Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Education Curriculum: CAN writes Saraki, expresses fears, worries over new syllabus

Dr Musa Asake , the General Secretary of CAN.

General Secretary of CAN, Dr Musa Asake, says the new curriculum is obnoxious, offensive and provocative.

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria has sent a letter to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on the new education curriculum.

The letter titled:  ‘Request for audience with the national leadership of CAN on the new national education curriculum' was obtained by Punch Correspondence and was meant to notify the Senate president about observations, fears and worries of the Christian Association of Nigeria on the current nine-year basic education curriculum.

According to the General Secretary of CAN, Dr Musa Asake, the new curriculum is obnoxious, offensive and provocative.

Asake said the curriculum joined together five distinctive subjects – CRS, Islamic Religious Studies, Social Studies, Civic Education and Security Education into one omnibus subject called Religion and National Values.

More worrisome to us is the observed contents of the curriculum and its approved textbooks that impudently denigrate the personality of the founder of the Christian faith. For example the foundational truth of the Christian faith such as the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is denied and the denial is meant to be inculcated in innocent minors.

ALSO READ: NANS resists 38 universities plans to increase fees

As if this obvious damage is not enough, the subject is made compulsory whereby a student must do either of the two religious subjects as component parts of the whole subject if he or she must pass the subject in national examination. We note that this compulsion is happening in a situation where state ministries of education are not hiring teachers of a particular religion they are not favourably disposed to.

The result is that the students are being forced to do the available, contrary to their faith. There are already reported cases of torture of students who refused to do the available that is contrary to their faith.

The Christian Association of Nigeria had earlier kicked against the new curriculum based on the rumour that CRK had been removed from basic education curriculum.

However,  the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Prof.  Ismail Junaid later explained that the subject was not removed but grouped under the Religion and National Values Curriculum.

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Proposed Varsity Tuition: NANS resists 38 universities plans to increase fees

National Association of Nigerian Students rejects proposed tuition fees increase

NANS has called on Federal Government and universities management to find a better way to fund their institutions.

The plans to increase tuition fees by 38 universities have been rejected as the National Association of Nigerian Students describes the move as 'administrative ineptitude.'

The president of the association, Chinonso Obasi in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 28, in Abuja said the student body had received reports that 38 universities across the nation have finalised plans to increase tuition fees.

Obasi condemned the plan saying the association is pained that students are always made to bear the brunt of the administrative ineptitude of the university management.

He said, “In saner climes, education funding includes revenue from researches and consultative collaborations.

“Implementation of UNESCO strategies, particularly commercialising research findings should occupy Nigeria educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by hapless students. 

''However, NANS believes that the planned hike in tuition fees would be the last straw that would break the cycle of obnoxious levy on learning and pursuit of education.’’

Commenting on the state of education in Nigeria, Obasi said that Nigerian students are already studying under a poor condition and they do not deserve such punishment as tuition hike as this would impede their dream of a better future.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government and universities management to find a better way to fund their institutions.

''If administrators of Nigeria’s educational institutions have run out of ideas for funding and sustaining educational institutions in the country, they should feel free to liaise with students to explore new ways of funding the institutions.

“While we express our readiness to dialogue with chief executives of tertiary institutions, NANS wishes to reiterate the fact that Nigerian students have been patient with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“The President Buhari administration should recognise that this is time to reward the understanding and cooperation of Nigerian students with education subsidy, proper funding of education and adequate welfare initiatives for students,’’ he said.

On Monday, June 27, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had alerted Nigerians to the proposed plan to increase tuition fees by 38 Universities due to poor funding from both State and Federal Government.

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Obaseki: CAN kicks against bill seeking to establish grazing agency in Edo

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state

The bill, which has scaled through second reading, is scheduled for public hearing on Thursday.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday urged the Edo House of Assembly not to pass the bill seeking the establishment of the Edo State Control of Nomadic Cattle Rearing/Grazing Agency into law.

Bishop Oyonnude Kure, the Chairman, Edo Chapter of CAN, who stated this in Benin at a news conference, said Christians in the state would be mobilised to attend the public hearing.

Kure advised the assembly to reject the bill because “it is retroactive and backdated to 2016.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill which has scaled through second reading, is scheduled for public hearing on Thursday.

He said the association was opposed to the passage of the bill  because it could confer unfair advantage on a particular section and ethnic group in Nigeria to the disadvantage of the people of the state.

Kure said setting up a state agency to cater for a particular section of the country by depriving indigenous communities of their choice ancestral homelands and acquiring same for a preferred ethnic group was contrary to provisions of Section 26 of the Land Use Act.

