U.S. 4 boys from N.M. youth camp safe; 5 missing

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Four of nine New Mexico teens missing from a Sierra County ranch for troubled youth are back home with their parents. But New Mexico State Police said Saturday that an AMBER Alert will remain in effect until authorities can confirm the five others are safe.
 
New Mexico's child services department confirmed Saturday that at least one teen was at his parents' home.
 
"The safety and well-being of the missing boys is our priority, and we continue to call upon the public for assistance,'' police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez tells USA TODAY.
 
State police want parents or relatives of the missing boys to contact them at 575-382-2500.
 
Gutierrez said Ryan Sibbett, 16, and Michael Rozell, 15, were back with their families.
 
New Mexico State Police confirmed late Saturday that David Easter, 17, and Charlie Lamb, 13, were also safe. Authorities are still looking for Mayson Meyers, 13, Peter Adams and Evan Kogler, both 16, and Bryce Hall and Oscar Ruiz, both 17.
 
New Mexico State Police executed a search warrant at the 30,000-acre Blanca High Country Youth Program ranch Friday. The youths were last seen with program operator Scott Chandler, who is being sought for questioning.
 
Ranch attorney Pete Domenici Jr. said in a statement Friday that the boys had been "on a previously scheduled activity away from the ranch for several days. They are safe and have already been picked up by their parents, or their parents are en route to pick them up."
 
Gutierrez says until parents or relatives confirm the teens whereabouts, the AMBER Alert will continue and police will treat the matter as an ongoing investigation.
 
"We want to find them, and we want to get this resolved," says Gutierrez.
 
The Albuquerque Journal reported last week that the state is investigating claims that teens were beaten and forced to wear leg shackles and handcuffs for minor violations of rules at the unlicensed program. The Journal also reported that investigators had found evidence of pervasive medical neglect, systematic emotional and psychological abuse, potential criminal sexual contact and shackling, handcuffing and hooding of children — in some cases for prolonged periods.
 
Program operators had been ordered to send the kids back to their parents or surrender them to the state.
 
Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday afternoon that officials were concerned the teens had been moved to keep them out of state custody.
 
Domenici accused the state of escalating the situation by failing to agree to an emergency hearing in a lawsuit the ranch filed earlier this week over what the suit contends was an improperly handled investigation.
 
Chandler has denied harming any children. In the lawsuit, he accused investigators of targeting the ranch for closure after a fatal car crash involving students.
 
The operators also claimed investigators have been illegally interviewing students and telling parents to pull their children from the program by Friday or face abuse charges. Their lawsuit said at least one family was contacted directly by Gov. Martinez, a claim her office denies.
 
During a press conference earlier this week, Chandler said Tierra Blanca has been operating for nearly 20 years. Its website promises a program for unmanageable kids that offers a balance of love, discipline and structure.
 
Contributing: The Associated Press

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Stop harassing Kenyan leaders, Jonathan tells ICC

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President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the International Criminal Court to stop harassing the leaders of Kenya and allow them space to deliver on their electoral promises to the people.  In a speech at a special session of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jonathan also called for the review of some Articles of the Rome Statute that set up the ICC which he said are of  grave concern to Africa.
According to him, though African leaders have complained of being unduly  targeted by the ICC, it has failed to address the concern.
The president said:”In expressing my support for Kenya on its difficulties with the ICC, I will like to acknowledge that five years after the post-election violence of 2007, the people of Kenya have proven to the world that they are capable of expressing their sovereign wishes in a free, fair and credible manner in accordance with democratic norms and values.
”This is a clear demonstration to the world that the people of Kenya are in the best position to determine their own future and deal with their past.
”To further consolidate this, I would like to urge the Kenyan Parliament to hasten its consideration of the Report of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission to facilitate the implementation of its recommendations in order to accelerate the process of national healing.
”What remains is for the international community, in particular, the ICC, to give the elected leaders of Kenya the space to discharge their mandate in meeting the aspirations and needs of their people”.
 

