In Very Sand Health: 92-Year Old Indian Woman Who Eats 4 Plates Of Sand Everyday [PHOTOS]

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Sudama Devi, an Indian woman, eats 4 plates of sand everyday, and remains healthy.

Devi, 92, first ate sand when she was 10 years old, and has become quite addicted to it.

Mrs Devi said: “I eat sand daily, about one kilogram and three or four times in a day.”

“My economic condition is not good but I am fond of eating a good and healthy diet. I eat sand but it is not like a food.”

She added: “I had seven sons and three daughters but now I have only three sons and one daughter alive. No one eats sand.”

“Before marriage my father and my brother arranged sand for me and after marriage my husband Krishan Kumar arranged sand for me.”

“When I came first time (sic) in my husband’s home everybody felt surprised to see that a bride eats sand.”

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South Africa’s gold mining sector facing another prolonged strike

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VENTURES AFRICA – South Africa, Africa’s most advanced economy, could face yet another prolonged strike when the militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) takes on the gold mining companies. Amcu has called for an increase in the basic pay for entry level workers in the gold mining sector to be more than doubled.

Amcu, which is known for being a tough wage negotiator, was also behind the platinum wage strike which lasted nearly five months last year, demanding that its lowly based workers be paid R12 500.00 ($1.045).

The platinum miners and Amcu resolved to increase the salary by about 20 percent a year annually. But this crippled the platinum miners because these companies are now set to retrench thousands of workers.

Joseph Mathunjwa, the President of Amcu, this week said his union would demand a monthly wage of R12.500 ($1.045) for workers who currently earn around R6.000 ($508.98) from the gold miners.”The mineworkers are enslaved across the country. Whatever we put forward is to liberate the mining workers from this oppression,” Reuters quoted Mathunjwa as having said.

South Africa’s gold miners that could be hit by the strike include AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold and Harmony. These companies have been negatively impacted by decreasing profits and surging costs.

The companies reckon increased wages and strikes would cripple the already stressed industry.

Source: New feed24

WHO fears Ebola vaccine may not see light of day as epidemic nears end

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VENTURES AFRICA – Last weekend, a significant milestone when Liberia was declared Ebola free, having gone 42 days without a new case of the virus. While this is definitely a positive development, there are concerns that further vaccine trials will fail to provide enough insight on the degree of protection offered against the virus.

This twist in the Ebola narrative was recently disclosed by the World Health Organization (WHO) after officially declaring Liberia free of the disease. The epidemic, which lasted for about a year killed more than 4,700 people in Liberia. Neighbouring countries Guinea and Sierra Leone reported 10 and 2 cases respectively last week, confirming a gradual tilt towards the zero case target.

Presently, two experimental Ebola vaccines are being tested on volunteers but may not yield sufficient data on efficacy as the number of cases continue to shrink. According to Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, these vaccines were developed by GlaxoSmithKline and jointly by Merck and NewLink Genetics. Two other drugs including the already known Zmapp will also be tested, going forward. “The best news is we are going to zero cases, there is absolutely no doubt about that. It is not clear whether it will be possible to have even a hint of efficacy from these two vaccines. To have efficacy we must see if people are actually protected, as the number of cases is going down it is not clear whether there will be a strong robust answer to this question at the end of epidemic.”

The health body continues to hold meetings with experts on developing a plan to expedite the production of vaccines and drugs that can be used during any future epidemic. A deal on research and development could potentially be reached by the end of the year.

By Emmanuel Iruobe

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Zambia hikes fuel price less than six months after slashing it

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VENTURES AFRICA – Yesterday, Zambia reversed its decision to lower fuel prices when it increased the pump prices of petrol and diesel by 15 percent.

It comes four months after it slashed prices by 23.13 percent and 28.22 percent for petrol and diesel respectively, its energy regulator said. “This adjustment is mainly due to the volatility of the kwacha, which resulted in significant depreciation of the kwacha against the United States dollar,” the regulator–chaired by Pastor Geoff Mwape–said, referring to the local currency.

Mwape explained that although international oil prices have remained stable during the review period, the exchange rate has been volatile.

Since Zambia last cut fuel prices in January, the Kwacha has averaged K7.1 to a dollar, reaching an all-time high of 7.74 in March. Weeks before the January cut, the southern African country had slashed the pump price of petrol by 4.72 percent and diesel by 5.5 percent.

