UN sacked a top official after condemning the rocket fired against Israel.

A senior United Nations official lost her job after condemning the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for indiscriminate rocket fire against Israel in the recent flareup between Israel and the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Sarah Muscroft served as the head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory before losing her position.

Muscroft’s public rebuke of the PIJ rocket fire had noted that the safety of all civilians is paramount.

Relieved to see a ceasefire agreed upon, ending hostilities impacting both Palestinians and Israeli civilians.

Such indiscriminate rocket fire of Islamic Jihad provoking Israeli retaliation is condemned. The safety of all civilians is paramount the ceasefire must be upheld, Muscroft had tweeted.

Muscroft’s condemnation met with a backlash from pro-Palestinian social media activists.

Yara Hawari, a self-described Palestinian academic, writer and senior policy analyst, called Muscroft’s comment a disgusting distortion of reality from the head of OCHA in Palestine.

The Israeli regime admits to conducting what it calls pre-emptive attacks which started with firing a missile at a residential building. Well done, Sarah, you’ve managed to be more Israeli than the Israelis.

Following the backlash, Muscroft issued an apology.

One of my previous tweets was ill-informed and I have deleted it. I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All civilians everywhere must be able to live in peace, she tweeted.

Despite her apology and the erasure of her earlier tweet, Muscroft was fired and her Twitter account was closed down.

Hillel Neuer, executive director for UN Watch, a human rights NGO and a U.N. watchdog that reports on the absurdities of the international body, observed that nothing appeases the angry Twitter mob.

Muscroft’s groveling [sic] apology for having rightly condemned the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization firing 1,100 rockets aimed at Israelis, of which 200 misfired into Gaza killing their own people failed to appease the angry mob. They never do. Now she deleted her account, Neuer tweeted.

Neuer noted that a similar occurrence took place last year, when an official of UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, made a factual point about the precision strikes of the Israel Defense Forces on Hamas.

Likewise, last year, UNRWA’s Matthias Schmale said IDF strikes on Hamas were precise. Hamas protested, so UNRWA fired him.

UNRWA Deputy Chief Leni Stenseth met with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, ‘affirmed her solidarity’ and called Schmale’s words ‘indefensible, Neuer tweeted.

The U.N.’s policy is crystal clear: any official who dares to publicly defy the false narrative of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will be removed, he said.

Schmale’s employees and the Gaza-based Hamas terror group perceived his comments after last May’s conflict as praise for the IDF.

After being fired, he was reassigned to work for the U.N. in Nigeria. NPR asked Schmale later whether he regretted his comments, and even after being fired, Schmale appeared apologetic about what he had said.

Yes and no. The controversial interview you are referring to on Israeli television happened a day after the war stopped. So I was tired, you know; I had given, I think, 70 interviews by then, and I wish I had put the points I was trying to make more clearly.

I don’t think the substance of what I said was wrong, but I should have articulated it more clearly, he said.

What I had in mind was one image, he said.

There was one house leveled to the ground in a sea of houses. You can hardly put a millimeter between the houses. The remaining houses around this one that was bombed were more or less intact.

It’s incredible how they could take down a house in a sea of houses with such precision, Schmale told NPR.

But in that house were 10 civilians, eight children and two women, including five children who went to one of our schools. So how could anyone think that I was justifying that by calling that a precise strike?

Meanwhile, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres protesting Muscroft’s dismissal and referred to Schmale’s case as well.

This norm effectively grants the Palestinian players and the local U.N. staff an ‘unwritten veto’ over U.N. statements, and stands in clear contradiction with the basic principles of objectivity and neutrality that the UN claims to hold, Erdan said.

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The relationship between the past the present and the future.

Life is like a movie theater, where everyone take his part, what matters is your role, did you play your path wisely or foolishly coz your role determines your result, whatever we’ve left out on the lawn comes back to haunt us.


It’s easy to get faded out being busy, but the question is busy doing what!!?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose.

