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Some say that opposites attract. I’ll have to be honest here and say yes they do. This is the only reason it is even acceptable in romantic comedies and romance novels. There is research, from the psychological to the biological to the social, to bear out the theory. Women are attracted by the smell of men with a different gene pool than theirs. High-strung people want a partner who will act as a calming influence on their tempers and even the bad boy wants a nice girl to take home to mama. Analogies are given with the north and south poles of a magnet and the reason more people are heterosexual. Yeah, opposites do attract but for how long?

You see, differences creates an initial attraction – one person has traits that the other doesn't or vice versa and for some people, this is exciting; in other words, attractive. So in the right circumstances, these two people will get together. They believe they are in love. During the honeymoon phase of the relationship, they may be able to work around their differences – read, they don’t sweat the small stuff - but what about the long term? Let’s look at some examples; one’s a vegetarian, the other loves beef, one’s introverted and the other an extrovert, one loves football and the other hates all things sports; or an extreme one where one is a frugal control freak and the other an impulsive spend thrift. Just imagine two such people in a marriage with maybe one or two children. I can’t see it, lol.

I know by now, some of you are thinking in your head about those your friends or relatives who have been dating or married for donkey years and who are polar opposites. Hold your horses please. Let us consider this very well. Remember ‘birds of the same feather flock together’, or ‘show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are’? These sayings are referring usually to a person’s beliefs, the substance that makes the personality. And this is the key to any relationship; our values. It doesn’t matter what we see on the outside, differences in looks, activities, likes and dislikes, most people who appear to be opposites actually share a similar way of looking at life. Though they may show this perspective in differing ways, the things they hold dear and what they value are the same.

Like I said earlier, relationships with opposites usually start off quickly and well. This is because they are largely based on sexual attraction or simply lust. However, these feelings are short-lived and in the long run, may not be enough to make a relationship work. The mismatch between opposites is more obvious in the long term because personality and attitude traits often come out later, as a relationship progresses out of the initial stages. The effort necessary to resolve differences means that emotional cracks normal in most relationships deepen more easily. The people who become too involved too quickly before they realize these differences will usually begin to feel unfulfilled and look for a way out.

The fact is that most people will only remain happy and at peace together when their basic life values agree. If the couple don’t want or need the same things, and have different values and beliefs, that relationship may be bound for failure. Some will argue that being opposites can work when differences are given less importance and both people are open-minded, and have the ability to compromise and communicate. But how many of us have this ability and how many will go the long haul? It is very few of us are that are saints or martyrs, so it is not surprising that most times, real differences create conflict and eventually lead to the bitter breakup of opposites in a romantic relationship.

So this is my final answer to our question. Opposites may attract but they rarely stay together in long term relationships. Yes, opposites may attract during times of high sexual tension, like in dating, courtship and the early months of a marriage. However, opposites will certainly clash when it comes to differing personality traits, attitudes and values, especially in the long term.

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TO checkmate the rising crime wave in his community, a blind pastor, Moses Kasali yesterday donated a N5 million modern police post to the Nigeria Police Force to serve six communities in Akinyele Local Council area of Oyo State..
Kasali, who conducted reporters round the newly constructed police post at Oyedeji area of Ibadan, said the gesture was aimed at supporting the government in the area of security and fighting crime.
He stated that the task of nation building should not be left for the government alone to handle and implored other well meaning Nigerians to take up the challenge of partnering with the government.
The cleric stated that the era of waiting on government to provide basic amenities and infrastructure for the citizenry was over, saying Nigerians must think of how to support government in their own little way.
This, he noted is the only way to take the nation to greater heights.
Kasali expressed hope that the presence of policemen in the community would put an end to the rising crime wave in the area. He said he was spurred to take up the challenge of building the police post when various entreaties by the community heads to the police authorities failed to yield the desired results....

He said: “My community came to me a few years ago to complain about the rising activities of criminals in the area. Many park their motorcycles popularly called okada at night and the following morning, the motorcycles nowhere to be found. When we requested for a police post, the police authorities said it would take them about one year to complete, so I took up the challenge and commenced the project. Today, the rest is history.”
While emphasizing the role of the police in crime prevention, the cleric said prayer remained one of the greatest weapons to fight the scourge.

Kasali disclosed that the police post, which has all necessary facilities to make it compete favourably with others across the globe, would be formally handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Baba Adisa Bolanta with a patrol van on Thursday, November 4.
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Chicken Manure Helps Power UK Town

Cirencester, United Kingdom — Starting next month, the droppings from thousands ofchickens will add their might to a biogas power station serving thisCotsworld market town.

Using chicken manure as well as dung from pigs and other agricultural waste from the area, the plant near Cirencester will convert the feedstock into biogas in an anaerobic digester (a biogas fermenter is pictured below).

"Looking like a giant cupcake, the plant will produce 1 megawatt hours of energy, enough to supply 350 houses with electricity," the firmAlfagy said in its news release about the plant.

