Day: February 15, 2018

Drug Addict Is Helped To Full Recovery After being Found By Childhood Friend Living Rough On The Streets

This is a story that would melt even  the hardest of hearts and will send us helpless sentimentalists rushing for our hankies. I came across this story on Facebook and I felt it just had to be shared:

It is the story of how a young kenyan lady came across her childhood friend on the streets suffering from drug addiction and rather than walk past him pretending we don’t know him, this selfless lady took him to rehabilitation & helped locate his mum.

The story needs no long narration as the pictures of his journey to recovery speak for themselves

 

 

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James Bond Actor Facing Jail Term

Pierce Brosnan could face a prison sentence in India after fronting an advertising campaign for a chewing mixture that can contain tobacco.

The Irish actor, 64, starred in TV and newspaper ads for Pan Bahar, an Indian concoction that can include tobacco, spices and areca nut or supari, 18 months ago.

It is prohibited from sale in a number of Indian states as areca nut is considered by the World Health Organisation to be carcinogenic.

Brosnan has reportedly been served a legal notice from the Delhi health department under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, asking him to explain his appearance in the advertisements.

If he fails to respond within 10 days he could face a fine of 5,000 Indian Rupees (£56) or a two year jail term.

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Health official S K Arora told the Indian Express: “We have issued the notice to Pierce Brosnan through the company, and also reached out to him via social media platforms.

“If he fails to respond to the notice, he would face punishment of a fine up to Rs5,000 [£56] or two years in prison.”

Brosnan previously claimed he was told he was advertising a “breath freshener/tooth whitener [and] all-natural, containing neither tobacco, supari, nor any other harmful ingredient”.

He said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the “unauthorised and deceptive use” of his image to promote a potentially harmful product.

In a statement he said: “Having endured, in my own personal life, the loss of my first wife and daughter as well as numerous friends to cancer, I am fully committed to supporting women’s healthcare and research programs that improve human health and alleviate suffering.

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“I would never have entered into an agreement to promote a product in India that is dangerous to one’s health.

He finished: “I shall endeavour to rectify this matter. In the meantime, please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies to all whom I have offended.”Standard Online has contacted a representative for Brosnan for comment.

 

 

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Fire Halts National Assembly Sitting As Senators And NASS Staff Are Evacuated

The Senate has suspended its Thursday’s sitting after fire broke out in a section of the National Assembly building.

The fire at the maintenance unit of the Senate building occurred at about 11 a.m.

Lawmakers initially tried to go ahead with its plenary, but were compelled to cut the session short.

After adoption of votes and proceedings, Ibrahim Gobir, Sokoto-APC, moved that the plenary be adjourned due to the “unconducive” state of the chamber.

“The condition is not very conducive because our chambers are there; yesterday we engaged the contractors working in the senate. We believe it is now Saturday they will be able to finish it,” he said.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, approved the motion.

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Senate President Olubukonla Saraki

He said, “What you presented to us makes sense. Definitely the chamber is not conducive for today’s s activities and as such, I would direct that we adjourn till Tuesday so that between now and the weekend the members of the services and maintenance unit can ensure that we bring the chamber into a conducive environment.”

According to Premium Times reporter, Kemi Busari, staff and other workers were evacuated from the building to avoid being trapped as smoke filled up the walkways.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Staff were seen attempting to put out the fire with fire extinguishers.

One staff member familiar with the technical room said the fire started at where air conditioners units serving the assembly are stored.

South Africa To Swear In New President Following Zuma’s Resignation

South Africa’s parliament will elect Cyril Ramaphosa as new president at 2pm local time (1200 GMT) on Thursday and have him take the oath of office, the ruling African National Congress chief whip said.

“The office of the chief justice has made itself available today to officiate in the business of electing a new president,” the ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, told a parliamentary committee meeting.

At the same meeting, the speaker of parliament said a letter of resignation from President Jacob Zuma, who stepped down late on Wednesday rather than face a no-confidence vote from his own party, was “still on its way”.

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Jacob Zuma resigned shortly after declaring his intention to stay on in office

Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma nonetheless said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December.

 

REUTERS