Month: November 2017

OVER A MILLION PROTESTERS TO MARCH AGAINST TRUMP’S VISIT TO THE UK

More than a million people could take to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s upcoming UK visit, campaigners have warned following a boom in the number of people pledging to march.

The Stop Trump group was set up in February, shortly after the US President’s inauguration and in the wake of his divisive travel ban.

Its aim was to prevent a UK state visit for the American leader and was backed by high-profile figures including Owen Jones, Brian Eno and Bianca Jagger.

But the campaign was reinvigorated on Wednesday after Mr Trump shared a trio of anti-Muslim videos to his Twitter account which had been posted by the deputy leader of far-right racist group Britain First, Jayda Fransen.

His retweets sparked a huge global backlash with politicians including Prime Minister Theresa May calling him “wrong” to share the tweets from a “hateful” group which “peddles lies and stokes tensions”.

Angry: Thousands of anti-Trump protesters gathered at Downing Street in January. (Getty Images)

According to organisers of the Stop Trump group, it has seen a massive boost in the number of people pledging support for their campaign following Mr Trump’s latest retweets.

Its website invites members of the public to “pledge to march” by signing up with their name, postcode and email address.

“We’ve had a huge response to our campaign over the last 24 hours – particularly on social media,” a spokesperson said.

“Thousands of people have been signing our pledge to protest.

“The British government know that the protests against a Trump visit could be the biggest we’ve ever seen in this country. Upwards of a million people could take to the streets.

Donald Trump and Theresa May hold hands during the PM’s visit to the White House in January. (EPA)

“No doubt that’s a factor not only in the delay over the visit but also the secrecy surrounding the details.

“But there’s no escape. We could mobilise hundreds of thousands at a day’s notice.”

Last month, the Standard exclusively revealed President Trump, 71, is set to visit Britain in early 2018 but for a stripped-down trip that will not qualify as a state visit. No date has yet been set.

Diplomats were reportedly discussing plans for a “working visit” which would see him not stay with the Queen.

It followed the threat of mass protests when it emerged the PM had offered a state visit, breaching convention that the honour is usually reserved for a president’s second term.

In January, Whitehall was brought to a standstill as thousands of furious protester marched to Downing Street against the travel ban, which targeted visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Today Mr Trump hit back at Theresa May following her criticism of his Britain First retweets, which the White House claimed were “about national security”.

The president took to Twitter once again to tag Mrs May, telling her: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”

Mrs May responded by saying the UK takes the terror threat very seriously.

The Stop Trump group has been backed by politicians including Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Tim Farron and MPs Ed Miliband, Tulip Siddiq and David Lammy as well as comedian Frankie Boyle, singer Lily Allen and Akala.

Caitlin Moran, Paloma Faith, Shappi Khorsandi and the heads of Unison, TUC, GMB, RMT and NUS have also given their backing.

 

Evening Standard

Charity Rolls Out Free Food Vending Machines For The Homeless Across The UK

Britain’s first vending machine for homeless people is set to launch – just in time for Christmas. Stocked with items such as fresh fruit, sanitary towels, socks, energy bars and sandwiches, the first 24/7 dispenser will be located outside intu Broadmarsh shopping centre Nottingham.

‘Up to 100 homeless people will be able to ‘purchase’ three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card. The concept is the brainchild of new Nottingham homelessness charity Action Hunger, who have chosen the city for the project’s pilot ahead of plans to roll out machines across the country. Charity trustee Huzaifah Khaled, who believes the machine is the first of its kind in the world, said: ‘We chose Nottingham because it’s the city that I grew up in and have a deep affinity for, but we do plan on installing [a vending machine] in Manchester in January, then London and Birmingham.

The first 24/7 dispenser will be located outside intu Broadmarsh shopping centre Nottingham (Picture: BPM) Latest from Metro.co.uk» War criminal dies after drinking poison in court ‘The threat is real’: White House defends Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim videos Britain’s first vending machine for homeless people is set to launch – just in time for Christmas. Stocked with items such as fresh fruit, sanitary towels, socks, energy bars and sandwiches, the first 24/7 dispenser will be located outside intu Broadmarsh shopping centre Nottingham. ‘How to make slime’ was most searched-for question on Yahoo Up to 100 homeless people will be able to ‘purchase’ three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card. The concept is the brainchild of new Nottingham homelessness charity Action Hunger, who have chosen the city for the project’s pilot ahead of plans to roll out machines across the country. Charity trustee Huzaifah Khaled, who believes the machine is the first of its kind in the world, said: ‘We chose Nottingham because it’s the city that I grew up in and have a deep affinity for, but we do plan on installing [a vending machine] in Manchester in January, then London and Birmingham. Up to 100 homeless people will be able to ‘purchase’ three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card.

