Politics https://www.codewit.com/politics Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:17:14 +0200 Codewit.com - Codewit World News en-gb support@codewit.com (Codewit World News) Ebonyi: Umahi Lays Foundation for Memorable Christmas And New Year https://www.codewit.com/politics/27337-ebonyi-umahi-lays-foundation-for-memorable-christmas-and-new-year https://www.codewit.com/politics/27337-ebonyi-umahi-lays-foundation-for-memorable-christmas-and-new-year “Positive shock that awaits those coming back home this season: They will encounter the amazing revolution taking place in Ebonyi. They will be shocked that the flyovers they see in other big cities in Nigeria are now very visible in our state. They will be shocked that most of the headquarters of our local government areas are now fully electrified, even as street lights are now part of life in Ebonyi State. They will be shocked by the beauty and peace in the state as the governor has ensured that no criminal activity is witnessed during this season. They will be shocked by the quality of roundabouts in the state. They will not help but admire the classy and new-look Government House Gate is now wearing. They will be shocked by the quality of roads that litter all our local government areas. They will be shocked that their elders and parents are well-taken care of by the government of Ebonyi State. They will be so shocked that going back to these other towns may no longer be a wise decision.”

Ebonyi: Umahi Lays Foundation for Memorable Christmas And New Year By Monica Ada C. Eze Prelude Let me start this treatise on how Ebonyians are remembered so specially during this season by quoting Kamil Ali, who stated: “As we enter the Season of Goodwill – Feel the warm glow in your heart by lighting up a smile on someone’s face.” And according to Engr. Dave Umahi the indefatigable Governor of Ebonyi State, “Love is in the air as we celebrate the Prince of love and peace embodied in the personality of Christ Jesus”

Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State, South-East of Nigeria, was a very successful businessman before he ventured into politics and has all the good things to make one comfortable, but his desire to make a difference in the politics of his state influenced him to contest the highest political office in the state and, as God would have it, he succeeded through what is commonly defined in Ebonyi as divine mandate. He is popularly known by his chieftaincy title, Akubaraaoha (wealth that touches the lives of the multitude), because of his benevolence and philanthropy through which he has awarded thousands of scholarship to indigent students of Ebonyi State and alleviated others in other ventures.

Based on this, it looks as if Brian Tracy was foreseeing what is currently happening in Ebonyi State through the incumbent governor, Engr. Umahi, when he stated: “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” To strengthen the position of Tracy, John Bunyan on the other hand stated: “You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” All these leader’s positions tally with Engr Dave Umahi’s vision and mission for Ebonyi State when he stated, “Our mission is to enhance the welfare of our people, and empower all Ebonyians to be self-reliant, through the compassionate delivery of transparent and God-fearing governance, based on integrity and dignity.”

Aim This article is not aimed at writing generally about the philanthropic acts of Governor Umahi because doing that is to write a book but, rather, this attempt is to expose to the entire world recent benevolence acts of the governor towards Ebonyi people; in making their Christmas and New Year celebrations not only memorable, but events they will live to remember for a long time.

Peace in Ebonyi The governor, in his principle that if there is no peace meaningful development will not only be elusive but developments earlier achieved will be destroyed, have reiterated that trouble-makers should look for other states to relocate.

Setting the pace in sustaining peace in Ebonyi, thereby making the state conducive for a peaceful celebration, Chief Umahi, said he would deal decisive with any individual or group of persons that attempt to re-ignite the Ezza-Ezillo crisis that has claimed more than 200 lives, and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

The governor’s statement is coming on the heels of alleged security report that some youths in the area were perfecting plans to organise a rally to remember their brothers and sisters who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

The governor said that he is still committed to ensure that the peace accord signed by Ezilo and Ezza-Ezilo people, which brought to an end the protracted communal clash, is not violated by any individual no matter how highly placed.

The governor stated this at a thanksgiving service organised by the Ebonyi State Government, to appreciate God for his benevolence on the people, at the Government House Chapel, Abakaliki, on 19thDecember, 2016.

