Monday, October 14

Heartwarming moment girl bursts into tears as she's reunited with her lost teddy.




A ten-year-old girl burst into tears of joy after being reunited with her favorite teddy she thought she'd lost forever. Young Brit Millie McAlpine had accidentally left her toy dog behind while on holiday in the US. On the plane home, Millie realized Special Dog was nowhere to be seen - until the hotel sent back 'Special Dog' after two weeks of sleepless nights. Mum Lucy explained: "We were on the plane back home when Millie said: 'Mummy I wish I had Special Dog.

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"We rang the hotel as soon as we could and spoke to them right up until we had to put our phones away but they said they couldn't find him. We were completely in their hands."I knew exactly what happened. When we were leaving Millie was tired and didn't want to get out of bed so she got dressed in bed and obviously just left Special Dog there."We had the whole day to remember but we just didn't!" After an emotional nine-hour flight, Millie returned home- without her favorite teddy. Her parents said their daughter was "beside herself" without her teddy and rebuffed all attempts to buy her a new one. Lucy said: "She's had Special Dog since she was born and slept with him every night."Millie takes him everywhere- on holiday, to a sleepover and school trips. There's no way she could be without him."Friends and family tried to cheer Millie up with some brand new toys- but Millie just wanted her Special Dog. Lucy added: "We were really concerned about how we were going to get through it. The family would come round with new teddies but nothing fitted the same, nothing was quite the same although she was very grateful."We tried to find a replacement for Special Dog and thought about pretending it was Special Dog but we just knew that she would notice."

The family's hopes began to wane after two weeks had passed with no sign of Special Dog. However, out of the blue, the family got the news that after frantic searching, the hotel had found Special Dog and would fly him home. Days later a package arrived addressed to Millie and as she opened a Hard Rock cafe lunchbox discovered it was Special Dog and burst into tears."Out of the blue, we got an email from the hotel saying they had found him! We weren't entirely sure it was him but they sent through photos and we just knew.



Sunday, October 13

Kids Give Mom Sweet Surprise When She Finishes Her Dissertation.

Image result for Kids Give Mom Sweet Surprise When She Finishes Her Dissertation.Right after Candace Hall turned in her dissertation, wrapping up her time as a student at Maryville University, she walked out to a sweet surprise. Grinning from ear to ear were her three kids, ages 7,6, and 4. They were doing the floss dance to 1K Phew’s song “We Did It.” After the dancing, they picked up signs that read "I love you, mom!" "We did it!" and "Dr Mom." "I was pleasantly surprised. Not many people can effectively surprise me but they did. And it was just a joy to celebrate that moment with me,” Hall told InsideEdition.com. “They saw me when I started the process and for them to see me finish, it was a blessing." 
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he 31-year-old spent the last two years working towards her doctorate in higher education. Hall’s dissertation examined the factors that contribute to job satisfaction in academia, especially among faculty of colour. At the same time, she was juggling a full-time job working as an academic program coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as her roles as a wife and a mom.“There are times where it’s overwhelming and I’m like, I think about this too much. I have to balance way too much, I have to give up something,” Hall started.“It was really important to just sit down and prioritize what was important to me. And then also to understand this would not be a permanent thing, like things that I would be sacrificing. Hall says the key to her success was proper planning.
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“My advice would be to write down your goals, what you see yourself doing and then put it up somewhere so that you see it and it’s a reminder why you’re doing this. So that in those days, it feels impossible and you feel like giving up, you can remember why you started.”"My philosophy was, as long as I look ahead, so if life gets in the way and I fall behind, then I'll be exactly where I need to be."Hall passed with flying colours.
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Her hooding ceremony and graduation will be in the Spring of 2020. She’s suspecting her loved ones may have yet another trick up their sleeves, but what’s most important to her is the lesson her children will take away from her diligence.“I just hope my kids remember this when they get older and they feel like, 'Oh, I can’t do it.' I hope they look back to this moment, like, ‘Look what mom did,’” Hall said.

Buckingham Palace Returns Lost Toy Monkey to Little Girl ⁠Along With New Friend.

When Harriet the toy monkey went missing from her tiny human, Savannah, during a recent trip to Buckingham Palace, the 5-year-old Australian was devastated."She sneaked out of daddy's bag and she goes into the garden shed," Savannah, who takes Harriet on adventures all over the world, told APTN. Savannah’s mom, Katie, painted the whole picture. "She was taken out of daddy's bag to get some photos. The next day, we were on a tour bus and I just had the thought and said, 'Where is Harriet?'" Katie said. After their trip back to Adelaide minus one, Savannah and some kindergarten friends decided to write a letter to Buckingham Palace. They asked Queen Elizabeth if she'd spotted Savannah’s beloved Harriet."We put in lots of photos of Harriet's adventures ... and all the children signed it and put it in an envelope and posted it off." Much to their surprise, they got a response. The palace had, indeed, found Harriet and sent her home.Now Harriet even has a new friend a toy corgi named Rex, which the palace sent along so Harriet wouldn't get lonely on her trip home.

How the Harlem Globetrotters’ famous 1948 win against the champion Lakers paved way for Blacks to play in the NBA

