Uganda president believes gays Are sick

KAMPALA (AFP) – Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni views gays as “sick” but doesnot believe
they should be jailed or executed and will block a
push by parliament to impose tough penalties, his
spokesman said Friday.

“He does notapprove of homosexuality but he
believesthatthese people have a right to exist,”
presidential spokesman Tamale Mirudi told AFP.

“The president says that these people are sick, you
cannot kill a sick person. A person that has been
found guilty of homosexual practicescannot be
imprisoned for life.”

The spokesman confirmed a report in the
independent DailyMonitor newspaper that
Museveni had refused to approve a controversial
bill passed by parliament last month that would
have seen homosexualsjailed for life.

He also insisted that the president wasnot backing
down in the face of widespread international
condemnation of the bill.

“What the President hasbeing sayingis that we
shall not persecute these homosexuals and
lesbians. That is the point. That is the message.
Maybe society can resent them but theycannot be
persecuted because of their problem,”Mirudi said.

“It wasnot because of a lobby. Nobody has
influenced the president. The president’s position
has been the same for a long time, nothing has
changed,” he added.

“The president has repeatedly said that we always
have been having homosexualsin Africa and they
never have been persecuted. But we shall not allow
them to marryin public, to organise a
demonstration in Kampala,”the spokesman said.

Femi Kuti not attending the Grammys, sister Yeni to represent him

Afrobeat King, Femi Kuti says he will not be
attending the Grammys this year. His elder sister
Yeni Kuti will be representing him at the awards
which will hold on Sunday January 26th at The
Staple Centre in Los Angeles.
Femi Kuti’s album, No Place For My Dream was
nominated in the Best World Music Album category
at the Grammys this year, making it his 4th
Grammy nomination. Hopefully, he will win it this
year.

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I’M HERE TO STAY I BELONG TO CHELSEA- MOURINHO

The Special One has been well
travelled on his journey to global
renown but now insists he is ready to
settle down in the city and club he
loves
Jose Mourinho insists he wants to stay at
Chelsea for a long time and says he has given
no thought to the next step in his managerial
career.
Trophy-laden spells at Stamford Bridge, Porto,
Inter and Real Madrid have established
Mourinho as one of the most respected
coaches in the world, if a slightly nomadic one.
But now managing in west London for the
second time, Mourinho is adamant he is ready
to settle down in his personal and professional
life.
He told London’s Evening Standard: “I’m not
here thinking about my next move because I
don’t want to have a next move. I’m here to
stay. I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belong to
me.
“I think London is the only place in Europe
where I can keep these little things of life. I
can go to school and wait for my son and
daughter and the parents feel me as another
parent.
“I can go to walk on Sloane Street or Old Bond
Street and if somebody disturbs me it is not an
English person for sure. I can go to a
restaurant, I can go to a cab and the driver be
an Arsenal or Tottenham supporter and he
enjoys speaking with me. This is not possible in
Italy and Spain!”
The full exclusive interview is in tonight’s
Evening Standard which from today is available
across all 33 boroughs in the capital with the
Standard stepping up its print run to 900,000
copies over the next few weeks.

Caffeine pill ‘could boost memory’

A US study has raised the possibility that we may one day rely on caffeine to boost memory as well as to wake up.

The research, published in Nature Neuroscience, tested the memories of 160 people over 24 hours.

It found those who took caffeine tablets, rather than dummy pills, fared better on the memory tests.

But experts warned people to remember caffeine could cause negative effects, such as jitteriness and anxiety.

The Johns Hopkins University study involved people who did not regularly eat or drink caffeinated products.

Saliva samples were taken, to check base levels of caffeine, then participants were asked to look at a series of images.

Five minutes later they were given either a 200-milligram caffeine tablet – equivalent to the caffeine in a large cup of coffee, according to the researchers – or a dummy pill.

Saliva samples were taken again one, three and 24 hours later.

The next day, both groups were also tested on their ability to recognise the previous day’s images.

Uni Abuja fire outbreak

Two students were injured in a fire which
occurred at the female hostel of the University of
Abuja on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that
the fire was caused by a gas cooker which
exploded.

A security officer, Mrs Fatima Salawo, who said
that she was the supervisor on duty, told NAN
that the incident took place around 8.25 a.m.

She said that the fire broke out as a result of a
leaking gas cylinder, belonging to a 100-level
student in the Department of Micro Biology,
simply identified as Lilla.

Salawo said that one 100-level student and
another 400-level student were injured in the
ensuing fire.