His words: “I stand on the altar of God to say that anybody that wants to ignite crisis in Ezza-Ezillo, I will crush the person. I have directed that the people that organised or wanted to organise a rally in honour of their brothers and sisters in the unfortunate incident should be made available to me. They will spend the Christmas in cell. I must be emphatic, there is nothing to remember.” Governor Umahi said the thanksgiving was to appreciate God for the settlement of the crisis and the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the state, pointing out that it was responsible for the level of infrastructural and social development so far recorded by his administration. Umahi slashes Ebonyi varsity student’s tuition To make the students feel the benevolence of the Ebonyi State Government under the able leadership of Engr. David Umahi; the Governor out of his magnanimity directed for the reduction of the fees of the state university students by  N10,000  thereby bringing to an end the intractable agitation by students  for tuition slashing. Recall that tuition was increased by former Governor Martin Elechi,  a development that led to  protests  by the students. This reduction was in fulfilment of Umahi pledge during his campaign when he assured that he would reduce the fees if supported to win 2015 governorship election. The governor, who announced the reduction during an interactive forum with the management and staff of the university at the permanent site, Ezzamgbo, explained that the reduction which would take effect from next year was for both students of Ebonyi origin and non-Ebonyians. Umahi, who had while making his remarks, noted that the reduction was necessary because students of the university paid almost the highest fees in the South- East and South-South, explained that the slash was to cushion the suffering of the students and their parents. He however enjoined the students to avoid cultism and criminal tendencies in order to continue to enjoy the tuition reduction. Umahi slashes Ebonyi varsity student’s tuition The governor had while announcing 3,000 bags of rice and N10 million for the students of the university as their Christmas gifts, over heard them    chanting,”reduce our fees, reduce our fees.” He also donated two buses to the Students Union Government for easy transportation of students to lectures. Before then, he announced the donation of rice each to all staff of the university with N5m to be shared by them for the Yuletide.He he told the students to continue to partner with his government. Umahi approved all promotions of the university staff which had been kept on hold for years and gave the university authorities N100m loan for agricultural activities.  The declaration caused a wide jubilation among the students and staff who sang and thanked  the governor for his largesse. Umahi also advised that for any student to graduate from the Department of Agriculture,he/she should have at least one hectare of farm. The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University,Prof. Francis Idike who commended the governor for gazetting the university staff and bringing commendable changes to the system. He assured the preparedness of the university community to toeing the vision and mission of his administration. Yuletide: 13th Month Salary Bonus To give Ebonyians a surprise Christmas package, Governor Umahi has not only approved to pay extra one month salary bonus, otherwise called 13th month to workers under the state employment in the spirit of Christmas celebration, but has paid and distributed bags of rice and tubers of yam to each of staff. He approved and directed that junior workers would receive 100 per cent bonus, whereas senior ones would be paid 50 per cent of whatever they receive monthly, boasting that his administration was neither owing workers salaries nor pensions. He disclosed his administration’s plan to begin immediate payment of gratuity arrears owed by both local and state governments since 1993, amounting to N8 billion. The governor, who expressed dismay that civil servants found it difficult to pay their retired colleagues their pensions but would want to be paid when they retired, noted that he would begin payment of gratuities this December, with the families of retirees who had already died. He said: “We are not owing anybody pension in Ebonyi State. Gratuity is owed since 1993, and gratuity for both local and state governments is over N8 billion, but the funny thing is that when you seat as a civil servant, you refuse to pay others their gratuities, and when you now leave, you start insisting, we should pay gratuity. “So, for those we have owed gratuity for a very long time; we are expecting a miracle. What we want to do for our brothers and sisters that were not paid gratuities before their death: we intend to look at their case and see how we can pay off their gratuities through their families. We hope to do it this December. “We also want to pay everyone that has retired 10 per cent of whatever we owe him/her in the name of pension and other allowances.” Christmas largesse for former Lawmakers from the State, members of NUJ, NUT, Federal Workers, Political Office Holders, University Staff, Others Ebonyi State is truly in a celebration mood as Governor Umahi goes about distributing love and touching the lives of every segments of Ebonyi State. No citizen from Ebonyi State or residents from other States will say that the Governor has not reached him or her one way or the other during this season. Be it former Lawmakers from the State, be it Federal Workers working in various organisations in the State or be it members of Nigeria UNION OF Teachers (NUT) or members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) everybody have something from the Governor to celebrate Christmas. Apart from the largesse to civil servants, all the political office-holders, including the NWC of PDP, senior technical assistants and technical assistants have been granted funds to celebrate their Christmas and New Year festivities, including bags of rice and tubers of yam. Never in the history of Ebonyi State has our people been so remembered by their governor. Uplifting Women Petty Traders Women like me, and other appointees, are given place of honour and well-respected and regarded, but let me state that it is only the highly-placed women that are regarded. But even women, who under normal circumstances would not be privileged to get near the seat of power, are today given equal opportunities as any other citizen of the state. In this regard, Umahi has assisted Ebonyians, mostly women doing petty business (not hawkers) in Lagos with N140 million, which was shared N10 million per local government, to enhance their business ventures. Umahi extends empowerment scheme to wives of policemen The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr.  David Nweze Umahi, has extended his administration's empowerment programme to police officers wives.in the state. He announced this during Christmas party organized for the officers and men of the state command in Abakaliki.  