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New Year Celebrations around the globe

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After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.

Across the globe, revelers converged on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbor and New York's Times Square to welcome 2015.


SHANGHAI (Reuters) -
In Shanghai, a stampede killed at least 35 people and injured 43 during New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai, on the city's famed waterfront tourist strip known as the Bund, authorities said.

The Shanghai government said that large crowds started to stampede in Chen Yi Square on the Bund just before midnight, with authorities working to rescue and aid the wounded.




 BAGHDAD

In Iraq's war-scarred capital, Baghdad authorities ordered a one-off lifting of the overnight curfew in force for more than a decade to allow the city's revelers to stay out late on the streets.

Traffic was unusually heavy starting shortly after su…

Jennifer Lopez: Famed and Rich But Loveless at 45

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Inspite of Jennifer Lopez net worth today of $300 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, she has remained alone after her failed relationships. The most recent break up was with her dancer and choreographer Casper Smart.

The "bootylicious" singer-dancer-actress also married Criss Judd for a year in 2001 and after two years, JLo married her longest relationship with Marc Anthony that started in 2004 and ended in a divorce this year. She and Marc Anthony have twins, Max and Emme.

But amidst all her love, JLo admitted in Today Show with Maria Shriver that her biggest heartbreak was with Ben Affleck in 2004 when she was already engaged with the actor-director.

The 45-year-old singer also admitted that she fall in love easily and has a bad habit of entering into new relationship without self introspection.

Jennifer Lopez net worth ramped to its height in 2012 where she was ranked no#1 by Forbes during her "American Idol" times as judge. She received a huge amount of $12…

George Weah wins Liberian Senate seat

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George Weah political struggle to win election in Liberia has finally paid off as he won a seat in Liberia’s Senate to represent the capital. Mr. Weah won the Montserrado County seat that includes the capital Monrovia with 78 per cent of the vote, defeating Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,

Mr. Weah, leader of the country’s largest opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, lost the 2005 presidential election to Ms. Sirleaf and lost again in 2011 when he was a vice presidential candidate. He is expected to stand again in 2017
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Rice ball, a different way to enjoy rice this season

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Rice and chicken is a must this season, I think Christmas will be complete with it. Rice comes in a variety of ways, jollof rice, fried rice, rice and stew or sauce, but what is not common is rice ball.

Add, this recipe to your list of different ways to prepare rice.

What you need:

1. 1 deric of rice

2. Pepper

3. Tomatoes

4. Onion

5. salt

6. Thyme

7. Canned beef

8. Eggs (2)

9. Groundnut oil for frying.



Method

Boil rice until soft but not mushy.

Saute pepper, tomatoes and onion.

Add the pepper mixture and corned beef to the rice season well

Bind rice mixture with some beaten egg.

shape on a floures board

Coat in beaten egg

Fry in hot oil

Celebrating the light of the world.

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Christmas is an annual festival celebrated among billions of people around the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is widely observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural feast. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, Today as always, christians turned out en mass to celebrate the child that was born to be the light of the world, the prince of peace.

Merry Christmas to all. Have a fun filled celebration.

An Argentinian town bans beauty contests

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Beauty contest is one event that attracts poms and pageantry world over, there have been commendation and condemnation of the event, many countries are rising up and trying to make changes in the way it is being organised

However, a town in Argentine, the city of Chivilcoy became the first to ban beauty contests calling them sexist and discriminatory. They say the practice is damaging to women as it forces them to live up to a 'stereotypical' ideal of beauty which can lead to them developing eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

The ruling has caused heated debate in the country where beauty pageants are a common element in regional festivals where a 'queen' is chosen to represent the town for a year.

This decision was supported by the mayor of Chivilcoy and several NGOs, and passed by the local council. Outlining the reasons for its decision the councillors said such contests 'reinforce the idea that women must be valued and rewarded exclusively by thei…

Elton John marries long time lover

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Sir Elton John and his long time partner David Furnish have finally tie the knot of marriage to become husband and husband.

Elton John who opened an Instagram account to post invitation and pictures of the event was very happy, the event was made possible as a result of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. According to him, "I'm very proud of Britain and the laws that we've seen come into existence since we've been together,"

They had a civil partnership ceremony in 2005, after 12 years together.

They have two children — Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John

Today in History, December 21, the invention of the first crossword puzzle

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December 21 is the 355th day of the year. There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year.



Today's Highlight in History.
1913 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.