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Delta Central bye-election PDP’s Aguariavwodo in early lead

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FROM some tallied results of Saturday’s bye-election in Delta Central senatorial district, Delta state, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, seemed to have coasted to an early lead in Sapele, Ughelli South, Ughelli North, Ethiope-East and Udu Local Government Areas.
The Democratic People Party, DPP, candidate, Chief Ede Dafinone, was understood to be leading in Okpe Local Government, but it was believed he was going to lose the senatorial election with PDP’s performance in Ethiope-West and Uvwie .
The former senator, the late Senator Pius Ewherido, won the seat in 2011 on DPP platform and his death, June 30, occasioned the bye-election
Former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, told Sunday Vanguard that PDP trounced the other parties in all the units in his ward and in the entire Ughelli South Local Government.
 
“In Unit 2, Jeremi Ward 2, we scored 467, the other parties scored zero. We, the leaders, told them clearly who to vote for and they did not make a mistake about it. It is 100 per cent,” he said.
Chairman of the Delta State PDP Campaign Council and Commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, was said to have turned the tide against the DPP in Sapele, but the results were not confirmed at press time.
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Akpeki reportedly lost three out of the 17 units results that were counted as at 4.00 pm.
However, the state chairman of DPP, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, in a statement, indicating that his party might have lost the election, said, “Today, (yesterday), the Urhobo people were violently denied the collective right to choose a senator of their own.”
“The proposed election to elect a senator is now emerging as a complete sham which we cannot associate with under any guise. The scale of impunity and violence by the PDP, thugs/cultists and ‘security agents’ is just unimaginable.
“The involvement of state security apparatuses is particularly questionable. We are at a loss why and how such violence and external interference have to be brought into Urhobo in the name of election. We dissociate ourselves from the so-called election”.
Our reporters, who covered the bye-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Delta Central senatorial district, reported that it was characterized by late arrival of materials, dismal turnout of voters and threatening presence of security men, particularly soldiers, who barricaded roads.
At some of the polling units, accreditation had not been done as at 2.00 pm, while in some others, where voting materials arrived early, some people voted at about 12.30 pm and returned home.
Our reporters who went round the eight local governments in the senatorial district, namely, Uvwie, Udu, Sapele, Okpe, Ughelli South, Ughelli North, Ethiope- West and Ethiope –East, reported that voters, who turned out at the polling centres without their voter’s cards, were turned back by electoral officers.
Late accreditation
and thuggery In all, INEC seemed not properly prepared for the polls. At about 9.00 am, Sunday Vanguard saw some electoral officials, mainly NYSC members and a policemen, searching for the polling unit at Our Ladies High School, Effurun Uvwie Local Government, an indication that they were not shown the unit before yesterday.
At about 9.20 am, both the PDP and DPP polling agents in Unit 004, Ward 1, Opposite Ovie Palace Gate, Effurun, Prince Emmanuel Edjekohure and Henry Ogedegbe respectively, said there was no problem, as voting materials came on schedule.
Lawyer and activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, who is an APC chieftain in Uvwie, told Sunday Vanguard that he voted at about 12.30 pm under a peaceful atmosphere, but he learnt that thugs came to harass people after he left to vote for PDP.
In most of the polling units in Udu Local Government, there was no accreditation until about 12.30 pm, but in some units, materials came at about 9.00 am. In Unit 8, Ward 4, voting started early,   a polling agent for one of the parties, Akpos Afon, said,   “Everything is going well.” The DPP agent, Fredrick Akporerhe, also said, “Everything is okay,” while another polling agent, John Emgbeouke, said, ‘It is free and fair, security is okay.”
Coordinator, Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, FJHD, Oghenejabor Ikimi, said, “As at 11.50 am, there was no voting anywhere in Udu”, but at 12.52   pm, he sent a text message, saying, “Accreditation just began 12.45 pm at the Ovwian town hall, it is chaotic here.”