Engr. Umahi, who noted that government would not ask police officers on duty to join in his rice cultivation programme, said their wives should key into his women empowerment scheme in order to reduce over dependence on the salaries of their husbands. "There is no way we can ask   police officers on duty to come and cultivate rice or go and do training for empowerment  but we offer to partner  their wives," the governor said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Emma Anya, on Tuesday. He added, "Your wives can actually hold your homes. They can make up for the differences in your wages if they   engage in our empowerment programme.  We  can agree on what and what your wives can   be doing so  that we can support them;  so that at the end of the day, they  can be one of the pillars of your respective homes,  This, I believe will reduce financial challenges,  friction  and tension in your homes. Umahi, who said the visit/party for the   officers and men    was to celebrate the Yuletide with them, lauded them for their commitment to combating crimes in the state. He explained that his administration's provision of social amenities for them in their barracks was because of their efforts in sustaining peace in the state. He added, "I want to appeal to the Commissioner of Police to call the herdsmen for a meeting. There are so many cases of herdsmen. You've done extremely well and I have told the police headquarters of how you have been trying to solve the problem of herdsmen in the state.   But it is like they are reneging on the agreement we made in this place and so    we have to call them back for us to review the agreement." The governor, who noted that the living environment of the policemen was not too healthy, immediately approved the release of fund for the relocation of septic tanks in the barracks. Apart from ordering removal and replacement of windows of their apartments, Umahi directed that the barracks should be decorated to reflect the mood of the season. He also donated bags of rice and tubers of yam to the officers and men. Earlier, the State Police Commissioner, Mrs Peace. Ibekwe- Abdallah, had  said that Governor Umahi had been of great support to the command  as he had  reconstructed the  internal roads in the barracks and provided  street light  and water  for the officers and men. She eulogised the governor for providing enabling environment for the police in the state to perform their constitutional responsibility of checking crimes. Early Payment of Civil Servants’ Salaries While several states in the federation are finding it difficult to pay their staff salaries at this recession period, Umahi has directed that the salaries of staff of Ebonyi State be paid by the 15th of every month, and in order to motivate and empower its civil servants, the governor has also directed that the salaries be increased by five per cent. Based on this, Mr Leonard Nkah, the President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ebonyi chapter, commended Governor Umahi for approving 5 per cent pay-rise for workers, adding that by the action, Umahi had proved to be a listening governor. Governor Umahi announced the five per cent increase in workers’ salaries when he addressed the people on Saturday, at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, to mark the country’s 56th Independence Day anniversary. The state NULGE president expressed optimism that, “as a listening governor, Umahi would continue to adjust workers’ salaries upwards periodically.” Nkah also appealed to the governor to direct the relevant authorities to comply with the governor’s directive, by paying local government workers by the 15th of every month. Free Transpiration of Home-bound Ebonyians In demonstration of the selfless nature of his administration, the governor has directed the transportation of all Ebonyians in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Nnewi, Onitstha and other big towns in Nigeria where they reside back home to the state capital, Abakaliki, for the 2016 festivities. Martin Luther King Jr,, may have had Umahi at the back of his mind when he stated: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Throwing more light in this regard, the great Indian leader of all times, Mahatma Gandhi, said: “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”  Umahi’s benevolence and his love for his people will forever speak for him throughout his life. Early Payment of Civil Servants’ Salaries While several states in the federation are finding it difficult to pay their staff salaries at this recession period, Umahi has directed that the salaries of staff of Ebonyi State be paid by the 15th of every month, and in order to motivate and empower its civil servants, the governor has also directed that the salaries be increased by five per cent. Based on this, Mr Leonard Nkah, the President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ebonyi chapter, commended Governor Umahi for approving 5 per cent pay-rise for workers, adding that by the action, Umahi had proved to be a listening governor. Governor Umahi announced the five per cent increase in workers’ salaries when he addressed the people on Saturday, at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, to mark the country’s 56th Independence Day anniversary. The state NULGE president expressed optimism that, “as a listening governor, Umahi would continue to adjust workers’ salaries upwards periodically.” Nkah also appealed to the governor to direct the relevant authorities to comply with the governor’s directive, by paying local government workers by the 15th of every month. Positive shock that awaits those coming back home this season: They will encounter the amazing revolution taking place in Ebonyi. They will be shocked that the flyovers they see in other big cities in Nigeria are now very visible in our State. They will be shocked that most of the headquarters of our local government areas are now fully electrified, even as street lights are now part of life in Ebonyi State. They will be shocked by the beauty and peace in the state as the governor has ensured that no criminal activity is witnessed during this season. They will be shocked by the quality of roundabouts in the state. They will not help but admire the classy and new-look Government House Gate is now wearing. They will be shocked by the quality of roads that litter all our local government areas. They will be shocked that their elders and parents are well-taken care of by the government of Ebonyi State. They will be so shocked that going back to these other towns may no longer be a wise decision. Conclusion I will conclude this attempt by quoting Eleanor Roosevelt who stated: “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” and Abraham lincoln,who said that, “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” Finally, to Lord Bloody Soul, “A piece of benevolence, a shard of good will is sometimes all that is needed to raise a truly loyal army.” Governor Dave Nweze Umahi, you have through your benevolence, love, compassion and commitment to your people raised truly a loyal army that will ever be there for you to crush and conquer the world for you. Merry Christmas to my leader and uncle! Monica Ada Chidinma Eze is Technical Assistant (TA) on Media to Governor Dave Nweze Umahi and can be reached on dunaebonyitransformation001@gmail.com /quintrelking@gmail.com