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‘But everything hinges on how this does in Nottingham.’

The machine will be installed under the canopy near to back entrances of Broadmarsh, in Sussex Street, at the start of December Who was St Andrew? Everything about Scotland’s patron saint A hundred key cards will be dropped off at West Bridgford outreach centre The Friary – Action Hunger’s chosen Nottingham partner – where staff will hand them out at their discretion. Friary CEO, Sam Crawford, said: ‘We will be prioritising rough sleepers. ‘Not everyone who visits us is a rough sleeper, some are homeless in other ways such as those in temporary accommodation, so that would be who we would prioritise. ‘It’s an innovative way in which food and provisions can be made available out of hours to people in need.’ Friary CEO, Sam Crawford, said: ‘We will be prioritising rough sleepers’.

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Those given a key card will need to check into the Friary at least once a week in order to keep using it. Donations from FareShare – a supermarket surplus distribution charity – make up 50 per cent of vending machine stock, while the other half is bought by Action Hunger.

Michael Walker, from Sherwood, welcomed the arrival of the machine. Michael, 63, said: ‘I think it’s a really good idea, it’s just a shame they’ve got to do things like this.’ Elaine Stephens, 54, from Whitemoor, said: ‘I think it’s a good idea and I actually read that Nottingham City Council helped 139 homeless people last year.

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JAY-Z FINALLY OPENS UP ABOUT CHEATING RUMOURS

Jay-Z has opened up about therapy and the problems that led to him being unfaithful to wife Beyoncé in a new interview.

Speaking to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Baquet for The New York Times’ T Magazine, the rapper confirmed for the first time that he cheated on the former Destiny’s Child singer, saying that his tendency to “shut down emotionally” led to the infidelity.

Describing how he had been raised to “put on this shell of this tough person”, Jay went on to say: “You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect… In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity.”

Jay said that he “grew so much” from his therapy sessions, explaining: “I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at… such an advantage.”

You realise that if someone’s racist toward you, it ain’t about you. It’s about their upbringing and what happened to them, and how that led them to this point. You know, most bullies bully. It just happens. Oh, you got bullied as a kid so you trying to bully me. I understand.”

Of his and Beyoncé’s decision to work through their problems instead of splitting, Jay said: “You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself. So, you know, most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself. And so you walk away.”

Revealing that the couple had initially planned to release a joint album together, Jay described making their respective albums ‘4:44’ and ‘Lemonade’ as “almost like a therapy session”.

“We were sitting in the eye of that hurricane,” he said, “but the best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that’s where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Jay revealed that he and Kanye West are back on speaking terms.

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NIGERIAN SENATE REACTS TO IMAGES OF SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA

After reviewing the gruesome images and videos that have populated the news media, today, the Senate took action on the ongoing slave trade in Libya.

At todyas sitting, the Senate passed a Resolution calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria to discuss ending the ongoing Libyan slave trade of black Africans — many of them of Nigerian descent.

The Motion titled “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auctions” also called on Mr. President to use the opportunity of the ongoing EU-AU Summit in Abidjan to table the matter before the Libyan delegation.

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A statement by the Senate President Bukonla Saraki said “As a country it is a slap in the face if Nigerians can be treated in this manner. Other countries are taking necessary actions to bring back their citizens, we need to be doing the same”.

“In this regard, he continued. “we resolved to condemn in totality the current depravity and sheer animalism being exhibited by the Libyan slave traders, who are selling fellow Africans as slaves”.

The Senate also urged the federal government to urgently investigate how many Nigerians are affected and urgently commence the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of Nigerian citizens caught up in these despicable treatment and human rights abuses.

The Presidents Special Assistant on Diasporan Affairs abike Dabiri speaking on the worrying issues earlier twitted “I got those calls since I was in the House of reps . We brought back 24 that were to die. Under PMB almost 5000 brought back, after years stranded in Libya.. But you bring back, some still go despite warnings. Hopeful with massive evacuation, all will be back. What plans to do now is send a couple of Aircrafts to airlift ALL still remaining”

The APC also tweeted “242 Nigerians returned from Libya this evening. The aircraft touched down at around 9.10pm. Registration & profiling is ongoing by relevant agencies.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is alerting Nigerians to the dangers being faced in Libya and is warning citizens against travelling to such countries. “The Commission continues to sensitize our countrymen & women to desist from any form of irregular migration”

 

7TH AFRICAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS TO HOLD IN LONDON

The 2017 AFRICAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS Holds at the UK House of Parliament on 30th November.
A press release by the organisers of the event said the theme for this Year’s Ceremony is “GIRL CHILDS RIGHT TO EDUCATION: A CASE FOR AFRICA”

The African Achievers Awards has consistently honoured great African Achievers ranging from African Leaders, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent.

