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Nigeria singer Omawumi tackles child abuse E-mail

Omawumi Megbele is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, who gained attention as the 2007 runner-up on the reality TV show West Africa Idols and has subsequently won multiple awards in Nigeria.
Her debut single In the Music was a hit, and she has since released two albums - Wonderwoman and The Lasso of Truth.
If You Ask Me, the soulful song Omawumi performs for Africa Beats, tells the story of a girl made pregnant by her own father, and demands action be taken to confront and stop child abuse.
The song is produced by Cobhams Asuquo, one of the most influential figures in Nigerian contemporary music.

 
Oscar Pistorius trial: Steenkamps 'rejected blood money' E-mail

Athlete Oscar Pistorius offered a large cash sum to the parents of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her - but it was rejected as "blood money", a South African court has heard.

Pistorius's offer of $34,000 (£21,000) was revealed by prosecutor Gerrie Nel during his sentencing hearing.

Earlier, a defence witness told the court that Pistorius would be physically at risk if sent to prison.

He has been found guilty of culpable homicide, but cleared of murder.

 
The police officers fired for a kiss E-mail

When is it OK to kiss a colleague? Two Tanzanian police officers, whose kiss was widely shared on social media, have prompted a discussion about just that - and both have also lost their jobs.

A relationship with a colleague can throw up any number of complications, but the two young police officers in the picture may not have thought it would end their careers. The photograph - taken in Kagera, north west Tanzania - shows the pair kissing whilst dressed in their work uniforms, and was considered grounds for dismissal. Residents of the country have taken to social media to voice their dismay.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 23:00
 
Arrested and humiliated for Ebola; tested positive for cold - Story of Ghanaian student in Czech Republic E-mail

A Ghanaian student in Czech Republic arrested, forced into a suffocating black polythene bag, wheeled away in a trolley and dumped into a bus has tested negative for ebola, the Ghana Mission in the Czech Republic has confirmed.

The student, whose identity is yet to be disclosed, was isolated for several hours in what appears to be an excruciating, thoroughly humiliating episode as Czech authorities desperately take precautionary measures against ebola.

The student was only suffering from common cold, the Health Ministry at the Czech Republic stated.

He had successfully been screened at the Czech Airport on Saturday night and allowed to go through, only to be picked up again at the train station by a man in hazard garments and taken through the dehumanizing episode.

 
Malala pleads for Nigerian abducted girls E-mail

Malala Yousafzai has called on Nigeria to intensify efforts to free 219 schoolgirls who were abducted by Islamist militants six months ago.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said campaigners needed to raise their voices "louder than ever" to demand the freedom of the girls.

The Boko Haram group sparked global outrage when it seized the girls.

Foreign governments including the US and China, have sent experts to Nigeria to help track them down.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 22:36
 
“Demonic” Ebola targeting Ghana by November – Archbishop Duncan Williams E-mail

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams has revealed that the deadly Ebola virus is a “demonic” spiritual plague that has marked out Ghana as its next stop.

“…The bottom line is that there are people who want to see the virus in this country and they want our name on CNN. We cancel it by the blood of Jesus. That is not to say that we are better than those countries. We are not. But let’s also pray that the plague will cease in those countries…I believe in what I’ve seen and I believe in what I’ve heard and I stand by it…Spiritually, I tell you that the plague, whether it’s a conspiracy of White man, Black man I don’t care. I just know that this thing is demonic. Anything that kills people the way it’s killing people is demonic. I don’t care what is behind it, but I know something; when I lift up prayer, there has to be divine resolution to the matter. Because prayer knows no boundaries and prayer knows no limit…”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 22:35
 
Over 200 secondary students in Ashanti Region borrow uniforms for school E-mail

200More than 200 students of Asare Bediako Senior High School in the Ashanti Region borrow uniforms from senior colleagues for school because authorities have failed to supply uniforms they have paid for.

For two years, second year female students of the school located at Akrokerri in the Adansi South District, have been stuck with wearing a worn-out check-frock, while the boys wear different unapproved attires for classes.

Students explain although they have paid the required fee for the approved uniforms school authorities have failed to provide them with the official school uniforms..

A student told Luv FM's Prince Appiah students who completed the school more than two years ago also attended classes without uniforms.

 
Australian MP slams volunteer Nurse for ‘putting nation at risk' after Ebola scare E-mail

Australian MPAn Australian Federal MP Bob Katter has condemned a nurse for putting her nation at risk after volunteering in Sierra Leone –a West African nation endemic with the deadly Ebola virus.

Ms Sue Kovack returned to Australia on Tuesday from a one-month Red Cross duty and reported feeling a fever on Thursday. Initial test on Friday morning turned out negative but she is still under observation and has been quarantined at Cairns Hospital.

Chief Health Officer of the hospital Dr Jeannette Young explained,

'This is a necessary precaution given the patient has been to West Africa and has had a fever within the incubation period of 21 days. For the sake of her health and to follow due diligence, we want to be sure she is clear of Ebola virus disease as well as any other disease.'

But the Federal MP noted for blunt views would rather wish the 57-year old Ms Sue Kovack had not even dared helping Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.
Ms Kovack in Sierra Leone

He branded her return to Australia as 'unbelievable and incomprehensive' in view of the epidemic proportions the disease has taken in Sierra Leone.

 
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