The Guardian reported:

"Peter Kindt, managing director of Alfagy, the company supplying the plant's technology, said: 'What makes this project exciting is thatfarmers deliver energy to the urban environment. We believe this is amodel for the future of local power generation.'

"The combined heat and power plant, which will begin operating in November, captures the methane-rich gas released by decomposing organicmatter such as chicken manure. This is then burned in a generator toproduce renewable electricity and heat. Farmers are paid for the wasteand will receive free heat for drying grain and animal housing."..

By-products from the conversion can be used as fertilizer, and the odor usually associated with farm waste is diminished during the processas the methane is extracted and burned, Alfagy contends.

Biogas plants are growing in popularity in Europe and Asia -- as this recent article about cogeneration plants in Ukraine, China and India illustrate -- but they aren't as common in the United Kingdom.

Earlier this month, the Didcot sewage works in Oxfordshire made headlines with its landmark project: the first human-waste-to-energy plant in the U.K. That bioenergy operation is producing enough power for about 200 homes.

Image CC licensed by Flickr users bigbold and law_keven. Fermenter photo courtesy of Alfagy.

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Miss USA is Miss World

Photos:Miss Botswana,Miss World 2010,Miss Venezuela ... Inset Fiona Amurzie Miss Nigeria

Maybe names matter as Fiona is the name of Shreks Wife in the movie Shrek But our own Fiona Amurzie was not even in any of the fast tracked beauties who were given accolades for their outstanding perfomrances in sport,talent shows etc . Even though Miss World 2001 Agbani Darego was a memeber of the past queens panel of judges did not ginger the swagga of latent introduction into the beauty world Fiona Amurzie

BEIJING – The newest Miss World is from the United States.

Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken 18-year-old, was named the winner in Saturday night's contest in southern China. The tall blonde was a relative
surprise winner after speculation focused on other contestants.

Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana, and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came third.

The host country's own contestant, Tang Xiao, also was among the final five.

According to a brief biography on the Miss World website, Mills calls Louisville, Kentucky, her hometown, and she recently graduated from high school.
She would like to become a teacher.

"I've never met a stranger and enjoy meeting new people," she says in the bio.

For the final, she was wearing a shimmering ivory-colored dress slit up the leg.

Mills takes over the title from Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar, who was named Miss World 2009 at a ceremony in South Africa last December.

Women from more than 100 countries participated in the contest, organizers said.

This is the 60th year of the Miss World Competition, and organizers brought back contestants from past decades to give the night a retrospective

Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken teen from the United States, won the Miss World crown for 2010 on Saturday, defeating more than 100 other hopefuls at a glittering ceremony in southern China.

The tall blonde was a surprise winner in the 60th annual contest, reports the Washington Post.

Miss Botswana Emma Wareus was named the first runner-up while Miss Venezuela Adriana Vasini was named the second runner-up.

Mills, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, is said to have graduated from high school recently and wants to become a teacher..

Mills, who was wearing a shimmering ivory-colored dress for the final, takes over the title from Miss World 2009 Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar.

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Round Up: Tonto Dikeh defends new movie

role, P-Square unveil Square-Villa, Annie Macaulay addresses baby mama drama & Ikechukwu talks about his ideal woman

A few things have happened this week on the Naij celeb front. Lets start with Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh, except you’ve been living under a rock somewhere you’ve probably seen the trailer for her new movie Dirty Secret, which is creating a lot of controversy as it features explicit sex scenes & a gay kiss…I don’t know if Nigeria is ready for this, knowing how conservative the industry is the movie may likely get banned! Anyways Tonto has gotten a lot of criticism over her role, she took to twitter to address them;

Chick does have a mouth on her…If you wanna see the trailer; youtube “Dirty Secrets African Movie” I couldn’t finish watching it…the man in the silver thong killed it for me…I’m not a prude but I had to hit the stop button…#imeanwharrahell?

There has been a lot of speculation about the cost of P-Square‘s new pad in Lagos. I’ve heard N300 mill, N500 mill. From the pictures though you can tell they spent a whole lot . One half of the duo, Peter says;

Getting a land in Omole Estate (Ikeja, Lagos) alone is N100m. When you look at the house, especially the finishing, it is over $2million. When people speculated that the house was worth N300 million, we had not even finished the interior. What do you think is the cost of a mansion that has a swimming pool, six living rooms, ten master bedrooms, all fully furnished? It’s far more than the speculated N300million

Congrats to them, but did Peter have to say that? See pictures of the house below.

Moving on to Annie Macaulay who this week was interviewed by entertainment reporter and blogger Stella Dimoko Korkus. For those who don’t know Annie is an actress & Tuface Baby Mama #3. Stella asked her about the rumoured altercation with Baby Mama #1 Pero Adeniyi at Tuface’s recent concert in Lagos to which Annie said;

Let me state it here now that nothing of such happened (sic), I have not seen the write up but people have been calling me and those who know the truth know the truth of what happened on that day. I didn’t fight or quarrel with anyone on that day. Yes I was at the same place and at the same time with her but we didnt fight or anything.i didnt even exchange words with the mentioned person.

