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REVEALED: How North Korea Makes her Money

DENSDOME- ​President Trump says he’s prepared to tackle North Korea’s growing nuclear threat with or without China.

But he’ll need Beijing’s help if he wants to choke off the streams of income that keep Kim Jong Un’s regime afloat.

China is North Korea’s economic bedrock, accounting for more than 80% of its smaller neighbor’s foreign trade.

The U.S. and its allies have tried for years to squeeze the North Korean government’s supply of money and cut it off from the global banking system. All that seems to have done is develop Pyongyang’s ability to dodge sanctions.

“We’ve been over-prescribing sanctions on the North Korean regime to the point where it has become a superbug,” said John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He says the U.S. needs to persuade China to clean up its trade with North Korea. Others want Washington to come down hard on Chinese companies that are believed to help Pyongyang do business.

Dealing with the rogue state will be a central topic when Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time this week.

Here’s where North Korea gets the cash it needs for its military:
COAL


Its biggest source of foreign currency is believed to come from the millions of tons of coal it sells to China every year. They accounted for about a third of official exports in 2015.

That income was thrown into doubt in February when China said it would halt all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year.

But experts say Beijing’s claims to clamp down on trade often sound tougher than they are. China doesn’t want to crush the economy of its neighbor, which it views as a buffer between it and South Korea, a key U.S. ally.

“The objective of the coal ban is clearly not to bring down the North Korean regime,” Stephan Haggard, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, wrote after it was announced.
Traders on both sides of the border have plenty of ways to get around restrictions on the coal business, including off-the-books deals and lax enforcement, analysts say.

North Korea also exports other commodities, and basic goods such as iron ore, seafood and clothing, to China.

HEALTHY RESERVES


Even assuming China gets tough on trade, North Korea is thought to have racked up hefty “rainy day” funds from booming coal sales to China, particularly during the spike in global commodity prices in the previous decade.

Harvard’s Park says he believes Pyongyang has kept “very large sums” in China that the regime can use to buy what it wants for its weapons programs.

By keeping the money in China, North Korea can more easily dodge sanctions aimed at cutting it out of the global financial system.

Restricting Pyongyang’s access to that cash “boils down to the political will of the Chinese authorities to use domestic law to track down these funds,” Park said.
Investigations by the United Nations and the U.S. have also found evidence they say shows North Korea is using networks of front companies to gain access to global banks.

Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, suggests the U.S. government could shake things up by fining a Chinese bank for helping North Korea avoid sanctions.

“A large fine would send shock waves through the Chinese financial system, causing other Chinese banks to evaluate their compliance procedures,” he wrote in an article this week.

Related: North Korea flouting sanctions with illegal arms trade, report finds

CYBER ATTACKS


Since early last year, another potential revenue stream for North Korea has come into focus: hacking banks.

The country is now being linked to attacks on financial institutions in 18 countries, according to a new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

“You’re looking at a situation where the North Koreans are particularly sophisticated,” said Park. “It’s a big source of revenue going forward.”

A cyber heist on Bangladesh’s central bank made headlines in March 2016. And Kaspersky researchers say the same hacking operation, which they traced back to North Korea, has also been used in countries as far afield as Costa Rica, Poland and Nigeria.

It’s just the latest in a long line of illicit ways North Korea is believed to have made money, including trading prohibited weapons and drugs.
SELLING FORCED LABOR

North Korea has a wealthy elite in the capital, but most of its citizens are impoverished and it has in the past been blighted by famine. It’s also one of the most closed economies in the world, but the regime still finds ways to squeeze money out of the people it rules.

One way is sending thousands of North Korean workers abroad to toil under forced labor conditions in places like China, Russia and the Middle East, according to a U.N. report from 2015. They are believed to work in industries like mining, logging, textiles and construction.
The regime has also siphoned money from its population inside the country by setting up department stores and selling cell phones, according to Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Some North Koreans manage to amass hard currency through black market trading within the country and across the border with China, experts say.

