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Thursday, 22 February 2018

People Just Found What Billy Graham Posted to Facebook Moments Before He Died


Americans were shocked Wednesday morning to learn of the passing of famed Evangelist Billy Graham at the age of 99.

Merely hours before his death, Graham posted one last time to Facebook.

See it:



“If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.

In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you.” —Billy Graham

Vice President Mike Pence may have best summed up Billy’s death:


Graham, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was regularly listed in polls as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.”

Shearer told Fox News that Graham died from “natural causes.”

His Christian crusades took him from the frenzy of Manhattan to isolated African villages and according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.

The BGEA put his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with “hundreds of millions more” viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts.

Continued:

“My one purpose in life,” he said, “is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”

Graham was last hospitalized in 2011 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. for what was described as “evaluation and treatment of his lungs.” He was also hospitalized that year due to pneumonia.

William Franklin Graham Jr. was born Nov. 7, 1918 and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C.

At 15, he made his personal commitment to Christ at a revival meeting in Charlotte. After attending Bob Jones College and the Florida Bible Institute, Graham was ordained a Southern Baptist clergyman in 1939.

President Trump weighed in, as well:


USA Today has more:


Grant Wacker, a Duke University professor of Christian history, says Graham represented, “what most decent churchgoing people thought and ought to think.”


His reputation was untouched by sex or financial scandals. When anti-Semitic comments came to light as transcripts of conversations with Richard Nixon surfaced, Graham was promptly and deeply apologetic.

He never built a megachurch, set up a relief agency, launched a political lobby or ran for office. Yet he redefined American Protestant life by popularizing Christianity’s core message — Christ died for your sins — downplaying denominational details and proclaiming the joys found in faith.

Continued:

Graham was, however, drawn to power. Eventually, he met, prayed with, comforted and joked with 12 U.S. presidents, and Graham learned to walk a tightrope.

He found a fine balance that allowed him to become America’s pastor, Democrat or Republican. North or South.

When President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky came to light, Graham called for forgiveness. Clinton told Peter Boyer of The New Yorker, “He took sin seriously. But he took redemption seriously. And it was incredibly powerful the way he did it.”

Continued:

Former president George W. Bush has said it was a conversation with Graham that turned him from his drinking ways when he was young.

“I’ve never called him on a specific issue but his influence is bigger than a specific issue, as far as I’m concerned. He warms your soul,” Bush told an ABC 20/20 special on the preacher and politics.

RIP, Reverend.

his post was written by John S. Roberts]

Three pupils die after eating party biscuits in Abuja




The police in the Federal Capital Territory FCT have confirmed the death of three pupils of the Local Education Authority (LEA), Kubwa II school after eating biscuits at a party. The three pupils, 14-year-old Nehemiah Yahaya and Yahaya Garba, of primary 5 and 4 respectively and Moses Sunday , died after eating biscuits at a party allegedly organised by unknown persons.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, Anjuguri Manzah, said an investigation has been launched into the matter. 

Reactig to the unfortunate incident, the spokesperson of the FCT Administration Education Secretariat, Tony Ogunleye, in a statement released yesterday, said three pupils lost their lives, while two others were hospitalised.

“It was reported that some pupils consumed biscuits purchased outside the school premises and consumed after school hours which might have adversely affected their health. Until investigations are complete, the cause/causes of the children’s deaths remain speculative. So far, there has been no evidence of deliberate foul play, but investigations are ongoing. Parents are advised to remain calm and be assured of the safety of their children in all FCT schools. Secretary for Education, Senator Isa Maina, commiserates with the families of the pupils in this difficult time as his prayers and thoughts are with them,” the statement said

In the meantime, the school has been closed down.
by Linda Ikeji at 22/02/2018 6:42 AM
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Martins Scores First Asian Champions League Goal For Shanghai Shenhua




By Johnny Edward: Obafemi Martins scored his first goal in the Asian Champion League for Shanghai Shenhua who played a 2-2 draw at home to Sydney FC on Wednesday, Completesportnigeria.com reports.

