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From News Sources / Kano Govt stops music exhibition
« on: March 01, 2010, 10:45:11 PM »
The French cultural center, Alliance Francaise, organised a music exhibition with performing artistes from both European and African countries, Nigeria inclusive.However before the day of the event, the Kano state government cancelled the event citing reasons which were so foolish as to make me forget them.
Now i am not the kind of guy who can sacrifice an arm to attend such events, but i can sense a "more catholic than the pope" attitude here, a sanctimonious, holier-than-thou overzealousness in enforcing a moral code. The "bikin aure" by whatever name it is called,  is  more worthy of their attentions if i understand their intentions well. It is in such bukukkuwa that adult male and females mingle freely dancing to sexually seductive songs.Nobody says a thing.But it happens daily.
 I think it is a tad bit strong handed.And it is the same Government that officially keeps a dancing cultural troupe which it is even proud of.The famous "koroso troupe" as far as i know, do not conform to their defination of morality, but why then keep them.
I dont know if i am coming out too strongly, but i am just trying to dispassionately assess Government's actions and see if It is consistent and steadfast in enforcing Its rule.

General Board / Lord have mercy on us!!!!!
« on: February 28, 2007, 08:18:58 AM »
55 die in Katsina auto crash
The number of casualties in Monday’s auto crash near Dandume in Katsina State has now risen to 55 lives.

The accident, involved a trailer carrying cows and about 150 passengers near Dandume on its way to Lagos.

A total of 30 passengers died on the spot, while some of the injured died later at the General Hospital, Funtua also in Katsina State.

Up to at press time, bodies of two passengers were still trapped under the vehicle, while road marshals from Funtua FRSC unit were struggling to remove them.

Other road marshals were seen at the hospital numbering and putting tags on the bodies.

The District Head of Funtua, Alhaji Idris Sambo, visited the scene of the accident and described it as very pathetic, while praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased.

The champion 28/02/07

This is sad and terrible.It shows the wanton disregard for life by those in authority.Fifty five people at a go and the unspeakable thing is that two bodies are still trapped ,two days after.Wallahi if an accident happened and unfortunately two people died,all the tv channels would be talking about it through out the day and a thorough investigation would commence immediately.
I think it was Umar Bin Abdulazeez who was reported to have said he quakes with fear as to the answer he will give his Lord if a donkey,in far away Syria, slips and dislocates its leg as a result of bad(uneven) pathways.

How could the govt allow people to board vehicles meant for goods
how could they allow the vehicle to overload
how could they allow it on the road without passing the requisite "MOT"
how could they allow animals to be transported in such inhumane? conditions
How could there be no effective and efficient accident & emergency provision
How could our roads be so unmotorable

Kwanan su ne ya kare.May their souls rest in peace,but let us not forget the saying:
"Trust in Allah but tie your camel first"

Sports / Black managers in sports
« on: February 23, 2007, 03:08:13 AM »
Just read a piece on BBC SPORTS about black coaches in football,specifically English league.I remember during ericsson's tenure as manager, a comemorative DVD on England's greatest was compiled and to the footballing world's utter surprise,John Barnes was left out.
According to the BBC'S REPORT,blacks constitute more than 20% of players at the 92 league clubs but only 2 blacks are managers. A more telling example cited by the report is a comparison between Paul  Ince and Roy Keane.Both were among the best in their positions during their playing days and incidentaly played in the same role,at the same club,and captained their countries.When they retired, Ince was only deemed fit for a managers role at Swindon Town(Swindon who?) and then Macclesfield Town.Keane on the other hand started straight away at Sunderland,a premiership team in all but name, that is currently playing in championship.
Both chaps are outstanding players no doubt,and i admit that being a great player does not translate to a fantastic manager but at least let others have a level playing field(forgive the pun)
I have also  noted the same issue in  the NBA although i dont have sufficient data on that,but guesstimation i would say 80% black players and 80% white managers.
Ete  should help me here
If i sound racist it was not the intended consequence so please bear with me. 

General Board / Why countries treat us the way they do
« on: February 18, 2007, 04:07:48 AM »
Sorcerer Arrested in Police Sting
Filed under: Creed and Contemporary Issues at 10:20 am (no comments)

MAKKAH, 16 February 2007 — In a unique sting operation involving police from both Makkah and Madinah, a Nigerian black magician was arrested here yesterday.