He stated that it is wrong for the state government to give indigenous ancestral communal homelands to what he termed “favoured section of the country’’ as nomadic cattle rearing is not customary among Edo people.

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“From the provisions of Sections 22 and 23 of this bill, it is implied that the hard earned monies of the Edo Tax Payers will be used to fund this agency which is primarily geared to take care of the interest of cattle herdsmen who are engaged in private businesses.

“Section 14 (1) of this bill states that the Agency shall have power to operate in the entire state. This makes the Agency too powerful as it makes Edo State come under the full jurisdiction of the agency.

“This is not good to the interest of the state as the agency will have wide discretion to create grazing reserves throughout the state,” he said.

Majority Leader of the house, Mr Foly Ogedegbe, had said on Monday that the bill was to criminalise the nefarious activities of herdsmen.

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Audu Ogbeh: FG begins yam export to UK Thursday

Audu Ogbeh

According to the minister, the country would strive to export more yams and other food commodities to other countries.

Nigeria will on Thursday begin yam exports to the United Kingdom with 72 tons of yams in three containers, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh said.

He said the matter was tabled at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday as a major milestone in the export market and diversification process.

According to the minister, the country would strive to export more yams and other food commodities to other countries to earn more foreign exchange.

He said “We had cause to inform the council that last week we completed arrangements for the first formal export of Nigerian yams to the United Kingdom.

“I know that we have had reactions from the Nigerian public.

“Some people have asked if that is of any importance; others have asked if by exporting yams we are not going to subject Nigeria to hunger.

“I had to inform council today that that would certainly not arise.

“You would remember about Match or April this year some of you asked the same question: is Nigeria going to face famine? And I said it cannot happen.

“Apart from the crisis in the North East we definitely are not short of food although prices are high in some areas; we are working on that.

“Tomorrow we will flag off this export in three container loads of 72 tons of Nigerian yams.

“Two containers went out in February; one arrived in New York on June 16.’’

The minister stated that the information is important because everywhere yam was sold around the world as African food, consumers called it Ghana yam.

According to him, Nigeria accounts for 61 per cent of total yam output in the world while the rest is shared between some countries in West Africa and the West Indies.

He said it was an embarrassment not to find Nigerian yams in foreign markets.

He said that the export was significant because as Ghana was targeting $4 billion from yams in the next three or four years Nigeria being the masters in yam business had no business lagging behind.

Ogbeh said most of the yams produced locally were lost to wastage because of poor technologies and preservation.

He, however, said the issue was being addressed by using solar coolers in markets and producing areas to keep the commodity at 14 degrees Celsius to last about two or three years.

Ogbeh said the point was made because of the FG’s diversification, economic recovery and growth adding that the country had to export what was needed by other countries to earn more foreign exchange.

He said labour was the only challenge the country might face, adding that mechanization was introduced to solve the problem.

He noted that a new plough was designed for tractors at the Nigerian Centre for Agriculture Mechanisation, Ilorin, to make yam heaps.

He said with the mechanization in place farmers would see yam cultivation and export as an economic opportunity.

The minister noted that food exports from the country had indeed gone up.

“Food exports have gone up in the last one year by 82 per cent; so they will increase.

“We want to make sure that what we send meets the finest standard in the world market.

“If people chose to use their money to import irregular, unnecessary items government will look into that and apply adequate regulations to rationalize importation.

“We are not banning anything, but if you must import things that are not necessary be prepared to pay the duty on them.

“After the flag off (inauguration) tomorrow we will know the kind of volumes that the European market is looking for.

“We are now testing the market; we find they are accepting the yams; they rejected them before because we didn’t handle them well.

“Then in the next comment I will make to you in about a month or two I will tell you exactly what we expect, both from the U.S. and UK and possibly other parts of the world, including China.’’

Ogbe added that good news was the request for roast cashew nuts by Wallmart, the biggest retail shop in the US,  worth about 130,000 tons of processed cashew nuts per annum valued at $7 billion.

ALSO READ: Audu Ogbeh says cassava helps fight poverty in Nigeria

He said Nigerian cashew was hitherto shipped raw to Vietnam, which processed and exported same to U.S.

According to him, the Federal Government will in 2017 create six cashew processing factories in  Enugu, Imo, Benue, Kogi, Kwara and Oyo the existing cashew belt.

He said that Nasarawa and Kaduna also grew cashew in quantum adding that the increase was because of the focus on non-oil exports.

He said government was also targeting industrial starch for textile industry and export to China adding that India was also asking for all sorts of beans for their $100 billion beans market.

He said the possibilities in agriculture were limitless.