 
The Harlem Globetrotters, a predominantly black professional U.S. basketball team, is now remembered for its ball-handling, antics, tricks and entertainment. In its early years, it was a formidable basketball team, playing the game straight-up and conquering opponents. In 1925, a group of former basketball players from Chicago’s Wendell Phillips High School reunited to play for the Giles Post American Legion basketball team that barnstormed around the Midwest. The reunion culminated in the Savoy Big Five in 1926, who played home games as pre-dance entertainment at Chicago’s newly opened Savoy Ballroom. However, by 1928, a pay dispute led five players to jump ship to form the Globetrotters. The players were good and strong, however, they needed someone to package everything and to enable them to make steady money to feed themselves and families. Enter, Sports promoter Abe Saperstein, who acquired the team soon after and owned it until his death in 1966. In 1930, the team’s name was rebranded to Harlem Globetrotters from its New York Globetrotters name to tap into the fierceness of the Harlem neighbourhood in New York; although it will take decades before the team, actually played in Harlem. The travelling team had cultivated keen fans and displayed such mesmerizing skills that in 1939, they participated in the first professional basketball championship, losing to the New York Renaissance in the final game, however, undaunted they won the prestigious World Professional Basketball Tournament against Chicago Bruins the next year. In 1948, the Globetrotters stunned the basketball world by defeating the Minneapolis Lakers, champions of the all-white National Basketball League, the precursor to the National Basketball Association (NBA). The following year, they beat the Lakers again. The Globetrotters didn’t start to incorporate comedy, ball tricks and dribbling exhibitions into their games until the late 1930s. When they did, it was Inman Jackson who was the first to assume the role of “clown prince” on the team. As the National Basketball Association became racially integrated in the 1950s, the opportunities for competitive games on the barnstorming circuit dried up. As a result, the team made comedic entertainment its central focus. Some outstanding Globetrotters were Reece “Goose” Tatum, Marques Haynes, Clarence Wilson, “Meadowlark” Lemon, Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain, Herb “Geese” Ausbie, and Lynette Woodard, the first woman to play for the team. After their famous wins against the World Champion Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA, the Globetrotters who became socially influential were regarded as the world’s best basketball team, showing that African-Americans could excel on a professional level. The victories over the Lakers accelerated the integration of the NBA, as Globetrotter Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract when he joined the famed New York Knicks in 1950. The Globetrotters also embarked on their first-ever international tour in 1950, playing before their largest crowd ever 75,000 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in 1951, finishing the decade with their maiden trip to the Soviet Union in 1959. Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain played a season with Globetrotters in 1958-59 and was part of that Soviet Union tour. Chamberlain, the NBA’s huge draw credits his time with the Globetrotters as one of his most pleasant days. Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain played a season with Globetrotters in 1958-59 and was part of that Soviet Union tour. Chamberlain, the NBA’s huge draw credits his time with the Globetrotters as one of his most pleasant days. The Globetrotters have been named Ambassadors of Goodwill for serving mankind around the world and received accolades from world leaders including Presidents Eisenhower and Ford. The appeal of the Globetrotters shined on even into the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Harlem Globetrotters cartoon show on CBS earned some of the highest ratings in the history of Saturday morning television. The players also featured on various TV shows.Former Globetrotters player Mannie Jackson purchased the team in 1993, becoming the first African-American to own major international sports and entertainment organization. He tripled the team’s revenue in three years and quadrupled its size in five. The team was also active in philanthropic efforts, with charitable contributions totalling more than $11 million under Jackson’s guidance. Thirteen people with ties to the Harlem Globetrotters have been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2002 the team was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. On October 1, 2013, the Globetrotters were purchased by Herschend Family Entertainment. They continue to bring their entertainment to millions of fans around the world with more than 400 live events each year. It is estimated 750 men and women have played for the Globetrotters, a team which has entertained popes, kings, queens and presidents around the globe. The Harlem Globetrotters have also starred in two 1950s Hollywood movies, including “Go Man Go” featuring Sidney Poitier. In recognition of their role as entertainers, the Harlem Globetrotters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1982.
 
  
 

Jason Weaver, voice of Lion King’s Simba shares story of how he declined $2m for eternal royalties.

It pays to have good counsel and even better to heed them. For American actor and singer Jason Weaver, he has his mum to thank for the steady cheque he receives since featuring in Walt Disney’s 1994 feature animation film ‘The Lion King.’ He was just a teen then. Weaver, was the singing voice of the young Simba in the film and for his work was offered a $2 million flat rate from Disney with no royalties, however, it was his clever mother who countered, probing if a system could be engineered for him to receive a sum and then enjoy royalties for life. In a Vlad TV interview, he stated “I remember it was like $2 million. You gotta remember, they’re coming off of Beauty and the Beast. They’re coming off of Aladdin. Disney had bread.”“Disney had a reputation for re-releasing stuff,” he continued. “I think at that time they had put out Sleeping Beauty and some of their old catalogue from when Walt Disney was alive. They were releasing that stuff when they were releasing the new Disney stuff, so she [Weaver’s mother] was able to see the playing field and go, ‘Wait a minute, this is going to make a lot of money over time, so what happens when my son turns 40? Is he going to be able to get a cheque for this when they eventually re-release this.”Weaver eventually had $100,000 upfront and a share of royalties. The gamble to decline $1.9 million has paid off as he says royalties he has received in 25 years has scaled the one-off sum. Weaver had earned $80,000 from his prior role as Michael Jackson in the TV mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream. The Lion King was released on June 15, 1994, to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music, story, and animation. It grossed $968.5 million in the box office. Ever grateful to his mother who has ensured that even when he dies, his estate will pass royalty to his son, he stated: “Shout out to my mother…She was absolutely right. That residual income that I generate, that is so helpful,” adding, “if my mother hadn’t done that; that would have been one of the biggest mistakes of my career business-wise.”Disney’s CGI remake of its 1994 film The Lion King has crossed $1.3 billion at the international box office, officially beating out Frozen’s $1.27 billion to become the top-grossing animated film of all time, per CinemaBlend.Weaver’s other acting credits include ‘The Lebrons’ TV series, ‘ATL’ and ‘The Ladykillers.’

Baltimore man killed by white neighbour after court denies him protective order.