According to police, the sorcerer, thought to be one of the most dangerous in the Kingdom, claimed he could locate hidden treasures from the ground, provide unhappy people with happiness and increase sums of money through the mere touch of his hand.

Officers received reports that a Nigerian man called Sheikh Zubair was practicing black magic. Reports stated that the man was charging people SR10,000 for a single spell and that he would travel the Kingdom practicing his dark art.

Secret police were able to locate the man in Madinah and laid a shrewd plan to arrest him red-handed. An officer telephoned Sheikh Zubair pretending to want a quick way to become rich. “The officer told Sheikh Zubair that he had heard of his excellent magic powers and that he would pay him anything to use his magic for his personal benefit. He also told him to put a spell on his first wife because she objected to him taking a second wife,” said a police source.

“Sheikh Zubair comforted the officer and told him he would do everything he wants him to do. The officer told Sheikh Zubair that he would even provide him with housing in Makkah if he chose to come,” the police source added.

Subsequently, the magician said he would inform the officer of his date of arrival. Police officers did not call the man to avoid making him suspicious and after three days the sorcerer contacted the undercover policeman to say he was coming to Makkah.

Sheikh Zubair and his assistant met the undercover policeman just outside Makkah. The officer then took both men to a house where police were lying in wait. “He promised the officer that he would make his first wife go to his second wife and ask her hand in marriage. He even told him that he would help him find treasure worth half a million riyals hidden underneath his house. For the services he demanded SR10,000,” said the police source.

Inside the house, the magician began taking out his equipment and papers with strange writing on them. “As soon as he began his spells, police moved in and arrested him,” said the police source, adding that the two magicians did not even have valid residence permits.

Arab News spoke to Sheikh Zubair who admitted he was dabbling in magic. “I’ve earned a lot of money in Saudi Arabia. There are enough idiots here to trick and make money from,” he said, adding that he has earned over SR400,000 from practicing black magic in the Kingdom.

If members could remember(i shud take up rapping 8)) kwanan baya akai ta kai ruwa rana wai Saudi govt is treating us awfully.While not trying to justify their alleged misdemeanours,this piece of sad news would help shed light on the reason they view us with disdain.It might be stereotyping but we gave them the grounds for it.
Whaddya'll say?

General Board / Valentine Gift
« on: February 13, 2007, 01:45:20 AM »
Furo was in trouble. He forgot it is valentine. His wife was really angry. She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE".

The next morning Furo got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a small box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Funeral services for Furo have been scheduled for Friday.

Me i have started a "cold war" which is not to be resolved till after the 14th

Islam / Valentine day
« on: February 13, 2007, 12:27:03 AM »
what is the position of celebrating Valentine day in Islam?

chit-chat / Confused
« on: February 01, 2007, 06:28:17 PM »
Where person go get wife sef?
kano? dem too like money
Katsina? a bit rural
zazzau ? hmmmmmmmmmmmh
Yola ? conceited and confused
Kaduna? Yan bariki
Sakkwato? Wauta
Borno?   Dem go use burabusko kill u
Bauchi/Gombe? what!!!!!
Niger? i dey fear wo

Dont get me wrong there are good ones if you enjoy looking for the "proverbial needle in a haystack"
Any advice would be taken in good faith
Help me  ???

Jigawa State Forum / Ina Saminu Turaki?
« on: February 01, 2007, 05:24:28 PM »
Jama'a Saminu ba tserewa kuwa ya yi ba? Yau na karanta wai an rantsar da SSG dinsa a matsayin gwamna.

General Board / Shari'ah friendly?
« on: January 20, 2007, 10:56:26 AM »
Thu Jan 18, 8:16 AM ET

DETROIT, United States (AFP) - Philanderers beware: spouses caught cheating in Michigan could end up spending the rest of their life in prison.

And not the emotional kind.

The state's appeals court recently ruled that extramarital flings can be prosecuted as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in jail.

"Technically," he added, "any time a person engages in sexual penetration in an adulterous relationship, he or she is guilty of CSC I," the most serious sexual assault charge in the state's criminal code.

Michigan still lists adultery as a felony, although no one has been convicted of the offense since 1971.

