A female student of a Nigerian University crushed to death on her way to school

TASUED Student Crushed To Death On Her Way To School (Graphic Photos)

A female student of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, identified as “Kofoworola Kuku Toheebah” was today crushed to death by a trailer, while on her way to the campus. 

According to reports, her death has led to a massive protest by the students, who have blocked the Sagamu-Ijebu ode road.

The 300-Level Health Education student was said to have fallen off a bike taking her to school along the expressway, before being crushed by an oncoming long truck.

TASUED Student Crushed To Death On Her Way To School (Graphic Photos)

Boko Haram holds on to Leah Sharibu, for the 85th day because she refused to renounce christianity for Islam.

By Chika Oduah for CNN

Dapchi, Nigeria (CNN)Under normal circumstances, Leah Sharibu would have shared a special birthday meal with her family under the bamboo covering protecting them from the Sahara desert dust swirling around them at their home in northeast Nigeria.

At some point during the celebration, they would have bowed their heads in prayer, asking God to bless Leah on her birthday and to make her dreams come true.
But this birthday, her 15th, was different and her family spent the day crying and fervently praying. They don’t know where she is.
Leah was one of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram in February from their school in Dapchi, in northeast Nigeria.
All the other kidnapped schoolgirls from Dapchi have been freed — except Leah who her friends say refused to renounce her Christian faith to Boko Haram.

Kidnapping of schoolgirls

Boko Haram has become notorious for kidnapping young men and women during their nine-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
The terror group has kidnapped more than 1,000 children in the country, famously kidnapping nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls four years ago.
More than 100 of the Chibok girls remain in captivity.
Thousands of parents whose children have been taken by Boko Haram never see their children again.
But the Dapchi kidnapping proved to be an exception. In a highly unusual move, the militants returned the schoolgirls in March to their hometown after negotiations with the Nigerian government.
The terrorists reportedly told parents, as they returned the hostages, not to allow their daughters to go back to school. They said, “boko is haram” (loosely translated as Western education is forbidden).

‘She refused to convert to Islam’

Rebecca, Leah’s mother, recalled how the overjoyed parents celebrated the sudden and unexpected return of their daughters after one month away.
Rebecca, 45 said she waited patiently as each parent was reunited with their daughter.
It suddenly dawned on her that Leah was not among the group of girls released. “Where is Leah?” she asked anxiously. One of the freed girls told her that Leah had been left behind.
“She refused to convert to Islam,” another told her.
That was the moment Rebecca’s world came crashing down around her. She collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
Even now, her health problems persist.

Visit to Dapchi

Ten days ago, I visited Rebecca in Dapchi. Rebecca says no other journalist had ever come to see her, so she was surprised when I showed up at her doorstep and even more surprised when she learned I had traveled more than 2,000 miles from Senegal to see her.
Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of kidnapped Dapchi girl Leah Sharibu.

We exchanged pleasantries as I set up my camera. She sat on a low wooden stump. A young woman could be heard in the back pounding yam in a mortar, she had a baby tightly strapped to her back with a colorful cloth.
It is obvious from looking at Rebecca that she is still not fully healthy, physically nor mentally.
Her eyes were in a daze, surrounded by drooping skin and deeply-etched lines. Her breaths came in haggard waves. She twisted the corners of her mouth downwards in a permanent frown.
Slowly, she began to speak. “They said she should turn to Muslim before she enter motor and then she said she would never do that,” she told me, looking down at one of Leah’s photos.
She describes Leah as hardworking and quiet, a girl who enjoyed going to church. She sang in the choir. The local pastor, Daniel Auta, said Leah had a beautiful voice, soft and melodic.
“When my daughter comes back, I will not allow her to go to that school again,” Rebecca said.
The girls high school in Dapchi is not far from Rebecca’s home. Outside the campus, soldiers are posted at the main gate and members of a volunteer vigilante force posted at the other.
On the day the abduction happened, there was no security at the gate.
The school recently opened again but none of the abducted Dapchi girls have resumed their education, although 20 of them were given scholarships to a neighboring private school in partnership with UNICEF.