Diabetes: Types, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Tests, Treatments .

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, that acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat pass from the blood stream into the cells in the body to produce energy. All carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose in the blood. Insulin helps glucose get into the cells. 

Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively leads to raised glucose levels in the blood (known as hyperglycemia). Over the long-term high glucose levels are associated with damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues.

Types of diabetes

There are three main types of diabetes – type 1, type 2 and gestational.

  • Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, but occurs most frequently in children and adolescents. When you have type 1 diabetes, your body produces very little or no insulin, which means that you need daily insulin injections to maintain blood glucose levels under control. Learn more.
  • Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes cases. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make good use of the insulin that it produces. The cornerstone of type 2 diabetes treatment is healthy lifestyle, including increased physical activity and healthy diet. However, over time most people with type 2 diabetes will require oral drugs and/or insulin to keep their blood glucose levels under control. Learn more.
  • Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a type of diabetes that consists of high blood glucose during pregnancy and is associated with complications to both mother and child. GDM usually disappears after pregnancy but women affected and their children are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Learn more.
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One Of The Major Food In Nigeria.

African salad (Abacha food) is a delicious west African food that is native to the ndi Igbo (people of Igbo). I can prepare this delicacy within 15 minutes and it requires just cassava flakes, palm oil, crayfish, ugba and some other spices.

Abacha is very popular in the eastern part of Nigeria; it is one of the most Popular Igbo Foods; I don’t visit Eastern part of the country and come back without having a taste of this Nigerian delicacy.

African Salad is Igbo Food

Abacha – as the Igbos love to call it – is one of the most popular food in the eastern Nigeria, it serves best as kola to visitors.

There are villages in the eastern part of Nigeria that only offer ugba or abacha to visitors and even visitors love and desire the delicious delicacy.

Abacha

How To Make Abacha From Cassava

The fresh Abacha (African salad is a by-product of cassava). There are a lot of processes involved with obtaining the fresh abacha that is used in preparing the African salad that we all know.

Most rural dwellers are very familiar with turning cassava tubers into dried abacha that is used for this recipe.

The first thing to do (if you live in the village or own a farm) is to get cassava tubers.

Wash thoroughly and boil along with water for twenty to thirty minutes then pill to remove the brown outer layer, and cut to tiny bits.

I then soaked the sliced cassava in water for 18 hours. The last thing to do would be to wash thoroughly with clean water then sun-dry and store in an airtight container.

Dried cassava chips can last more than a year if stored in an air tight dry environment.

Ingredients for African Salads

6 to 8 cups of Abacha (African Salad) {image above}
Ehu 3 seeds (optional)
2 cups Of Ugba (Ukpaka)
half cup of crayfish
1 seasoning cube
150ml of palm oil
Edible powdered potash(1 teaspoon)
salt and pepper to taste.
3 garden eggs (optional)
Utazi leaves (optional)
Garden egg leaves (optional) (images below.)
Meat/dry fish or stock fish.(optional)


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Taste And Testify Nigeria Dishes.

Nigerian food, like many cuisines in West Africa, is known for being spicy and aromatic. Jollof rice is perhaps the most famous Nigerian dish but the cuisine has so much more to offer, especially with its abundance of richly flavored soups and stews and equally plentiful “swallow” foods.

Unfortunately, Nigerian food isn’t as well-known globally as other cuisines but thanks to the Nigerian diaspora, that may be changing. Nigerian recipe bloggers, many of whom have moved to different parts of the world, continue to champion Nigerian cuisine and help bring it into the global consciousness. Go through their comments sections and you’ll find no shortage of foreigners happy to try Nigerian dishes that were previously unknown to them!

Thanks to the internet, Nigerian cuisine is becoming more internationally well-known. More and more people are becoming curious about Nigerian food. If you’re one of those people, then this list of 25 must-try Nigerian dishes will whet your appetite even more

Staple Food Soups / Stews Salad / Side Dishes Meat Street Food / Snacks

STAPLE FOOD

1.Fufu

Fufu(or foo foo, four) is one of the most commonly eaten Nigerian foods. It refers to a staple food made from cassava (fermented or fermented) that’s been boiled, pounded, and then formed into balls.