(AFP/File/Omar Torres)

You can imagine the uproar if it were some poor muslim/islamic state or country that enacted such legislation.They can deny the letter but not the spirit of  God's law.

« on: January 18, 2007, 05:59:18 AM »
National anthem fades....
Fellow Nigerians,
You are all aware of the  results of the recent census excercise conducted in the country by this administration.The results showed a preponderance of males over females meaning that the available resources can not go round adequately and equitably.This is a grevious situation that calls for urgent and revolutionary measures in order to avert as well as minimise the consequences of such imbalance on our nation polity.
After wide consultation with our foreign masters in the western world,IMF,World Bank,and other stakeholders in the exploitation of our resources,Nigerians in Diaspora,etc,the Federal executive council(read me,General Sege) has come up with some far reaching and critical decisions as follows

Short term measures
1)An immediate ban on having more than one wife(my muslim brothers would have to show some sacrifice in this hour of need)
2)A sizable percentage of my fellow xtians are mandated to enter into the celibate life of priesthood(this has the advantage of helping your country as well as God at the same time,but please and please no boys)
3)All widows and matronly ladies are encouraged,begged,asked,beseeched to remarry

Long term measures
1)Those female-rich states are to enter into workable arrangement with female-deficit states whereby in the long run the imbalance would be addressed
2)Part of our foreign reserves(the one not yet looted) would be used to source for partners from other countries.In line with our policy of African cooperation and integration,we have opened talks with our neighbours in the West African subregion.
3)A credit facility has been secured with the international financial agencies,at concessionary rate of 75% payable within 5 years,for mega housing provision nationwide excluding Lagos, where every 3 people own a house. This is to help our youth in settling down
4)A sensitisation programme would commence immediately targeted at our men to bear with the temporary hardship.

A commitee of experts and technocrats comprising demographers,economists,and scientists would soon be inaugurated and would be burdened with the task of working out modalities and finer details of this onerous task.
Once again, my coutry men, this is one of the most challenging and trying times in the history of our nation(although rigging 2003 election was hard too).It therefore calls for that extra sacrifice and commitment as we face such daunting obstacles and hardship.All hands must be on deck untill victory is achieved.
As one of the greatest Africans Yohanna F Keni said,(by the way he is from my town Abeokuta)"think not what your country can do for you,but what you can do to perpetuate my presidency so that i can continue to provide with good life"

Members of the public can contribute in proffering solutions to the crisis situation although there is no guarantee i would heed their advice

Thank you
God bless me and my country.
Anthem starts.........

« on: January 15, 2007, 08:31:25 AM »
Students given exam with answers  
The students will now sit a rescheduled exam paper
Students at an Aberdeen university were left bewildered when they were given an exam with the answers attached.
Dozens of final-year business students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) received a marker's version of the exam paper by mistake.

However, students alerted invigilators to the mistake and will sit a rescheduled exam.

An RGU spokeswoman told the BBC Scotland news website: "We have apologised to all students concerned."

What kind of business managers are we training? they cant even grab an opportunity when placed in their hands,literaly speaking.

Science and Technology / The new iphone by Apple
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:03:06 AM »
Do you remember a world without useless gadgets? A world where otherwise sane people did not queue for seven days to buy a PlayStation 3 or a Nintendo Wii? A world where, just as they had bought the latest useless gadget, its price wasn't slashed or a newer, better version wasn't brought out? A world where, like sheep, we didn't then go and buy the better version, too?

How will history judge us? The Mesopotamians invented the wheel, the people of the 15th century got the printing press, the late 19th century saw the creation of the automobile and the good folks of the 20th century invented the internet.

And us? I imagine that we will probably go down as the generation that invented useless rubbish that we didn't really need and couldn't really afford, but went out and bought in droves anyway.

General Board / kano tops charts
« on: January 10, 2007, 06:02:24 PM »
"However, Action Congress (AC) governorship aspirant in Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, has said the placing of Kano on top of the list will be challenged.

He argued during a visit to the headquarters of Independent Newspapers Limited in Lagos on Tuesday that the calculation defies common sense.

The population of Lagos had been projected at over 15 million by the state government and international agencies, including the World Bank.

Besides, Kano and Lagos were neck and neck in terms of population before Jigawa was carved out of Kano.