 
Friends and family in Baltimore are mourning the death of Tyrique Hudson, a 22-year-old software engineer who was gunned down by his white neighbour while leaving for work this month. Hudson, who had just earned a computer science degree at North Carolina A&T University, had moved to his apartment complex outside of Baltimore to start his software engineer job at Northrop Grumman. The 22-year-old had tried to obtain a protective order against his 53-year-old white neighbour this February after the two had a confrontation, but a judge denied his request on claims that he did not provide enough proof. On April 15, Hudson was shot and killed in front of two witnesses in the stairwell of the complex while leaving for work. The neighbour, 53-year-old James Verombeck, has been charged with first-degree murder. Hudson’s family are currently seeking answers to the death of their son, which has made headlines. His mother, Tonya Burch, said the 22-year-old had begun a promising career and had just found a new apartment to move into when the incident happened.“He was getting his mindset to move because he was fearful,” Burch said.“He’s never had any confrontations or any fights.“Nobody has ever had to come to say, ‘Oh your son did this to me or your son did that to me.’ He was just overall a very gifted, unique child.”After the shooting, the suspect, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, locked himself inside his apartment for 10 hours until a SWAT team broke down the door and detained him. In his request for legal protection this February, Hudson described his first encounter with Verombeck. He said around 10 a.m. February 16, he was taking his trash out and stepped into the hallway, where he was met by Verombeck.“You knew this day was coming,” Verombeck told him, according to Hudson’s account as reported by the Sun. “You know what you did.”Verombeck then drew his hands across his neck, making a “throat-slitting gesture,” Hudson said. Hudson subsequently proceeded to court, where Verombeck told the judge, Devy Patterson Russell that he believed Hudson was videotaping him in his home.“He’s not recording you,” Russell told him. “He’s not videotaping you, OK? He’s not watching what you are doing. Do you understand?”When Hudson tried to get a court order barring Verombeck from making physical or verbal contact, Judge Russell denied his request, saying that what he is asking for required a pattern of behaviour instead of a single incident. Many have since criticized Russell for denying Hudson’s request for a protective order. At the moment, she has been temporarily reassigned while the Maryland Court of Appeals decides if she will be suspended.“I feel like they’ve failed my son,” Burch said. “They failed me. He had a bright and promising future.”“I am tired, we are tired of our young men and women falling to the hands of those who turn to gun violence,” Apostle Larry Lee Thomas, Sr., president of the United Black Clergy and pastor of Empowering Believers Church of The Apostolic Faith, told residents who attended Hudson’s vigil earlier this week. Hudson’s family have, meanwhile, begun preparations towards his funeral which will be held Saturday, April 27.

Family loses seven-year legal battle as loyal manservant inherits $24m estate from master after 30-year service.


At a will reading, every relative of the deceased present expects the lawyer to mention their name when the property is being distributed. For the family of Lord Glenconner, it came as a surprise when the lawyer allocated all his estates to his black manservant Kent Adonai. Colin Tennant became 3rd Baron Glenconner when his father passed on in 1983, his wife Lady Anne Glenconner was the Lady-In-Waiting for Princess Margaret. In a recent article by the Daily Mail, Lady Anne recounts how her devastated family was when after her husband’s passing in 2010, the family found out he had willed his entire estate to his manservant. Known for having an eye for the exotic, Colin bought and transformed Mustique in 1958 for £45,000 and with his love for real estate he reinvented the place into a getaway island for the famous. He set his eyes on St Lucia and invested in an undeveloped 480-acre estate. After he spontaneously bought an exotic elephant from a Dublin Zoo to St Lucia. Colin needed a caretaker for his new pet. At 18, Kent met Colin in 1982 while helping his father load banana boats, they got wind of a ship that had exotic animals including an elephant. Kent stood out from the many young boys who expressed an interest in caring for the elephant and Colin took a liking to him.“When we got to Soufrière, the elephant didn’t want to come out of its box. I helped to encourage her out. I think that’s why Mr Tennant said he wanted me to look after her. To this day, many people here still know me as ‘marrie relevant’, (the elephant husband in patois), not Kent.”Spanning three decades Kent became Colin’s go-to person for everything, especially since his wife, Lady Anne, had to dedicate her time to care for their almost-brain dead son, Christopher, who was 19 at the time of the accident in 1987. He was his “elephant keeper, estate manager, driver and factotum for the aristocrat, whose family fortune was the product of an ancestor inventing industrial bleach.”Lord Glenconner got prostate cancer in 2010 and hid his diagnosis from people except for close relatives and Kent. As a businessman, he felt if his cancer went public, it will just be bad for business. Describing the day Colin died to the Telegraph, Kent said, “I tried to pump his chest and bring him back to life as I held him, but it was no good,” he said emotionally. He drove his master to the hospital, but he was dead on arrival from the heart attack he suffered earlier. In the wake of his master’s death, Kent Adonai’s luck changed. A poor boy who grew up in “a shanty town, is now the proud owner of a vast estate on the island of St Lucia worth millions of pounds.”Lord Glenconner made a new will seven months before his death with a lawyer from Soufrière. At the will reading the lawyer read, ‘I hereby leave everything to Kent Adonai, and I trust he will carry out my wishes towards the family.’Clueless as to what his “wishes” were and his family’s obvious disappointment with the turn of events, the family contested the will in court in St Lucia. Lady Glenconner told The Sunday Telegraph: “We are not angry; we are surprised. There’s no rift. We feel Colin [Lord Glenconner] was very ill, that he changed his will, but was not well enough. He had cancer very badly and I don’t think he remembered making the will. The will wasn’t Kent’s fault.”For seven years, the legal battle to rightfully claim what they thought was theirs raged on. His family believed he was not of sound mind when he amended his will because to them the rightful heir to his estate was his grandson Cody Tennant. Kent ended up with a huge amount of money and land worth £22 million and Cody got about half of his estate.“I was with him every day. We would talk for hours; I drove him everywhere. He was a wonderful man. He taught me so much about the world, about history and culture. Every day, I miss him terribly,” said Mr Adonai.

Connecticut man jailed 27 years for crime he didn’t commit wins $1m for every year he was imprisoned.