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Heartbreaking plea from Nigerian Students Abandoned in Romania by Sponsors

DENSDOME- ​About 295 Nigerian students undergoing specialised courses in maritime in Romania say they are in distress.

Reason: They are under the threat of losing their studentship and deported back to Nigeria on the grounds of non-payment of school fees.

The students, studying maritime navigation and maritime engineering at Constanta Maritime University, Romania under the Nigeria Seafearers Development Programme, are being sponsored by the Nigeria Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA).

128 of the students are in their third year in the university while the rest are in final year.

“Our school fees and welfare payment have been due since October 2016 as it marked the beginning of a new session”, the students said in a save-our-soul (SOS) message to Sunday Vanguard.

“Currently, the Romania Immigration is concerned about the lack of funds to cater for our basic needs as students which include accommodation, feeding, utilities, textbooks/ educational materials and other logistics which they interpret as living below the required standard as international students, and if this issue is not addressed immediately, we may be expelled from the school and deported back to Nigeria. With this, the vision of boosting manpower in the maritime sector in Nigeria  will be defeated. 
Most of the students have been ejected from their apartments, thus making them homeless. Going to school has been suspended because we can’t attend lectures  on empty stomach and no money for transportation anymore”, the students wrote.

Constanta-Maritime-University

They pleaded with NIMASA, the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly to help them out of their predicament.

Meanwhile, Sunday Vanguard learnt, at the weekend, that payments to the students by NIMASA had been delayed by the lack of approval  by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Ministry of  Finance.

The students said: “ We were opportune to play host to the Director General of   NIMASA, Dr. Peterside Dakuku, and the Senate Committee on Maritime on the 9th of November 2016 during their fact-finding visit to Romania.“
We used the opportunity to plead with the DG  to consider  remitting  our school fees and welfare allowance to avoid what happened earlier last year as the delay  and  threat of possible expulsion and deportation were a reoccurring decimal since  2015”.

“In his response to our  plea, he assured that he had initiated all payments and what was left was for the money to reflect in the school’s account.

“Since they left here, we have been patiently waiting for the money to reflect and it usually takes three working days, but in this case that has not come to reality.”

Presently, we are in a very unfortunate situation here since the Immigration Service of Romania has become knowledgeable of the fact that our bank accounts are reading far below the limits expected of foreign students studying in Romania.

“Right now, some of us have been evicted by our landlords. We are made to walk in shame and this is  disgraceful to our identities as Nigerians and to the image of our country”.

Responding on the matter, a source at NIMASA blamed the students’ plight on  lack of approval  to remit the fees by the CBN and the Ministry of Finance.
The source said, “Truly for like à year now, NIMASA has been  unable to meet its obligations to our students in Romania. 
The payment delay was not intentional but because the CBN and Ministry of Finance blocked our accounts. So we could not meet the obligations”.

“Luckily, on Thursday, the CBN and the Ministry of Finance gave approval and we have since commenced payments into the accounts of the students in Romania and I am sure by now they would have started receiving the money”.
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No Limits

DENSDOME– My Grandmother was always encouraging me to set goals and work hard to achieve them. She would tell me not to be a follower and not to set limits on what I could achieve. She truly believed that there were no limits that you could achieve whatever you wanted. 
She once told me the following story about a radish and a milk bottle, it was a story that I have never forgotten. 

A Farmer’s Lesson In Life 

A farmer won a first prize at the country fair for his huge radish that was the exact shape and size of a quart of milk bottle. Many were curious as to how the farmer was able to grow this radish that was the exact shape of a milk bottle. 

Finally one gentleman went up to the farmer and asked the question. The farmer replied, “It was easy. I got the seed growing and then I put it into the milk bottle. It had nowhere else to go.” 
You can use this story as an analogy to life – our lives are shaped by the kind of surroundings we place ourselves in, the people that we allow to influence us, and the goals we give ourselves. 

These Are Key Ingredients 

If we only dream and take no action then we get no further. But if we plan, set a goal and take action then our life takes a different shape. 

Now, the important parts of goal setting, though, go way beyond just writing down a goal statement and thinking that somehow your goal will be reached. 