I love how she referred to Pero as “the mentioned person”, it’s clear she can’t stand the chick…LOL. The interview also touched on her career in Nollywood and why she decided to join the league of 2Baba baby mamas. Read the rest of the interview here.

there is an interesting interview with Rapper Ikechukwu, hetalked about his ideal woman, who he sums up in two words…Sarah Ofili. I guess it’s safe to assume he’ll be wifing her up pretty soon. I also found it compelling that he admitted his dislike for recording commercial music. I mean let’s be honest most artistes loathe “selling out” but I guess it puts food on the table…I don’t think anyone, at least not in Naija music has admitted to it before. Maybe this is the the real reason he left Mo’Hits. A bit of the interview:

TARI: Do you get any job satisfaction when you have to make commercial tracks…


TARI: (laughing) Really? Not even the paper?

IKECHUKWU: Zero; but I have formulated a way to get satisfaction, which is in interacting with the crowd and me being this… but even now because of P, where we’re posing for the crowd …I hate that stuff I swear…

TARI: Then why do you it?

IKECHUKWU: Because the Nigerian society dictates that it’s the necessity..

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NDLEA arrests grandfather for drug traffickingBy Oyetunji AbioyeFriday, 29 Oct 2010View All (4) Comment(s)Post CommentTwitterSend to friendShareOperatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have apprehended a 60-year-old grandfather and a 47-year-old grandmother in connection with illicit drug trafficking.A statement by the Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said both suspects allegedly ingested a total of 189 wraps of powdery substances weighing 3.140kgs as revealed by scanning machine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.The first suspect, Mr. Mobolaji Bello, 60, is a transport administrator and he resides at Surulere, Lagos while the second suspect, Mrs. Kehinde Afolabi, 47, is a trader in Owo, Ondo State. Ofoyeju said the suspects were being interrogated by NDLEA investigators.The NDLEA spokesman said Bello ingested 83 wraps of substances that tested positive to be heroin weighing 1.120kgs. He was said to have been stopped from smuggling the drugs to Detroit in the United States, through a KLM flight.Afolabi, according to the NDLEA, swallowed 106 wraps of substances that proved positive for cocaine weighing 1.920kgs, and she was arrested on her way to London during the screening of passengers on Virgin Atlantic flight.The Chief Executive Officer, NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, said that the agency’s strategic plan aimed at stemming the illicit trade in narcotics was yielding positive result.He said, “The end of the year is usually associated with rise in crime rate as most people strive to make money for the yuletide season. This inordinate quest for money compels many into illicit drug trafficking and other criminal activities. We have, therefore, prepared adequately to tackle the antics of drug barons.“We shall stop them by strategic reduction of our threats and maximisation of drug control opportunities. The use of older people will certainly not work as these arrests have shown.”The NDLEA Airport Commander, Alhaji Hamza Umar, said that scanning machines would always detect drugs irrespective of age and status.According to Hamza, “It is amazing that at their age, they could still involve in drug trafficking. The good thing is that we have the capacity to detect them as scanning machines do not consider age and status.”Bello who would have smiled to the bank with $10,000, if he was successful, said that it took him a year to be convinced into drug trafficking.He disclosed that he owns two busses for commercial transportation in Lagos, beside his auto parts business. He hails from Ekiti State and has four children who have all graduated from high school.“My wife had a surgical operation that cost about 1.5 million naira last year. I am still paying the debt I incurred from the medical bill. All the same, it all started last year when I contemplated smuggling drugs. They gave me bitter cola to swallow which I did but I later changed my mind after the trial. Three weeks ago, I was contacted by the same people and I agreed to do it for 10,000 dollars. Now I know that I have made a mistake,” Bello stated.Afolabi told narcotic officers that she smuggled drugs because she needed money for medication.She was to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London when scanning machine revealed 106 wraps of cocaine in her stomach.According to Afolabi, “I needed money for my medication because I am sick. When I met the people in Lagos, they promised to pay me 3,500 pounds and I agreed to swallow the drugs. That was how they lodged me in a hotel where I ingested the drugs for about one and half day period. I am ashamed of myself.”
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2011: VP’s aide denies governorship ambition in KadunaBy Agency ReporterFriday, 29 Oct 2010View All (1) Comment(s)Post CommentTwitterSend to friendShareSpecial Adviser to Vice -President Namadi Sambo, Senator Isaiah Balat on Thursday warned those spreading the rumour that he was planing to contest the 2011 gubernatorial ticket of the ruling People’s Democratic Party not to set him in on collision course with Governor Patrick Yakowa.Balat said he had no gubernitorial ambition in 2011 and warned those behind the rumour not to cause disaffection between Yakowa and himself.Balat also pledged his total support to Yakowa and stressed that he had no interest in contesting the Kaduna governorship election next year.Rather, he said, he was committed to ensuring that Yakowa emerged the winner of the 2011 governorship election in the state.President, Arch. Mohammed Namadi Sambo for another four year term as the president and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.“With Dr Goodluck as President of Nigeria and Mr. Yakowa as the governor of Kaduna state, we will surely witness an unprecedented economic development.
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The African Independent Television/Ray Power station in Kano is on fire.