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Dr Mcdonald Onu) Politics Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:10:54 +0200
Leading Steering Committee Announced for West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference https://www.codewit.com/politics/27329-leading-steering-committee-announced-for-west-african-international-petroleum-exhibition-and-conference https://www.codewit.com/politics/27329-leading-steering-committee-announced-for-west-african-international-petroleum-exhibition-and-conference The committee will guide the content of over 25 business, technical and special focus sessions, featuring more than 75 prominent industry speakers and representatives from both the regional and international oil and gas community

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 20, 2016/ -- The steering committee driving the programme for the West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC) (www.WAIPEC.com) 2017 has officially been announced, representing a cross section of key senior business leaders and stakeholders from across Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

WAIPEC, hosted by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) (www.PETAN.org) will take place on 21-23 February 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos and will promote Nigerian expertise and key projects throughout West Africa, whilst supporting the development of major new collaborations for the benefit of the region’s petroleum economy.

The steering committee representatives will feature:

    Ademola Adeyemi- Bero, Managing Director, FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited and Chairman, Nigerian Independent Oil Companies
    Austin Ojunekwu Avuru, Chief Executive Officer, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company
    Bank Anthony Okoroafor, Chairman, Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
    Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director, The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo)
    Emeka Ene, Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
    Geoff Onuoha, Vice Chairman, Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
    Ahmadu-Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, TOTAL Exploration and Production
    Ranti Omole, Chairman, Conferences Committee PETAN
    Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)
    Dr. Mazadu Bako, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)

WAIPEC is the only oil and gas event to be held fully in partnership with Nigeria's petroleum industry and the ten committee members, alongside PETAN will draw on their unrivalled global resources to ensure that the event delivers to the needs of all stakeholders in Nigeria and through the region.

The committee will guide the content of over 25 business, technical and special focus sessions, featuring more than 75 prominent industry speakers and representatives from both the regional and international oil and gas community. Running alongside the conference - an exhibition is projected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and 6,000 visiting professionals from West Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia.

Bank Anthony Okoroafor, Chairman, PETAN explains; “PETAN has put together an esteemed panel of representative from both public and private exploration, production and services companies – their expertise together ensuring a programme that presents an invaluable insight for all stakeholders and participants in WAIPEC 2017.”

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi) Politics Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:04:43 +0200
Toyin Saraki Commends Cambridge University In Waiving Application Fees For Post-Graduate StudentsFrom African Countries https://www.codewit.com/politics/27320-toyin-saraki-commends-cambridge-university-in-waiving-application-fees-for-post-graduate-studentsfrom-african-countries https://www.codewit.com/politics/27320-toyin-saraki-commends-cambridge-university-in-waiving-application-fees-for-post-graduate-studentsfrom-african-countries HE Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa commended the leadership at Cambridge University for waiving application fees for African students.