To write a goal is only a minor part of the way forward. The rest of the elements of how to reach that goal must also be stated clearly and with a definite time frame to each step. 

This means that you must develop a detailed plan of action where each action step is detailed on what you must do, when and how and how much time it will take. If you do not make your plan detailed in this way and set specific target dates for completion, you will simply not be creating any kind of expectation in your mind or urgency that helps keep you moving. 

but what about The Bumps Along The Path . . . . 

The Bumps Along The Path 

Sometimes, even when you are following your action plan, you will run into a snag. Snags are not uncommon and you should realize this before you even get started. 

These snags, though, should be viewed only as little inconveniences; these inconveniences are meant for you to resolve and move forward again. 

These little problems are those that most people cannot overcome because they simply quit using the excuse that their goal was never meant to be. 

Show that you are different; show that you have the dedication and resolve to keep going and you will demonstrate to yourself and everyone around you that you are really dedicated to accomplishing that which you have set out in your goal statement. 


Do Not Go It Alone 

The fact that you know that there will always be minor roadblocks; it is also wise to solicit the guidance and help of a mentor. 

This mentor is a person who has a positive attitude, is very skilled at always looking and finding solutions to issues and problems, and my also be someone who has experienced similar issues along their way to accomplishing their own goals. 

I cannot stress finding the right mentor or mentors enough. 

Goals and actions can help us accomplish more in a year than what some people will accomplish in a lifetime. 

To prove this point read the biographies of successful people and you will see that goals and actions did in fact play a big role in their success. 

In summary, don’t put yourself in a bottle; in other words move out of what is comfortable and secure if you want to move forward. 

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List of NUC Approved Universities to Run Post Graduate Programs

DENSDOME-   THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has discern with great concern that some Nigerian universities are running unapproved postgraduate programmes, leading to the award of Masters and PhD degrees.

The NUC also has observed that some Parastatals and Institutes are awarding these same Postgraduate degrees, either on their own or through unapproved affiliations with Nigerian and foreign Universities.

Such practices are not only unethical, but also antithetical to time-tested quality assurance best practices. The qualifications/awards resulting therefore are not recognized.

The National Universities Commission is hereby using this medium to notifies the general public that only the following universities have approval to offer postgraduate programmes at the Masters’and Ph.D levels;

FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA:
1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi

2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

3. Bayero University, Kano

4. Federal University of Technology, Akure

5. Federal University Sokoto

6. Federal University of Technology, Owerri

7. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

8. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola

9. National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos.

10. Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna

11. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

12. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

13. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada

14. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

15. University of Agriculture, Makurdi

16. University of Benin, Benin City

17. University of Calabar, Calabar

18. University of Ibadan, Ibadan

19. University of llorin, llorin

20. University of Jos, Jos

21. University of Lagos, Akoka

22. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri

23. University of Nigeria, Nsukka

24. University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt

25. University of Uyo, Uyo

26. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto


STATE UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA:
1. Abia State University, Uturu

2. Adamawa State University, Mubi

3. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko

4. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

5. Anambra State University, Uli

6. Benue State University, Makurdi

7. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar

8. Delta State University, Abraka

9. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki

10. Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti

11. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu

12. Imo State University, Owerri

13. Kogi State University, Anyigba

14. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso

15. Lagos State University, Ojo.

16. Nasarawa State University, Keffi

17. Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Island

18. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye

19. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt

20. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina

21. Gombe State University, Gombe

22. Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai

23. Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil

24. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero


PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA:
1. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja

2. American University of Nigeria, Yola

3. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo

4. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

5. Bowen University, Iwo

6. Covenant University, Ota

7. Igbinedion University, Okada

8. Pan-African University, Lekki

9. Redeemer’s University, Mowe, Ogun State

10. Caleb University, Lagos

11. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State

12. Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja

13. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State

14. Lead City University, Ibadan, (MSc. only)

15. University of Mkar, Mkar (MSc. only)

16. Madonna University Okija (MSc. only)

17. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin (MSc. only)

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3 Things I Know You Can Accomplish This Year

In case you just woke up from a very long nap and missed it, 2017 is officially here! Everyone you know is making New Year’s resolutions to work out more often, eat less fried foods, and find a job that pays them one billion dollars a year to do the exact thing they want to do.