At Okpare-Olomu, the country home of PDP senatorial candidate, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, in Ughelli South Local Government, there was no voting material at the polling units between 9.00 am and 2. 30 pm and voting did not start until about 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm after it finally arrived.
A member of the House of Assembly from the area, Hon. Taleb Tebite, confirmed to journalists at 12.12 pm that INEC had challenges with deployment of materials for the election, but said, “We are waiting for the materials to come so that voting will commence.”
Absence of polling officials
In Akperhe -Olomu at about 11.15 am, two of our reporters saw a vehicle fully loaded with voting materials for the 14 units in Olomu and policemen deployed to the area, the NYSC members supposed to handle proceedings were not there.
APC polling agent, Oke Akpomudje said, “We are still waiting for the NYSC members, the presiding officer is not here too, they are complaining of transport. You see, one vehicle was supposed to bring the electoral materials and the other, the officials, but no good arrangement was made.”
A chairmanship aspirant, Engineer Isaac Omafuaire, said, “The people want to vote but we are waiting for the electoral officials, as you can see, they are not here yet.”
PDP chieftain, Mr. Joe Unuame, corroborated the claim that absence of electoral officials was stalling voting at about 11.20 am.
However, fighting broke out later among members of the different parties over the voting arrangement, but with the deployment of more anti-riot policemen, voting later started at about 4.00 pm.
Aguariavwodo voted at about 2:15 pm in Okpare-Olomu, Unit 2.   After casting his vote, he commended the people for the large turnout, describing the election as peaceful.
Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama, SAN, who voted at about 1.05 pm in his country home, Otu-Jeremi, told reporters that the turn out in his area was impressive, though the exercise recorded a slow start.
Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, one of the senatorial aspirants that withdrew for Aguariavwodo and widely campaigned for him, said, “The election is peaceful, free and fair and everywhere is calm except for pockets of violence in Evwreni and Uwheru orchestrated by the APC.”
National vice chairman, South-South, PDP, Dr Steve Oru, told journalists, “The election is very ceful and the turnout of voters in some areas is quite impressive.”
But in Ughelli North Local Government, the home turf of APC candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and LP candidate, Barrister Andi Osawota, things were a bit orderly, as ballot materials were dispatched to the various polling units at about 8:35 am, while accreditation and voting began at 12:15pm.
At Ethiope -East Local Government Area, the stamping ground of DPP leader, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, ballot materials were dispatched at 9:55am while accreditation and voting commenced at about 12 noon. Surprisingly, in Kokori, the people were shouting that PDP was their party.
In Okpe Local Government Area, ballot materials left the INEC office in the area to various polling units at 9:30am, and accreditation and voting kicked off at 12:12pm.
Chief O’Tega Emerhor, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, voted at about 1:30pm in Evwreni Unit 5.
In Sapele and Ethiope West Local Government Areas, security officials mounted water tight security throughout the period of the election. Movement was highly restricted as early as 6.00am with soldiers blocking   major roads leading in and out of Sapele and Ethiope West local government councils.
The major Benin/Sapele dual carriage way was condoned off at Ologbo   Bridge boundary of Edo Delta State as well as at Oghara junction in Ethiope West Local Government Area, such that motorists coming from the Benin axis of the road to Delta State were denied entry.
Motorists queued up static position from as early as 6am to 4pm when the road was eventually opened. There was heavy gridlock on the dual carriage way immediately after the road was opened for motorists. Dafinone, the DPP candidate in the election, voted in Unit 1, Ward 1, at about 12 noon. He said the voting exercise was going on smoothly and without hitch. He expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the election, adding that he was sure of victory.
 

