Haiti Protests and Havana Tornado

What’s going on in the Caribbean?! All the news in the US has been about what’s going on in DC or El Paso and we’re not talking about anything else but Haiti is in full blown crisis mode, it’s looking like the riots in the 90s people are dying!

Links:

In pictures: Haiti anti-government protests
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47277534

🇭🇹 Haiti’s political crisis disrupts economy and day-to-day life l Al Jazeera English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtnkjUnW5UM

For general background and understanding on Haiti:
Haiti country profile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-19548810

Cuba: Freak Weather, 3 dead from Tornado
Havana tornado: Cuba’s capital hit by rare twister
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47025852

THE WALL: The Humanitarian Perspective

If it’s wrong to convince someone to kill their self, encourage kids to do dangerous stunt they see on TV or leave a pool in a back yard unfenced, why is it okay to ENCOURAGE poor people to illegally immigrate into the country dangerously?

More than 260 migrants died trying to cross the US southern border: Report https://abcnews.go.com/International/260-migrants-died-cross-us-southern-border-report/story?id=59832675&fbclid=IwAR256W45CJEsuIKx3f5yAdDT0DTBKlsX_VJnwUKVUMTh19nz7VgKcJo07XU

Compare number of deaths to School Shootings:
2018 was by far the worst year on record for gun violence in schools https://www.vox.com/2018/12/10/18134232/gun-violence-schools-mass-shootings

Keeping in mind NO organization recognized by the federal government promotes school shootings, but there are several who advocate for dangerous illegal crossing of the southern border. Here is one of the groups, Pueblos Sin Fontera:

https://www.pueblosinfronteras.org/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/who-s-behind-migrant-caravan-drew-trump-s-ire-n862566
Caravan organizer Pueblo Sin Fronteras blasted by migrants over risky journey
https://www.foxnews.com/world/world-2018-12-23-group-that-escorts-migrant-caravans-draws-more-scrutiny-html

Talented Football Player Dies Of Heart Attack On The Pitch (Photo)

Mohamed Savane

French football has been rocked by the death of 15-year-old Mohamed Savane. The midfielder – who spent two years in the youth set-up at Stade Reims – was playing with friends when the tragedy occurred.

It is believed that the youngster suffered a suspected heart attack on the pitch, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Bordeaux all offering their condolences.

Savane played for Reims’ U14 and U15 side’s before joining partner club Cormontreuil FC last summer.

The Ligue 1 outfit have announced they will pay tribute to their former youth star against Rennes on Sunday, where they will hold a minute’s silence in his honour.

While his face will be projected onto the screens inside Stade Auguste-Delaune, with players to wear black armbands out of respect.

Speaking of the player, Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot said: “I do not have words. To leave at 15 years is already a real drama.

“But when it happens more on a football field, between friends, we are in dread. The whole club thinks of Mohamed’s family, his parents in particular, and his family.

Source:https://www.tori.ng/news/116472/talented-football-player-dies-of-heart-attack-on-t.html

PDP Condemns Postponement Of Elections, Asks INEC Chairman To Resign

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said that the ‘shoddy’ arrangements for this election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is a deliberate predetermined agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to cling on to power.

Prince Secondus said that the postponement which is part of a grand design by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to thwart the will of Nigerians at all cost, clearly exposes INEC as a failure and calls on the Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu to resign immediately.

The PDP leader warned that the party will not accept anything short of a well organized electoral process devoid of manipulation, harassment and intimidation of voters and the opposition particularly members of the PDP.

According to the party stalwart, postponing the elections is a plot by the ruling party to cling to power.

“Having failed in all their nefarious options to enable them to cling on to power, the APC and the INEC came up with the idea of shifting election an action that is dangerous to our democracy and unacceptable”.

The National Chairman said that the APC in connivance with the INEC have been trying all options including but not limited to burning down INEC offices in some states and destroying of electoral materials to create artificial problems upon which to stand for their dubious act.

READ ALSO: APC Condemns Postponement Of Elections, Asks INEC To Be Neutral

According to a statement from the National Chairman’s media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Prince Secondus said that the party is privy to all the pressures from the APC and the federal government to “arm-twist the INEC, to dance to their new strategy after their earlier ones failed”.

“With several of their rigging options failing, they have to force INEC to agree to a shift in the election or a staggered election with flimsy excuses pre-manufactured for the purpose.

“For the avoidance of doubt the PDP sees this action as wicked and we are also aware of other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away,” Secondus said.