A federal jury in Massachusetts has awarded $27 million to Mark Schand, a Connecticut man who spent 27 years in prison for a killing he maintains he didn’t commit. Schand spent 27 years behind bars trying to prove his innocence until his case caught the attention of a New-Jersey based ministry, which worked with his lawyers to free him from prison five years ago. The verdict announced Friday in federal court in Springfield in favour of Schand, now 55, will see to it that he gets $1 million for every year he spent in jail. Schand, who runs Sweetwater Juice and Deli, a popular smoothie shop in downtown New Britain, sued four now-retired Springfield police officers he says framed him for the 1986 killing of a woman outside a city club. Schand, who was 21 at the time, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for killing Victoria Seymour, a 25-year-old innocent bystander who was hit by a stray bullet during the robbery of a drug dealer in September 1986. In his lawsuit, Schand accused police of hiding evidence, making witnesses tell lies and manipulating photographic displays of suspects.“The judge Friday apologized that was the first time in the halls of justice that it was acknowledged someone did something wrong,” Schand told local media Monday at Sweetwater. He said, “Nothing is going to change much. It’s only money, I don’t have it yet and I don’t know if I ever will.”“I can tell you, if you had offered me a deal to spend 27 years in prison and get $27 million, I wouldn’t have taken it not even if I was homeless.”Despite living unplanned and unpleasant years of his life in prison, Schand is bent on spending his remaining time devoid of anger.“Anger is another prison and I’m not going to put myself in a prison. And I’m not going to be just an angry black ex-con,” Schand said.“My family stayed with me all through this, so I’m lucky I knew guys who hadn’t even been convicted yet and their families had left them. And this business is something personal,” he said. In January 2018, five years after his release from prison, families and friends joined him on West Main Street at the grand opening of the business he’d envisaged whilst in prison.“When I went to prison I had two little sons and one unborn child by the time I came out, they were 28, 29 and 30. I lost that time of being a father,” “Nothing can pay me back for that,” Schand said.“This is part of the dream,” Schand’s wife, Mia, said during the grand opening. “Mark is an entrepreneur, he wanted to have a business, and he talked about that in prison all those years.”Several customers were reported to have stopped by his shop on Monday afternoon to congratulate Schand, including New Britain police officers and several other city workers. Sources say that on the night of the shooting which led Schand to prison for 27 years, a group from Hartford had robbed a Springfield drug dealer and his associates after someone stole a gold chain from one of the Hartford men. The suit alleged that Springfield detectives obtained multiple photographs of Schand, as well as, dozens of other young men from Hartford and began presenting Schand’s photographs to potential witnesses in ways that suggested his guilt. The detectives then inserted the Schand photograph into a stack of photos, handed the stack to the drug dealer and asked him to see if he recognized the gunman. The drug dealer chose a photograph of Schand. Almost two decades later, several witnesses against him denied their testimony, saying that they were made to lie by Springfield detectives. Schand was finally released from custody on October 4, 2013.

Florida woman goes all out in baby shoot with dissertation after completing her PhD.

Image result for Florida woman goes all out in baby shoot with dissertation after completing her PhDAnyone would expect a baby reveal photoshoot to be of a real baby, but a Florida woman put her own spin to maternal baby shoots. Eve Humphrey decided to celebrate six years of doctoral research in Biology and dissertation at Florida State University with the shoot. The baby used in the shoot was her defended doctoral research work.“Science can be very straightforward and I wanted to do something to commemorate what I did and take a moment to be proud of myself. I’m not super celebratory, but I wanted to do something that was fun,” Humphrey told Good Morning America. She posed with her doctoral dissertation, which she referred to as her “baby” throughout the six years “because of all the hard work, lack of sleep, back pain from sitting in front of her computer and weight gain from stress eating” just as expectant mothers experience before childbirth. Humphrey and her photographer friend Korie Mitchell went all out setting up props similar to what mothers use during their maternal photoshoots baby walker and milestone board. In an interview with People, Humphrey admits being married with no children and studying for a doctorate degree made friends and relatives curious about when she was expanding her family. The questioning and curiosity made her develop a sense of humour over time. “When my family or other people asked, ‘When are you having a baby?’, I’d say, ‘I’m working on my baby!’”She added, “It was just a fun thing to do.”“People have wanted me and my husband to have kids for so long, so I was like, I’m going to give them a maternity shoot to show what I’ve been working on for 6 years!”After the shoot, Humphrey told Korie to only share them after she has successfully defended her research. After the post went up on Facebook in August, it has gone viral, receiving over 10,000 likes and just as many shares. The post was captioned: “This beautiful woman has spent the last 6 years dedicating her time, energy, and talent to graduate with her PhD.“Time and time again, the talk of children would come up for her and her husband.“She knew what she was doing and accomplishing.“Everyone help me congratulate the birth of a defended dissertation by Dr E. Humphrey.”However, this shoot has given her the opportunity to mentor other graduates juggling family life and academia as she was not expecting her post to gain much traction.“Online, it’s been crazy: People talking about women in academia, and if women are celebrated for their professional achievements, and can women juggle having a child and being in academia,” she said. It was her husband who drew her attention to the online interactions her post was attracting.“I was like, ‘What the heck?'” Humphrey said. “My husband told me it had a ton of ‘likes’ and then it started being shared by people I didn’t know. I guess I get it, though, because that’s something I would crack up at and share.”Currently, the ecology and evolution scientist lives in New York working as a biologist and ready to contribute her quota to her field of study. She would return to Florida in December for her graduation.
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‘You should have caned them even more’ – Tanzania president John Magufuli endorses caning in schools.