A crossword is a word puzzle that normally takes the form of a square or a rectangular grid of white and black shaded squares. The goal is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving clues which lead to the answers. In languages that are written left-to-right, the answer words and phrases are placed in the grid from left to right and from top to bottom. The shaded squares are used to separate the words or phrases.

Arthur Wynne was a British-born inventor, best known for the invention of the crossword puzzle in 1913. He created a page of puzzles for the "Fun" section of the Sunday edition of the New York World. For the December 21, 1913, edition, he introduced a puzzle with a diamond shape and a holl…

Today in History December 19 - A Christmas Carol, a story of life transformation

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December 19 is the 353rd day of the year. There are 12 days remaining until the end of the year.


1843 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a novella about the miser Ebenezer Scroogeand his transformation after being visited by three Christmas ghosts, was first published.
A Christmas Carol is a novella written by Charles Dickens. It was first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella was an instant success and a critical acclaim.

A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.


Dickens divides the book into five chapters, which he labels "staves", that is, song stanzas or verses, in keeping with the title of the book.

Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experien…

Welcome to Christmas Island

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Christmas Island is actually the name of a territory in Australia, it is so named because it was discovered on Christmas day by Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary, an English East India Company vessel, when he sailed past it on Christmas Day, in 1643.
The 2011 Australian census, estimated resident population on Christmas Island to be 2,072,, these population are spread out in three settlement areas, namely Flying Fish Cove (also known as Kampong), Silver City,Poon Saan, and Drumsite.

The majority of the population on Christmas Island is Chinese Australian who made up 70% of the populace followed by European, with 20% and Malay 10%. also, the religion of the people is predominantly Buddhism with about 75%, then Christianity 12%, Islam 10%, and other 3%.

Christmas Island is a non-self-governing territory of Australia, currently administered by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government. Administration was carried out by the Attorney-General…

Shocking, “It is permissible to buy, sell or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property.” says ISIS

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People in Mosul, the Iraqi city now under control of the group calling itself the Islamic State , were handed a color-printed pamphlet titled “Question and Answers on Female Slaves and their Freedom,”

The pamphlet contained questions and answers on how non- Muslim girls and women captured as slaves should be treated and the militants have justified their actions to be in God’s name.
In the document, for instance, it is explained that capturing women is permissible if they are “non-believers.” It adds, “Female slaves are the women that Muslims took from their enemies.”

Much of the pamphlet talks about ISIS’ policy on having sexual intercourse with a female slave, something that the group cites the Quran to justify.

Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS, young and old, the captors have full control of their captives.

Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the extremist group. “It is permissible to have intercourse with the female …

THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON

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As some will argue, Christ was not born on 25th December, probably, but the truth still stands; Christ was born. He was born on this earth and he was born for a reason not for a season. The season is not as important as the reason, but today we value and give reverence to the season while relegating the reason of His birth to the background.
Most of our preparations for the commemoration for the birth of Christ are physical and never spiritual; it all boards on new dresses, new shoes, new cars, and new jewelries; in fact new everything to show off. Of course, the birth of Christ is actual a cause for celebration, because of the reason for His birth. However, it should be a celebration with a tint of sobriety, a reflection of where we are with Christ and a contemplation of what His birth stands for as well as what it meant to our lives as Christians.
What does it profit you after toiling all months only to squander it at this season?  What is the gain of soiling your hands with evil a…

Two youngsters attempt to rob a bank with toy guns

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Two boys, age 12 and 13 years old entered a bank in Rishon Lezion a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, with fake M-16 assault rifles and made a bold attempt to rob the bank as they shouted, "This is a holdup"

Apparently their nerves failed them as they botched their attempt and run out of the bank without any money.

Security camera footage of the boys showed them entering the bank wearing hooded sweatshirts, one had a schoolbag on his back and the fake rifle on one hand.

According to a police spokes man, the youngster were identified with the help of the security camera and arrested later.

Today in History December 12 - Jomo Kenyatta, the founding father of Kenya

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December 12 is the 346th day of the year. There are 19 days remaining until the end of the year.


Today's Highlight in History
1964 – Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.

Jomo Kenyatta was Kenya's leader from independence in 1963 untill his death in 1978. He was first a Prime Minister before, he was elected president of the Kenya African Union (KAU) In 1947. He is considered the founding father Kenyan. Jomo Kenyatta was born Kamau wa Ngengi to parents Muigai wa Kung'u and Wambui in the village of Gatundu. After the death of both his parents, he lived with his grandfather and trained himself through school doing odd jobs. He worked as a houseboy and cook for a white settler to pay his school fees at a mission school.