The game was Shanghai Shenhua’s second draw in the competition after they played a 1-1 draw in their opening group game away to Kashima Antlers.

Nigerian international Martins opened scoring for the Chinese FA Cup winners in the 26th minute of the encounter before Luke Wilkshire leveled scores two minutes later.

Alex Brosque made it 2-1 for Sydney FC in the 34th minute but Freddy Guarin earned Shanghai Shenhua a share of the spoils six minutes before half time.

In the other group game Suwon Bluewings lost 2-1 to Kashima Antlers.


Kashima Antlers lead the group with four points and they are followed closely by Suwon Bluewings with three points while Shanghai Shenhua are third.

Sydney occupy bottom place with one point.

Shanghai Shenhua will take on Suwon Bluewings in their next game away on the 7th March.

Pinnick: Nigeria Now Ready To Host Any FIFA Event






The President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has declared that the country is ready to host any major football programme.

Pinnick made this known on Tuesday after the FIFA Executive Football Summit held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

“We have the capacity and we have demonstrated this on several occasions, and we have a Government that is doing everything possible to encourage and enable the blossoming of sport as a key industry. Just as the FIFA President himself said at the AITEO-NFF Awards, football is life in Nigeria,” Pinnick said in an NFF press release.

“On behalf of the Nigerian Football fraternity, I want to commend FIFA for their strong support for our football and for African Football at large. Mr. Gianni Infantino visited Nigeria for the first time in his tenure in July 2016, and after he left, we witnessed a turn-around in the fortunes of our football. I believe that after he leaves this time, our football will soar even higher, with great possibilities of dazzling the world at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.”

The Summit, which was one of 12 FIFA Executive Football Summits planned for November 2017 and March 2018 and one of the cardinal programmes of FIFA President Infantino, was attended as well by CAF President Ahmad, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, FIFA Council members Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Sonia Bien Aime from Turks and Caicos Islands, alongside presidents of 17 Member Associations of FIFA: Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Turks and Caicos Islands, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania, San Marino, Sweden and host country Nigeria.


Only two other cities in Africa – Nouakchott in Mauritania and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – are among the 12 cities worldwide hosting the FIFA Executive Football Summits. Dar es Salaam takes its turn on Thursday this week while the curtain will be drawn on the meetings in Lima, Peru next week.

Infantino Hails NFF, Opens Up On VAR At Russia 2018, African Side Winning World Cup



Infantino Hails NFF, Opens Up On VAR At Russia 2018, African Side Winning World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who condoled with the Nigeria Football Federation and the family of Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji who died in a car accident on Sunday night, spoke at the post-FIFA Executive Football Summit press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, touching on several important football issues…
NFF Presentation:
I will start by commending the support that we got from the NFF for this programme. Excellent work was done by the NFF team to facilitate the holding of the Summit and FIFA is grateful for this. The presentation by the NFF President was brilliant, and it captured the great work that the administration has done over the past two years. The plan for Mini-Secretariats and Football Pitches in all the States of Nigeria deserves applause and support of everyone involved in Nigerian Football.

FIFA Executive Football Summit: 
The Summits are the lifeblood with which we intend to run the game henceforth. Each is a meeting of between 15 and 20 Presidents and General Secretaries of Member Associations drawn from three confederations. Here, we had people from Europe, Concacaf and of course Africa. We discussed the future of youth competitions, including the idea of increasing participating teams for the finals of the boys and girls’ events, and to make it annual instead of biennial. However, it would now be one championship and not of different ages.
Nigeria, having won the FIFA U17 World Cup an unparalleled five times and been at every youth tournament for the girls, is one of the foremost countries in world football with regards to youth competitions. We praise the commitment of the Government and people of Nigeria to youth competitions and football generally.
We also discussed a possible World League for the women, whose idea will be developed and presented very soon, and of course we discussed the Football Development Programme as well as the eligibility of players and issues around transfer of players.