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At a time many African countries and governments are pushing for a departure from the use of canes as a correctional measure in schools across the continent, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has absolutely no qualms in deploying canes in schools. Magufuli has backed a senior government official who caned a group of secondary school students, accused of charring their dormitories. Regional commissioner Albert Chalamila, BBC reports beat the boarding school students after they were accused of setting fire to their dormitories. The student had all been suspended.Tanzania’s local government minister Suleman Jafo heavily criticized Chalamila, saying regional commissioners are not allowed to discipline students. The regional commissioner defended his actions. According to him, he is the boss of the school’s headteacher hence responsible for what happens there. A video showed a group of students lying face down as Chalamila canes each one, in turn, three times as a large number of students look on.The defense Magufuli came to the defense of the regional commissioner in the heat of the backlash his action courted from the local government minister. He advocated the law on corporal punishment be changed to allow teachers the freedom to resort to it. BBC reports that currently, even headteachers are discouraged from resorting to corporal punishment, they have to have a strong reason to do so and are limited to four strokes. But Magufuli won’t have any of that. He doesn’t believe striking a child is an infringement on his or her human rights.‘’I have spoken to Mbeya regional commissioner [Mr. Chalamila], and I told him: ‘You did a great job caning them’.“He should have caned them even more. Those who advocate for human rights should pay for the dormitories these buildings were built by poor parents’ contributions,’’ the president said.A death of a Tanzanian teenager whom his family members allege was beaten to death by his teacher revived the debate on corporal punishment in schools.13-year-old primary school pupil, Sperius Eradius died on August 27 in the northern Kagera province, a few days after being beaten by a school teacher who accused him of stealing. The child’s death triggered an uproar. The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), a prominent civil society organization, condemned “this cruel and inhumane act” adding that it hoped “beatings and murders at school will not be repeated”.Corporal punishment is allowed under a 1979 law but with restrictions. 

Rwanda scraps over 1,000 colonial-era laws passed by Germany and Belgium.


Rwanda has passed a law repealing over 1,000 colonial-era laws from its statutes. This comes after Rwanda’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs State Minister, Evode Uwizeyimana advocated for the scrapping of the colonial laws. Germany ruled Rwanda from 1900 to 1916. It was later occupied by Belgian forces until gaining independence in July 1962. After three months of discussions and review of the laws by the Standing Committee on Political Affairs and Gender of the Rwandan Parliament, a law was passed to do away with the colonial laws. For Uwizeyimana, it is embarrassingly shameful for laws enacted by colonial masters to still be valid in the Rwandan legal system.“Today, a stubborn lawyer would easily invoke a colonial law that we are yet to abolish and there wouldn’t be ways to challenge them because these laws were never officially repealed,” he said earlier this year when he asked the Members of Parliament to adopt his proposal to scrap the colonial-era laws. “It is hard for us to explain how we still have colonial laws when we currently have a functional parliament.“Right now, we are fighting for our economic independence and there is no way we can’t fight for our legal independence as well,” he added.The scrapped laws. According to a local newspaper, The New Times, Parliament passed the law repealing the colonial era legislations last week. This means all the legal instruments that were enacted “before the date of independence” starting with the year 1885 and ending on July 1, 1962, when Rwanda gained independence will be scrapped. For example, the Decree of July 22, 1930, that prohibited transfer on credit or for free of all alcoholic beverages will be scrapped. Also, the law which made it possible for the Catholic Church missionaries to acquire so much land for the Church will be abolished. The massive land grab by the Church was made possible by the January 24, 1943 decree on free assignments and concessions to scientific and religious associations and public utility establishments by the Belgian government. Article One of the decree stated that “under the terms of this order and subject to approval by Royal Order, the Governor-General may assign or freely grant to scientific, philanthropic or religious associations and the institutions in charge of public-interest recognized by the law, up to 10 hectares of urban land and 200 hectares of rural land”.Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye noted scrapping those laws mean Rwandans could now be fully governed by laws they made themselves.“Colonial laws were made for the colonial metropole, not for colonies. They were brought to the colonies to be the legal framework to service the colonial state. This step finally means that we are and will be governed by laws made by us for us,” he said.

The sad story of Jean-Pierre Adams, the French soccer star who has been in coma for 37 years after botched surgery.

The humbling, beautiful yet tragic end of Senegalese-French man Jean-Pierre Adams is as riveting as it is melancholic. Before Marcel Desailly from Ghana, Kylian Mbappe from Cameroon-Algeria, Paul Pogba from Guinea and Mali’s Ngolo Kante had a path to the French national football team-Les Bleus (The Blues), Jean-Pierre Adams from Senegal had already begun that path. He became a professional footballer with African ancestry from the West to join the Les Blues as prior admissions had come from North Africa or Martinique. Adams, born on March 10, 1948, was a central defender who has been in a coma since March 17, 1982, due to medical negligence following an operation handled by a trainee at Lyon Hospital. What is outstanding is the love displayed by his wife Bernadette who has refused to order his euthanization (assisted suicide or painless death) believing that he will rise from his coma one day. Despite it being tasking, Bernadette has devoted her time, resources and life to tending to Adams. She changes his clothing, speaks to him and has even informed him that their two children Laurent (born 1969) and Frédéric (1976) have children of their own making him a grandfather.
 
Bernadette’s resolve must have stemmed from Adams being able to breathe on his own without the assistance of a machine despite being in a vegetative state. The man from Dakar, Senegal, had wrapped up his playing years with 22 caps for the French team. His footballing career began when his family sent him for further studies at Collège Saint-Louis. He was hosted by a Jourdain family in Loiret and here, his love for football which was suppressed back home for studies flourished so much that he was nicknamed the “White Wolf”. After basic schooling, a factory work followed at Montagris but Adams has had his fair share of crashes and mishaps, including a serious knee injury that could have scuppered his professional football hopes. A stint with L'Enfant Bagneaux-Fontainebleau-Nemours (EBFN) followed. He subsequently headed to Military service and then a recommendation to Nîmes. At a party, he found the lovely Bernadette and although a Black man and a European marriage were frowned upon even if decriminalized, their love triumphed with their 1969 marriage. Of his physical attributes, Adams was described as a force of nature; strong physically, patriotic and determined. It was, however, his central defensive partnership with Marius Trésor forming the “Garde Noire” “Black Guard” that became famous. Adams played for Paris Saint-Germain and Nice, narrowly failing to win the French title with the latter again, while also knocking Barcelona out of the 1973-4 UEFA Cup. According to Bernadette, Adams loved Brazilian music, cigars, clothing, and bling, adding that he was humorous and lived life to the brim. Ending his career in the French divisions, Adams reckoned he could forge a path with youth coaching, thus, on March 17, 1982, he set off to Dijon for three days of studying and training. However, Adams damaged a tendon in his leg. He went to Lyon hospital where he met a doctor who loved football and assured him he had to undergo a knee operation on an agreed date but when Adams showed up on the appointed day, there was a strike by doctors and nurses. Not being an emergency, Adams, aged 34, should have returned but he was given an anaesthetic. This was to numb him for the procedure for a few hours but rather Adams slipped into an eternal coma when the anaesthetist made a mistake that starved the footballer’s brain of oxygen. Since a strike was in effect, it emerged the anaesthetist was overseeing eight operations at once. Compounding the issue, a trainee also put Adams in the wrong bed. It’s been 37 years since the once jovial man has been in a coma.
       