The immediate cause of the inferno has not been determined but state fire personnel are struggling to put out the fire.

THEWILL Kano correspondent reports that AIT Kano office is a four-storey building along Bompai road in Kano metropolis.

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

AIT/Ray Power Fm is owned by Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Director General of the Ibrahim Babangida Campaign Organization..

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Tel Aviv - A shipment of 13 containers of weapons, disguised as building materials and seized in the Nigerian port of Lagos, may have been on its way to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Ha'aretz daily reported on Thursday, citing Israel defence officials..

The 13 containers, whose bill of lading listed construction materials, when opened on Tuesday was found to contain rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives.

They had been unloaded from an Iranian ship, and according to reports, the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) had received intelligence beforehand about the intention to smuggle weapons in containers via Lagos.

Ha'aretz quoted an Israeli Foreign Ministry official as saying that the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria has been holding talks with the SSS and the Nigerian Foreign Ministry to try to find out more about the weapons.

A senior Israeli defence official said preliminary information indicated that the seizure of the weapons exposed a possible new arms smuggling route from Iran to Hamas, via Africa.

He said that, owing to beefed-up international supervision of Iranian ships, Tehran may have experienced difficulties in sending arms to Hamas via the Red Sea to the Sudan region and from there to Gaza via the Sinai peninsula..

Transfer by land

"Perhaps the Iranians were planning to unload the weapons in Nigeria and transfer them by land to Sudan and Sinai," Ha'aretz quoted the official as saying.

In March 2009, foreign media reported that the Israel Air Force attacked a convoy of weapons in Sudan on its way to Gaza. Israel refused to confirm its involvement in the attack.

In November 2009, the Israel Navy boarded the vessel Francop in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship was carrying hundreds of tons of weapons from Iran to Syria or Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In September this year an arms delivery from Iran to Syria was intercepted in Italy's Calabria port.

A few days later an arms shipment from North Korea to Syria was captured in a Greek port.

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No fewer than one hundred patients from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) today stormed the State Governor’s Office, protesting the pains the on-going strike action by medical and dental officers have cost them.

In a reaction to the protests, the state government issued a statement urging medical and dental officers in the state to return to work in the interest of the citizenry as the strike action by the Medical Guild, an association of the state government doctors, enters its eight-week.

THEWILL gathered that patients suffering from sickle cell anemia, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and typhoid fever participated in the protest which called on Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) to immediately intervene.

During the protest, the patients, who were led by Mr. Adeoye Modecai, explained that the strike had claimed the lives of at least 27 patients since the medical and dental officers downed tools about two months ago.

The protesting patients carried placards with inscriptions like: “Fashola, answer the doctors for the sake of the patients; “Have mercy on the masses; people are suffering for medical treatment; people are dying; we want doctors to start their work; Fashola; don’t let them spoil your good name; Fashola!; and Children are dying, their patients are also your electorates.”

In his address, Modecai, urged Fashola to sign the agreement he entered with the medical guild to enable them call off the strike.

“We have met with the striking doctors, and they said that the only thing they are asking from Fashola is to sign the agreement and not immediate payment of what is in the agreement,” Modecai said.

He said he saw at least 25 dead patients at the emergency ward on Wednesday being carried to the morgue in five ambulances. He added that “just this morning (Thursday), a woman and her baby died for lack of medical attention.” He said the nurses are refusing to attend to patients since there is no doctor to sign their prescriptions.

Also speaking after the protest, one of the protesting patients, Mrs. Yinka Olawale said the patients in LASUTH would relocate to Government House in Ikeja if Governor Fashola does not listen to the doctors by Monday.

Olawale, who is suffering from cancer, said she had paid about N365, 000 for her injections, adding that she has been injected thrice and that in the last 15 days she has not been able to get her two remainder shots because of the strike.

In a statement, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Opeyemi Bamidele noted with regret that a lot of citizens were being denied access to medical care as a result of the strike action pointing out that no wage increment would bring back lost lives..

Bamidele said government was not opposed to a review of salaries but that such a review must be done through a negotiating process and not predicated on the adoption of the federal government pay structure.

He recalled that the state government “has taken a series of actions to resolve the dispute, some of which include meeting with Medical Guild, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria and Association of Resident Doctors and setting up of a sub-committee to determine the cost implication of the implementation of the CONMESS salary structure at all levels of healthcare.”

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AP withdraws story about Ted Turner pledging $80m to UN foundation
ABUJA: The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Ted Turner pledging $80 million to aUnited Nations foundation to fight childhood polio and measles in Nigeria.

Amy DiElsi, a Washington-based spokeswoman for the United Nations Foundation, says Ted Turner has made no such pledge.

Original Story on Many Websites !
The chairman of United Nation’s Foundation and founder of Cable New Network (CNN), Mr Ted Turner, has donated $1 billion towards the eradication of polio in Nig.eria..

“Nigeria must keep up the fight against child killer diseases by continuing to leverage the power of modern vaccine that is key to eradicating polio and reducing measles,” he said.

