Sunday, December 31

Australia and Zealand bring in the New Year.

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ON THE OTHER side of the globe, New Year's Eve has already come and gone with celebrations in Australia and New Zealand.We thought we’d round up some photos to show how those communities brought in the New Year.Though Samoa was the first country to embrace 2018, New Zealand wasn’t far behind with the capital of Wellington lighting up with a fireworks display.Jack Thurston from NBC was there to capture celebrations: Sydney’s fireworks featured a 20-second set designed by Hugh Jackman.
New Year's Eve: 'Most technologically advanced' Sydney fireworks show wows 1 billion people worldwide with an estimated worldwide audience of 1 billion people the Sydney fireworks spectacular wowed the crowds around the harbour which was jammed to capacity by midnight on Sunday.About 1.6 million people attended the fireworks around the edge of Sydney Harbour where a rainbow waterfall off the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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The 'love' theme for the Sydney fireworks suits this American couple - Jayson and EJ got engaged on the Harbour Bridge yesterday! #SydNYE @abcnews
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Saturday, December 30

Lagos Govt Moves To Tax Churches, Mosques.

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A bill that would review land use charge in Lagos state has gone through second reading on the floor of the state House of Assembly during plenary on Thursday, December 28. The law tagged “A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes” was subsequently committed to the House Ad-hoc Committee on Finance headed by Yinka Ogundimu representing Agege II, New Telegraph reports.Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said the law was all about increasing the revenue generation of the state. He said that the House would not exempt religious organisations in the law “because most of the worship centres are making money.“We could only exempt Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”Obasa observed that a situation where a few consultants were working with the state governments on the collection of land use charge was not good enough, calling for an increase in the number of consultants. He said: “We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered in the collection of land use charge. Whatever tribunal that would be set up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government.

Are you a lone parent? If so, you might be eligible for a €5,000 per year higher education bursary.

THE DEPARTMENT OF Education has announced €6 million worth of funding to assist people from different groups that are underrepresented in higher education. The 1916 Bursary Fund will allocate students €5,000 per year over the next three years, coming to a total of €6 million. The bursary will be allocated first to 200 students for the current 2017/2018 academic year, in a number of different universities and colleges across the country. The qualify for the bursary, a person needs to be from one of a number of target groups.No matter what target group a student is from, they need to be socio-economically disadvantaged in order to be eligible. The target groups include: 
  • Lone parents (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted towards lone parents) 
  • First time and mature student entrants 
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment 
  • Travellers 
  • Further education award holders 
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees) 
All recipients of the grants will need to be socio-economically disadvantaged in order to qualify for the payment. Students can apply for the grants if they are currently in higher education or if they are entering for the first time. A student in receipt of a Susi maintenance grant will be able to add this on top. The Education Department also today announced the areas in which the grants will be allocated and the number of grants per area for the 2017/2019 academic year. These will be spread across higher education institutions across the country. A total of 40 bursaries (out of 200) have been awarded to lone parents for the current academic year. The bursary will be payable to each year of study that the student is in higher education. The €6 million funding will be for the next three years before it is looked at again. The funding is being allocated under the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019 and is part of the Programme for Access to Higher Education (Path) Fund. Previously, a total of €2.7 million was announced under Path to help train teachers from specific target groups.“If we want our education system to be the best, it must be as inclusive as possible,” said Education Minister Richard Bruton.“This funding is one of a range of measures we are taking to ensure that this is the case. I’m particularly happy that we are supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become teachers, thus becoming role models for the rest of their community.

Better sex education and conversations with parents: Why the teen pregnancy rate keeps falling.

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THE NUMBER OF teenage pregnancies in Ireland has fallen by 64% in 15 years.

Friday, December 29

7 lovely photos of mothers and daughters who look almost the same age.