This announcement was made at Cambridge-Africa Day on Tuesday 25 October, where Mrs. Saraki gave the afternoon keynote speech on the importance of closer collaboration between African health specialists and global universities such as Cambridge University.

She noted how academic research cascades down to affect individuals at a community level and frontline health workers. Other speakers of the day included Professor Richard Leakey the palaeontologist and Professor Ebenezer Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.

“I am so pleased by the news from Cambridge University. Yesterday I was hugely encouraged by the sheer quality of much needed research, led by African post graduate students, from Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda, to name just a few, in close collaboration with their research mentors from Cambridge University. The collaborations demonstrated that clear solutions to challenges that have bedevilled the global development community: from predicting, preventing and patient management of pre-eclampsia and adverse drug reactions and pharmaco vigilance ‎in patients of African descent; to the environmental importance of bat conservation to agricultural ecology and in turn or food security, could be solved.

“In truth, the African solutions to African challenges will come from raising African research to the highest of global excellence, as manifested by the quality emanating from empowering African students to pursue further skills at Cambridge, a leading global institution. I commend the leadership of Cambridge University in waiving application fees for African post-graduate students as a step of singular goodwill towards global development, that will reverberate for generations.

“An old African proverb is that ‘It is the person that wear the shoe that knows where it is pinching’ this application fee waiver will allow more African students of deserving intellect, to access the opportunities of ground-breaking research, to return with greater skills, which can be applied to our local challenges, that may hitherto have gone un-researched and unsolved due to the global institutions not knowing the challenges existed.”

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Abang Veronica) Politics Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:06:03 +0200
Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Address At National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Governance Bill https://www.codewit.com/politics/27309-honourable-minister-of-state-for-petroleum-resources-address-at-national-assembly-joint-committee-on-petroleum-industry-governance-bill https://www.codewit.com/politics/27309-honourable-minister-of-state-for-petroleum-resources-address-at-national-assembly-joint-committee-on-petroleum-industry-governance-bill Ministerial Address By Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources presented at the stakeholder and public hearing hosted by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Governance Bill today Friday  9th December, 2016

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ionyclaret@gmail.com (Uche O. Adighibe) Politics Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:43:18 +0200
16year Old Boy Miraculously Survives After Falling From 23rd Storey Building https://www.codewit.com/politics/27306-16year-old-boy-miraculously-survives-after-falling-from-23rd-storey-building https://www.codewit.com/politics/27306-16year-old-boy-miraculously-survives-after-falling-from-23rd-storey-building 29092016C jump6

16-year-old boy, Alexander Shadrin, was saved from death by a white Renault taxi, when he fell from his 23rd

floor apartment in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Daily Mail.
Eyewitnesses say the teenager climbed over the balcony to “impress a girl” but then could not cling on and fell 230 feet.
The identities the girl he was seeking to impress, and his relatives who gave statements on the accident, have not been made public.
Shadrin, who was conscious after the accident, was rushed to Hospital Number 34 where he is in a ‘stable’ condition in intensive care.
The driver was also not inside his vehicle at the time

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prettynaomi4souls@yahoo.com (Agency Reporter) Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:40:11 +0300
New Born Baby Looking Like 80-years-old Man https://www.codewit.com/politics/27305-new-born-baby-looking-like-80-years-old-man https://www.codewit.com/politics/27305-new-born-baby-looking-like-80-years-old-man 29092016C Aged baby

The birth of the boy stunned doctors at a hospital in the district of Magura, Bangladesh on Sunday, September 25, who said the baby has a rare condition called progeria, which causes wrinkles on the face, a very sunken body and hollow eyes reminiscent of elderly features.

Biswajit Patro, father of the baby, who is a farmer, is ecstatic and cannot hold back his happiness. “We can only thank God. There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son. We will accept him the way he is. We are so happy to have a baby boy in the house.