Video Assistant Referee at Russia 2018:
This is not cast in stone, as the meeting of IFAB (International Football Association Board) of March 3 will take a decision on this. The signs are positive. I used to be sceptical about the VAR but statistics now show 99% perfection, which is better than when we started. I think that even at the FIFA World Cup, players and nations will prefer to wait a few seconds to confirm the authenticity of an important decision rather than live with the pain for the rest of their lives. The minutes needed to avoid the clear mistake of a referee are no more than what is usually wasted deliberately or spent attending to a player badly tackled.

An African Country Winning The World Cup: 
There has been incredible progress made over the years in the game everywhere, not only the strong nations. And at the last World Cup in Brazil, we saw four-time winners Italy and 1966 champions England sent packing by Costa Rica. So much is now possible and there are a couple of strong African teams heading to Russia. My objective at FIFA is to develop football at the highest level around the world and in all places. We will begin to see the results of this investment very soon.

Plans for Women’s Football:
I have talked about the plan for the World Women’s League. We are also increasing the investment in the women’s game and also to generally encourage the other confederations to start continental competitions for women clubs. Only in Europe do we have this presently.

Constant Crises in African Football Administration:
FIFA is really concerned because this should not be the case. Football is peace; football is love so we don’t want to see crises. We are working and talking with African Governments to avoid interference in football administration. Now, the message is clear that FIFA would not tolerate this. We are also working with Mr Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda who is also President of African Union, to launch a number of projects shortly to drive home this message.

Enforcement of Rules on Transfer of Players:
The rules are there and they must be enforced with new vigour. We need to make the system simpler and clearer. For me, the solidarity and training compensation should be paid upfront before a transfer can happen. We are looking critically at this because even though it may not be a high percentage, it means a lot to the clubs that train the players.

How Ready Is Russia for the World Cup?
I met with President Putin a few days ago and I can tell you that Russia is 99 percent ready for the 21st FIFA World Cup. Of course, there are a few paintings to be done and some bolts and knots to be tied in some venues, but on the whole, they are ready.
We are going to have a great FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.

Rohr To Update World Cup List With Poland, Serbia Friendlies; Monitors Ezenwa, Simon





By Adeboye Amosu: Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr says next month’s friendly fixtures against Poland and Serbia present a big opportunity for players to stake claims for spots in his final squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The three-time time African champions will face Poland in Warsaw on March 23rd and take on Serbia four days later in London.

Three other build-up games against Congo, England and Czech Republic are also lined up for May 28, June 2nd and June 6th respectively.

Rohr stated that he has pencilled down a list of 28 players for two friendlies and hopes the players push hard to make the final list for the mundial.

“In the next couple of weeks we will release a list of 28 players for the friendly games against Poland and Serbia. We still have one or two players that we want to check on before coming out with the list,” the German coach told CSN at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Wednesday.


“Moses Simon has been injured a couple of weeks now and we expect that he will be back in action for his club (Gent of Belgium) this weekend.

“There is also Ezenwa who is injured at the moment but is working hard to be fit.

“The games against Poland and Serbia is a big chance for the new players to show they have what it takes to play for us. As you know the next game will be in May so now is time for everyone who want to go to Russia to prove their quality.

“The two games are also important for us because the last time we played together was in November against Argentina. So, it will be an opportunity to work together again before the World Cup.

“In May, we will release another 30-man list for the other friendly games from which we will draw the final list for the World Cup.”

The Super Eagles will open their campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 16 against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

They will also face Iceland on June 22 at the Volgograd Arena. Their final group game is against Argentina on June 26 at the Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg.

Lupita Nyong’o sponsors 1,200 School Children to see #BlackPanther in Kenya



Movie star Lupita Nyong’o has joined the #BlackPantherChallenge – an online challenge where people help children who can’t afford to see the movie ‘Black Panther’ to see it.

According to Lupita, she was able to help 1,200 children in Kisumu, Kenya, to see the movie with the help of her mother.