You probably roll your eyes every time you read a status along these lines, and when you do, I have a feeling it makes you think that making these resolutions is an exercise in futility. I’m as much of a skeptic as the next person, but there are a few things I know you can achieve by the end of the year.

1. You Can Stop Thinking About Networking and Just Do It

How many times have you bumped into someone you knew and said, “Hey, this was great. Let’s set up some more time to talk about what I want to do with the rest of my life,” only to see three months go by before you even think about following up?

I’m not here to give you a hard time for ghosting anyone you intended to connect with. But at the same time, this is an ideal time to be more intentional about staying in touch with your network.
If you meet with someone and feel the urge to say that you’ll reach out to set up some time, stop yourself and just schedule the meeting in that moment. If you can’t commit to doing this, don’t feel guilty about not throwing out the “Let’s catch up” line to close a conversation.

Nobody will hold it against you for not offering to meet whenever you run into each other, I promise.

2. You Can Look For New Career Development Opportunities

I get it—sometimes it feels like there are so many options out there to “boost your career” that it’s impossible to narrow them down and make any progress. But, as daunting as it might seem, the truth is that simply looking at your options is a great way to kick-start some serious career growth.

You can sit down and create a list of all the options out there—courses, books, career coaches. And you can just pick one and follow through.

Whether that requires you to create calendar events for yourself (with annoying reminders) to keep at it, leave Post-it notes around your place, or have a friend text you every week checking in—get started by surrounding yourself with as much encouragement as you need to make this one thing happen.

Sure, you might find hundreds of classes and thousands of books that aren’t relevant to what you want to accomplish this year. But when you find the one thing that inspires you to dig a little deeper, you’ll be amazed by how motivated you’ll be to keep going.

3. You Can Take a Hard Look at How You Feel About Your Current Job

You might like your job right now. In fact, if you’re lucky, you might really like it. But there will come a time when you like it a little bit less, and a little bit less, and a little bit less—until one day you wake up and want to quit.

Avoid that feeling of “How the heck did I get here?” by setting regular checkpoints for yourself throughout the year (and creating actual events on your calendar that’ll pop and and remind you).
On each of these days, ask yourself the following questions

  1. Was I happy to come into the office this week?
  2. Have I done anything recently that I’m proud of?
  3. Does my current path still fit my long-term goals?

As long as you can keep answering yes, keep on cruising. But the first time you have to pause and think for a second, it’s time to have a heart-to-heart with yourself on what you want your next step to be (whether that’s addressing a problem or starting to make small moves).

If you want to set some lofty goals for your career this year, I’m not going to stop you. But there’s nothing wrong with going easy on yourself and setting a few achievable resolutions.

Remember: If you run into any roadblocks along the way, try not to let it get you too down for too long. The beauty of these options is that they’re ongoing and it’s hard to fall behind.

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Primary school where pupils were arrested for not doing assignments, shutdown

Sometime in early February, the proprietress of the Early Dew Montessori school in GRA Enugu, had arranged with some officers of the Enugu state police command, to arrest some of the pupils simply because they had failed to turn in their assignments.

The students were put behind a police van, an act which the proprietress claimed was to ‘discourage indiscipline, and also instill hard work and good conduct among pupils’. She however shared the pictures on the school’s Parents-Teacher’s Whatsapp forum, where according to her, some parents even commended the action.

Explaining her actions, the proprietress, Mrs Ify Okonkwo, said:

“In my mind, I thought I was doing it to bring the children up in a way that they will be attached to their studies. No child was manhandled neither did they point a gun at any of the children.

I was the person that took the pictures and posted them on Whatsapp, with the caption ‘Some children were arrested today for not doing their homework, for not reading their books, for not behaving well, but they promised to change’. I didn’t mean any harm; I meant well for the kids. If not, I wouldn’t have made it public – it would have been between me and the teachers.”