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PDP truce bid fails, It’s fight to the finish – G7 Govs

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STRONG indications emerged yesterday that there was no end yet to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the rejection by the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction of the olive branch extended  to it by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
According to the Baraje – led  PDP, aka ‘New PDP’ (nPDP), with the stage it had reached in the struggle, it had gone beyond putting  the issues behind it and joining the Tukur-led PDP. The issues involved, among others, is the nPDP’s insistence that President Goodluck Jonathan should not seek re-election in 2015, Bamanga Tukur should resign and governors should have control of state PDP executives.
The Baraje led nPDP has in its fold  former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and aggrieved  Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Abdulfatah  Ahmed of Kwara; Aliyu Babangida of Niger; Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto; Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, aka G7 Governors.
“It is grammar Bamanga Tukur and his men are speaking. They are looking for anything to hold on to. How can an illegal occupant of your house now come and say you should take part of the house”, the nPDP said yesterday.
 
The leadership of the PDP had, in extending an olive branch to the breakaway faction after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) endorsed it as the authentic PDP, on Friday, said:
“The position of INEC in affirming the leadership of the PDP under the National Chairmanship of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and rejecting the demand for recognition by our aggrieved brothers has indeed laid to rest all contentions regarding the authentic leadership of our great party.
“However, we wish to state categorically that this is not a time for us to gloat or preen ourselves over victory. We must use this window of opportunity to engender true reconciliations, put all the issues behind us and move ahead as one big united family that we are.
”In this light, we call on all our aggrieved brothers to relegate all personal interests and return to the fold so that we can ward off all external aggressions and forge a common formidable political front. We wish to assure that the PDP as the only true national party is large enough to accommodate all interests and persons as we remain loyal to the provisions of our constitution as a party.
“We must at this time close ranks and rally around President Goodluck Jonathan and our leaders at all levels so that collectively, we will ensure that our great party delivered on its mandate and promises as enshrined in the PDP manifesto, the ideals of our founding fathers and the Transformation Agenda of the PDP-led government for the overall good of our people.
“The challenges of the last few months, rather than detract, have proven that the PDP remains the preeminent party that will continue to win elections at all levels in the country.”
The statement urged all party leaders, elders and indeed all members of the PDP across the board to continue to support President Goodluck Jonathan and his Transformation Agenda.
But, in a response, yesterday, the nPDP, while speaking to Sunday Vanguard  through its National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said,”They are just speaking grammar. When they are ready for the olive branch, we will know. They know us and we know them. They cannot go to the pages of newspapers and ask what they want from us.
We are not ready for that, we have gone beyond this level.
”They are so desperate, we are not children in this game of politics. If we could fight the military to get the present democracy we are enjoying today, this fight is a childish one.”
The Baraje-led PDP, had on Thursday, suffered a setback following the rejection of its officials by INEC, thereby endorsing Tukur and his National Working Committee, NWC, as the authentic and recognised PDP, even as a Lagos High Court same day threw out Baraje’s suit against the  Bamanga Tukur, led NWC.
According to INEC, in a letter by its Acting Secretary, U.F Usman, to the Baraje led group, it would not withdraw the recognition it accorded the Tukur-led NWC because, as an electoral umpire, it witnessed the processes that led to his emergence as National Chairman as well as other members of NWC.
The INEC’s letter to the PDP faction entitled, “ Notification of Change in the change of leadership of PDP and request for formal recognition”, read , “Commission acknowledges the receipt of your letter dated September 1 and 23 2013 respectively wherein you requested the commission’s recognition of the Abubakar Baraje faction of the newly elected National Working Committee.
“You will recall the commission monitored the national convention and the special national convention of the PDP held on March 12 2012 and August 31 2013 respectively which took place at the Eagle Square Abuja, after notices to the commission. A National Working Committee was elected at the two conventions wherein Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the national chairman.
“The commission will not withdraw recognition from the leadership of the PDP elected at the election duly monitored by the commission”.
“Please be guided”, INEC said in the letter addressed to Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the nPDP National Secretary of Oyi River Crescent , Off IBB Boulevard, Maitama Abuja.”
 

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Sanusi insists on naira for dollar transfers …says he won’t re-visit N 5000 note

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday, said that Nigerians must accept Naira for dollar transfers.
Fielding questions from journalists on the sidelines of the 2013 World Bank/ International Monetary Fund , IMF, annual general meeeting in Washington, he explained that there was nowhere in the world where those sent money from abroad were being paid in foreign currencies, as was the case in Nigeria.
His words: “The interesting thing about our country is that we try to be different from others in the world.  If you are in the UK and somebody transfers money to you from the United States, in what currency do you get paid in London?   Obviously you get paid in pounds.
“There is no where in the world where you go to a bank and because you got a transfer, you insist on being paid in that currency”.
 