We are already blessed to have a daughter. Now we are a family of four. What else can we ask for?” the father said. Patro and his wife, Parul Patro, have been busy attending to guests curious to get a glimpse of their newborn. The family hopes he can grow up to become a healthy boy

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prettynaomi4souls@yahoo.com (Agency Reporter) Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:33:20 +0300
Campaign manager on infidelity question: Clinton 'ready for anything' https://www.codewit.com/politics/27303-campaign-manager-on-infidelity-question-clinton-ready-for-anything https://www.codewit.com/politics/27303-campaign-manager-on-infidelity-question-clinton-ready-for-anything 27092016C CLITON(CNN)Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook said the Democratic candidate will be prepared if Donald Trump mentions her husband's past affairs at the next debate.
"Hillary is ready for anything. She's experienced at these debates," Mook told CNN's Alisyn Camerota Tuesday on "New Day" when asked about the questions Trump alluded to Monday night following the first presidential debate. "I'm not concerned about that. It's just sad that we can't have an actual discussion about the issues because Donald Trump doesn't have a command of the issues."

Trump told CNN's Dana Bash Monday that he might bring up former President Bill Clinton's past marital indiscretions at the next debate.

"I'm very happy that I was able to hold back on the -- you know, on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton, because i have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton and I just didn't want to say what I was going to say," he said.
"Which is," Bash asked.
"Which is I'll tell you maybe at the next debate. We'll see," Trump replied.
Mook said Trump wants to "bully" the former secretary of state because he did not have a strong finish at Monday's debate.
"This is -- it's such an obvious dodge. He spiraled out at the end of the debate and so, of course, he wants to bully. He wants to talk about the supposed indiscretions," Mook said.

"The American people want to hear how someone's going to create jobs, how he's going to help them with education and health care," he added. "He had no command of the issues. This is his way of wallpapering that."
Mook said Trump's temperament led the businessman to repeatedly aggressively interrupt Clinton throughout the debate.
"On that trade argument, he was pretty aggressive, but he was interrupting her," he said. "We saw him begin to unwind and come unhinged."
"By the end of the debate that temperament that we're all concerned about, that inability to, you know, (to) think clearly and make good judgments, it just came out," he added.

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prettynaomi4souls@yahoo.com (CNN) Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:59:36 +0300
Debate may have been most-watched in U.S. history https://www.codewit.com/politics/27302-debate-may-have-been-most-watched-in-u-s-history https://www.codewit.com/politics/27302-debate-may-have-been-most-watched-in-u-s-history 27092016C TRUMPvsCLINTONThe so-called "overnights" are subject to change later in the day on Tuesday.

But the data indicates that Monday's face-off may well have been the most-watched debate in American history.

CNN and other cable news channels saw big increases over past election years. So did some of the broadcast networks.

The early Nielsen data confirms that viewership stayed high the entire time -- there wasn't a big drop-off after the first hour of the nearly 98-minute debate.

The debate was carried on more than a dozen TV channels, some big and some small.

NBC had the highest household rating overall, partly because "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt was the moderator of the debate.

 Actual viewership figures will be released by Nielsen on Tuesday afternoon.

The viewership number to beat is 81 million, set back in 1980, when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan debated just once before the election.

More recently, the first Obama-Romney debate in 2012 averaged 67 million viewers.

Nielsen's data only counts viewers who watched via traditional TV at home. It does not count viewing parties, bars, restaurants or offices.

Many millions also watched the debate via the Internet in ways that are not measured by Nielsen.

Various live streams on YouTube together registered more than 2.5 million simultaneous viewers.

 Anticipation for the Clinton-Trump meeting had been mounting for months. On Monday night Twitter said it was the "most tweeted debate ever."

On both Twitter and Facebook, Trump was a livelier subject than Clinton. Twitter said the "final share of conversation around the candidates on stage" was 62% for Trump and 38% for Clinton.

On Facebook, the results were even more lopsided, with Trump earning 79% share of conversation and Clinton having the remaining 21%.

Being talked about isn't necessarily a good thing for a candidate. Most commentators gave Clinton the edge over Trump after the debate.

Still, the post-debate coverage on TV focused on Trump, partly because of surprising and confounding comments he made on stage.

CNN's reality check team investigated 26 claims made by Clinton and Trump and found that Trump made a greater number of misleading statements.

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prettynaomi4souls@yahoo.com (CNN) Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:52:15 +0300
4 reasons OPEC will struggle to boost oil prices https://www.codewit.com/politics/27301-4-reasons-opec-will-struggle-to-boost-oil-prices https://www.codewit.com/politics/27301-4-reasons-opec-will-struggle-to-boost-oil-prices 27092016C OPECThe world's major oil producers are meeting in Algeria this week, trying again to find a way of pushing prices higher.