Following the outcry by a Facebook user who shared the story, the Enugu state government stepped into the situation by suspending the school’s operations on Monday, February 20.

The Enugu state Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eze, said the issue was ‘an embarrassment to the state government and a serious psychological abuse of the concerned children’.

Primary school where students were arrested for not doing assignments, shutdown

He however ordered the school’s management to write an apology letter to the state government, parents of the children and the entire people of Enugu state, stating that these measures must be taken by the school or they would face permanent closure.

The commissioner said this action also serves as a warning to other schools in the state who use such ‘unethical practices’ all in the name of corporal punishment.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic Using Google Search Console

​Traffic makes a blog thrive; without it, a blog can’t build an email list or generate ad revenue. Low traffic numbers mean a lot of time and money were wasted on content generation when it could be a valuable money-making tool. To maximize your blogging results relative to energy invested, check in with Google Search Console on a regular basis.

Why Google Search Console

Search Console is a free tool for webmasters to determine the health of their website or blog. It allows bloggers to monitor their site performance in the Google search engine and identify issues that hinder performance. In short, Search Console shows you what is working for your site, and what could be improved. It also provides some big hints about where you can focus your efforts to maximize your search engine results.

If you don’t have a Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) account then this handy getting started guide can get you set up. When setting up your Search Console account, here are a few important things to note:

Before you start, make sure your website has a Sitemap

  • You’ll need a Google account. It should be different than your personal account.
  • If you already have a Google Analytics account or Google Adwords account then use the same Google account.
  • You’ll need access to your site to verify ownership of your site.
  • Be sure to add ALL the variants of your site name (www., https://, etc) into Search Console
  • Be sure to tell Google which version (ie www.) you would like to use
  • Be sure to tell Google your geographic and language targets

Here are a few ways Search Console can help you dominate your niche.

Find Your Best Keywords
The best thing about Search Console is that it tells you exactly where you should be focusing your efforts to achieve higher rankings. Here’s how to find and use the provided data:

  1. Find the “Search Traffic” menu on the right side, and select “Search Analytics”. A graph will appear showing you how many organic clicks you received over the past 28 days (you can edit the date range).
  2. Above the graph, select “Impressions”, CTR, and “Position”. Now you’ll see the “Queries” that brought visitors to your site, and the number of clicks that query received along with your relative ranking.
  3. Sort the Queries by “Position” and look at all the queries you have that have a ‘top 10’ position.

These are the terms that Google thinks are applicable to your business and can rank on the 1st page of Google. Look for terms that would appeal to your readers and have a modest number of impressions. These are great terms for you to focus on.

One easy way to use this information is to optimize your existing pages. Since Google is already ranking you well for a term, it may pay to optimize your page for that keyword.

Discover Anchor Text Ideas
Anchor text refers to the text used in a link that directs someone to a page other than the one the reader is currently on. In this sentence, the anchor text is directing the reader to an article that has more information about “anchor text”.

When Google indexes links, it looks at the anchor text and associates it to the content on the page. If you have a site that is about an ERP company in Singapore, then you could use ERP-related phrases as anchor text to show Google that your site is related to ERP software.

Search Queries are a great place to find effective anchor text for your backlinks. Google already associates your page with that keyword, so a helpful reminder may strengthen your positioning for that keyword phrase. 

WARNING: Google does NOT like over optimized anchor text. Avoid using the same anchor text multiple times and use highly specific anchor text sparingly. Visit this article for anchor text distribution ideas.

Show Me The Interest
Next, click on the “Impressions” column header. This will give you an idea of the number of searches each term is receiving. If you aren’t ranked well for a query you may receive few or no actual clicks. But this information is key to knowing what your potential readers are exploring with the most frequency.

Look for queries that have a high number of impressions and would be especially interesting topics for your target readers. These queries are topics that you may want to focus on in a unique blog post.
Knowing what people want to read, and giving them that information is an easy way to pump up your readership numbers.