He was impressed that Nigeria had reduced cases of polio by 98 per cent with only eight cases confirmed in 2010 and donated $1 billion for the cause.

Turner, who visited the Sokoto sultanate in the Northern part Nigeria also paid a courtesy visit to Sultan, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

“With support from traditional leaders like the Sultan, we are on the verge of achieving the first great humanitarian victory of the 21st century, the complete elimination of a disease that once afflicted millions,” he said.

Polio virus spread out from Northern Nigeria in 2008 and sparked an outbreak in 17 African countries posing a major challenge to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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How does Christian meditation compare with other forms of meditation?

Inasmuch as there are various forms of meditation in today's world, it is important to determine how Christian meditation compares with other forms of meditation. Christian meditation is similar to other forms of meditation in that it involves a deliberate action on the part of the individual, in time that he or she has set aside purposefully to ponder or think. Sometimes, for the Christian, meditation may arise naturally as an adjunct to prayer time. It may be dictated by the circumstances of his life at a particularly trying time. This is true of the traditional meditator who often seeks to meditate as a way to free himself from stress and turmoil.

There are two major differences, however, between traditional forms of meditation and Christian meditation.

  • In traditional forms of meditation, the individual seeks to empty one's self; in Christian meditation the believer seeks, rather, to be filled.

  • In traditional meditation, the object is self, albeit the higher self, whereas in Christian meditation the object is God, who is high above all.
During the practice of meditation, the non-christian strives to clear his or her consciousness of all thoughts, concentrating intensely until in a prescribed period of time a bare minimum of thoughts has been allowed or entertained in the consciousness. Often, a tool called a mantra is used which may be a word or a series of sounds that a person repeats continually until they are completely empty. This is supposed to achieve the ultimate relaxation and cessation of stress. When the meditator wants to obtain peace in the midst of a tumultuous situation he or she can just call to mind or repeat the mantra and the desired result is obtained.

In Christian meditation, the believer seeks to fill his or her thoughts with truths about God. Christians can achieve this by focusing on the Word of God, as the psalmist said: "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalms 1:2). Rather than emptying himself, the Christian fills his mind with hope and encouragement from the promises that God has given in His Word or on good things that God has done for him. Or he may simply just think on the wonder and awe of God. In so doing, the believer is assured of peace.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things (Philippians 4:8).

In seeking to reach one's higher self, the traditional meditator may achieve his goal, but has really achieved a state which has no real value. At the pinnacle of his self every individual is but base and low, since all are sinners. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Therefore there is no perfection to be obtained from within. Paul rightly said in his epistle to the Romans, "I know that nothing good lives in me…" (Romans 7:18).

Jesus Christ alone is our source of righteousness and, therefore, peace. Seeking to reach one's higher self is to reach for nothing; it may achieve a state of thoughtlessness and cessation from stress, but the individual will still remain empty and unfulfilled. The only path to peace and fulfillment is through God. If an individual, with purpose and intent, will meditate on God, he will achieve the highest of heights, including joy and peace. "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you" (Isaiah 26:3). .

Meditation: What Is It?
Meditation is a popular subject these days. With a renewed emphasis on spiritualism and alternative medicine, meditation has gained popularity. Yet, depending on the context, meditation can be defined in a variety of ways. Quite simply, meditation is defined as reflecting and contemplating. It makes no value statement any more than thinking or dreaming does. The subject of a person's meditation is what brings value to the act of meditating.

Meditation: Who Does It?
Meditation is generally seen as a practice of the New Age movement. This comes primarily from the movement's association with Transcendental Meditation. Transcendental Meditation (TM) was developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the Hindu religion. On their website, TM is described as "a simple, natural, effortless procedure…. During this technique, the individual's awareness settles down and experiences a unique state of restful alertness. As the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness, Transcendental Consciousness, where consciousness is open to itself" ( The site touts the benefits of TM as enhancing creativity, effectiveness, and success. The site goes on to say that people from any age, background, or religion can practice TM.

However, TM is steeped in Hindu philosophy. The "yogi" in the TM founder's name indicates his status in Hinduism. The philosophy and benefits behind TM are similar with Hinduism's practice that seeks to bring people into union with one's "higher self." Additionally, courts in the U.S. have ruled that TM is not a secular discipline; it is Hindu religion (U.S. District Court, Newark, NJ, on October 29, 1977, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Philadelphia, PA February 2, 1979.)

Meditation: Is It Biblical?
Not all meditation is Transcendental Meditation. In fact, the Biblecommands us to meditate. In Joshua 1:8, God tells us to meditate on His word day and night so we will obey it. The words, "meditate" or "meditation" are mentioned 20 times. But meditation's association with New Age philosophy and Eastern mysticism has frightened off many Christians.

In the Old Testament there are two primary Hebrew words for meditation.Haga, which means to utter, groan, meditate, or ponder. Sihach, which means to muse, rehearse in one's mind, or contemplate. These words can also be translated as dwell, diligently consider, and heed.