He said that by the action of the President he has further demonstrated his insensitivity costing the huge cost after Nigerians including those who came home from abroad have all mobilized to their various constituencies.

Secondus recalled that the PDP had earlier alerted Nigerians that the APC was coming up with lined up rigging strategies including burning down of INEC offices and engineering crisis in PDP stronghold areas to scare away the people.

The PDP National Chairman also drew the attention of all lovers of democracy to the statement of President Buhari on the international media that nobody can unseat him from office, the party alleged that the President’s statement is as an indication of what he wants to do.
Source:https://www.channelstv.com/2019/02/16/breaking-pdp-condemns-postponement-of-elections-asks-inec-chairman-to-resign/

YOUR SUCCESS ROOT!

By UDEME ARCHIBONG

The root of a plant is critical to its survival and thriving. Though the root is invisible; buried deep within the soil it determines the quality of the fruits which is visible. The depth of the root determines the height the plant will attain. The root also has an absorbing capacity; it absorbs nutrients and moisture from the soil from which it is planted and these are vital to the growth and development of the plant and these determine the quality of the fruit. So it applies, the root of success is self-concept. Self-concept has its origin from within but it showcases itself visibly for all to see in the choices we make in the divers areas of life and in our behavior. The greater the self-concept you possess; the greater the height of success you attain. Self-concept which is rooted inwards has an absorbing capacity that draws its influences from sources within the environment that you are in. And these sources in the environment that you permit to be an influence in your life will determine if you will produce the fruits of success or fruits of failure.

Self-concept is your entire belief structure acquired from childhood; what you experienced; what you saw (modeling) and what you heard (verbal programming) when young; all these were impressed in the mental slate of your subconscious mind. Self-concept is the beliefs you have about yourself; your abilities and your world. It is the seed that sprouts to produce our performance in every area of life and our effectiveness through life. Self-concept is the forerunner of all behavioral response to any given event or situation we encounter or experience through life. Your life can never rise above the self-concept within. Self-concept is the regulation that determines your performance which produces results in every area of life.

Self-concept could be termed the triangle of human effectiveness comprising of three parts; at the bottom part of the triangle is self-ideal. Self-ideal is the perfect person you want to be in every aspect of your life. It is the kind of person you admire most and aspire to become. In every situation you find yourself you can endeavor to ask yourself, “What will Jesus do?” then act accordingly. If you do not have a clear and positive description or vision of the qualities you want to possess and the kind of life you want to lead the two sides of the triangle which comprises of self-image and self-esteem will be erroneous, distorted and negative resulting in personality problems and consequently a failure-ridden life. People with high self-ideal live their lives on a higher level. The live lives based on the highest standard possible and they never compromise on those standards. However, if they mistakenly compromise, they are self-correcting, getting back on track to live their best. The higher the self-ideal, the higher will be the standard you set for yourself.  These categories of people perceive themselves to be deserving of success; they believe and expect that they are destined to succeed in everything they do and in every aspect of life. These people do not sell themselves by settling for less than excellence neither do they shortchange themselves by travelling through the path of least resistance. Consequently, they perceive their lives as being valuable and worthwhile and they become indispensable in the domain of their influence.

I was sexually attacked by stepdad at 12 – Funmi Mupapa

Self-image which is the mental picture or the “inner mirror” you have of yourself and your world. It is the way you see yourself and how you think about yourself. It is the “mental portrait” that you have carefully designed or created in your subconscious mind about yourself in every situation and event of your life. You look at the ‘inner mirror’ to determine how to behave; respond; react and perform. Self-image is the performance gauge of life. You cannot consistently perform or behave any differently on the outside than the self-image you uphold on the inside.

Self-esteem is the emotional aspect of your personality structure. It is how you feel about yourself. Self-esteem is the ability to like yourself or not. Self-esteem is the foundation stone that determines the quality of your relationships and the level of happiness or unhappiness you experience though life. A positive self-esteem hinges on two poles: how much you love, respect and value you which is reflected by how much you love, respect and value people; how much you love, respect and value yourself will determine how much people will love, respect and value you. The more competent and capable you are, the more you feel good about yourself and the more you like yourself the greater the confidence and competence level.

When self-image and self-esteem harmonizes with self-ideal it produces excellence and effectiveness.

In the words of Florence Shinn, “There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do.” Therefore, in the domain of life you are equally as important as anyone else; however, some people are more popular or wield more influence than others. Never relegate your importance. You are important!