“The 400-level student, who sustained serious
injuries, was rushed to the University of Abuja
Teaching Hospital for treatment, while the 100-level student, who sustained a minor injury, was
taken to the university’s clinic for treatment.

“i heard students shouting and on getting there, I
discovered a fire outbreak, resulting from a gas
cooker explosion.

“The 400-level student, who suffered serious
burns, was sleeping when the fire broke out. We
did our best to put out the fire before the arrival
of firefighters,”she added.

The hostel porter, Ms Sikirat Shiadu, said that
students had always been warned against cooking
in the rooms where they slept.

She said that the university authorities had
provided a kitchen in the hostel for cooking,
advising the students to cultivate the habit of
using the kitchen to avoid the recurrence of such
incidents.

She said that the authorities were aware of the
incident.

Caffeine pill ‘could boost memory’

A US study has raised the possibility that we may one day rely on caffeine to boost memory as well as to wake up.

The research, published in Nature Neuroscience, tested the memories of 160 people over 24 hours.

It found those who took caffeine tablets, rather than dummy pills, fared better on the memory tests.

But experts warned people to remember caffeine could cause negative effects, such as jitteriness and anxiety.

The Johns Hopkins University study involved people who did not regularly eat or drink caffeinated products.

Saliva samples were taken, to check base levels of caffeine, then participants were asked to look at a series of images.

Five minutes later they were given either a 200-milligram caffeine tablet – equivalent to the caffeine in a large cup of coffee, according to the researchers – or a dummy pill.

Saliva samples were taken again one, three and 24 hours later.

The next day, both groups were also tested on their ability to recognise the previous day’s images.

100 Best Universities In Africa

The rankings of Africa’s top higher education
institutions has been provided by the 4
International Colleges & Universities (4icu).
4icu is an international higher education search
engine and directory reviewing accredited
Universities and Colleges in the world. 4icu.org
includes 11,160 Colleges and Universities,
ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.
A quick look shows that South African
universities dominate the top despite the fact
that South Africa ranks very low on the quality
of education in the world.
The first Nigeria University on the list came in
at no 10.
See full list below;
1 University of South Africa
South Africa
2 University of Cape Town
South Africa
3 Universiteit Stellenbosch
South Africa
4 University of Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
5 University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
6 University of Pretoria
South Africa
7 Cairo University
Egypt
8 University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
9 University of the Western Cape
South Africa
10 Obafemi Awolowo University
Nigeria
11 Makerere University
Uganda
12 University of Botswana
Botswana
13 Mansoura University
Egypt
14 Rhodes University
South Africa
15 Alexandria University
Egypt
16 The American University in Cairo
Egypt
17 Zagazig University
Egypt
18 University of Johannesburg
South Africa
19 Assiut University
Egypt
20 University of Nairobi
Kenya
21 Université Cheikh Anta Diop
Senegal
22 University of Zambia
Zambia
23 North-West University
South Africa
24 University of Lagos
Nigeria
25 Tanta University
Egypt
26 University of Ghana
Ghana
27 Université de Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso
28 Université Mohammed V – Agdal
Morocco
29 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
South Africa
30 Cape Peninsula University of Technology
South Africa
31 Université d’Antananarivo
Madagascar
32 Ain Shams University
Egypt
33 University of Ibadan
Nigeria
34 Kenyatta University
Kenya
35 University of Namibia
Namibia
36 Universiteit van die Vrystaat
South Africa
37 University of Nigeria
Nigeria
38 The German University in Cairo
Egypt
39 University of Limpopo
South Africa
40 Université de la Reunion
Reunion
41 University of Khartoum
Sudan
42 Benha University
Egypt
43 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Mozambique
44 Helwan University
Egypt
45 École Nationale d’Architecture
Morocco
46 University of Fort Hare
South Africa
47 Université Nationale du Rwanda
Rwanda
48 Al Akhawayn University
Morocco
9 Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest
Benin
50 Tshwane University of Technology
South Africa
51 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and
Technology
Kenya
52 Minia University
Egypt
53 Addis Ababa University
Ethiopia
54 Fayoum University
Egypt
55 Moi University
Kenya
56 University of Ilorin
Nigeria
57 October 6 University
Egypt
58 South Valley University
Egypt
59 Sokoine University of Agriculture
Tanzania
60 Université Mouloud Maameri de Tizi Ouzou
Algeria
61 Université Mohammed V – Souissi
Morocco
62 Al-Azhar University
Egypt
63 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology
Ghana
64 Misurata University
Libya
65 Minoufiya University
Egypt
66 Université d’Oran
Algeria
67 Université Hassan II Mohammedia –
Casablanca
Morocco
68 Polytechnic of Namibia
Namibia
69 Université d’Alger
Algeria
70 University of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
71 University of Cape Coast
Ghana
72 The British University in Egypt
Egypt
73 Université de Tunis El Manar
Tunisia
74 University of Zululand
South Africa
75 University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Nigeria
76 University of Malawi
Malawi
77 Université Cadi Ayyad
Morocco
78 Université Mentouri de Constantine
Algeria
79 Suez Canal University
Egypt
80 Université de Yaoundé I
Cameroon
81 Egerton University
Kenya
82 University of Swaziland
Swaziland
83 Kafr el-Sheikh University
Egypt
84 Université Ibn Tofail
Morocco
85 Université de la Manouba
Tunisia
86 Université Hassan II – Casablanca
Morocco
87 Covenant University
Nigeria
88 University of Benin
Nigeria
89 École Nationale Supérieure en Informatique
Algeria
90 Université des Sciences et de la Technologie
Houari Boumediène
Algeria
91 Durban University of Technology
South Africa
92 Strathmore University
Kenya
93 Ahmadu Bello University
Nigeria
94 Université Ibnou Zohr
Morocco
95 Universidade de Cabo Verde
Cape Verde
96 Sudan University of Science and Technology
Sudan
97 University of Mauritius
Mauritius
98 Muhimbili University of Health and Allied
Sciences
Tanzania
99 Gulu University
Uganda
100 Vaal University of Technology
South Africa