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Osinbajo: Acting President presides over FEC, approves enrolment of NYSC members into NHIS

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari; during the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja. 28th June 2017. 

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The FEC also approved the enrolment of members of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to guarantee them access to quality healthcare services.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

Adewole expressed optimism that the inclusion of the corps’ members in the health scheme would not only check the reported unnecessary deaths among NYSC members but would also ensure that they receive the highest attainable level of healthcare across the country.

“The other memorandum taken at today’s meeting had to do with how we will prevent unnecessary deaths among the corps members across the country.

“The Council approved the memo that henceforth we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country and this will guarantee access to quality healthcare across the country, prevent unnecessary deaths and also ensure that the NYSC members receive the highest (attainable) level of healthcare services across the country,’’ said the Adewole.

The minister announced that his ministry also presented the reports on the state of public health services in the country to the council.

ALSO READ: Acting President receives Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo

He disclosed that no single case of polio was recorded in the country in 2017, while only seven new cases of Lassa fever were recorded across the country this year.

“We have formally declared the meningitis outbreak over in the country.

“We also informed FEC that we have not recorded any case of polio in 2017.

“We have recorded seven new cases of Lassa fever across the country and the cholera outbreak in Kwara state has also fizzled out.

“So, we have to report that to FEC, today,’’ the minister said.

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Ike Ekweremadu: Deputy Senate President mourns ex Taraba Gov, Suntai

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser, Mr Uche Anichukwu, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has described the death of the former Governor of Taraba, Mr Danbaba Suntai, as a great loss to the nation.

Ekweremadu made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser, Mr Uche Anichukwu, on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that Suntai gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator and party man.

He said: ”This is an incalculable loss not only to the people of Taraba, but to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family, and the nation.

”We had all prayed for his full recovery following the air mishap of October, 2012.

ALSO READ: Former Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai is dead

”This is a very sad news because he was a leader that loved his people, gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator, man of peace, patriot, party man, and a nation builder.

”He will be greatly missed, but like all great men, he is immortalised by his selfless service to God and humanity.”

Ekweremadu condoled with the family of the late politician, government and people of Taraba.

He also prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased.

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Dino Melaye: Group says no going back on Senator's recall process

Senator Dino Melaye

The leader of the group, Mr Olowo Cornelius, made the statement while addressing news conference on Wednesday in Lokoja.

A group, Aggrieved Constituent Voters in Kogi West senatorial district, says there is no going back on the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye who represents the constituency at the Senate.

The leader of the group, Mr Olowo Cornelius, made the statement while addressing news conference on Wednesday in Lokoja.

He said that the recall bid was premised on lack of performance and total disconnect between the senator and his constituents.

“The recall of Sen. Dino Melaye was entirely initiated and is being pursued by constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District.

“This is after having had enough of Dino’s unbearable utterances, conduct and misbehaviour both in and out of the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly coupled with his total disconnect from the people he claims to represent."

Cornelius said the group was poised to make history in the country as the first constituency to recall a lawmaker for performing below expectation.

He accused Melaye of abandoning his constitutional duties for trivialities and described the senator as “a huge embarrassment’’ to the people of the western flank of the state.

He also accused Melaye of embarking on “fruitless attempt’’ to discredit his recall by claiming that some personalities in the area like the late Prince Rotimi Obadofin was included in the signatories of the recall register.

He described the claim as not only “demonic, but grievous wickedness to the resting soul of the deceased politician.’’

Cornelius urged Melaye to be patient and wait for verification to ascertain the signatures.

ALSO READ: Dino Melaye gets backing from Okun group

He expressed delight that the action to recall Melaye was yielding positive results as the embattled lawmaker was now on his toes attending to the needs of the people of his constituency.

According to him, nine constituency projects awarded by the senator but abandoned in the area are now ”seriously” receiving attention as he had mobilised contractors to site.

He said that four constituents had benefitted from car donation from the senator, adding that the recall bid had forced Melaye to do what he ordinarily would not have done.

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Osun Bye-Election: PDP advises INEC against postponing polls


Sheriff gave the advice in a statement issued by his acting spokesperson, Mr Bernard Mikko, on Wednesday in Abuja.

National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to postpone Osun West Senatorial bye-election, scheduled for July 8, 2017.

Sheriff gave the advice in a statement issued by his acting spokesperson, Mr Bernard Mikko, on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that PDP’s attention had been drawn to “subterranean efforts” of the Government of Osun to precipitate the postponement of the bye-election from July 8, to a preferred and pre-determined date.

He recalled that INEC had at a meeting of stakeholders, assured all the political parties that the July 8 date for the bye-election was irrevocably sacrosanct.