Traditionally, fufu refers to a staple Nigerian food made with cassava. However, the definition has expanded over the years to include other staple foods made from similarly starchy ingredients like yam, plantains, maize, wheat, rice, and semo. The term fufu refers to a specific dish but it can also be used as an umbrella term to describe a family of starchy staple foods commonly eaten in Nigeria, Ghana, and other parts of Africa.

To make fufu, boiled cassava is peeled and then cut into small cubes before pounding. Traditionally, a large wooden mortar and pestle is used. The cassava is pounded into a smooth and sticky mixture before being shaped into balls and served. It’s popular throughout western and central Africa and is typically eaten with different types of soups and stews.

2. Eba

Eba is a popular Nigerian swallow food made with dried and fried cassava flour called garri. It’s eaten like fufu and often served alongside many Nigerian soups and stews.

To prepare, cassava tubers are peeled and crushed into a mash before being pressed, dried, and fried to produce a dry granular flour called garri. The garri is then mixed with boiling water to form a smooth stiff dough that’s shaped into balls and consumed.

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Court Nullifies The Primary Election Of Senetorial Seat.

The Federal High Court seating in Lafia, Wednesday, nullified the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for Nasarawa West Senatorial zone which Arc. Shehu Tukur emerged as the candidate of the party.

It would be recalled that Barr. Labaran Magaji, who contested the senatorial primaries with Arc. Tukur had dragged APC and the acclaimed winner to court, alleging some discrepancies in the conduct of the election in favour of Shehu Tukur.

Delivering judgement, the presiding Judge, Justice Nehezina Afolabi, who announced the nullification of the election, ordered APC to conduct

The Judge also directed the party to use the authentic delegates list certified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the fresh election.Reacting to the judgement, counsel to the plaintiff, Barr. Ghali Ahmed, expressed satisfaction with the judgement saying it considered all the issues raised by both the plaintiff and the defendant and came up with a decision which is very fair to both parties.

a fresh election within two weeks.

GOVERNORS STEALING LG FUNDS.

President Muhammadu Buhari again came down hard on governors over what he said was their unbridled ill-treatment of the administration of resources at the local government levels, causing what he termed stunted development experienced at the third tier of government and unfair labelling of his administration at the grassroots.

The President bared his mind yesterday after he delivered a speech at an event hosted for members of the Senior Executive Course 44 (2022) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Veering off his prepared address, the President cited a personal experience involving a governor he did not name, misappropriating funds meant for local government, thereby inhibiting development at the grassroots.

He said it beats anyone’s imagination how some governors would collect money on behalf of local councils in their states, only to remit just half of such allocation to the chairman, who would further deplete the remittance in further pilfering of public resources.

He, however, related the development to the question of lack of integrity in the character of many of those holding such offices, adding that such actions are rather despicable and speak of the height of corruption.

President Buhari’s comments followed remarks on the Course 44 presentation, with the theme: ‘Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: Challenges, Options and Opportunities’, by some members of the Federal Executive Council, who aired their personal views on enhancing the autonomy of local governments.

A baffled Buhari described as “terrible” the actions of some of the governors. He said: “I found it necessary to digress after reading my speech and this digression is a result of my personal experience.

“This is my personal experience. If the money from the Federation Account to the state is about N100 million, N50 million will be sent to the chairman, but he will sign that he received N100 million. The governor will pocket the balance and share it with whoever he wants to share it with.

“And then the council chairman must see to how he will pay salaries and say to hell with development. When he pays salaries, the balance he will put in his pocket.

“This is what’s happening. This is Nigeria. It’s a terrible thing; you cannot say the person who is doing this is not educated. He is a qualified lawyer, experienced and yet he participated in this type of corruption.