According to him, the CBN earlier directed that customers be paid in the currencies sent to them by their relations resident abroad because the banks were short-changing them.
 
Effects of US debt ceiling on Nigeria
 
On the impact of the current budget imbroglio in the United States, the CBN governor said that it could affect the global economy, including Nigeria, especially given the fact that the nation’s reserves have been invested in US Treasury Bills and bonds.
 
He expressed optimism that with several voices of concerns raised across the world for the House of Representatives to see reason, the matter would be resolved shortly, in the interest of the global economy.
 
His words: “The last two, three World Bank/ IMF meetings have been focusing on the European Union- the crises and all that. This year there is a tremendous focus on what is happening in the United States- the budgetary impasse, the debt ceiling issues and the implications if the legislature and the executive don’t reach some kind of conclusion.
 
“Therefore being forced into what could become a massive austerity programme and the possibility of a default on its obligations- not necessarily a default in their treasury bills because I expect that there will some form of prioritization. I don’t see the United states defaulting on its treasury bills as a first line of defence.
 
“But they will default in some of their obligations and no one knows exactly how the market is going to react to this. The real challenge for us in emerging and frontier markets is that we hold our reserves in the US dollars, we have invested it in US Treasury Bills and bonds and if there is a slide in those instruments we will suffer loss in the assets that we hold.
 
“The government shutdown is more of a domestic issue but the debt ceiling is the one that affects all of us- And so we expect the US to resolve this impasse in the interest of the global economy”.
 
‘I won’t revisit N5000 note’
 
On the failed attempt by the CBN to introduce the N5000 currency note into the Nigerian economy, the Mallam Sanusi said even though he was convinced that it made economic sense to print the higher denomination, he would not revisit the matter.
 
Said he, “ On 5000 Naira note I have said I would not revisit. I made all the arguments at the time I made them. You have had inflation in double digits for a very long time, this has weakened the purchasing power of the national currency and therefore means you are carrying much more currency than you need to carry to carry out your transaction.
 
“You go to an ATM, you want N100,000 you have to take 100 notes, those notes have a cost and printing those notes you are paying for the paper, paying for the security features, paying for transportation and paying for security while transporting them. And then the CBN is going to pay for destruction of those notes (when they become old and tattered”.
 
“People got up and made statements, professional institutions, accountants, saying ‘this is inflationary.”  I don’t know when accountants became economists, I don’t know when changing denomination became the same as increasing money supply, but in a country in which the decisions are not taken based on the soundness of an argument but on sentiments, I can’t help it. If Nigerians would rather carry Ghana- must- go bags on their backs, that is fine. If they would rather we continue pending money printing these notes, that is fine.
 

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World Cup Qualifier: Can Eagles peck Antelopes today?

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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has hinted that his team will give nothing away in terms of tactical approach to today’s high-wire World Cup qualification match between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopians are known for their sleek passing game and untiring runs and propped up by home support and favourable climatic conditions, they are hoping to bring down the African champions and put one leg in Brazil 2014. However, Keshi stated before departure yesterday in Abuja, they have plans to keep the Ethiopians from dominating the game.
“We have our game plans. And as long as we don’t lose the match that will be Ok for us. We just have to keep calm, no matter how they are going to provoke us we have to concentrate. My players’ expressions on their faces will tell you how high their spirits are for this game. We will see what happens,” said Keshi.
Nigeria Football Federation technical department director, Emmanuel Ikpeme also spoke in the same vein.
“It is going to be a highly tactical game. But I don’t see the Ethiopians having an edge over us. Our players are good and you can’t take it away from them,” he said.
Meanwhile Ethiopian coach, Sewnet Bishaw stated that he has studied the videos of the Nigerian game against Kenya and Malawi and has an antidote to stop the Super Eagles from spoiling the day for his team.
“I have analyzed video clips for Nigeria playing both Kenya and Malawi and I can tell you we have changed our plans as I put my cards close to my chest.
“I believe we have had good preparations. I will conduct the last training session and let the boys relax ahead of the big game.”
On paper the Eagles are favourites to triumph over the two leg encounter, but an upset in Addis Ababa will certainly put the Super Eagles on a tightrope. So far their qualification campaign has been devoid of the uncertainty that usually surrounds the Eagles in their quest for international glory in past encounters.
Nigeria have lost to Ethiopia only once, a 1-0 win in 1993. It was during the qualification play off for the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations. On the other hand, Nigeria have had the most of the East Africans, winning five times in seven encounters.
The only drawn gameis the 2-2 draw the Eagles played against Ethiopia in 2011 during the qualifiers for the 2012 Nations Cup. The Eagles failed to make it to the Nations Cup that year.
 