Sheriff added INEC represented by its Director of Administration in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ademusire, at the meeting, also announced the deployment of five commissioners to oversee the election.

“We are therefore constrained to warn that any attempt to yield to the antics of undemocratic forces using spurious or fake security report as an excuse will not be tolerated.

“Nigerians are sufficiently enlightened to understand the antics of desperate politicians that may want to use their privileged positions to undermine our electoral process and put our democracy in peril.

“The legitimacy of our leaders is hinged on a credible, fair and transparent electoral process.

“Once the confidence of the electorate is lacking in the electoral umpire, our hard earned democracy will be in jeopardy,” he said.

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Sheriff expressed hope that INEC would not yield to any blackmail to shift the date of the election.

He called on civil society organizations, pro-democracy activists, election monitoring groups and members of the diplomatic community to be vigilant.

He also urged them to ensure that all stakeholders played by the rules and refrain from changing the goal post at the middle of the game.

According to the chairman, upholding the tenets of democracy and the rule of law is the only way to credible and transparent electoral process in the conduct of the by election.

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Diezani Alison-Madueke: How INEC officers received N264m from ex-minister

Nigeria’s former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, heard that two INEC employees, Christian Nwosu and Yisa Adegoyin, allegedly received N264million from a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

A prosecution witness, Mr Timothy Olaobaju, said that the money was paid to Nwosu and Adedoyin in cash.

Olaobaju  said this while testifying at the resumed trial of the accused persons, facing charges of corruption and undue enrichment.

They are charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of receiving bribe from the former minister.

Also charged is Tijani Bashir.

Adedoyin had pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted following a plea bargain.

Led in evidence on Wednesday by the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness, a bank operative, said that he paid Nwosu and Adedoyin the sum of N264 million, on the instructions of Alison-Madueke.

“Sometime in 2015, there was a meeting between our Managing Director and former Petroleum Minister during which she explained that some companies and individuals would come to the bank to pay some money into some accounts.

“The companies were Nothern Belt Ltd, Actus Integrated Ltd, Midwestern Company and one Mr Leno Laitan.

“In addition, she said that certain individuals would bring some cash to be kept for her.

“A total sum of 89 million dollars was paid into the accounts; cash sums of 25 million dollars was brought, totalling 114 million dollars and the money was kept in the bank pending her instruction as agreed.

“On March 26, 2014, we got instruction that the money be converted to naira.

“After it was converted, it amounted to  about N23 billion.

‘’There was a list of beneficiaries that was sent, to be paid across the 36 states of the federation, including Kwara and I handled the transactions in my branch,” the witness said.

He said that the accused came to his office to collect the cash payment, and that he only acted on instruction.

“There was an instruction that Nwosu and Adedoyin be paid N264 million and it was on the instructions of Alison-Madueke that they were paid,” he said

According to the witness, the accused signed a receipt of payment for the money they collected.

The witness said that after the accused were paid, they left with the cash and did not pay it into any account in his branch.

Meanwhile, under cross examination by defence counsel, Messrs  Obinna Okereke and Nelson Imoh, the witness said that he did not know the purpose of the payment.

“The only instruction we had is that they should bring means of identification and should be paid; we did not know the purpose of the payment,” he said.

The case was  adjourned until June 29 for continuation of trial.

The prosecution  had alleged that the accused persons committed the offence on March 27, 2015 by accepting bribe from the ex-Minister.

They were alleged to have conspired to take possession of the sum of about N264 million which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of gratification.


The accused were also said to have made cash payments of the sum of about N235 million, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law, without going through a financial institution.

EFCC alleged that Bashir also made a cash payment of about N70.1 million to Adedoyin without going through a financial institution and which sum exceeded the amount authorized by law.

The prosecution also alleged that Bashir also directly took possession of the sum of about N165 million which sum he ought reasonably to have known formed part of an unlawful act of gratification.

In count seven, Nwosu was alleged to have directly used the sum of N30 million which he ought to have known formed part of an unlawful act of gratification.

The offences were said to have contravened the provisions of sections 15 (3), 16 (2) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Amendment Act, 2012.

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Ibe Kachikwu: FG says no plan to concession or sell refineries

Ibe Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu said that it was imperative to make the clarification, following wrong speculations.

The Federal Government said on Wednesday that it has no plans to concession or sell the refineries in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari said this while declaring open the 5th Triennial National Delegates’ Conference of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(PENGASSAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is: “Emerging Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry and its Impacts on Labour Movement in Nigeria.”

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu said that it was imperative to make the clarification as there were rumours, especially from people who should know better.