The energy board hinted that prices would be adjusted again to ensure full cost recovery in the supply chain. “Future price adjustments will be dictated by changes in the key fundamentals. The ERB will endeavor to automatically adjust prices so that cost reflectively is attained for each and every petroleum feedstock cargo and imported finished petroleum products,” said Mwape.

Meanwhile, Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s opposition leader, says the hike in fuel prices show that the reduction ahead of the presidential elections was only a campaign gimmick by the Patriotic Front (PF). Hichilema lost the January election to Patriotic Front (PF)’s Edgar Lungu, who was the Minister of Justice under the late president, Michael Sata.


Source: New feed24

How the world reacted to the Burundi ‘coup’

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VENTURES AFRICA – In the early hours of Wednesday, a senior army officer announced that he has dismissed Burundi’s embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking a third term against the warnings of the local and international community.

Major General Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of the president, proclaimed in a radio broadcast that “President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too.” Nkurunziza, who was at that time in crisis talks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, dismissed his dismissal as a “joke.”

While uncertainty still hovers over who’s currently in charge of Burundi, several people have taken to the streets and social media to applaud the actions of the Major General. However, supporters of the president have also hit back at the coup, describing it as failed and ineffectual.

Here are some reactions we gathered from the micro-blogging site, Twitter, on the attempted coup.












By Tobi Eyinade

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MasterCard maintains Africa is its fastest growing region

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VENTURES AFRICA – MasterCard Inc, the world’s second biggest debit and credit card firm, this week said the volume of its transactions in Africa and the Middle East had surged 21 percent against a 15 percent increase internationally in the past three years.

“This is the fastest growing region,” Michael Miebach, President of Mastercard in the Middle East and Africa, told Reuters, adding the firm continues to anticipate growth that is more than the global average in the region.

MasterCard had doubled up the amount of its cards to around 100 million in the Middle East and Africa. In the Middle East and Africa, the company has launched joint ventures with governments with the aim of providing them with entry to its payments system.

In March this year, MasterCard entered into an agreement with the Egyptian government that would see the issue of digital identification cards with built-in payment devices reach 54 million Egyptians.

MasterCard has run a trial of a plan akin to this with the federal government of Nigeria. Africa’s biggest economy also has a low rate of financial inclusion. “We see in the Middle East as well as Africa a fairly high cash dominance. If you go to Nigeria it is about 94 percent cash,” Miebach told Reuters.

Last month, MasterCard signed a deal with Premier Bank of Somalia to issue debit cards and install ATM machines in some parts of the troubled country.



Source: New feed24

How much are you paying for fuel?

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VENTURES AFRICA – In the last two weeks, Nigerians have been forced to queue for fuel and pay about a dollar more than the official price, despite being citizens of Africa’s biggest oil producer. Its four grounded refineries have ensured most of its locally consumed petroleum products are being shipped from Europe and the US, a situation that has given rise to purported “Subsidy Cabal.”

This cabal (oil marketers) got its relevance from the government’s decision to incur a portion of fuel cost for consumers by regulated the price locally. The difference is paid to this group as Subsidy. Over the last decade, this group has reportedly shared about N3 trillion, a sum that is well over three quarters of the country’s 2015 annual budget.

Despite this, queues remain evident. The group of marketers has claimed that the government still owes it $1 billion, while industry experts believe the uncertainty surrounding the incoming government’s plan on the subsidy scheme has made them reluctant to spend on transporting fuel down to Africa’s most populated country and its biggest economy.


The bickering aside, the real sufferers are local consumers, some of whom are purchasing fuel for N400 per litre ($2.3) at black market rate–four times the official N87 going rate. This is mostly seen in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub where business and board meetings are happening by the minute, and a huge chunk of the higher net worth individuals reside. In the eastern state of Anambra, home to the popular Onitsha Market, one of West Africa’s largest markets, fuel is selling for around N115 to N150. The same is seen in Warri, an oil-producing city, and Benin City.

A survey by NOI Polls showed that the fuel scarcity is biting harder in Nigeria’s Northeast, a region decimated by Boko Haram insurgency. About 97 percent of people in the region admitted they bought petrol above N87 per litre. The Southwest had the lowest percentage of people who bought petrol above N87 per litre.