Meditation: A History
One form of meditation that has been used by Christians since at least the 4th century is the lectio divina. It has been traditionally used in monastic religious orders and is enjoying a resurgence today. Lectio divina means "sacred reading" and has four stages: lectio (reading), meditatio(discursive meditation), oratio (effective prayer), and contemplatio(contemplation). In the lectio (reading) stage, one finds a passage and reads it deliberately. The next stage, meditatio (discursive meditation), is where one ponders the text. In the oratio (effective prayer) stage, one talks to God about the reading, asking Him to reveal the truth. In the final,contemplatio (contemplation) stage, one simply rests in God's presence.

As we can see, meditation is simply pondering or thinking over something. The subject of a person's meditation, and the purpose of the meditation, is what differentiates one kind of meditation from another.

What we choose to dwell on and focus our thoughts on make a profound difference in our outlook on life. To find out more on how to focus on "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Philippians 4:8, NASB),

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A naija woman, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwabolo, has divorced her husband, Engr. Okezie Godwin Nwabolo, through the Facebook, a popular social networking site.
The husband, a publisher and telecommunications engineer, therefore, approached a Lagos High Court to seek dissolution of his 14-year marriage with Ijeoma.
Nwabolo told the court that a family friend called his attention to the popular social networking site where his wife had gone to change her marital name, Nwabolo, to her maiden name, Onyeka. She also changed her marital status to single...

This prompted him to approach the probate family division of the court to dissolve his marriage to Ijeoma, because all avenues to reconcile with her were rebuffed by her and her family.
The 46-year old engineer informed the court that the marriage which was solemnised on 3 August, 1996 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos, has broken down irreconcilably and his wife could not be traced.

Led in evidence by his counsel, T. O. Taiwo, he told the court that his wife deserted their matrimonial home without any notice or quarrel.
Nwabolo said on 7 August, 2006, he travelled to Abuja for an important meeting with the Belgian Ambassador to naija. When he got to Abuja, all attempts to speak with his wife on phone proved abortive.
“When I arrived in Abuja, I called my wife but all her lines were switched off. Later, I had a call from my driver informing me that my house was empty and my wife was nowhere to be found. I immediately went to the airport and boarded the next available flight to Lagos for verification.
“On getting home, I discovered that she has left our Lagos, residence with all my property and our marriage certificate. I tried all my best possible to locate her but to no avail.

“When I called her uncle, he was not forthcoming. So I got the church that solemnised us involved but she rebuffed all attempts for reconciliation,” he said.
He added that the tribunal of the Catholic Church which includes the Archbishop of Lagos and other bishops sat and advised him that the marriage had become null and void because all efforts for reconciliation were defeated by his wife and her family.
The presiding Judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole, subsequently adjourned the matter for further hearing.
—Jamiu Yisa
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In line with the provision of the Islamic legal code, the Vice Chancellor of the Niger State government-owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Ibrahim Adamu Kolo, has outlawed hugging of female students in the university.

Kolo said that anyone caught "embracing or hugging" any female students would be severely dealt with.

The vice chancellor gave the order in Lapai, on Tuesday, while addressing a one-day enlarged re-orientation workshop organised by the institution for all its staff.

Describing hugging and embracing of female students as immoral, the vice chancellor said the management had decided to "forgive" those caught in the act but said those affected had been noted and would be closely watched by the authorities.

Kolo also warned staff of the university against leaking official secret as those that violated the law would be summarily sacked from the school...

He challenged staff and students to have a change of attitude in their approach to work and studies as all forms of idleness and laziness would not be tolerated.
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How to Handle Online Romance

In this internet age we live in, online romance bas become a valid means through which we can meet our partners, just like meeting them at work, in the club, at church, etc. I know some will say that a lot of such relationships never mature into something serious but does meeting in real life guarantee marriage? Some argue that you cannot love someone you have not seen. I do not agree. We are more than our bodies. Our writings or how we talk about life can give a window into our mind and soul. These are also great for getting to know another human being.

The major advantage of online romance is the privacy, and safety it provides. You don’t need to expose everything about you immediately. Stuff like your telephone number, address, where you work and family details can and should be kept under wraps for a while. It is only when you trust the other person more that you can decide how open to be. Online romance gives you the control, you can decide when and how to reveal any type of information. You can also completely back off at any time, if you feel like something is going wrong or the other person is not who they say they are. Changing your email addresses, or blocking a chat buddy or access to your FB or 9jabook or twitter profile, is much easier than keeping someone out of your physical space..

That said; there are some things to be aware of with online romance. The advantage of privacy in meeting someone online first could become a double-edged sword. This is because it makes it easier to be dishonest online. The person you are chatting with could be a 12 years old, or married, or 42 instead of 22, or a man instead of a woman and vice versa. It is so easy to develop a different persona online, be whoever you want, say whatever and become an overnight superstar. The anonymity and privacy of the internet thereby becomes a tool for deception. A waiter becomes a doctor, 5’1 becomes six feet and CUNY becomes Harvard or Yale. Remember that this cuts both ways. Are you being your real honest self while looking for love online?