His last word to his wife before he left for the surgery was “It’s all fine, I’m in great shape.” But soon Bernadette was summoned on phone; she remained by her husband’s bedside for five days and five nights hoping for a change in his condition. By November, he was moved north to Chalon, where Bernadette was by his side on a daily basis. When the hospital said they could no longer look after Adams, he was moved to a custom-built home Bernadette had set up, naming it Mas du bel athléte dormant the House of the Beautiful Sleeping Athlete. Support came from Nîmes and PSG, both offering 15,000 francs ($15,000) while the French football federation gave her F6,000 per week after an initial contribution of F25,000 in December 1982. In addition, Adams’s former clubs played charity matches. The Variétés Club de France, a charitable organisation still running today and backed by Platini, Zinedine Zidane, and Jean-Pierre Papin played a fixture in the comatose player’s honour against a group of his footballing friends. Legally, it took seven years before the Seventh Chamber of Correctional Tribunal in Lyon found the doctors guilty of involuntary injury. The anaesthetist and trainee were given a one-month suspended sentence and a fine that translates to $815. Each day, Adams, now 71, is washed and dressed by Bernadette, who maintains that her husband still has some cognitive function. “Jean-Pierre feels, smells, hears, jumps when a dog barks. But he cannot see,” she said in 2007. Although Adams suffered significant damage to his brain, he curiously does not age. What of ending it all so she can be free?“It’s unthinkable! He cannot speak and it’s not for me to decide for him,” Bernadette said, rounding up a tale shining a light on human endurance on Adams's part and devotion on his wife’s part. Perhaps the true test will come should Bernadette die before Adams, then the fate of the French man from Senegal will be decided.

Saturday, October 12

Will Smith is reportedly working an a Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air spin-off.

Will Smith is reportedly developing a spin-off series based on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Word of the possible new chapter arrived Thursday via The Hollywood Reporter, with the news of the new project buried into a lengthy profile on how Will Smith had cracked Hollywood.“In addition to producing Smith-fronted film projects,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Westbrook is developing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spinoff series (he still earns hefty royalties from the 1990s NBC sitcom, now licensed to air in 193 territories).”Westbrook is Smith’s “cross-platform holding company” a new company overseen by Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air originally aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996 and its enduring popularity spread to this side of the Atlantic as well as in the US.While there's been the talk of a reboot of the show for years now, it's been confirmed that Smith is devising a spin-off with his production company based on the original series.

Wednesday, October 9

The story of Bode Thomas, the iconic Nigerian lawyer who ‘died barking like a dog after insulting a king’

Few in Nigeria’s socio-political history rose swiftly on the ladder of prominence yet died not in the evening of their lives but rather in the noon when there was so much more to do.This was the case of Olabode Akanbi Thomas, popularly known as Chief Bode Thomas.Thomas, born October 1919, died tragically on November 23, 1953, under curious circumstances aged just 34.The day was also his daughter’s second birthday, thus, bringing joy and pain to the Bode household. A day prior, on November 22, 1953, Bode, who had been made the chairman of the Oyo Divisional Council having taken over from Alaafin Adeyemi II, arrived at a meeting of the council with the Oba (king) in attendance as a member. The report holds that all the other councillors, except Oba Adeyemi in his 60s, stood to welcome him. Thomas then impolitely told the king “why were you sitting when I walked in? Why can’t you show me respect?”The Alaafin, feeling disrespected, asked Thomas “shey emi on gbo mo baun? emi ni ongbo bi aja mo baun” meaning “is it me you are barking at like that?’ is it me you are barking like a dog at like that? keep barking.”Various accounts further hold that Thomas, upon reaching home after the meeting in Oyo, started barking through the night at his Yaba, Lagos home. He died the following day (November 23, 1953) despite being sent to Ijebu-Igbo for further treatment. Thomas, being a chief himself, must have known the time-held Yoruba practice of respecting the elderly and traditional authority as he and Alaafin Aderemi II were Yorubas. However, it appears the two not seeing eye to eye had to do with power-play regarding tax mobilization, political party support and rights of traditional authority. Political leader Obafemi Awolowo had established the Action Group to wrestle power from the British with Thomas as deputy leader. The Alaafin, one of the few highly placed men of Yoruba extraction, rather threw his weight behind Nnamdi Azikiwe and the National Council of Nigerians and the Cameroons (NCNC). There had been a test of powers of sorts with Alaafin on one hand and Awolowo and Thomas on the other. The rift led to banishing of the Oba’s son, the death of Thomas and the dethronement of the Alaafin by Awolowo. Thomas was Nigeria’s first Minister of Transportation and later Minister of Works. He also served as both a colonial minister of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria and a nobleman and privy counsellor of the historic Oyo clan of Yorubaland. He was Balogun of Oyo a royal name given to a village’s warhead although it can also mean one who can’t be defeated or conquered. He received the Balogun title in 1949. Thomas was instrumental in the fight for self-rule against the British serving as a lawyer, politician, statesman and traditional aristocrat. He was born to Andrew Thomas, a wealthy trader and auctioneer who was originally from Oyo but migrated to Lagos. He studied law in London and was called to the bar in 1942. He subsequently returned to Nigeria to establish the law firm “Thomas, Williams and Kayode” in 1948, together with Chief Frederick Rotimi Williams and Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode. Among his other feats, he became the legal adviser of Egbe Omo Oduduwa in 1946. He was one of the founding members of the Action Group. Prior to joining Action Group, he was a successful Lagos lawyer and was a member of the Nigerian Youth Movement. With Thomas’ style, he was regarded as brilliant, logical, astute, thoughtful, forward-looking and a workaholic. On the downside, he was viewed as arrogant, hot-tempered and a bully. Thomas married Lucretia Shobola Odunsi having children Eniola and Dapo together. He was chancellor of the African Church of Nigeria and became a member of Regional House of Assembly in 1951. The popular ‘Bode Thomas Street’ in Surulere is named after him.