When he completed his mission school education, he became an apprentice carpenter, before he went to work as a clerk for an Asian contractor, In 1922 Kamau began working, as a store clerk and water-meter reader fo…

Woman who derives pleasure from eating toilet paper

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Strange things do happen, what will push a woman to crave for toilet tissue and find it delicious to eat? You may wonder.

This is the case of Jade Sylvester, a 25-years old mother in U.K, who derives pleasure from eating a roll of tissue paper every day. According to her, she developed the craving to eat clean toilet paper when she was two months pregnant with her youngest son, and after giving birth, her strange appetite for toilet paper continued. Sylvester said she usually ate about eight sheets of toilet paper at a time and admitted to going to “the bathroom just to get some toilet roll”.

“It does fill me up quite a bit,” she said.
“At first I used to eat a couple of squares at a time, but I keep eating more and more.”

Jade Sylvester does not know what made her feel that way, but she seems to like savouring the dry texture of the soft paper.

Female Suicide Bombers Strike in Kano, Northern Nigeria

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Two female suicide bombers detonated explosives in Kantin Kwari textile market located in the center of Kano, Wednesday, killing four and injuring seven

The two female bombers are suspected to be part of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram .

This incident indicates the rising wave of of female bombers in Nigeria, and the worrisome part is that these girls are very young girls who have been brain washed into carrying out such dastardly acts.

Woman sells breast Milk for a whopping $20 per 5-ounce bottle

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Hudson on ITV’s “This Morning.” Photo by REX USA/Ken McKay/ITV/Rex

I think it is a touch of ingenuity for this woman who found market for her excess breast milk. Rebecca Hudson, a mother of four, told ITV’s This Morning that her breast milk goes for a whopping $20 per 5-ounce bottle, which has earned her a total of $4,750 this year.

According to her, she has eight regular clients include chefs who are using the milk as an ingredient and bodybuilders looking for extra protein. “What they do with the milk is up to them; I’m not going to discriminate,” she said during the interview.

Hudson gave birth to her youngest daughter, Milly, 10 weeks premature, and initially had trouble producing milk. But when it started, it arrived in “bucket loads,” she said, more than her daughter could drink or she could store in her freezer.

She initially denoted it to a local hospital but it was rejected, when she heard it was a booming market in the U.S, she went online  an discovered that there are se…

The Ugandan maid who tortured an 18-month-old baby in Kampala asked for forgiveness.

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Today in History: December 8 - John Winston Lennon, founder of the rock band, the Beatles, killed by a crazy fan

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December 8 is the 342nd day of the year. There are 23 days remaining until the end of the year.



Today's Highlight in History
1980 – John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City.

John Winston Lennon, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder/ member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.

John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, during a German air raid in World War II.

As a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze. At age 15, Lennon formed the Quarrymen band in September 1956, named after his school, Quarry Bank High School. By the summer of 1957, the Quarrymen played a "spirited set of songs" made up of half skiffle and half rock and roll. Lennon first met Paul McCartney at the Quarrymen's second performance, held in Woolton on 6 July at the St. Peter's Chu…

Today in History December 7- The Winecoff Hotel, advertised as "absolutely fireproof." went up in flames

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December 7 is the 341st day of the year. There are 24 days remaining until the end of the year.

Today's Highlight in history
1946 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, kills 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.

The Winecoff Hotel, advertised in advertisements and on its stationery as "absolutely fireproof." went up in flames on Dec. 7, 1946. The early morning fire claimed the lives of 119 people, including the hotel's owners. It was the deadliest hotel fire in United States history .
The Winecoff Hotel,(now the Ellis Hotel) Located at 176 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA, opened in 1913 as one of the tallest buildings in Atlanta.

The steel-framed structure was built on a small lot measuring 62.75 feet (19.13 m) by 70 feet (21 m), While the hotel's steel structure was for protection against the effects of fire, the hotel's interior finishes were combustible, and the building's exit arrangements con…

Today in History December 6 - Washington Monument, built to commemorate George Washington, the first American president.

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December 6 is the 340th day of the year. There are 25 days remaining until the end of the year.



Today's highlight in History
1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.

The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, DC, built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the early Continental Army and the first American president.

George Washington (1732–1799) was hailed as the father of his country, and the leader who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen", He was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1798.


At his death in 1799 he left a critical legacy: he exemplified the core ideals of the American Revolution and the new nation: republican virtue and devotion to civic duty.Washington was the unchallenged public icon of American military and civic patriotism.

In 1832. That year, which marked the 100th anniversar…