As the saying goes, age ain't nothing but a number. Sometimes, this saying is proven literally true when pictures of moms alongside their daughters show them looking almost the same age. Age can sometimes play tricks on the eye. In some cases, it's even impossible to tell a parent from his or her child. Mothers who are blessed with good looks, pass on their impeccable genes to their offspring and have people wondering if they are twins. Sometimes, mothers even look younger than their kids and all that can be attributed to good genes or really good work out routines. Here are seven incredible photos showing mothers looking almost the same age as their daughters. 
1.43-year-old mom (left) is almost indistinguishable from her twin daughters. 
2.Almost difficult telling them apart. 
3.51-year-old mom (left) looking every bit as young as her daughter.
Unbelievable, but this 61-year-old mom (second from right) is definitely not her daughter's (left) sister. 
5.This daughter (right) is paying tribute to her mom (left).The only problem is,they look like sisters.
6.This mom (left) went prom dress shopping with her daughter,but she could easily attend prom herself. 
7.Mom and daughter modelling together can you tell who's who? 

9 stunning destinations from National Geographic's best winter trips.

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EVERY YEAR, NATIONAL Geographic Travel puts together an annual Best Winter Trips collection to gather some of the world’s most amazing.This year, the publisher has nine wintry getaways to have people reaching for their passports.Here are some shots of what they went for.During peak breeding season on South Georgia Island, which is near the Antarctic Peninsula, there is said to be more wildlife per square foot than anywhere else in the world.
A gentoo penguin will make as many as 450 foraging dives per day, and with 24 hours of sunlight during December days, you’ll have plenty of chances to see it happen.
Every winter, thousands of grey whales migrate some 6,000 miles south to breeding grounds in Baja California.
Tiny mangrove-laced islands, such as Isla EspĂ­ritu Santo, make perfect base locations for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking.
Belize is well-known for its pristine waters and coral, but the mainland is equally beautiful. These jungles are located near Belcampo Lodge.
Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere and the thousand-foot-wide Great Blue Hole.
After a devastating series of hurricanes this year, some Caribbean islands are opening their doors to visitors once again, including Turks and Caicos.
Colorful beachside buildings have reopened on many Caribbean islands, including Turks and Caicos.
Glowing houses are covered in snow in Chubu, Japan. This is just one of many festivals that bring Japan to life this time of year.
Red bridges and torri gates are striking under a blanket of white snow in the winter months.
More than a hundred square miles of ice surround visitors on the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park.
With many amenities closed during the summer months, November through April is an ideal time to visit Torres del Paine National Park.
A cheetah struts across Serengeti National Park.
Whether you’re in a hot-air balloon over the savannah or at eye level on the roads below, the Serengeti National Park is sure to be a wild experience.
Snowstorms will not keep Vienna's world-renowned Christmas markets from spreading holiday cheer.
Christmas markets have warmed Vienna’s city centre for centuries. This is City Hall’s classic Christkindlmarkt.
There are countless ways to experience the arching palms, floating markets, and biodiversity of the Mekong river, which connects six countries.
Stunning views line the banks of the Mekong, Southeast Asia's longest river, like the Amphawa floating market in Thailand.

Love on a budget! US couple dazzle the internet with simple wedding ceremony.

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Meet a wonderful couple who got married without having any guest asides their pastor in attendance The internet has been buzzing in awe after pictures of a couple who had a very simple wedding surfaced online.The couple who are yet to be identified had a simple courthouse wedding with just the minister present to officiate.
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The photos were shared online by the official photographer for the wedding It is no news that weddings today are a big deal. From hosting the biggest weddings to having the best bridal dresses, the list goes on and on. People plan their weddings with huge budgets ranging from thousands of dollars to millions, all with the sole purpose of achieving their dream wedding. A dream wedding, however, varies from one person to another.
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This American couple has proven that it doesn't take so much to seal the deal with a loved one. The couple who are yet to be identified had a very intimate wedding with just their pastor in attendance at the Historic DeKalb courthouse in the US.
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The official photographer took to her Instagram page to share photos from the event and wrote:"I saw pictures of this wonderful couple posted online recently and it brought back amazing memories. I remember receiving a call from the groom about a simple 1hr courthouse wedding coming up in a few days.
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