 

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/your-success-root/

Chinese Bank Programmer Steals Millions From ATM Using Loophole (Pics)

Bank programmer stole millions from ATM using loophole

This sound more like a feat seen in movies “bank programmer stole millions from ATM using loophole”. But it actually did happen as confirmed by both The South China Morning Post and Daily Economic News. The bank programmer exploited and finds a loophole to withdraw $1 million in cash from his bank ATM. Can this just happen in one night raid? No, no bank ATM can house such a huge amount of money. In fact, the average sized ATM machine can hold as much as $200,000, although only few machines do. But in off hours, most ATM machines contain less than $10,000. This is as a result of withdrawal during the day and a good security measure. For most ATM thefts happen during off hours.

Back to the question “how was he able to withdraw such a huge amount from a machine with limited cash deposit”. Could he possible had stolen the money from several machines and accumulated the sums? No, he actually did find a loophole and exploited his discovery for years.

Qin Qisheng, a 43 years old senior programmer working with Huaxia Bank’s technology development centre in Beijing, China. He discovered a loophole in his bank’s core system. The discovery was that the bank’s system couldn’t properly record withdrawals made from the machine around midnight, due to time and date change from one day to another. This resulted in the machine spitting out cash without deducting the withdraw amount from a user’s account. This system failure normally will log an error report on the bank’s system.

On discovery this as a programmer and his job was to report such abnormalities and system failures. Qisheng instead inserted a scripts (computer program file) into the bank’s system to keep those alert unreported to the system. He afterwards started withdrawing money from the machine around November 2016 to January 2018 with a total of 1,358 withdrawals amounting to over 7 million yuan ($1 million upwards). He was apprehended when the bank later discovered the program script he inserted in the system with traces to him.

Aftermath of his arrest

The bank decided to let go of the charges against him on the condition that he would return the money. They also did ask the police to drop the charges leveled against Qisheng. Their explanation was that Qisheng as a programmer to the bank was merely testing the bank’s system vulnerability and holding onto the cash to be later given back to the bank.

The Chaoyang district court refused the bank’s plea and found him guilty. They didn’t accept the bank’s explanation and Qisheng was charged for theft. For he moved the stolen funds to his personal bank account, instead of the bank’s dummy account and did invest some amount in the stock market. The bank did so, simply to hide its face from publicity scandal since the loophole has already been fixed.

Qisheng was supposed to be the good guy and report any lapses discovered about the system, but he took advantage of it. He is now looking at 10 and half jail sentence after losing his court appeal.

Source: https://techablaze.com/blog/bank-programmer-stole-millions-from-atm-using-loophole/

General Elections: EU Reacts To El-Rufai’s Comments About Interference By Foreigners

Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai

The European Union has reacted to the comments by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, about non-interference by foreigners in the general elections.

Kaduna Governor was reported saying that members of the Global Democratic Institutions who are not working for a peaceful election in Nigeria will return to their countries in body bags.

His comments have however drawn the attention of the opposition party, threatening to withdraw the peace accord that was signed.

A statement by the Press Secretary to the EU Observer Mission, Sarah Fradgley, states that they (EU) do not interfere in elections but rather analysis and make suggestions.

“The EU election observation missions give commentary and analysis and make recommendations about the electoral process.

“EU election observation missions are impartial, do not interfere in the electoral process, and operate according to a strict code of conduct”.

Read Full Statement Below: 

We are aware of the comments by the Governor of Kaduna about non-interference by foreigners during a talk show on the elections Tuesday 5 February.

The EU only deploys an election observation mission when it is invited to do so by the authorities of a country.

The EU has been invited to observe all of the general elections in Nigeria since 1999. Thus this is the sixth time the EU is observing elections in Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission invited the EU to deploy an observation mission for the 2019 general elections.

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EU election observation missions give commentary and analysis and make recommendations about the electoral process. EU election observation missions are impartial, do not interfere in the electoral process, and operate according to a strict code of conduct.

While the security of EU observers is of paramount importance and will remain under constant review, EU observers will continue their work across the country in the run-up to – and beyond – the 16 February elections.

For the last month the mission’s team in Abuja, as well as 40 long-term observers across the country, have followed the elections. We have met with a wide range of candidates, parties, election officials, security agencies, and civil society organisations, and have enjoyed good cooperation at federal and state levels.

The mission looks at all aspects of the election, including the campaign tone, the transparency of the election administration, the neutrality of security forces, and the independence of the judiciary.
Source:https://www.channelstv.com/2019/02/06/general-elections-eu-reacts-to-el-rufais-comments-about-non-interference-by-foreigners/