The next important part of online romance is communication. What do you guys discuss? Don’t burn phone cards talking about Kim Kardashian or the World Cup. OK, you can do that too. But more important, give each other time to talk about your lives. Ask questions and be as honest as you can. I’m not saying you should interview each other, but a relationship requires true and deep communication. You can talk about your dreams, your achievements and goals, talk about your families, people you admire in your life, your most prized possessions, your strengths and weaknesses, and maybe most importantly, talk about the kind of relationship both of you are looking for. This last will determine what direction your romance goes.

Finally, it boils down to the nitty-gritty. After starting a romance online, there is the temptation to just let it roll along on sweet talk via the phone, chat or email. You cannot live life online and in the same way, any romance that starts and remains solely online for say, one year, is a bit suspicious. The next thing a couple that met online should discuss when they realize that the admiration is mutual is how to meet up. Some say love is spiritual, that is true, but it is also physical. People in an online romance must find ways to balance both sides of the attraction. Apart from the physicality of attraction, meeting face to face also helps determine honesty. Is that really him? Is he really interested in me enough to make the effort?

Once you have met for the first time, you are no different from the next couple who first met in real life. Keep your head up and enjoy your love.
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Today before you say an unkind word -

Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Today before you complain about life -

Think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children -

Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or sweep -

Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive

Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job -

Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another -

Remember that not one of us is without sin and we all answer to one MAKER.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down -

Put a smile on your face and thank GOD you're alive and still around.

Remain Bless!

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Amid record profits Microsoft has serious cause for concern. It is coming off the high of the fastest-selling operating system in its history -- Windows 7. That OS sent its profits soaring and convinced some that Microsoft was no longer on the retreat.

But part of Windows 7's success was due to how poorly received Vista was. With Windows 8 landing reportedly in 2012, the company may have significant difficulties in convincing the average consumer to upgrade to its latest and great OS.

Other than the Windows brand, Xbox and Microsoft Office are the company's other two major successes in the consumer sector. But the Xbox trails Nintendo's “family friendly” Wii and the Office team is getting seriously nervous about growing consumer interest in OpenOffice.Photos Steve Balmer and Bill Gates ..

On the other hand, Bing has failed to gain even 10 percent of the search market in most metrics, despite a massive ad push and a deal with Yahoo. Zune remains a tiny player in the MP3 market, having failed to become a true competitor in terms of sales to Apple's iPod line. And Microsoft's smartphone empire, once a major player, is in rebuilding mode after the disastrous Kin and ill-received Windows Mobile 6.5. It is placing its hopes on Windows Phone 7, but that phone enters a packed market.

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's browser, has long led the market, but has seen a steady decline in recent years, which may allow Firefox and Chrome to eventually reach its formerly insurmountable market share peak. Microsoft's key hope here is a new product, Internet Explorer 9.

So while it seems that CNN Money's recent headline, "Microsoft is a dying consumer brand", is a bit sensational, it is a claim that is grounded in some reality.

One of the key points in the article is that aside from the struggles of many of Microsoft's consumer "expansion" business units, it is also bleeding executive talent, like many other struggling firms (HP, Yahoo, etc.). States the report, "Microsoft's executive suite is in turmoil. CFO Chris Liddel, entertainment unit head Robbie Bach, device design leader J Allard and business division chief Stephen Elop have left within the past year. Ray Ozzie joined the exit parade last week."

The report praises Microsoft's recent efforts, but concludes in cautionary fashion, "Microsoft just has to hope [they're] not too late."

Much like the Romans or Greeks, Microsoft has built a mighty empire, a key part of which are expansions into new arenas -- in Microsoft's case phones, video game consoles, and internet services.

But much like the Roman empire fell, Microsoft appears dangerously close to losing its expansions to hungrier parties. But much like Rome, it will likely hold on to its central holdings (Windows, Internet Explorer, Xbox, and Microsoft Office) for some time, even if its other efforts fall into commercial purgatory.

The talent gap is absolutely a concern for Microsoft. And equally concerning is the fact that the company is being led by Steve Ballmer. Mr. Ballmer, while a brilliant tactician in some regards and a man with obviously enormous love for the company, has failed to execute a strategy to turn around the company's struggling units -- or one that works at least.

To succeed, Microsoft may need to move on without Mr. Ballmer. But who to pick to lead the world's largest software company, perhaps the most powerful technology company in the world? The leading candidates have already left the company. That means that, essentially, there's no easy answer to Microsoft's leadership issues and that the ongoing risk to the company is tremendous.

Is Microsoft's consumer brand "dying"? Not yet, in our minds. But it lacks the hunger that it once did. And it most certainly sorely misses the leadership of its founder and chief visionary -- Bill Gates..
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Do the Math: 2.7million Per head !

N135 billion severance package ready For an epileptic Power Sector of Non Performing Staff ? They will still get jobs in the privatised companies being set up !

FOR the reform in the power sector to work, 50,000 workers in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) would be sacked. However, the Federal Government is planning to pay N135 billion compensation for the workers..