1914 amalgamation not a mistake – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 as an act of God.

Jonathan, who joined the faithful at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi in Abuja, for the last Sunday service of the year, however, identified lack of unity and love as the greatest problem facing Nigeria.

He likened the nation’s challenges to those of the Israelites when they were about to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

The President said, “As a nation, we have our challenges. Anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face, I remember a part of the old testament in the Bible that talks about the Israelites when they decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land. We have something quite similar.

“As you are getting closer to the promised land, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we have heard here today(Sunday). Even the songs showed that the greatest problem we have are lack of unity and love.

“Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By January 1 next year, Nigeria will be 100 years . I totally agree with the minister that it was not by chance that we are one as a nation, it was ordained by God.

“If God didn’t will it that way and at that point, the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make Nigeria a very great country.

“I used to say that Nigeria is great not because of its oil. We have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them.

“We have countries that have multi-billion dollars in their reserves and nobody talks about them but here we are, just talking about $40bn in our reserves , yet the biggest and smallest countries talk about Nigeria. Why? It is Because of the diversity from the North to the South, the human and natural resources, the potential and the population that we have.

“ So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is therefore left to us to appreciate God and continue to pray for his intervention for this country to continue to be great.”

Jonathan again promised to bequeath a different Nigeria to the next generation.

He said his administration was committed to working hard to overcome barriers that had to do with religious or ethnic differences.

The President said it was also when such barriers were crossed that Nigerian children would enjoy a better future.

He said, “I promise our children that we are totally committed to making sure that they meet a different Nigeria. We will collectively work hard to overcome our barriers.

“Immediately we cross the barriers and we begin to believe that we are all Nigerians and we are committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria. We will try our best but this is not the time to reel out what we are not doing, otherwise people will think I am here to campaign.

“But I assure this congregation, and indeed all Nigerians, that by the grace of God and your support, I am where I am today from nowhere. Any Nigerian child can also be where I am.

“I come from the smallest state in this country and even in my state (Bayelsa), my community is one of the smallest. Within my community in the state, mine is one of the smallest , but I am here today as President by the grace of God.

“That is the type of Nigeria we want to create; a Nigeria where you can get what you want if you work hard, not a Nigeria where you know somebody that knows somebody that will take you to somebody.

“We will work with you to help you to get to wherever you want to go.”

The President also said he was now wary of what he says in public because of the fear of being misinterpreted .

He said, “Because for those of us in politics, these days are not the best days to make speeches because any statement we make, people look at how to paint it. The next day when you read the newspapers, you start doubting if that is what you said.

“So any statement we make is always used against us but I am quite pleased to be here with you today(Sunday) to worship with you.

In his sermon titled “Living worthy of great mercies, great faithfulness of God,” Rev. Bayo Adeniran said Nigeria would be great again if its citizens learnt to forsake their evil ways and returned to God just like the people of Nineveh in the Bible did.