Despite signs of a growing willingness to cut a deal to restrain supply, they have a mountain to climb. Here are four reasons why they'll struggle.

 Crude oil prices are low because the market is massively oversupplied. Big producers led by Saudi Arabia have been pumping near record amounts of crude for the last two years, trying to defend their market share by squeezing out higher cost producers such as the U.S.

This oversupply has caused prices to drop by about 60% since 2014 and slowed production in the U.S.

But the strategy is proving painful. Low prices have put a serious strain on the budgets of countries such as Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Russia, whose government finances depend on energy exports.

They want prices to go up and they know the only way to do that is for oil production to drop. That's why they've been trying to negotiate coordinated production cuts for the past year. With absolutely no success so far.

2. Freezing output is not enough

Agreeing to freeze output at current levels might sound like a good compromise if a deal to cut supply proves impossible to reach. But it's unlikely to help, because producers are already pumping out record amounts.

 In fact, production is rising, with Saudi-led OPEC pumping out over 33 million barrels of crude oil per day in August, around the highest level ever. Russia, which is not a member of OPEC, is also producing near its maximum capacity, and Nigeria and Libya have both signaled they want to raise their output for the rest of this year.

The International Energy Agency predicts the global oil glut will last well into next year, because demand for oil, particularly in Asia, is growing at a slower pace than anticipated.

3. Iran needs to be on board

The situation became even more complicated with Iran's return to world markets earlier this year. Iran has been increasing its output since sanctions were lifted in January. The country has stated clearly that it wants to reclaim its place as one of the world's top oil exporters.

But Saudi Arabia won't want Iran to increase production while it is cutting back. That would mean ceding market share to its main regional rival.

 Reports emerged in the last few days that Saudi Arabia might be willing to cut production if Iran agrees to freeze its own output, but analysts are skeptical.

"There has been a consistent pattern over the last few months of OPEC ministers attempting to 'talk up' prices with comments about a potential output freeze deal being close...but historically most of these comments have proved to be unfounded," wrote Tom Pugh, commodities economist at Capital Economics.

4. How do you fine tune a global market?

Even if the big oil producers somehow manage to agree a deal, they won't want prices to go much higher. If they do, that will risk helping higher cost producers -- such as some U.S. shale firms -- get back in the game.

Most shale producers need prices above $60 per barrel for their operations to be profitable.

Olivier Jakob, oil analyst and managing director at oil research group Petromatrix, said OPEC countries are unlikely to want prices to go above that level, because of fears it could lead to even bigger oil glut.

And then all that hard work would be undone.

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Trump does not believe climate change is man made https://www.codewit.com/politics/27300-trump-does-not-believe-climate-change-is-man-made https://www.codewit.com/politics/27300-trump-does-not-believe-climate-change-is-man-made 27092016C trump vs clinton

(CNN)Donald Trump's campaign manager said Tuesday the candidate does not believe climate change is man-made, a day after his previous statements on the issue were scrutinized at the first presidential debate.
"He believes that global warming is naturally occurring," Kellyanne Conway told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day." "There are shifts naturally occurring."
When Camerota followed up to ask specifically if that means that Trump believes that climate change is not man made, Conway responded, "Correct."

At the debate Monday night in Hempstead, New York, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said Trump "thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese."
"I think it's real," she said.The remark drew a swift rebuttal from Trump, who interrupted Clinton while denying that he ever made such a claim. But Trump has, in fact, called climate change a "hoax" repeatedly, both on Twitter and in media interviews.

In a tweet from 2012, Trump asserted that the "concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
But during her appearance on CNN on Tuesday, Conway stopped short of saying it is a hoax, instead repeating that Trump "believes climate change is naturally occurring."

Trump's stance as outlined by Conway appears at odds with his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence who told CNN's Chris Cuomo later Tuesday that humans have some "impact" on climate.
"There's no question that -- that -- that the activities that take place in this country and in countries around the world have some impact on the environment and some impact on climate," Pence said on "New Day." "But Donald Trump and I say let's follow the science but for heaven's sakes, let's not go rushing into the kind of restrictions on our economy that are putting Americans out of work."
The scientific community has a near universal consensus that climate change is man made. Multiple scientific journals have said that 97% of climate scientists believe climate change is man made.

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prettynaomi4souls@yahoo.com (CNN) Politics Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:28:40 +0300