According to him, there has been no attempt and there is no approval to concession refineries or sell refineries.

“I keep hearing discussions all over the place, especially from people who should know better.

“What we have approval for is to bring in a financing mechanism that will enable us to finance and develop and upgrade the refineries as they are.

“The reality is that once private sector players begin to build their own refineries, whatever we are afraid of will disappear.

“And unless we begin to move very rapidly and quickly to position these refineries in such a way that they can compete, we will lose the refineries completely together with the job scale that exist there right now.

“My drive is to see that those investments goes through a transparent process and the announcement that you hear about selection has not happened, ” he said.

The president, however, said there was need to bring in fund and best practices that would elevate the institutions to the level where they should work for the country as the nation was losing money.

Buhari decried the drop in the oil price, saying that the prices have tumbled and have continued to struggle in spite of all the works done in Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC) to stabilise price.

He also noted that that investments are declining at an alarming rate and there are new entrants into the industry.

According to him, only those who are able to look at their technology and new ways of doing business are going to survive the oil industry of tomorrow.

“As it concerns Nigeria, we must work inclusively hard to deal with some of the difficulties that we will continue to see in our production platforms.

“Whether it is the militants which is a key component or the slow speed of approvals or whether the fact that our policies are not even as fast as they should to catch up with changing times.

“We have to influence policies and we have got to work extremely hard to help drive the change that is imperative is the sector to survive.

“Infrastructural deficit is a key component.

“We lack infrastructure in the sector, whether it is downstream or upstream or oil and gas.

“The absence of infrastructure has made it impossible to have a holistic private sector participation.

“We have got to find policies that will encourage private sector participants to play a key role. coupled with that is the fact that countries are moving away from oil, ”he said.

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The president called on the union to see other opportunities in terms of job creation and employment in the oil sector.

He also called on them to see gas as the future new horizon of opportunity for the country and urged them to take advantage it.

He stressed the need to end gas flaring within the next three years.

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Evans: Arrested kidnapper sues Police IG, Idris


Evans' lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje filed the fundamental rights enforcement suit in the court on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike also known as Evans, has sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris for illegally detaining him.

According to Daily Post, Evans, in the suit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, wants the court to compel the police to charge him to court or release him.

Reports say the Lagos police spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole has denied knowledge of the suit.

Famous-Cole said “Evans sued us? I have no information on this yet. But if this has happened, then we have not been served.

“Please get back to me later. However, we will respond once we get court summon.”

ALSO READ: Evans' victims say their lives are in danger

According to Vanguard, his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje filed the fundamental rights enforcement suit in the court on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

It has been over 14 days since the alleged kidnapper was arrested by Abba Kyari’s intelligence response team.

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Nigerian Comedy: See how African girls tell guys they are interested in them (video)

Have you noticed that when ladies want to tell a guy they are interested in him, they always ask this question? Watch video and see.

If you think some guys have funny ways of telling a lady that they are interested in them, wait till you see how ladies do theirs.

While some guys try to act nice and say things that makes it obvious that they are interested in a lady, ladies on the other hand always ask just this one question to stylishly inform the guy that they are interested.


In this funny Ebaby Kobby video, his date, who happens to be interested in him, stylishly makes her intentions known to him just like most ladies would and it is pretty hilarious because this is how African ladies make their intentions known.

Watch the funny video and see for yourself.

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Strategy: 'Turn the interview process on its head': A Facebook director shares 3 questions to ask in every job interview

Put yourself in the driver's seat.

Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, talks about how to have a successful job interview.

Job interviews can often feel like interrogations, with hiring managers drilling applicants on their work experience and best professional qualities.

But successful candidates typically know that the best interviews are conversations rather than a one-sided questioning.

Jeff Reynar, director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook, visited Business Insider and provided some advice on how to take the reins from the interviewer.

"You can sort of turn the interview process on its head a little bit and ask the person whose interviewing you what they've done, what they've worked on, and what they've learned in the process," Reynar told Business Insider.

"That's a great way to get a sense for whether you'll fit in and get the experience and have the job you're looking for," he continued.

Reynar, who reviews between 50 and 100 résumés across range of different disciplines each year, said that interviewing should be as much about a company making a choice about an applicant as the applicant making a choice about the company.

"I think the way you should think about the interview process is that it's Facebook trying to figure out whether you're a fit for the company and for a particular set of projects, and that for you, you want to figure out whether Facebook is the right place for you," he continued.

Job candidates should think about what they are looking to do in their career and then have a conversation during an interview to figure out if the company is the right place for them, Reynar said.