Broken windows

The Dapchi school was established nearly 40 years ago. The classrooms are in poor shape, with gaping holes in the tiled floors and broken windows everywhere. There’s not much running water and the dorms where the female students live don’t even have beds.
It is hard to comprehend that more than 900 young girls were learning in these dire conditions.
Rebecca said no official from the Nigerian government has even visited her.
“Only Christian organizations have been coming to see us. No one from government. We are on our own,” she said.
When CNN contacted Nigerian presidential aide Femi Adesina about her comments, he referred CNN to the Yobe State governor office. The state office in turn referred us to speak with the federal government about the family’s concerns when they were contacted by CNN.
In April, the Nigerian government said a disagreement between members of Boko Haram had caused a breakdown in negotiation talks for the release of remaining schoolgirls in the group’s captivity.
At the far end of the bungalow is Leah’s bedroom. The empty room is a painful reminder and casts a dark shadow as the family walk past it daily for the past 85 days.
Leah’s brother, Nathaniel junior, came to sit beside his mother.
Together, they sat in silence, wondering if they would ever see Leah again.

How to Develop a Publication Plan for your Blog.

Schedule Publication Plan by TeroVesalainen CC0 Public Domain from Pixabay
 Alexandra Skey of Spokal .com believes your blogging strategy should include planning, research, writing, publish­ing, promot­ing and measur­ing the perform­ance. This is a typic­al product devel­op­ment technique – the clear indic­a­tion that your blog post is a product. A product of your think­ing, but a product nonethe­less. It is time to devel­op a public­a­tion plan.

It all Starts Here…

The analogy is appro­pri­ate for the typic­al blog post. Take a look at the follow­ing video and you should under­stand that you need something else to guide the overall devel­op­ment of your blog.

Public percep­tion of what is happen­ing with your blog is about what they can see and how you publi­cise it.That comes about because you have developed a public­a­tion plan. Your blog can devel­op into so much more – it embod­ies your hopes and dreams, but these may differ wheth­er it is a person­al or profes­sion­al blog.

Type of Blog

Personal blogs frequently have mater­i­al added as and when the writer feels in the mood. They will often have a wider range of interests. From comment­ing on the latest antics of a mad politi­cian or celebrity to person­al hopes and dreams. For this type of blog there is rarely a plan – the writer adds a new thought when it occurs to them. But it is not to say that a public­a­tion plan isn’t possible.
Professional and business related blogs require more thought. A public­a­tion plan is essen­tial. Yes, writers add new posts when a thought occurs, but in gener­al they should work to a plan. The public­a­tion plan will include scope for some posts to also coincide with your industry’s premi­er trade show. They can seem off the cuff, but as a matter of fact are planned (except for the quotes made by speak­ers).

Begin – What are your Goals?

Nathan Ellering of CoSchedule suggests that defin­ing goals is the start­ing point. He states “folks who publish consist­ent content get as much as 30% more traffic for every post they publish.” We both agree that having a plan is better than asking “what am I going to write today?”
The first step is to define your sched­ule. This could include many things:
  • Ideas to research.
  • Articles to write.
  • Articles to edit.
  • Planning public­a­tion dates.
  • Planning your weekly publi­city.
Ironically, even in the most profes­sion­al of blogs, there is room to publish that post to celeb­rate Christmas, writer or blog birth­daysand signi­fic­ant anniversar­ies, even when they are only thinly related to the blog’s purpose.

Have Goals

Planning and writing out your goals is an import­ant step to take. It is the first step to a public­a­tion plan That is as true for the writer that is seeking their first reader as for the person seeking their millionth reader*. Each milestone is import­ant.
Yet, we tend to think about goals in terms of measur­able things, like readers or money earned. There are plenty of other goals to consider as well, for example the pleas­ure of writing. Some other goals include:
  • The number of articles published per month.
  • Publishing a guest post.
  • Writing a guest post for someone else.
  • Creating a video.
  • Learning more about technic­al aspects of blogging.
Ellering suggests bloggers should target a tenfold improve­ment in reader­ship. If you are getting 100 readers visit­ing per month then you should target a thousand. For many bloggers doubling reader­ship could be marked as a success. If you set targets they should be attain­able.

*Million Readers

Talking about millionth reader triggered a flash memory. During 2017 I reached the 1 million mark on a gener­al interest writing site I have been writing for. Being statist­ic­al geek (and loving to keep data on these types of thing) I discovered that when I added all the data up from all-sites over all-time it totalled 1,255,000 views. 10 years of effort, not a bad toll.
I am now looking forward to a million views on this site (and perhaps a little  money to accom­pany that goal).