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World Bank to cut extreme poverty by 2030

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he President of the World Bank, Mr. Jim Yong Kim, has announced sweeping changes to make the institution more alive to its goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030, as well as boosting prosperity among the poor who constitute 40 per cent of the population in developing nations.
In his address, yesterday, at the plenary of the on-going 2013 annual meetings of the bank and the International Monetary Fund, IMF, in Washington, he announced $400 m cut in the bank’s administration budget in the next three years.
The savings would directly benefit clients, as the organization will work to reinvest these resources toward new financing.
Kim said that for too long, the organization had not followed its own advice and had avoided tough choices.
“That is changing. We are taking our own medicine. We will show much more financial discipline than we have in the past in order to become more efficient and identify new ways to reduce spending. Just as we tell finance ministers, we also need to plan for the longer term, shoring up our revenue base, seeking ways to save, and building a stronger foundation for years to come”, he said.
“We can’t revert to business as usual. When I started my tenure at the World Bank Group some 16 months ago, I discovered a staff with a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience. I also found a staff frustrated with the institution. Many wanted their work to have greater impact. They chafed at a bureaucracy that had turned our six regional units into silos, with each one reluctant to share its technical expertise with the others”.
The World Bank boss noted that in addition to savings, the Bank Group needed to reform the way it designs its budget, to align budgets with strategy, to selectively invest in the future, and to aggressively explore new ways to grow revenue to better serve member countries
“If we have high aspirations for the poor, if our work is to be aligned with our goals, we must be as efficient and focused as possible,” he said.
Ending extreme poverty
Kim said that he was determined to end extreme poverty by 2030 which he considered one of the most important goals of his administration,adding that a recent report of the World Bank has shown that children formed one third of those in extreme poverty worldwide.
His words, “for all the people living in extreme poverty, 400 million are children. What more motivation do we need to accelerate progress toward the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030? How can we in good conscience not do all we can to lift 400 million children, their families, and hundreds of millions of others out of poverty and into a life of opportunity?”
The bank’s new interim goal is cutting extreme poverty roughly in half by 2020, from its rate of 18 percent in 2010 to 9 percent in 2020, on which Kim said, “If we are going to be on the path of reaching 3 percent of population living in extreme poverty by 2030, we must get to 9 percent by 2020.”
 

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Two Nigerians win at CNN/MultiChoice African Journalists Awards

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Of the three Nigerian nominees for the finals of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday, two won awards in their respective categories.
The two winners are Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye of Sunday Punch in the UNICEF-sponsored Environment Category and Tolu Ogunlesi, a freelance journalist for Ventures Africa, Nigeria, in the Coca-Cola Company, Economics and Biz Awards category.
Ogunlesi’s story was an investigative report on the Eko Atlantic City.
He dedicated the awards to the millions of down-troden people in Nigeria and around the world.
Ogunseye’s story, The Rich Also Cry, focused on pollution in an estate where gaseous metal had created very serious medical challenges.
The third nominee from Nigeria, Geoff Iyatse, who works for The Guardian, was defeated by Ogunlesi.
The overall winner, South Africans, Msindisi Fengu and Yandisa Monakali, emerged for their piece on students’ hostel which looked like prison cells in South Africa. Last night’s colourful event, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, CTICC, was the 18th in the series of the yearly event.
Other freelance journalists who won awards were Noicola de Chaud, with a documentary in the Culture Category and Florence Dallu in the Radio General News Category.
 