Interviewees should ask probing questions to figure if they will enjoy working as part of the team, Reynar said, and offered up some smart questions to ask:

• Are there other people from the university that I attend who work here? Can I talk to them?

• What does it look like to change jobs in a couple years after I've been successful on my first project?

• How long do people stay in this office? Do people move from office to office?

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Sports: Trump had Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert crash the Chicago Cubs' photo op at the White House in a bizarre scene


In the Cubs' second White House visit since their World Series win, the Chicago squad got the chance to glad-hand with both Trump and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert

The Chicago Cubs have had a whirlwind 24 hours.

On Tuesday night after the Cubs gave up seven steals to the Washington Nationals, catcher Miguel Montero made headlines after criticizing starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. By Wednesday morning it was reported that Montero would be cut from the team.

By Wednesday afternoon, many members of the Cubs roster were visiting President Donald Trump at the White House.

The trip was not an official visit, as the Cubs had already gone to the White House in January before President Barack Obama left office, but with the team in town to play the Nationals, a stop by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was seemingly not that difficult to arrange.

The visit was supposedly so unofficial that Cubs manager Joe Maddon said meeting Trump was only "a possibility." But Trump would end up taking a moment out of his busy schedule to stand for pictures with the team and the World Series trophy.

But the Cubs weren't the only sports-related visit the president had pencilled into his daybook — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was also present at the White House on Wednesday, and Trump was quick to invite him into the room where he was hosting the Cubs.

"Where's Dan? Where's Dan Gilbert? He's right outside — grab him. Where's Dan? Dan Gilbert just came in." Trump said, "He's the basketball — he's looking for a good basketball player. Anybody play basketball?"

Gilbert made a light joke saying,"This is tough for a guy from Cleveland," a reference to the Cleveland Indians loss to the Cubs in the World Series that made the room laugh. Trump then encouraged Gilbert to join the Cubs for a picture.

It has still not been reported why Gilbert was visiting the White House in the first place, leaving many on Twitter confused as to why the Cavaliers owner was there in the first place.

Gilbert wasn't the only franchise owner that Trump would shake hands with during the photo-op.

Trump also gave a bit of special attention to Todd Ricketts, whose family owns the Cubs and who was nominated to be Trump's deputy commerce secretary but would later withdraw his nomination. "We wanted him in the administration," said Trump. "And after about 9,000 pages of filings he said, 'The heck with it.'"

The Ricketts family has a fairly odd relationship with Trump. During the primaries, the family reportedly spent $5.5 million on negative ads against then-candidate Trump, leading Trump to send what appeared to be a poorly veiled threat to the family.

Once the primaries were over and Trump was the Republican nominee, the two sides let bygones be bygones and the Ricketts pledged to spend seven-figures to help get Trump elected, while Trump offered Todd Ricketts the aforementioned spot in his administration.

You can watch video of the visit below.

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Finance: STOCKS CLIMB: Here's what you need to know


Stocks climbed on Wednesday.

First up, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 21,454.61, +143.95, (+0.68%)
  • S&P 500: 2,440.69, +21.31, (+0.88%)
  • Nasdaq: 6,234.41, +87.79, (+1.43%)
  • US 10-year yield: 2.224%, +0.026
  • WTI crude: $44.78, +0.54, +1.22%

1. WARREN BUFFETT: The Republican healthcare bill should be called the "Relief for the Rich Act." During an interview with "PBS NewsHour" on Tuesday, Buffett said he thinks the healthcare bill has one goal: to help rich people like him.

2. TRUMP: We're going to have a "big surprise" on healthcare. "Healthcare is working along very well. We're gonna have a big surprise," Trump said during an event in the White House with the Chicago Cubs. "We have a great healthcare package." When asked for clarification, Trump replied, "We're going to have a great, great surprise."

3. Meanwhile, Rand Paul released a list of demands for the Senate healthcare bill, and it shows why it might be impossible to pass. Soon after it was released, Paul announced that he would not support the current Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), because it did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare.

4. The stock market is sending Janet Yellen a crucial message. If the equity market truly believed the Federal Reserve's assertion that the economy is strong enough to withstand higher interest rates, it would be fleeing from stocks offering high yields. But it's doing the opposite.

5. Ethereum explodes above $300. It touched a high of $308 earlier in the session Wednesday. The gains came less than a week after a flash crash on the Global Digital Asset Exchange pushed the crypto-currency's price down to as low as $0.10.


The housing market has become "lopsided" — and it's bad news for first-time buyers.

ETFs are being unfairly blamed for one of the market's biggest problems.

The tech stock Illuminati are getting too much credit.

Trump appears to be losing influence on healthcare.

There are "cracks emerging" in the calmest market in years.