Who Goes Where?
On the top menu, change the filter from ‘Queries’ to ‘Pages’. This will show you the main pages on your site and how much search traffic they are receiving respectively.

Knowing which pages on your site are getting the most (and least) amount of search traffic may provide you with insights about what your readership is most interested in. Consider updating your most popular pages by adding new content to keep them relevant – Google seems to like updated content.

You can also sort your Pages tab by Impressions. This will give you an idea of how much opportunity there is to gain search traffic for each of your pages. Knowing where the biggest opportunities lie is a big help in expanding your readership.

Earning Backlinks
Your blog probably has some ‘core’ content that is meant to drive your website or blog objectives. With the ‘Pages’ button enabled, sort your pages by ‘Clicks’. Are you getting as many clicks as you would like for your ‘core’ pages?

Unfortunately, all too often the answer is “nope”.

In Search Console go to the ‘Search Traffic’ menu on the right side of the page. Select the ‘Links to Your Site’ option.

On the right side of the page, Google will show ‘Your Most Linked Content’. Click on the “More”  text for an expanded view. The expanded view will show you how many unique domains (Source Domains) have created a link to your website.

If the content you most wish to promote doesn’t have a robust backlink profile then you may want to try to earn some new, high quality, backlinks for those pages. These new backlinks will indicate to Google that your content is still relevant and of interest to people in your niche. Accordingly, Google may increase your overall search rankings for that page.

A Solution to the Traffic Problem
As you can see, Google Search Console is a great tool for solving issues that can affect your blog traffic. The key is to do things that can increase your blog’s organic ranking so that more people can discover it.

Keep your content fresh and updated, nail down your best query terms, focus your anchor terms (with restraint!!!), find topics of interest to your readers, and sculpt your backlink profile. Doing these things can have a significant impact on the overall performance of your blog and what you want it to accomplish.

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They lived for 100 years

​”I got to 100 and I guess I forgot to die.”

Irving Olson is a 103-year-old amateur photographer from Tucson, Arizona and one of more than 50 American centenarians featured in “If I Live to be 100: The Wisdom of Centenarians,” a new book from award-winning photographer Paul Mobley.

The idea for the series came to Mobley while he was photographing farmers for his 2008 book “American Farmer: Portraits from the Heartland.” He was surprised to learn that many them were centenarians.

“I found myself wanting to learn all the details of their lives, to find out what inspired them to keep going,” he wrote in the book.

Mobley then set himself the challenge of traveling to all 50 states — mostly by car, accompanied by his wife and dog — and photographing at least one subject in each. He even captured some supercentenarians (people who’ve reached or passed their 110th birthdays.)

Marie Cassady, Born December 8 1912

Some of the more unique subjects were identical twins and couples who had managed to make it to 100 together.

In the book’s introduction, writer Allison Milionis describes the impact of the images:

“Note the distinctive lines around the eyes and mouths, the tilt of the head, or the position of the hands — each portrait is as complex as the 100 years lived. Yet in them we recognize love, loss, hope, and grief, and we’re reminded that they are the essential ingredients of a full life.”

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4 THINGS: why attending vigil can be dangerous for you

​Literally, vigil is the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes but vigils in Nigeria has been hijacked by insecurity.

Since this religious rite is often held all through the night, the mind of the congregation tends to be divided due to fear of attacks that could be lunched on them even while in the church.

Here are 4 reasons you should consider before deciding to attend a vigil in your church.

1. Violent attack

A young lady violently attacked by an unknown man

Going for a vigil could make your lives vulnerable to attacks from terrorists, hoodlums and gangsters. It is likely to be a potential place for suicide bombers to lunch their attack since it is in the middle of the night.

2. Fear of being killed

A man pointing a gun

When you have divided attention towards your communion with God then the primary aim of the vigil has been alternated. The congregation’s mind is filled with doubting questions, “what if I die?” What if…

And with an unsettled mind, you cannot serve the Lord.