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ASUU strike: Don’t force youths to revolt – Bishop Onah

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Rt. Rev. Professor Godfrey Onah, at the weekend, condemned the attitude of politicians and public office holders who are not concerned about the plight of youths and the generality of the masses.
Onah, who spoke during the funeral mass for Lolo Josephine Oyima Abba, mother of the Enugu State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr. Vita Abba at Ede-Oballa, in Nsukka Council Area of Enugu State, warned that such neglect could force the youths to revolt against the leaders.
 
He cautioned political leaders to retrace their steps, as it would not be possible to quench the indignation of Nigerian youths who may soon run out of patience with the leaders over the poor treatment they are getting from government.
The bishop cautioned that it would be difficult to stop the youths if they were further pushed into frustration.
He threw posers to both the government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on the reasons behind the over three-month-old industrial action that has paralyzed academic activities.
The bishop said from his interactions with Nigerians, the inability of both parties to end the lingering strike was unjustifiable and inexcusable.
He said, “I know that I have enough persons here and also hopefully enough instruments to carry this message to the ears of the highest echelons of power in this country.
”The common people, the students and their parents, whom I represent, do not believe the explanations the politicians and the academics are giving for the strike; we don’t believe them and we are appealing to them in God’s name to remember we will all end this way (pointing to the dead); let them end this strike immediately.
”I want to ask a question; it is a question not a statement. I am asking the leadership of the government in this country- is it really true that you don’t have enough money to improve upon the quality of education in this country or is it that you are stocking up money in preparation for 2015 in order to buy your way to power or to secure your future indefinitely through corruption?”
 

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I have no regret being an artist – Angela Isiuwe

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For the average young girl, especially one who grew up in a university environment, the choice of arts as a profession will be the last thing in her mind, considering the nonchalant attitude of government to arts and the level of arts appreciation in the country, but to Angela Isiuwe, that is not so.
The 1992 graduate of  Auchi Polytechnic who had participated in many group exhibitions and recently concluded a successful joint exhibition with her husband has described art as a call she will never ignore.
 
“Painting to me is a call I will never ignore. It is my life, my voice by which I could be recognised.”
Angela who is a full time studio artist and one inspired and nurtured by mutual love, creative affiliation and geared towards bringing a breath of fresh air to the increasingly vibrant Nigerian art scene with her husband, Emmanuel a painter also, said that unlike other people who stumbled into arts, her choice of arts is divine, “I could’nt say I stumbled into art, I consciously went into art after secondary school, having grown up in one of the higher institutions, Abraka, where my father was a lecturer. I know what art is, so I decided from primary school that I am going to read art and thereafter went to Auchi Polytechnic for 5 years to study art. But after graduation I studied under Sam Ovraiti and consequently I branched out of regular art and now I do more of minimalist art, lineal art.”
The amiable mother of five, who recently had a successful exhibition with her husband at Didi Museum paid a visit to Vanguard office with two art works , one of which is titled  Age of Innocence, a painting of a young girl covering part of her body. Speaking about the work, Angela said, “looking at the painting you could see the lady still covering a side of her body. I can say that it could get to a time when shyness, innocence would leave her and there will be no need for the wrapper. As time goes on, when the innocence and shyness have cleared, there will be no need for the wrapper.”
Contnuing she said that the message is simple , it is telling young girls to cherish their age of innocence. “I have an 18 year old daughter who is in a hurry to become an adult and I remind her that the time is very short, time of innocence is very short that she should enjoy it. After some time, she will not do some of those things as a child. She will become an adult, age of innocence has passed. From that painting I am telling children that are growing up, to enjoy their youth while it lasts, enjoy your innocence while it lasts.”
Angela who renders her paintings in evocative swift lines also has a word for upcoming artist. To her, “Art is about passion, if you are doing something you love with passion, if you are doing arts, you don’t look at the money first. It has taken me years, I graduated in 1992, and yet it has not been so rosy, but being consistent and being passionate about it. I don’t think that I regret being a full time studio artist. In fact, if I am to be born again, I will still like to be an artist. There is a lot of joy in it.”
 

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