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Finance: The Trump administration just announced sweeping changes to airline safety

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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly just announced a host of new airline security measures.

On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced an array of sweeping changes aimed at making flying safer in a speech at the Council for New American Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

The changes include the increased enhanced overall passenger screening, heightened screening of personal electronic devices, more thorough screening at checkpoints, along with the increased use of security technology, canines, and preclearance locations.

These new measures, both seen and unseen, affect all commercial airline flights into the US.

According to airline sources, passengers' in-flight experience should not be affected by these changes.

In his speech, Secretary Kelly reaffirmed his belief that terrorist organizations are continuing their efforts to bring down an American airliner.

In addition, Secretary Kelly did not announce an expansion of the laptop ban that currently affects 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, the secretary did say that parties who do not cooperate in the implementation of these new security measures may be subject to a new laptop ban.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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Relationship Wednesday: Is there really a soulmate out there for everyone?

Soulmates are real, aren't they?

What if the search for a soulmate is just another wild goose chase, fuelled by movies and romance novels?

A soul mate is a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.

The notion that there is a perfect person somewhere for everyone is what drives many people in relationships.

People entertain the idea and pursue the goal of finding ’the one’ because, apparently, once you do, life feels perfect, the joy of being in a relationship/marriage just flows naturally and all is rosy and resplendent.

But, really, how true is this idea? What if there isn't a particular truth to it and it's just another wild goose chase, fuelled by movies and romance novels?

ALSO READ: Why commitment is the ultimate relationship goal

Is there really someone out there, or maybe there are actually more than one soulmate for one person?

And all the great things they say about being in a relationship with that person, how true are they?

How do you even recognize him or her, and what then happens if things somehow don’t work out with them, or if they die?

Marcy Dolapo Oni examines this in Episode 29 of her show, ‘So You Wanna Get Married?’

Watch her and her guests provide answers to these questions below.

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Tech: There's a striking relationship between cancer and Alzheimer's, and it could hold the key to new treatments

Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are sit inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

The top cancer center in the country, MD Anderson, is looking into the link between cancer and Alzheimer's and it could lead to some new treatments.

Alzheimer's disease affects about 5.5 million Americans — a number that's expected to balloon to 13.8 million by 2050.

As the most common cause of dementia, it's the sixth leading cause of death in the US, behind conditions like heart disease and cancer.

The growing number of people who have the disease is troubling, because there are only four approved drugs that treat symptoms of the disease, and several hopeful treatments have failed key studies in 2017.

Unexpectedly, it's something researchers at the top cancer hospital in the US are looking into. While cancer and Alzheimer's seemingly don't have that much in common, there is one key link that researchers at MD Anderson think could be useful: People with a history of cancer are less likely to get Alzheimer's, while people with Alzheimer's are less likely to get cancer.

"Age is the biggest risk factor for both. But then for some reason, some people go one direction, others go another direction," Jim Ray, head of research for the Neurodegeneration Consortium at MD Anderson told Business Insider.

In the last decade the researchers have made this observational link between the development of Alzheimer's and a decreased cancer risk and vice versa. So researchers have been hypothesizing why that happens. At a very simplified level, the cause of the diseases might hold the biggest clue. "Cancer is a disease of cells that cannot die, will not die. Alzheimer's is a disease of cells that are supposed to live your entire lifetime that you can't keep alive," he said.

One of the ways researchers have been getting clues into the link is in cancer patients who have chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction. An estimated 75% of cancer patients have some level of cognitive impairment (memory loss, attention problems, etc.). Chemotherapy works by killing cancer cells by targeting fast-dividing cells, and in most cases, kills off some healthy cells along the way, including nerve cells in the brain.

"It's an understudied area," Ray said. "And I think a lot of people didn't fully realize it was a problem."

It's something drug researchers have started looking into, to see if there could be a therapy that prevents the neurological damage that happens with chemotherapy. If they can figure out what's going on and how to prevent the neurological side effects for cancer patients, the same approach could hold some promise in treating Alzheimer's as well.

Why cancer researchers are looking for new ways to tackle Alzheimer's

The search for new Alzheimer's treatments hasn't been going well. The last new drug approved was back in 2003, and a slew of failed trials in the beginning of 2017 has cast a shadow over the field.

Still, more drugs are in late-stage trials that could have an impact on the disease, and researchers are pinning hopes on diagnosing the disease early, before symptoms even show up. If any of those treatments pan out, it could change the way we look at the disease and potentially make the statistics a lot less dire.