3. Insecurity

Man attacked due to insecurity

The church of God is no longer seen as a sanctuary because of the atrocities of crime recorded at vigils. You cannot even entrust your personal belongings to your seat partners.

Robbers are not even scared to rob in the house of God anymore.

4. Immorality

The unexpected can happen if cold sets in during service at the back of the church

This is the time for lustful exploration by youths. They tend to indulge in immoral activities at the barest available opportunity.

These youths have neglected the word of the Bible which commands that the temple of the Lord should be kept holy.

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The Cheese Cake That Lied |Byron Pulsifer

​It was a day that quite hectic and demanding. There was too much to do, not enough time. Everything had to be done in a hurry for the local community hall for the fund raising event for a local singer who had fell on hard times. 

I had to prepare a couple of prizes that were to be given away as part of the fund raiser and my wife had to make the decorations to string around the hall. 

The Day Arrived, But . . .

The day of the fundraiser arrived and we both got up early. We were both still busy getting the final touches ready so there was no time to waste. Just as my wife was about to hurry out the door, she turned around with a terrible stressed look on her face and told me in a stammering voice that she had forgotten to make a cheese cake that was also to be part of the auction. 

I looked at her and froze. Now what do we do? We couldn’t go into town and even buy one at the last minute or we would be terribly late to decorate. I suddenly had an idea. I told my wife that I would make the cheesecake. After all, I had been making cheesecakes for a long time so I was sure I could whip one up in a big hurry. I had just enough time to make it, cool it, and bring it to the hall in time for the auction. My wife wasn’t in any mood to argue because she had a lot of decorating to do to get ready. So, I was on the hook with a stern warning that I better get it done and there on time. 

Working Together 

So, off she went and off I went to get all the ingredients rounded up, and the cheesecake pan and oven ready. Now, for those of you who know how to make cheesecake, you know that you need a crumble base usually made from crumbling up Graham crackers. Well, I got my cream cheese out of the fridge lucky to have enough already in hand. But, when I looked for the crackers, there was none. Not good! 

So, now I was really in a panic. I was expected to bring a cheesecake to the hall pronto. Oh boy, would I get heck if I didn’t deliver. I had to come with something to use as a base for my cheesecake but what to use? I had to come up with something that would be substantial enough so it couldn’t be soda crackers – but what about dog treats? 

Using What We Had 

I knew I had a bag of dog treats, you know the kind – milk bones. I’m sure I had enough to make my cheesecake but obviously I had to be the one to buy the darn thing at the auction so it wouldn’t fall into someone’s hands. Oh well, I figured I could get away with it – after all, I would be there at the start of the auction – so, what the heck -nothing ventured nothing gained, right? 

So, thus the cheesecake was created with good old milk bone and turned out to be a delight to behold. After cooling it in the fridge, I set off to the hall. I placed the cheesecake on the table for the auction and went to find my wife to tell her what was happening. I found her, told her, and I thought she was going to faint. I told her not to worry – I’d buy the darn thing at the auction. I returned to the auction table a few minutes later leaving my wife with a wide open mouthed shocked expression on her face. I had no time to waste so that was that. 

I Would Buy It, But …

Oh no! As I approached the auction table, the cake was gone. Wholly smoke – where did it go? It was gone – it had been purchased by one of the other club members before the auction even opened to the public. Oh no!! 

The very next day, my wife was invited over to one of the female members home for a game of euchre with a couple of the other ladies. So, she decided that she needed a break from the hectic running around the other day so off she went. As soon as she stepped into the living room that was set up for the game, she spied the cheesecake sitting on a side table along with dishes for dessert. The hostess said that after the game was finished, she would treat them to cheesecake and tea. After the game was over, the hostess got up and said she was going to make the tea. My wife was ready to bolt out of her chair and go to the kitchen to tell her about what was really in the cheesecake. 

It Doesn’t Pay To Lie 

But, before my wife could get up, one of the ladies said, “What a great looking cheesecake.” The hostess turned to them and said, “I really hope you like it – I made it myself.” 

A little white lie – my, my, how it can backfire! 

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