“So, it’s a matter of conscience, whichever level we found ourselves. As a leader, you sit here, with all the sacrifices the country is making by putting you through institutions and getting you ready to lead. The fundamental thing is personal integrity. May God help us.”

The President also pledged that his government would “painstakingly” consider the recommendations contained in the paper presented by the SEC 44 to implement them. “It is obvious that government cannot afford to pay lip service to the recommendations contained in this report. ‘I assure you that the report will be treated with the seriousness and urgency it deserves,’’ he said.

He expressed delight that the Institute has been exceptional in handling several assignments, and the current submission is a commendable improvement on the existing standards.

In his remarks, the Director-General of NIPSS, Prof Ayo Omotayo, said the Course participants undertook study tours of 14 states, six African countries and six countries outside Africa.

‘’This enabled them to have both local and international perspectives on local governance, how to overcome challenges in achieving it, identify the available opportunities to strengthen it and develop workable options to be considered by government in strengthening local governance,’’ he said.

On Wednesday, the Federal Government attributed the prevailing high level of poverty in the country to the attitude of some governors who focus more on building flyovers and airports rather than improving lives of citizens in rural areas.

Speaking after the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, disclosed that 72 per cent of poverty in Nigeria was located in rural areas, which he said had been abandoned by governors.

ALSO, yesterday, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), disclosed that security agencies were set to descend on governors deploying thugs to prevent members of the opposition from mounting campaign materials in their domains in the build up to 2023 general elections.  

Monguno, who appeared on the weekly Ministerial Media Briefing anchored by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, warned that when the law enforcement agencies move, there would be no hiding place for the perpetrators. 

The NSA, who was reacting to reports of some state executives implementing policies that prevent the presence of opposition campaign materials in their domain, described the action as a demonstration of inferiority complex.

He warned the governors to restrain their thugs as he said the President has already given the security hierarchy a clear directive to ensure that the 2023 election “must be free, fair and credible.”

The NSA further warned the governors to “call their Capo regime to order because when we move, there will be no hiding place.”

WHILE efforts to get governors to speak on several allegations through the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Northern Governors’ Forum, Southern Governors’ Forum and other platforms proved abortive at press time, last night. Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, berated Agba for saying governors are causes of poverty because they focused on building flyovers.

Wike said the Minister exhibited lack of understanding on how governors plan development projects in their various states. He spoke at the inauguration of the 13.86km Rumuodogo 1 and 2 roads in Oluua-Rumuodogo community in Emohua Local Government Area.

The Rivers governor said Agba was wrong when he said governors are the cause of poverty because they focused on building flyovers, airports and other projects in the state capitals, while neglecting to invest in rural communities to directly uplift the living standard of the people.

“He said governors are the problem, they don’t do rural roads, and I ask him where and where have you been? You just sit there (Abuja), you’ve not been anywhere to check whether rural roads are being done or not.”

Wike pointed out that the development plan of his administration is holistic with critical infrastructure delivered not only in the state capital, but across the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

He, therefore, advised the Minister to take time out, leave Abuja and visit states, particularly Rivers. Wike emphasised that there are quantum of projects in rural communities with the Rumuodogo road inclusive, which have improved the socioeconomic status of rural communities.

“Come to Rivers and see whether we are doing roads that will cause agricultural produce to be brought out to the cities or not, before you open your mouth. We are not doing roads in the city alone. We are doing roads in all LGAs of the state.”

Wike also challenged some South-South governors to stop hiding behind their attack dogs they have commissioned to insult him, but they should rather come to confront him personally.

He wondered why the faceless governors are picking offence with him because he thanked President Buhari for releasing the 13 per cent derivation arrears from 1999 to date.

Wike said even though he is not a fan of President Buhari, it does not stop him from expressing his gratitude to him for releasing the fund that has helped to finance several projects in Rivers.

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Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) extended the term for the deposit provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The central bank reserves stood at $7.5 billion as of Nov 25 this year.