Jason Weaver, voice of Lion King’s Simba shares story of how he declined $2m for eternal royalties

 
It pays to have good counsel and even better to heed them. For American actor and singer Jason Weaver, he has his mum to thank for the steady cheque he receives since featuring in Walt Disney’s 1994 feature animation film ‘The Lion King.’ He was just a teen then. Weaver, was the singing voice of the young Simba in the film and for his work was offered a $2 million flat rate from Disney with no royalties, however, it was his clever mother who countered, probing if a system could be engineered for him to receive a sum and then enjoy royalties for life. In an interview, he stated “I remember it was like $2 million. You gotta remember, they’re coming off of Beauty and the Beast. They’re coming off of Aladdin. Disney had bread.”“Disney had a reputation for re-releasing stuff,” he continued. “I think at that time they had put out Sleeping Beauty and some of their old catalogue from when Walt Disney was alive. They were releasing that stuff when they were releasing the new Disney stuff, so she [Weaver’s mother] was able to see the playing field and go, ‘Wait a minute, this is going to make a lot of money over time, so what happens when my son turns 40? Is he going to be able to get a cheque for this when they eventually re-release this.”Weaver eventually had $100,000 upfront and a share of royalties. The gamble to decline $1.9 million has paid off as he says royalties he has received in 25 years has scaled the one-off sum. Weaver had earned $80,000 from his prior role as Michael Jackson in the TV mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream. The Lion King was released on June 15, 1994, to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music, story, and animation. It grossed $968.5 million in the box office. Ever grateful to his mother who has ensured that even when he dies, his estate will pass royalty to his son, he stated: “Shout out to my mother…She was absolutely right. That residual income that I generate, that is so helpful,” adding, “if my mother hadn’t done that; that would have been one of the biggest mistakes of my career business-wise.”Disney’s CGI remake of its 1994 film The Lion King has crossed $1.3 billion at the international box office, officially beating out Frozen’s $1.27 billion to become the top-grossing animated film of all time, per CinemaBlend.Weaver’s other acting credits include ‘The Lebrons’ TV series, ‘ATL’ and ‘The Ladykillers.’

Teen Girls Set Trap for Alleged Predator.

A group of California teens plotted to get information on a man who allegedly wanted underage sex, but one of them ended up getting kidnapped instead, authorities said. The three girls attempted a sting operation after using a social media app to contact an adult seeking sexual relations with minors, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Office. After exchanging texts, the girls arranged a meeting in a Starbucks parking lot. During the meeting, the man, identified as 32-year-old Robert Dreyfus, was able to convince a 17-year-old girl to sit in his car "to talk," authorities said. He then sped away with the girl, who was able to text her friends for help, according to authorities. The other two teens then called 911, and deputies were able to reach Dreyfus on his cell phone, the department said in a statement. He pulled over, and the girl got out of the car, authorities said. She was not hurt. Dreyfus was arrested and charged with kidnapping, sending the harmful matter to a minor and communication with a minor for specific offenses, according to the department. "The sheriff's department strongly discourages the public from setting up meetings or contacting anyone for the purpose of catching an individual who is committing a crime," the statement said. "These types of situations can be extremely dangerous and should be handled by your local law enforcement agency."The girls said they were trying to gather evidence to submit to authorities. Dreyfus was released on $175,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Teen Wants to Make Sure Every Homeless Child Has a Birthday Party.

Tanvi Barman is a high school senior who has had more birthday parties than the average 17-year-old."Today would be my 45th birthday," she joked to CBS News. Barman spends her weekends throwing parties for homeless children around California through her nonprofit organization, No Birthday Left Behind. Its goal is to throw birthday parties for every child who lives in a homeless shelter."It's very hard for these children to get a source of happiness in their lives,” Barman said. “I can provide them a day where they feel special and loved."
Growing up, Barman’s parents used to take her with them while they volunteered at shelters. She was inspired by the kids who never got to celebrate like she did. Now, No Birthday Left Behind operates out of four Bay Area shelters and is continuing to expand.

Monday, October 7

Sombre hair is like ombré's sister, and you're going to LOVE it.



But for me, I am a simple human, with simple hair colour tastes. That's why I fell madly in love with the latest trend: sombre hair. We all love ombré, of course, but there's a new kid on the block and it's called sombre. It's basically ombré hair, but much softer and FAR sexier I must admit. Apparently, it's the technique Olivia Palermo has in her hair... so you don't need to tell me twice. According to Glamour, Olivia's colourist, Abby Haliti, "only paints a total of six highlights each colouring session to keep Olivia's sombré fresh. ""Using such little bleach not only creates a subtle effect but prevents Olivia's ends from becoming dry and damaged.

So what exactly makes sombre hair different from the classic ombré? Bruno Elorrioroz, Aveda colour expert says: "The somber look is all about a softer version of ombre. The appearance of dark roots is less harsh than before and therefore the colour is more seamlessly melted together." "It goes beyond balayage and works with more shades and tones throughout the hair to add dimension and texture.""The key to achieving 'The Sombre' is to use more colours; taking the darker hue found at the roots and subtly weaving it through the lengths of the hair to ultimately create less of an abrupt contrast from roots to ends."

So... Milka Jaffa Cakes exist, and honestly we're a little overwhelmed.