Said Fashola: "I think the jury would remain out for a long time on this figure. They do not accord with logic. By nature, all animals move towards water. We would look at the figures in terms of where the nine million people are, how much refuse is Kano generating; because when people live in an area, they produce refuse. We are generating 10,000 tonnes of refuse per day. I hope they can justify the same figure for Kano.

"Where is the vehicular density in Kano? Where are these nine million people? We have a vehicular density of 222 vehicles per kilometre. The national average, and that must include Kano, is 11 vehicles per kilometre. These figures do not accord with common sense.

"If Kano has nine million people, where are the businesses in the state? Population is a market. Why is everybody migrating to Lagos? Let us take the pro rated statistics of all the ethnic nationalities in Lagos and measure them against the ethnic nationalities in Kano. There are more Ibo men in Lagos, more Yoruba, and there are as many Hausa men in Lagos, Tiv, Idoma and other ethnic nationalities.

"Then, what is the school population? Do these nine million not have children? What is the school density? How many hospitals do they have there? What is the outpatient and inpatient number? These are the parameters with which these figures must be reconciled. Otherwise they are not tenable.

"We will challenge this figure with the data that we have as we go forward. Census is like an account. And, in my profession, when accounts are rendered, there must be opportunities to falsify and surcharge them and challenge them.

"We would subject them to very fair and necessary test, and I think the legislation under which the exercise was done also anticipate that all of these would happen. These figures cannot be absolute without challenge – and all of these would, hopefully, be dealt with as we move along."
culled from 10/01/2007

This is laughable,please who can demolish this chap's argument?
On a serious note, this result has some kind of "abracadabra" to it. The old Kano state comprising Jigawa had about the same population with Lagos at about 5 million using the 1991 census data. With an exponential growth rate of 3.5% for kano(present kano) and 3.2% for Lagos, there is no way Kano state would surpass Lagos. Unless if it is the 1991 census that had problems
Any statistician out there please?

Health Matters / TEA WITHOUT MILK
« on: January 10, 2007, 12:11:39 AM »
 "Tea, but no milk, please: How to beat heart disease
By Jane Kirby
Published: 09 January 2007

Tea drinkers have been told to give milk a miss if they want to help their hearts.

Studies show that drinking tea can help protect against cardiovascular disease. But now researchers believe that adding milk counteracts any beneficial effects. When black tea is drunk on its own, cardiovascular function improves.

The research, published in the European Heart Journal, involved studying 16 healthy post-menopausal women. They were given either 500ml of black tea, black tea with 10 per cent skimmed milk or boiled water as a control.

They drank it on three separate occasions but refrained from drinking tea for four weeks both before and after the study.

All the women were given a croissant as a standardised breakfast while they drank the tea.

In a healthy artery, blood vessels are able to relax if the blood flow increases. This is called flow-mediated dilation (FMD).

The researchers from the Charite Hospital Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany, measured FMD levels in the forearm using ultrasound. They did this before tea was drunk and at intervals afterwards.

The study said: "Black tea significantly improved FMD in humans compared with water, whereas addition of milk completely blunted the effects of tea."

The researchers believe that proteins in milk, called caseins, could be to blame for the negative effect"
The Independent.

Now all you stingy guys have an excuse for not buying milk


Cooking Forum / scientific finding
« on: January 04, 2007, 10:39:53 PM »
A forth coming article to be published in the Journal of culinary delights has raised more questions than answers in what has been one of the most debated topics in food science. A team of scientist and researchers led by reknowned scientist Dr. Uwer Haus,working in the prestigeous Institute of Culinary studies has concluded that "no two naman sallah tastes the same".
"Its like DNA or Thumb print" he said.After taking samples from wide variety of households over a long period of time(15 yrs), the only definative conclusion is that "it is not conclusive" he added.
"It is amazing how a difference of 0ne mg of Nacl, 1 degree of temperature, or 2 minutes of harmattan wind can alter the taste from one kitchen to another", says professor Soo Ya.
Although some critics have attacked the findings as "hogwash", majority of the scientific community agree with the results and have hailed it as an important if not revolutionary step in the understanding of human tastes.
Dr. Uwer Haus has been nominated for the Lahm prize in Dietics
culled from MYHEAD TIMES 4/01/07

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