “The thing is I badly want to look at the entire book now so I don’t know who’s the idiot here :/.”

While a third added: “All that’s missing is his finger in the corner of each photo.”

However, others rushed to defend Brooklyn over the shots, telling critics to leave him alone.

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“He’s a teenager having fun with a camera, leave him,” one commented.

“Bless him – that made me smile. At least he’s trying & doing something creative instead of drugs/popstar etc,” another responded.

TENNIS STAR VENUS WILLIAMS UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER FATAL CAR CRASH

Venus Williams is being investigated amid claims she was involved in a car crash which led to the death of a driver.

Palm Beach Gardens police in Florida have released a report saying the tennis star was at fault in the crash on 9 June.

Jerome Barson, a 79-year-old who was a passenger in his wife’s car, was injured and died two weeks later.

The police report says witnesses have claimed Williams ran a red light at a junction and went into the path of the vehicle driven by Mr Barson’s wife.

Williams, who is preparing to compete at Wimbledon next week, was driving her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV at the time.

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The police department’s Major Paul Rogers said the crash remains under investigation and Williams has not been cited or charged.

Her lawyer Malcolm Cunningham said in a statement that Williams expressed “her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one”.

He added that the light was green when she entered the junction.

Mr Cunningham told the TMZ website: “The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at 5mph when Mrs Barson crashed into her.

“Authorities did not issue Ms Williams with any citations or traffic violations.

“This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”

KIM KARDASHIAN ACCUSED OF DARKENING DOWN TO SELL HER NEW MAKE UP RANGE

Kim Kardashian has been accused of deliberately darkening down after posting a photo to promote her new makeup line, KKW Beauty.

 

The ‘Keeping Up With Kardashians’ star released promotional photos showing the results of her new contouring kit, but some commenters accused her of ‘blackface’ as her skin tone looked a lot darker than usual.

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon. Early white performers in blackface used burnt cork and later greasepaint or shoe polish to blacken their skin and exaggerate their lips, often wearing woolly wigs, gloves, tailcoats, or ragged clothes to complete the transformation.

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But the reality TV star has now defended herself claiming the image was the result of a “tan” and “contrast”.

“I would obviously never want to offend anyone,” she told the New York Times on Monday 19 June.

“I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off.

“Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos.”

 

The 36-year-old posted the controversial snap on Instagram on Thursday 15 June, announcing the new launch of her Crème Contour and Highlight Kit – with the photo receiving nearly 2 million likes.

 

 

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Kim Kardashian on the left in the promotional picture for her new make up range. Right, the more familiar image showing the star in her much naturally lighter skin tone

Social media users were quick to comment on Kim’s darker than usual skin tone.

“This is straight up blackface,” one user wrote.

“This is beyond cultural appropriation,” another posted.

 

However, some fans came to her defence.

“Not blackface. Some of y’all reaching too far,” one user wrote.

“You guys do realise she is Armenian she can be dark,” another posted.

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