That's all fine and well, but nothing really beats a new chocolatey treat tbh.I'd like to introduce you to my latest confectionery find: MILKA JAFFA CAKES. I know, I know. It's all a little overwhelming. The wonderful humans behind Instagram page @newfoodsuk discovered the 'Choco Dessert'.Described as a spongy base topped with "orange jelly" and covered in Milka chocolate. Have you ever heard of anything so delicious? Oh, and the best part is these babies are closer than usual. Typically when I discover interesting goodies, they're in Australia or the US - but these bad boys are in England. Which means they'll probably make their way across the pond in no time.

Three Irish sisters have created a bath bomb that removes fake tan in minutes.

Giving on average 50 spray tans per week, the sisters have honed their expertise to deliver the dream product. One of the sisters, Lynsey, told Belfast Live that they were inspired to create the bath bomb after becoming 'really fussy' about what they put on their skin."It goes back to the girls in The Secret Day Spa and because they are skincare therapists they're really fussy about what they put on their skin and a lot of the exfoliator products on the market are quite harsh on the skin.""So we wanted something that was made of essential oils and something that would really nourish the skin and the girls at the spa are obsessed with bath bombs they buy them for birthdays, Christmas, leaving presents, everything and we were all talking saying, 'what if it would take your tan off at the same time?', because they tan every single week and that's where the idea was born."Genius, if you ask us. She continued, explaining how the bath bomb works: "We worked with a local company in Carrick and we got samples of all different kinds of blends because it had to fit with our ethos of good skin care as well and then we finally got our final product which is packed full of essential oils and it smells amazing.""Your whole bathroom and even the house will smell of lemon and grapefruit oil.""After about 10 minutes in the bath, you will see your tan just soaking off and all you need to do is give your skin a quick exfoliate as well as it's so important to remove those dead skin cells."The Bath Bomb has been designed to repair and protect the skin using avocado oil for moisturizing. It also contains lemon essential oil’s which are high in vitamins that boost immunity and rejuvenates dull complexions. Each bath bomb costs €10. Giving on average 50 spray tans per week, the sisters have honed their expertise to deliver the dream productOne of the sisters, Lynsey, told Belfast Live that they were inspired to create the bath bomb after becoming 'really fussy' about what they put on their skin fair. Giving on average 50 spray tans per week, the sisters have honed their expertise to deliver the dream product.

Wednesday, October 2

Adorable 2-year-old Performs Irish Jig After a Funeral, Delighting Her Family.

Irish dancing is not easy, as those of Irish descent will attest to, especially when you only bring your dancing skills out once a year on St. Patrick’s Day, albeit after a few green beers. So when you see the video of this young lass—incredibly she is just 2 years of age—showing the adults just how it’s done on the dance floor, you will want to watch her over and over. The tiny tot was videoed dancing the Irish jig after a funeral, as the Irish usually celebrate a person’s life and their passing into the next life with a gathering of family and friends. Dance is a big part of their culture, and it certainly comes easy to this tiny one. She doesn’t appear to be the least bit shy; in fact, she looks eager to entertain the crowd. Don’t you just love the bow she does at the end of her routine? Others her age are often still in nappies; others are still tottering around, still learning to stay upright—and dancing the Irish jig would be something far beyond them at 2 years of age. She was sure to lighten the heavy hearts of those who saw her trip the light fantastic that day. We usually associate the Irish jig with St. Patrick’s Day, but the Irish actually have a strong tradition of dancing and storytelling, and wakes are usually a fairly happy occasion, as family and friends like to celebrate the life of their dearly departed and wish them luck as they pass into the next life. So it is not unusual to see the family enjoying themselves and appreciating talent such as this very special young girl.
Irish dancing began in the late 18th and early 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Riverdance hit the world stage during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest that Irish dance was really embraced by others. Jean Butler and Michael Flatley caused a stir with their lightning-fast feet, and 300 million viewers were transfixed. It changed the way the rest of the world viewed Irish dance. It won’t be surprising to see our tiny anonymous dancer from the video on the world stage in the future.

Young Protester Shot With Live Round in Hong Kong During Unrest on Chinese Regime’s 70th Founding Anniversary.

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A young protester in Hong Kong has been shot by a live round and is in critical condition. Footage of the incident on Oct. 1 apparently shows him being shot at close range with a pistol during clashes with several riot police in Tsuen Wan. Other footage shows him bleeding from the chest, and being attended to by medics who gave him an oxygen mask at the scene. He was also filmed conscious for a short period before he was taken to hospital, saying: “My chest really hurts.”The incident occurred during citywide protests coinciding with the 70th anniversary of communist rule in China. It marked the first time a protester has been shot by a live round during almost four months of protests against Chinese communist encroachment into the city. Police have previously fired live rounds during clashes, but no one has been reported to have been injured. Fifteen people were wounded on Tuesday after a day of running clashes between police and protesters, with one person in critical condition, Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority said. Earlier in the day, thousands of black-clad pro-democracy protesters defied a police ban and marched in central Hong Kong, urging the Communist Party to “return power to the people” on its founding anniversary. Thousands of other people amassed for rallies at multiple locations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, which was under a tight security clampdown. At least 11 subway stations were closed, and scores of police stood guard outside government offices.“Today we are out to tell the Communist Party that Hong Kong people have nothing to celebrate,” said activist Lee Cheuk-yan. “We are mourning that in 70 years of Communist Party rule, the democratic rights of people in Hong Kong and China are being denied. We will continue to fight.”Later in the day, police fired tear gas at several locations across the city to disperse protesters. In Admiralty, Molotov cocktails were thrown at police, prompting police to fire water cannon with blue-dyed water at protesters and tear gas. Since June, protesters have taken to the streets in largely peaceful demonstrations to oppose a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed people to be transferred to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party. As the protests developed, their concerns broadened to include calls for democracy. Although Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the bill’s withdrawal in September, protesters’ concerns have not been assuaged. They have continued to come out en masse to demand universal suffrage and an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality.

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