The Awards ceremony has fast become established as one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African Achievers on the continent, the occasion is very grand and elegant.

Past recipients of the African Achievers Awards include

Arch. Bishop Desmond Tutu,

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete former President Republic of Tanzania),

Dr. Margaret Blick Kigozi. (A University chancellor and sports woman who currently works as a consultant at United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO). She also served as the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority).

Other past recipients include. John Momoh, Chairman and Founder of Channels Television, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, Justina Mutale Foundation, The African Development Bank (AFDB) Sinanch (International Gospel Songstress), Dr Mathews Phosa, Moggesukkel Foundation, H.E Dr Dlamini Zuma former Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Now in its 7th Edition, this year’s Ceremony which includes a seminar will be hosted by Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott, Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP and UK Shadow Home Secretary.

It will be Chaired by Cllr. Susan Fajana Thomas -former civic Mayor of London Borough of Hackney & Chairperson African Achievers Awards Board.

Debbie Ariyo OBE. (CEO Afruca) will chair the discussions and provide an overview of the state of girl child education in Africa while Dr. Josephine Ojiambo Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General will give the Key note address.

According to Rex Idaminabo, Founder/Principal Partner of the African Achievers Awards, despite progress in Education, there are many reasons that prevent girls from going to school. Poverty, pregnancy, school-based violence, child marriage and discriminatory gender norms are some of the major obstacles to girls’ education worldwide and the seminar will be addressing these issues.

Other Speakers will include top policy makers from the Commonwealth, UNICEF etc.
The high point of the Ceremony, is the Achievers Honours presented to Africans making a difference.

The AAA event 2017 is supported by 3 International NGO’s: SFT Foundation Trust, AFRUCA Children’s Charity and Justina Mutale Foundation.

A high powered dinner to host dignitaries will follow at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at Tower of London.

Interested individuals desiring to attend the dinner can contact the organisers via sftfoundationtrust@gmail.com

17 Year Old Teenager Buys Lexus Jeep For His Mum

A 17-Year Old Nigerian boy has presented His mum with a brand new jeep worth N11m.

Proudly posting pictures of the vehicle on social media, Divine Ikubor whose source of income cannot be ascertained showed off the Jeep with the caption ‘Bought mom a car at age 17 Thank you God .’

Police Install Metal Detector At Croydon McDonalds To Cut Knife Crime

Police placed a metal-detecting ‘knife arch’ at a Croydon branch of McDonald’s on Wednesday – the site of a recent fatal stabbing –  as part of continuing efforts to reduce knife crime in the area.

The metal detector was installed at the entrance to the restaurant in North End from 4pm to 6pm. While use of the device was optional, all customers except children were invited to pass through it.

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The arch before being placed in the McDonald’s. Pic. Simon Murphy

A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police told East London Lines: “[Searches] are an extremely important power when properly used. That’s why we have invested much time and money to train our officers in how to use [them] fairly and effectively. Our job as police is to protect people, prevent crime and bring offenders to justice.”

Great support from everyone out & about in  Town centre as we ran our knife arch operation tonight. Thank you!
As police officers, safeguarding young people in Croydon is our priority & our aim with this was to highlight to young people the danger of carrying knives

Police officers and fast-food workers handed out leaflets on knife crime prevention throughout McDonald’s ‘rush hour’ as students left school and people finished work. They also answered questions from customers about how the security measure made Croydon safer.

The North End branch of McDonald’s was the site of knife crime in October when Aren Mali, 17, was fatally stabbed outside after an argument spilled out of the eatery. Two teenagers have since been charged with his murder.

@grahamm118 said: “What a waste of resources  as it was for one afternoon only. And how many knife carriers are so stupid to knowingly walk thru the arch with 6 police standing nearby. Even the thickest #Croydon #chav can probably work that one out.”

Waste of time and money. There’s another bloody entrance to the side of the building anyway. https://twitter.com/CroydonAd/status/933412985279795201 

Totally agree. What a waste of resources as it was for one afternoon only. And how many knife carriers are so stupid to knowingly walk thru the arch with 6 police standing nearby. Even the thickest   can probably work that one out.🍔🍟

A Met Police spokesperson said: “This has had good feedback in other boroughs and at this stage it is just a trial. Wednesday’s results will be reviewed and dependant on feedback we may look to plan another. It will not be a daily operation.”

Knife crime in Croydon reached a four-year high in March this year.