He said, “If Nigeria believes in God like the people of Nineveh, God will heal Nigeria. The swiftness of God shall visit this country. We are so bothered about external corruption, but there is so much corruption in the heart.”

“The nation starts with the individual and the family. Return to God and God will answer your prayers. Nigeria shall not die, it will live if we return to God.”

1914 amalgamation not a mistake – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 as an act of God.

Jonathan, who joined the faithful at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi in Abuja, for the last Sunday service of the year, however, identified lack of unity and love as the greatest problem facing Nigeria.

He likened the nation’s challenges to those of the Israelites when they were about to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

The President said, “As a nation, we have our challenges. Anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face, I remember a part of the old testament in the Bible that talks about the Israelites when they decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land. We have something quite similar.

“As you are getting closer to the promised land, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we have heard here today(Sunday). Even the songs showed that the greatest problem we have are lack of unity and love.

“Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By January 1 next year, Nigeria will be 100 years . I totally agree with the minister that it was not by chance that we are one as a nation, it was ordained by God.

“If God didn’t will it that way and at that point, the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make Nigeria a very great country.

“I used to say that Nigeria is great not because of its oil. We have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them.

“We have countries that have multi-billion dollars in their reserves and nobody talks about them but here we are, just talking about $40bn in our reserves , yet the biggest and smallest countries talk about Nigeria. Why? It is Because of the diversity from the North to the South, the human and natural resources, the potential and the population that we have.

“ So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is therefore left to us to appreciate God and continue to pray for his intervention for this country to continue to be great.”

Jonathan again promised to bequeath a different Nigeria to the next generation.

He said his administration was committed to working hard to overcome barriers that had to do with religious or ethnic differences.

The President said it was also when such barriers were crossed that Nigerian children would enjoy a better future.

He said, “I promise our children that we are totally committed to making sure that they meet a different Nigeria. We will collectively work hard to overcome our barriers.

“Immediately we cross the barriers and we begin to believe that we are all Nigerians and we are committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria. We will try our best but this is not the time to reel out what we are not doing, otherwise people will think I am here to campaign.

“But I assure this congregation, and indeed all Nigerians, that by the grace of God and your support, I am where I am today from nowhere. Any Nigerian child can also be where I am.

“I come from the smallest state in this country and even in my state (Bayelsa), my community is one of the smallest. Within my community in the state, mine is one of the smallest , but I am here today as President by the grace of God.

“That is the type of Nigeria we want to create; a Nigeria where you can get what you want if you work hard, not a Nigeria where you know somebody that knows somebody that will take you to somebody.

“We will work with you to help you to get to wherever you want to go.”

The President also said he was now wary of what he says in public because of the fear of being misinterpreted .

He said, “Because for those of us in politics, these days are not the best days to make speeches because any statement we make, people look at how to paint it. The next day when you read the newspapers, you start doubting if that is what you said.

“So any statement we make is always used against us but I am quite pleased to be here with you today(Sunday) to worship with you.

In his sermon titled “Living worthy of great mercies, great faithfulness of God,” Rev. Bayo Adeniran said Nigeria would be great again if its citizens learnt to forsake their evil ways and returned to God just like the people of Nineveh in the Bible did.

He said, “If Nigeria believes in God like the people of Nineveh, God will heal Nigeria. The swiftness of God shall visit this country. We are so bothered about external corruption, but there is so much corruption in the heart.”

“The nation starts with the individual and the family. Return to God and God will answer your prayers. Nigeria shall not die, it will live if we return to God.”

1,755 teachers, others begin promotion exam in Kwara

Not less than 1, 755 teaching and non-teaching staff, across the 16 local government areas of Kwara, on Saturday converged on Ilorin to sit for the 2013 promotion examination.

Alhaji Umar Aboki, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, told newsmen that the promotion examination was to ensure that the teachers were able to impart quality knowledge on their students.

He said that the conduct of promotion examinations was a constitutional provision.

“This is a democratic government where every segment of the society should benefit from the dividends of democracy.

“Through promotion, civil servants would benefit from the dividends of democracy,” he said.

Aboki said that those teachers, who missed the 2012 promotion examination, also participated in the current exercise.

He said that the teaching service commission had appointed officials from various fields to monitor the conduct of the examination.

Aboki urged the teachers to “play the game according to the rules’’ by shunning malpractices which were capable of tarnishing their image.

Hajiya Funmilayo Oniwa, a member of the teaching service commission, said that the examination witnessed a large turnout of teachers.

She said that interviews would later be conducted for them at designated centres between Dec. 17 and Dec. 18.