The poll also revealed that a majority of Nigerians have seen a rise in domestic expenses. About 48 percent are paying higher transport fares, 12 percent are spending more to keep their businesses open, and 3 percent have been unable fuel their cars.

In what way has the fuel scarcity affect you? 

Join the conversation on social media and tell us how much you have spent on a litre of fuel recently.



By Ehis Okpamen and Niyi Aderibigbe



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Diego Maradona dissing Lionel Messi: My goals were more ‘beautiful’

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Asked by CNN anchor Becky Anderson to pick between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as to who is the world’s top footballer, Argentina’s former World Cup winner emphatically endorsed the Barcelona star — but quickly worked himself into the conversation.
“The thing is, my goals were more beautiful,” insisted Maradona.
However, even Maradona, who led Argentina to victory over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final, was forced to concede the 27-year-old Messi is trumping him in the goalscoring stakes.




Messi is “killing it with his goals,” admitted the 54-year-old — a nod to Messi’s prolific career scoring record of 328 and counting for Barcelona and Argentina, far outweighing Maradona’s own tally of 293 for club and country.
Messi’s tally includes 53 goals scored so far this season, including two in a 3-0 drubbing over Bayern Munich last week in the first leg of their European Champions League tie. Barcelona advanced to the final on Tuesday with a 5-3 aggregate score after the away leg.

Messi’s performances in those two games prompted Bayern’s coach Pep Guardiola to describe the diminutive forward as “the best player of all time.”

Both Messi and Maradona were often the smallest men on the pitch and each wore the blue and white stripes of their country along with the unmistakable maroon of the famous Catalan club.

Quizzed as whether it is Messi’s goals or his style that make him great, Maradona offered a compromise: Messi might be scoring more goals, but it’s the former Napoli star who had more flair.

“I think that I had my own style from the very beginning,” said the man famously known for his “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup. “And that is the point in which I could be better than Messi.”

According to Maradona, Messi is still “finding his own style,” adding: “Most likely he will find it very soon.”

Maradona coached Messi at the 2010 World Cup but his contract was not renewed following Argentina’s 4-0 quarterfinal defeat to Germany.

Three years ago, Maradona was sacked by United Arab Emirates club Al-Wasl after only 14 months in charge.

He arrived in Dubai on a lucrative contract in May 2011, but could only manage to take Al-Wasl to eighth place in the 12-team UAE Pro-League — which resulted in the club’s board resigning.

Maradona was not given the chance to continue his two-year tenure by the new board.

He is one of the greatest players in soccer history, having helped Napoli win two Italian league titles after a difficult two-year stay at Barcelona — both clubs signed him for world-record fees.

But his career was marred by controversy over drug use — he was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup after testing positive for ephedrine — and he suffered from subsequent health problems.

Source: sutbeatcom

Glencore, Barrick set to sell Tanzanian nickel project

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VENTURES AFRICA – Resources titans, Glencore and Barrick Gold are poised to dispose of their joint nickel expansion scheme in Tanzania, one of east Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

This is according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which cited people familiar with the matter on Thursday.
It is believed that the disposal process may encounter problems because it is happening in the middle of instability in the price of nickel.

The Tanzanian asset is among many that have been disposed of in the past couple of years as mining companies reorganize their investment portfolios and raise funds to fix their beaten up balance sheets.

Ivan Glasenberg, Glencore CEO, has often said the company would not like to invest money in greenfields projects, adding these require bulky cash injections. The Toronto-based Barrick Gold is disposing of assets because it wants to shrink its debt by $3 billion before the close of this year, according to the WSJ.

The price of nickel continues to be unstable with some bankers claiming it could scare some investors from the Tanzanian asset.

Nickel has been surging in recent weeks. But it has slipped 5.3 percent this year and 31 percent down from highs touched last May. The two mining giants each own half of the Kabanga nickel project in northwest Tanzania.


Source: New feed24

Kim Kardashian superfan who spent £100,000 on surgery gets turned away for more surgery

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 Jordan James is a 23-year-old Kim Kardashian superfan and lip filler addict who has spent more than £100,000 on plastic surgery just to look like his ‘idol’ Kim Kardashian.

Jordan has spent £350 per shot on each of his 50 lip filler operations, even though he’s been warned several times that his lips might end up exploding some day.More photos after the cut.He also has eyebrow tattoos, chin, forehead and cheek filler, botox injections and has had laser hair removal.