Presidential Adviser on Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, yesterday confirmed this to the House of Representatives.

He said the workers would be sacked before the Federal Government hands over the 18 companies carved out of PHCN to their new owners in the first quarter of next year.

He also informed the House that N135 billion ($900 million) severance package is being worked out by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for approbation in next year’s budget for the workers.

The Speaker of the House, Dimeji Bankole, was particularly worried since it has been established that lack of funds is no longer the bane of the power sector and since so much money has been pumped into the sector with no commensurate result.

In his presentation, the Speaker noted: “In the past two years, we have been doing all we can to ensure that the power sector is adequately funded yet, nothing has changed.”

Nnaji was in the Lower House with members of the Presidential Task Force to lobby the lawmakers on the need to come up with enabling legislations that would drive the reform.

Nnaji observed that the staff burden of the PHCN is worrisome. “There is a high operating cost in the company, gulping over N8 billion annually in which staff salaries and pension take 80 per cent of it”, he told the committee.

He said that 70 per cent of the cost of running the sector is incurred at the distribution business level. “The whole idea for the future of the sector is to cut a good deal for the workers for a more efficient power output for the country when the workers would have been been laid off. We would enter into an agreement with the new owners of the companies to absorb them.

There is no way the new owners would work without trained and experienced workers. So, most of the workers would be fully re-engaged after entering into a new contract with the new owners.

We are already working out a $900m (N135 billion) severance package for them with the CBN for appropriation in the next budget,” he declared.

He said that there were already strong interest from international investors in the country’s power sector.

Essar of India plans to put in up to $2 billion of investment if the sector is reformed to logical conclusion. There are also strong interests from financiers and operators all over the world for our proposed sale of PHCN,” he said.

According to him, the privatisation of the sector would not be possible if the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act 2005, which gives the time line for the sales of the entities carved out of the PHCN, is not adjusted to accommodate the proposed dates. They are made up of 11 Distribution Companies (Discos), six Generation Companies (Gencos) and one Transmission Company (Transco).

According to the Professor, the present PHCN is indebted to suppliers and other service providers to the tune of N90 billion and it is owed N100 billion by its customers.

He lamented that “there is a severe lack of business orientation in the PHCN, coupled with inadequate expertise, especially technical, but most prevalent at the distribution level of the company.”

The Chairman, House Committee on Power, Patrick Ikhariale, said there was no alternative to the privatisation of PHCN.

He, however, assured the presidential committee that lawmakers would give support to the Task Force. “We can assure you of our full support because the issue of power is of extreme importance to every Nigerian and we will work with you to see that the sector improves,” he said.

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jpeg&STREAMOID=n4rwBUNgjyUAUevsctpCGC6SYeqqxXXqBcOgKOfTXxQhDVMnGN$r0PMXSBlGDGDqnW_PgxgftuECOcfJwS6Jtlp$r8Fy$6AAZ9zyPuHJ25T7a9GKDSxsGxtpmxP0VAUyHL6IDcZHtmM2t7xO$FHdJG95dFi6y2Uma3vSsvPpVyo-Two suspected robbers were shot dead, and two passersby killed by stray bullets yesterday when armed hoodlums attempted to rob several banks in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

The gang of men had, at about 9am, stormed the banks located in Folagbade area of the town in an 18-seater bus and a Jetta Volkswagen, armed with sophisticated weapons. They were said to have fired sporadic shots into the air, apparently to scare away workers and residents. Passersby ran helter-skelter, while motorists abandoned their vehicles to escape from the troubled spot.

Following information received about their presence, the police raced to the scene with Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), thereby forcing the bandits to flee. They took time out to shoot at and deflate the tyres on the armoured vehicle as they run away.

Two of the suspects were killed in the shooting, but the rest of the gang escaped..

Police promise

Banks in Ijebu Ode were shut down some months ago in protest of the incessant bank robberies in the town. They were re-opened recently after the state government purchased the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).

The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Daura, said that the Command was on top of the situation and that he has been in close contact with the Area Commander of the area.

“I am still awaiting details from the Area Commander, but I have been in regular contact with him,” Mr Daura said. The police boss urged members of the public to go about their normal duties, promising that the police will not relent in providing adequate security to the people in the state, especially during the last months of the year.

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Future Connector: Genevieve Nnaji

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji has been dubbed the Julia Roberts of Africa by millions of fans on the continent and now she's trying to make a name for herself in the west.

Genevieve Nnaji is your Connector of the Day..

The 31-year-old Nigerian born Nnaji is the fourth of eight children and had the opportunity to attend the University of Lagos where she acted in a number of Nollywood productions.

Nigeria has one of the world's biggest film industries and produces more even more movies each year than the United States..

The industry outputs more than 200 movies each month and is estimated to be worth more than $250 million.

Nnaji started acting at the age of eight and had her first stint in the spotlight in the television soap opera "Ripples."

One of her first big Nollywood films was the movie "Most Wanted" and the rest is history. Nnaji went on to star in a number of highly successful movies and is generally considered to be one of the best paid actresses in Africa.

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