Unlike some of the promising treatments that have failed in 2017 that deal with the so-called "amyloid hypothesis" (the treatments target amyloid beta deposits in the brain that accumulate in people with Alzheimer's disease), approaches that try to prevent nerve cells from dying wouldn't have any impact on that buildup. Instead of trying to clear the body of the deposits, it would just try to strengthen the nerve cells that are there.

"What we're trying to do is make your nerve cells more resistant to damage," Ray said. "It won't stop the damage, but it'd just make them more resistant longer, be more resilient."

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Tech: A historically black college just opened a campus at Google headquarters — here's what it's like inside


Howard University, one of the largest historically black colleges in the US, has opened a campus at Google as part of a new summer program.

Howard University, one of the nation's largest historically black colleges, is granting 25 to 30 students the chance to spend their summer as Googlers.

For three months starting this summer, rising juniors and seniors will take classes at the new Howard West campus in Mountain View, California.

Students at Howard West will learn from Google employees and Howard faculty with the goal of establishing themselves in an industry where black engineers are largely absent.

In 2016, just 1% of Google's technical engineering staff identified as black. Meanwhile, 37% identified as Asian and 57% identified as white.

Howard West was designed by Kurani, a design firm specializing in learning spaces. The firm's founder, Danish Kurani, gave Business Insider a virtual tour of the new space.

Here's what it's all about.

Kurani says Howard West is meant to blend seamlessly with the existing Google campus in order to produce "collisions" with actual Google employees and foster conversations.

For that reason, Howard West sits in one of the landmark buildings at the Googleplex. It occupies two floors.

"We decided to give the students a balance between the professional and the academic," Kurani told Business Insider, "so that they feel that collegiate vibe as well as that professional vibe."

One of the staples is the faux-grassy "quad," complete with tall windows, comfortable seating, and a ping-pong table.

"All of the spaces upstairs are very collegiate," Kurani said.

Already, he's seen Google staff playing against students in games of ping pong. "So there's a lot of bonding and relationship-building that happens," he said.

The upstairs includes a small workout room with Howard's mascot, the Bison, painted across a wall.

Nearby is the library, which was modeled off the actual Howard library in Washington D.C., Kurani says.

"The Googleplex has so many employees that it's really easy to feel lost on the campus, isolated potentially," Kurani said. "We wanted to give them a space of their own."

The division between the two levels is meant to reflect that balance.

Downstairs looks more like a typical Google campus, from its color scheme to the walls covered in whiteboards.

A partition in the middle of the room provides privacy to people studying on one side and people in the middle of a lesson on the other.

Kurani says the space is also meant to serve as a breakaway location if Howard faculty want to hold "office hours" with a student.

Elsewhere in the building is a mock interview room, which faculty can use to prepare students for the job screenings they'll encounter in the future.

"It even has a skyline of Manhattan looking through a window, so you feel like you're in some executive suite being interviewed," he said.

Lastly, there's a common room for socializing. Recently, the students all ordered pizza to watch the NBA finals together, Kurani says.

His ultimate goal is to help students feel like they belong at the Google campus, and to help them see themselves as potential Google employees someday.

"When you've gone through that experience, you can really picture yourself working there. You can really picture yourself as part of that culture and that ecosystem," Kurani said. "It gives you a certain level of confidence when you are applying for those jobs."

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Politics: TRUMP: We're going to have a 'big surprise' on healthcare


"Healthcare is working along very well. We're gonna have a big surprise," Trump said in a meeting at the White House. "We have a great healthcare package.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested a "big surprise" was in store on the Senate Republican healthcare bill, a day after its progress stalled in the chamber.

"Healthcare is working along very well. We're gonna have a big surprise," Trump said at an event in the White House with the Chicago Cubs. "We have a great healthcare package."

When asked for clarification, Trump replied: "We're going to have a great, great surprise."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed a vote on the GOP bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, because of divisions between the conservative and moderate wings of the party.

Moderates believe the bill goes too far in its cuts to programs like Medicaid, while conservatives say it does not go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare.

Trump also met with the full Senate Republican conference on Tuesday, accounts of which suggested the president seemed not to grasp some of the basics of the healthcare bill.

McConnell is aiming to get a revised agreement on the legislation by Friday before the weeklong July 4 recess so the Congressional Budget Office can score it over the break. That would set the bill up for a vote the week of July 10.

GOP senators on Wednesday hinted that such a deal was not close.

Sen. Rand Paul, a conservative holdout, told reporters the conference was at an "impasse." Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate holdout, said she still saw serious, fundamental issues in the bill.

When asked whether an agreement on the healthcare bill would be ready by Friday, Sen. John McCain told reporters: "Pigs could fly."

Watch Trump's comments on healthcare, starting at 2:30:

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