James who was brought up in Birmingham, has revealed in a TV show-Botched that he could no longer move his face as a result of the surgery and that his 4mm lip fillers are leaking.

He said: ‘I can’t really move my face. I want just a little bit of definition and they just got bigger and bigger but any attention is good attention.
‘I’m worried if they keep leaking I’m going to end up with small lips again.

Jordan asked ‘Botched’ doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif if he could have a nose job to give him a smaller pinched in looking nose but both doctors said no, demonstrating with cotton buds that if he had the surgery he wouldn’t be able to breathe due to his enormous lips. He disregarded their advice and said he’d go elsewhere to get it done.

In regards to his lips, he said: ‘I’m addicted to lip-fillers. The bigger, the better. I’ve never felt better about myself. I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake. Do they think I’m going for the natural look? If I was, I’d ask for my money back”.

‘Whenever I see a new procedure, I have to try it. I’m in the clinic so often I get a discount. I do borrow money off my family. But I have worked hard, in sales and at a health club’, he said. ‘I work so hard as a make-up artist and I grew up with my mum who would spend the last pound in her purse if she wants something. Now, if I want it, I have it. My mum also likes to buy me things, which I’m very grateful for. I am a little bit spoilt, I have to admit’.

Jordan before surgery

With his Mum as a child.

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Glo welcomes NYSC members as Lagos Orientation Camp opens

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Nigeria’s National Telecommunications Carrier, Globacom has organised a night of entertainment for the Batch ‘A’ members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to Lagos.

The party was held on Friday, May 8, at the NYSC Orientation Camp located at Iyana-Ipaja, marking the beginning of the 2015 Batch ‘A’ service year.

Large number of corps members turned up for the party, clad in their white sportswear and generally enjoyed themselves having photo opportunities with Glo ambassadors. The party kicked off at 7 p.m. and lasted till about 10pm, shortly before the light out.
Globacom’s Group Business Director, Kunle Akanmu, in his welcome address said that the company was delighted to be part of the corps members’ orientation camp activities and that the party was aimed at celebrating the beginning of their service year which it believed, would be successful and rewarding.
“As the 2015 NYSC Batch ‘A’ service year begins, we urge you to be good ambassadors of your various institutions and brace yourselves up for the challenges ahead. At Globacom, we believe that the youth are the future leaders of this great nation, and we are optimistic that, with the training you have received in your schools, you will make the nation proud in your various places of primary assignment,” Akanmu said.
Celebrities who graced the event include Glo Ambassador and accomplished standup comic, Basketmouth, who anchored the event and Hip-hop super star, Wande Coal, who thrilled the audience with the performance of his hits songs. His performance was one of the highpoints of the night.
To spice the night, there were a number of competitions during which the Corps members won various items.  Indeed, the dancing competition generated much excitement among the corps members. Jesse Akinwande won the first prize of a Samsung Ace 4 handset plus 2,000 Glo airtime; Chioma Charles was runner up, while Chibueze Udechukwu was second runner-up.  They all smile to their rooms with quality prizes.
Befii Tekor, a corp member at the event thanked Globacom for the party. “It was really thoughtful of Globacom to have such an event at the Orientation Camp. It created an opportunity for bonding of corps members, especially at the beginning of camp activities,” she enthused.

Source: New feed8

Ikpeazu: I ‘ll reduce cost of governance in Abia

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Ikpeazu dr. okezie

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Perpetrators of poll violence won’t go unpunished – Buhari

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President- elect, Gen. Mubammadu Buhari, on Wednesday said his government will not allow those who perpetrated electoral violence during the last general election to go unpunished.
Speaking while receiving a delegation from River State led by former Deputy Governor of the state, Sir Gabriel Toby, Buhari said his government owes Nigerians the responsibility of ensuring that those who trample on their rights are prosecuted.
He said: “We will confront them with facts and figures. We will not forgive and forget those who perpetrated killings and arson in Rivers State during the elections. At least this is the much we owe to Nigerians.”
He, however, assured Nigerians that they will surely get the respect they deserve from government, adding that “there will not an army within the army or a police within the police.”
Toby, who was a deputy governor during Dr. Peter Odili’s administration in the state, told journalists they were in Abuja to congratulate the President -elect and brief him on what transpired in the state during the elections.
He said what transpired during presidential and the governorship elections did not reflect the wishes of people of Rivers State.

Source: New feed8