Build a Strategy

Strategy - Publication Plan Puzzle by rawpixel CC0 Public Domain from PixabayWill Blunt on Hubspot states “It’s the strategy part that trips up a lot of businesses. I’ve found that document­ing your blog strategy is a great way to bridge the gap to success­ful execu­tion.” With business most success­ful strategies are both documented and regularly reviewed.
Neil Patel believes “compan­ies who put blogging first see a huge payoff.” If yours is a business blog you should consider it integ­ral to your on-line strategy. As import­ant as your main website, but more inter­act­ive.
Web SEO is also one of the benefits for your website. Most business websites are relat­ively static. You don’t change products or services very often. there are limited ways to keep your site visible to the search engines. A blog provides oppor­tun­it­ies to discuss many subjects, when doing that you can link to company pages. This provides Google oppor­tun­it­ies to review and poten­tially re-rank your site.
Remember this can work both ways, with your website refer­ring to your blog (when fuller explor­a­tions are neces­sary). Your strategy should help you find ways to improve your web presence.

Develop a Publication Plan

A sched­ule is a differ­ent matter, it is about what mater­i­al will get published. Kaleigh Moore says “without a plan for content, you’re essen­tially winging it.” I agree. Print public­a­tions use editor­i­al or public­a­tion calen­dars, why not a blog? It doesn’t have to be complex, a simple list with deadlines.
Be aware the sched­ule you devel­op may relate to the ideas you are devel­op­ing, but they are not the same thing. Evernote is a tool I recom­mend for devel­op­ing ideas. It is an electron­ic journ­al that allows you to collect your thoughts. I use it to gather firstly ideas and secondly research.  It is not a tool for devel­op­ing a public­a­tion sched­ule.

Forthcoming Work

To Do List by bohed CC0 Public Domain from PixabayThe simplest form of schedul­ing tools is a to do list. It is best if your tasks have deadlines or rough timelines. My sched­ule of forth­com­ing work is divided into the follow­ing segments:
  • Next 6 Weeks
  • 6 Weeks to 3 Months
  • 3 to 6 Months
  • 6 Months to 1 year
  • Longer than that
Initially my plan was held in a spread­sheet, but recently conver­ted to using Trello. I use a simil­ar break­down but also manage deadlines.

Keep Reviewing it

Few of the pieces on my list have actual deadline dates. Those with deadlines are client work. I spend a few minutes each week review­ing the sched­ule, before start­ing work on something. Every 5 to 7 weeks I will fully review that sched­ule, spend­ing an hour (or more) working through it.
Back in my days as a project manager it was a full time job managing and updat­ing the plan and talking to lots of people. Then projects employed dozens or hundreds of people. Few blog projects have that scale. A public­a­tion plan is still essen­tial.

Trello

Having used this software for a few weeks I am impressed, but don’t yet know all of its capab­il­it­ies. Drag and drop allows tasks to be moved across the board as you need, so they appear in the right place. It is as simple as that to move your tasks around. It handles due dates and remind­ers.
In addition this tool is avail­able for the smart­phone. This empowers you on the go. I shall cover this software in more detail at anoth­er time. What you use to manage your plan is not of great import­ance, what matters is that you manage it.

President of Nigeria’s Senate Bukola Saraki Cries Out Over Alleged Set-up By Police IG

 Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Wednesday that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris was planning to frame him up for a crime.

Saraki Idris Police Senate

The Senate President who made the disclosure during the Wednesdays sitting said that intelligence reports made available to him by the Governor of Kwara State, Abdufatah Ahmed indicated the IGP was planning to move some persons already investigated in the state to Abuja where they would be made to change their earlier statements and implicate him (Saraki) in criminal acts.

After making the statement, Saraki vacated the seat to enable Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to preside on the debates.

While briefing his colleagues, Saraki said: “There is an issue I need to bring to your attention urgently. Last night, a group of suspects that had been arrested in Kwara state for cultism and whose investigation had been completed & were about to go under prosecution under state law under the advice of the DPP and Ministry of Justice.

“All of a sudden they are being ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning. The information reaching him as he received from the Inspector General of Police, is that they had been directed by the IGP to bring them to Abuja.

The information that he has is for them to try to see how they will alter the statement that they already made in Ilorin and try to implicate the State Government and particularly myself.

“As we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja. These acts are of desperation, blackmail and intimidation.

All actions to undermine our democracy are a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work tasking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constitutional authority.

“I think it is important that I bring these dangerous developments to your attention, and the attention of the entire country.”