Lupita explains:


I joined the #BlackPantherChallenge and sponsored 1,200 schoolchildren to watch the film in Kisumu, Kenya with my mother’s help. I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen. No matter where you live, you can help make this happen for more children who can’t afford to see the movie.

See photos below.


Photo Credit: Instagram.com/lupitanyongo

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appointed member of Commonwealth High Level Group


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Former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been selected as one of the members of a High Level Group on Governance of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Premium Times reports.

The group whose creation was said to be directed by the Commonwealth heads of government is headed by former president of Kiribati Anote Tong.

Other members of the group include Lord Howell, former British energy secretary; Louise Frechette, former UN deputy secretary-general; and Robert Hill, former Australian defence minister.

Dame Miller, former deputy prime minister of Barbados and George Vella, former foreign minister of Malta are also members of the group.

The communications officer of the Commonwealth, Ben Maloney, had reported that the group’s function was to make recommendations as to governance of the Commonwealth secretariat.

The Commonwealth has however denied the claims, stating that the issue of succession is not part of the group’s mandate. The group said:


At their last Summit in Malta, Commonwealth heads of government directed the secretary-general to form the group.

Today members are discussing the scope of the group’s work and the areas of governance it will examine over the coming months.

The process is open and the high level group reports to the heads.

The issue of succession of the Head of the Commonwealth is not part of the group’s mandate.

Former members may be appointed to the group, the secretariat said.

Oprah pledges $500,000 to “March For Our Lives” Cause against Gun Violence





Oprah Winfrey has announced she will be pledging the sum of $500,000 to the March For Our Lives movement.

Oprah made the announcement on her Twitter page, writing that she will be joining Amal and George Clooney who have also pledged $500,000. She wrote:

George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.

Oprah isn’t the only one following in the Clooneys footsteps, as hours after the couple announced that they will be making a pledge in the name of their 8-month-old twins Alexander and Ella, veteran studio chef Jeffrey Katzenbergand his wife Marilyn also announced a donation of $500,000, according to Variety.

Director Steven Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw also promised to donate to the movement.

The March For Our Lives movement was formed by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a 19-year-old opened fire and killed 17 people.

The movement has spread to include students across America, and has announced a rally for March 24 in Washington D.C. “to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address…gun issues.”


Sexual Harassment in Nollywood: A producer put a knife to my neck & told me to strip – Steph Nora Okere



Nollywood actress Steph Nora Okere in a quick chat with Broadway TV talks about how experiencing sexual assault in Nollywood inspired her to set up her NGO. She revealed she was harassed by a popular producer who put a knife to her neck and asked her to strip.


She says she didn’t speak out because she was advised not to and she stopped going for auditions for 2 years because she was traumatized.

Watch:

Red Carpet Photos! Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith at the 2018 BRIT Awards


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The 2018 BRIT Awards held at The O2 Arena tonight, Wednesday (February 21) in London, England.

Tonight a lot of stars showed their support for the Time’s Up movement by holding a white flower, which stars also did at the Grammys last month.

The event was attended by Rita Ora, Luke Evans, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Alesha Dixon, Nile Rodgers, Jennifer Hudson, Stormzy, Emma Burton, Ellie Goulding, Justin Timberlake and more.

See the photos below.
Rita Ora
Alesha Dixon
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Ellie Goulding
Kylie Minogue
Dua Lipa
Adwoa Aboah
Maya Jama
Steflon Don
Fleur East
Clara Amfo
Ray BLK
Katie Keight
Tallia Storm
Raye
Millie Bobby Brown
Rochelle Humes
Mollie King
Ella Eyre
Emma Burton
Hailey Baldwin
Pixie Lott
Emma Willis
Luke Evans
Sam Smith
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake
Stormzy
Olly Murs
Calvin Harris
Mo Adeniran
Nile Rodgers
Michael Dapaah
Azuka Ononye, Alesha Dixon
Cheryl, Liam Payne
Photo Credit: Getty Images/David M. Benett | John Phillips

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