Too low to cover more than a month of imports, the reserves together with a widening current account deficit have threatened a balance of payment crises for the South Asian economy, which has to make another $1 billion bond payment next week.

Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) extended the term for the deposit provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the amount of 3 billion dollars to the State Bank of Pakistan,” the bank said in a statement.

By shoring up the reserves, it added, the money has contributed to meeting external sector challenges and achieve sustainable economic growth for the country.

Pakistan has been in dire need of external financing as it waits for the 9th review of a $7 billion bailout package by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Pakistan’s finance ministry also approved the signing of a debt rescheduling of $26.150 million with Japan Bank for International Cooperation under G-20 debt servicing initiative to mitigate COVID-19 losses.

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Cell in our basic life.

they provide structure for the body, take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy, and carry out specialized functions. Cells also contain the body’s hereditary material and can make copies of themselves. Cells have many parts, each with a different function

Cells are the basic, fundamental unit of life. So, if we were to break apart an organism to the cellular level, the smallest independent component that we would find would be the cell.

Explore the cell notes to know what is a cell, cell definition, cell structure, types and functions of cells. These notes have an in-depth description of all the concepts related to cells.

Who discovered cells?

Robert Hooke discovered the cell in 1665. Robert Hooke observed a piece of bottle cork under a compound microscope and noticed minuscule structures that reminded him of small rooms. Consequently, he named these “rooms” as cells. However, his compound microscope had limited magnification, and hence, he could not see any details in the structure. Owing to this limitation, Hooke concluded that these were non-living entities.

Later Anton Van Leeuwenhoek observed cells under another compound microscope with higher magnification. This time, he had noted that the cells exhibited some form of movement (motility). As a result, Leeuwenhoek concluded that these microscopic entities were “alive.” Eventually, after a host of other observations, these entities were named as animalcules.

In 1883, Robert Brown, a Scottish botanist, provided the very first insights into the cell structure. He was able to describe the nucleus present in the cells of orchids.

Characteristics of Cells:

  • Cells provide structure and support to the body of an organism.
  • The cell interior is organized into different individual organelles surrounded by a separate membrane.
  • The nucleus (major organelle) holds genetic information necessary for reproduction and cell growth.
  • Every cell has one nucleus and membrane-bound organelles in the cytoplasm.
  • Mitochondria, a double membrane-bound organelle is mainly responsible for the energy transactions vital for the survival of the cell.
  • Lysosomes digest unwanted materials in the cell.
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Make time for romance.

Though “date night” may sound forced, you and your special someone should aim to have a date night at least once a week, if not more often. You don’t have to call it “date night” if that sounds too cheesy, but you should make a goal to spend some quality time together without anyone else around at least one night a week.[1]

  1. You can do this same thing during date night, such as cooking dinner together and then going to the movies, or spice it up and do something new every time. If you’re staying in, maintain a romantic atmosphere by lighting some candles and playing some soft music.[2]
  2. Whatever you do, make sure you have time to really talk during your special time together. You won’t be able to talk much if you’re just going to a loud concert together.
  3. Learn to say no to others during “date night.” Your girlfriends may be begging you to come out to the bars, but if you’ve scheduled a date night, tell them you can’t make it and make plans for next week. Things will break down if “date night” is the thing you’re always willing to give up.
  4. You should always look nice, tell each other how much you love each other, and compliment each other throughout the night.
  1. Make love at least once a week. You don’t have to plug this into your calendar, and hopefully you won’t have to, but you should make a conscious effort to make love at least one a week, no matter how tired you feel after work, or how much you have going on that week.[3]
    • Making love is a way to maintain your intimacy and to grow closer to your partner.You should also spend some time just cuddling and kissing each other, so you don’t feel like you’re just checking “sex” off of your to-do list.
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Soapy Dance.

Soapy dance song was by Naira Marley, the song probably is one the most impressive representation of Afrobeats dance scene that is blowing up and crucially racking up millions of views and streams. Here’s Afro Beast style of Soapy dance:

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