Following the take over of the seat by the Deputy Senate President, Senators took time to debate the issue and called for thorough investigations.

The Humility of the Mother of God – Crisis Magazine

About a year before being received into the Catholic Church in 2004, the biggest obstacle to conversion for me, a Protestant, who had moved in evangelical and evangelical-charismatic circles, was not the Church’s Marian doctrines, but the political and economic positions of many of the bishops, who seemed to be, except for their stances on …

Source: The Humility of the Mother of God – Crisis Magazine

“Incels” and the Meaning of Sex

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Events sometimes introduce new terminology into our public consciousness or draw attention to an obscure word, and the recent attack in Toronto, in which a man assaulted a group of women with his car out of anger about his present relationship status, has produced another: “incel,” or “involuntary celibate.” These two words, and the incident that brought them to the fore, say much about the present state of our culture.

The term here refers to a person who is not presently in a sexual relationship, but who wishes to be. Now, technically, this is an inaccurate use of the term “celibate.” I note this not to be pedantic, but because it is revealing.

In Catholic teaching, there are three “c” words that spell out different aspects of sexuality. “Chastity” is limiting sexual activity so as to fit one’s state of life, respecting the power of the sex drive and the natural consequences of the sexual act (i.e. children). “Celibacy” is that state in life that forgoes marriage for the sake of some other purpose. “Continence” is the lack of sexual activity. So, to put the words together properly, for the celibate, chastity requires continence.

In modern usage, however, the meaning of these terms has collapsed into one, so that they’re all taken to mean simply “not having sex.” With that, any coherent sense of the purpose behind Christian sexual morality has disappeared. The “why” of chastity and the meaning of celibacy are less well understood.

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The revolutions that Western society has undergone in the last several decades have often been centered on sex. The political revolutionaries of the Sixties and Seventies held up “free love” as a hallmark of their anti-establishment agenda of self-actualization. And the advent of “the pill” made that agenda much more practically possible.

A culture that seeks to elevate the unencumbered (i.e., radically autonomous) individual above all else must necessarily have a radical view of sex, because sex at its root is an act that naturally leads to bonds and obligations. Sex is now seen as an act of self-actualization and fulfillment rather than as the sealing of a permanent relationship with lasting effects.

Thus even some Catholics have attempted to turn the distinction between the unitive and procreative aspects of the sexual act into a division. But this is an error. Separating the unitive from the procreative doesn’t simply separate out the two elements so that they stand independently – precisely because they can’t.

Rather, the unitive disintegrates and degenerates into pleasure-seeking – uniting for the moment rather than for life. When the notion of the living bond, the child, is completely removed from the equation or viewed as an accidental by-product, then what else is there but the feeling of the moment? And what in that feeling necessitates a lifelong bond, apart from sentiment? Sentiment is not a strong enough mortar to hold together any ethic.

As Ross Douthat observed in a recent column, when a society organizes itself around the principle of individual autonomy, and autonomy is defined as “having the right to do whatever I please,” and the sexual act becomes merely another pleasurable activity, then it is inevitable that some will come to see sex as a right, as something owed to them. And if they are not having sex, it is only because some unjust person or structure withholds it from them. There is no sense of a proper refraining from sexual activity, as in chaste continence.

This attitude manifests itself in different ways, from the man who commits murder in the name of answering this supposed injustice, to those who wish to monetize this phenomenon by reclassifying prostitution as “sex work” – just another service rendered, another commodity traded for cash.

Yet this is where the ideology buts up against nature and breaks apart. Sex is essentially a gift of self to another, and a gift can never be demanded as a right. Nor can another person. To say that one is owed sexual activity is to say either that one has at least a general claim on another person’s body, or that the other person involved in the act, their good and their fulfillment, is entirely irrelevant. (This is the case both with prostitutes, with whom there is only a transactional relationship, and the hellish specter of “sex robots,” which Douthat alludes to.) It necessarily turns sex into a dehumanizing act.

This mentality cannot comprehend celibacy, true celibacy, the conscious giving up of the goods of marriage for the sake of serving as a living sign of a higher good. Nor, really, can it see the sacrifices of marriage as anything more than a capitulation to bourgeois expectations. It cannot see that the very term “involuntary celibate” is a misnomer, a category mistake. Celibacy and marriage are prime examples of putting the other before the self and finding joy in that.

Should it be any wonder that, in such a selfish age, both are on the decline?