What did she ever do?- Lion Arrested in Kenya

Six Lions escape from National Park in Kenya

...Lioness arrested and has been returned back to Nairobi National Park

Serious man handling . It just went for a stroll

KWS wardens carry the sedated lioness into a car on February 19, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY
Photo: KWS 

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is looking for about six lions on the loose from the Nairobi National Park.

The lions are believed to have escaped to Lang’ata, which is adjacent to the park.

One of the six has been recaptured

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From Runway to Real Life- Fashion Friday

Runway to Closet

The fierce fashionistas was serving some furious fashions 

Ivie Okujaye in Ejiro Amos-Tafiri


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Juniper Musa in Ela and Gabby

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Blake Lively in Michael Kors pre-fall collection

Fitted: Blake wore a stunning nude dress from the Kors collection, which she teamed with a matching blazer and Christian Louboutin heels
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Daphne Joy in Willfredo Gerado nice body but where is the dress
 

  Nkiru Anumudu in Valentino
 Nkiru Anumudu-OnoBello (2) Nkiru Anumudu-OnoBello (1)
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 Tomi Odunsi in Orange Grey
  
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KIng of the Jungle defends self from Jealous Lioness

Male Lion gets a royal smack down for daring to flirt in front of his partner.
…wanton lioness being chased away

That's my man! The lioness spotted another female snooping around her male companion and reacted angrily, running towards the pairPhoto: Greatstock Barcroft Media

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This hilarious stand down was captured  by a tourist Leon Botha on vacation with his friends and family at  Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in KgalagadiTwo lions  (partners) walked towards the waterhole water hole for a drink, when a ‘single female approached the male lion.
 Tables turned: As it transpired the lioness was not heading to attack the other female, and instead began swatting her male partner
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… King lion goes on defense
 Reacting angrily, the lioness ran at the two predators, prompting the male to intercept what seemed like an inevitable fight. Only problem is he Mr Lion (wandering eye) was the target of her anger

Fighting back: The mouth of the lioness is wide open as she tackles her partner in the air as he attempts to stand up to her in the fight
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The female attacked her partner instead, swatting him with her paw and knocking him to the ground

 Dominated: The lion is tackled to the ground by the female as the love interest, who appears to have got off lightly, looks on stunned
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The flirty males been have been known to sustain serious injury from their jealous partners in similar situations. Some have even had their tongues ripped during jealous fits. See picture below

One more time: The lioness's claw can actually be seen ripping at the lion's tongue
Photo Lee Whittam/Barcroft Media

Yep, things got heated alright.You better believe it, thats a tongue rip.

South Carolina’s Jim Clyburn Plans To Endorse Hillary Clinton

South Carolina’s Jim Clyburn Plans To Endorse Hillary Clinton

 … what happened to Mr James Clyburn I am going to stay neutral until the South Carolina primary is over. 

“… I am not going to influence my constituents one way or the other”.

 

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Rep James Clyburn (D-SC)
: Congressional power broker. Announced intention to declare support for Hilary Clinton on eve of South Carolina primaries

The only problem Mr Clyburn is that your endorsement which s conveniently timed for just before the South Carolina primaries, looks rather orchestrated and designed to tip the primaries in a particular direction.  I guess that is the purpose of endorsements so I am not complaining about that. On the contrary, I am quite happy for Madam Secretary because her campaign’s rudder has been malfunctioning functioning and it is losing steam real fast . This might be the shot in the arm it needs to get close to the finish line.

“That was certainly my intention,” Clyburn recently told the Washington Post of his intention to remain neutral. “But I am re-evaluating that. I really am having serious conversations with my family members.”

The question sir, is why all that posturing about not wanting to influence the out come of the election only to trade your integrity and go back on your word.  Long term prognosis, it could cost you the ears of your constituents, especially the new, read young, voters. The question is, what happens when your voice is really needed. No sir, do not put this on your family. It is all on you. 

 
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Secretary Clinton at a recent campaign rally
The lofty expectations here comes from the general impression that you, Rep Clyburn, are one of the rare breed of politicians who have mastered the art of balancing pragmatic self interest with principles. Enough that when you declare publicly that you could be trusted to remain neutral and calm in a heated polity, that you can be counted upon to see the potential of a major upheaval in the democratic ranks if the establishment willy nilly manipulates the outcome of the primaries. FYI, if you (Democratic Establishment), in the process happen to lose a major component of the coalition that brought Obama to power, the blood bath of 2012 may turn out to be child’s play.

This drive towards the self-destruct button in the DNC is becoming quite interesting. The RNC might end up handling their chaos better because, they can at least, see it coming. Hopefully, the young voters of which there are many, follow you and the Democratic establishment to the ‘promised’ land.

 

 

Sirleaf appoints her Son Head of Central Bank of Liberia

President Ellen Sirleaf adamant in her appointment of her son as head Liberia’s apex bank

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Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson appoints one of her sons, Charles Sirleaf, as Head of Liberia’s Central Bank
Liberia’s central bank board has elected the son of Nobel Peace Prize winning President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as its interim Executive Governor.
Charles Sirleaf,, formerly a Deputy Governor who has worked for the bank since 2004 and will maintain this position of interim Head of Central bank for an indefinite period. Charles Sirleaf takes over from Joseph Mills Jones, left to prepare his candidacy for a presidential election in the West African country due to take place in 2017.

…The Sirleaf men are favored men in Liberia

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Charles, Robert, Fumba, Adama, Jes Sirleaf on innauguratio day

This will  be the third child of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , has been appointing  family members and other allies to key positions through out her presidency.

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Charles Sirleaf, New head of Liberia’s Central Bank 

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Fumba Sirleaf: Adviser National Security Agency.

The President’s appointment of Rob to chair the board of the NOCAL resulted in cries of nepotism and corruption, something that prompted his resignation from the two portfolios.
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Robert  Sirleaf: Favorite son, formerly Chairman of NOL

Other family members that have benefited greatly for her presidency are Robert Sirleaf, was both chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia and senior adviser to the president until he resigned in 2013. Fumba Sirleaf, her stepson, is the head of the National Security Agency.

Courtesy: Reuters

Mitzvah for the day – Efena Otobo – Help Efena Walk Again!

Efena Otobo’s story.   Her journey to recovery from a Spinal Cord Injury

I saw this story o the net and my heart went out to the lady affected and thought she will greatly benefit from a good deed being done for her.

… her story goes as follows



Photo: Efena  – Killing it – intense therapy style! Using the exoskeleton and the standing frame.

On the 21st day of April 2014, one single catastrophic event completely altered my universe. In one moment, my whole life drastically changed. A reckless driver caused a horrible car accident that had severe consequences. After numerous tests and scans, the diagnosis given was a complete T4 spinal cord injury which in ‘regular person speak’ meant I could not feel anything from the waist down. We were told that there was very little chance of ever walking again and that the road to recovery would be long, hard and punishing. My family, friends and I were beyond devastated at this news.

Efena in therapy

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); My life came to a screeching halt and I was torn from everything I knew. I was an Asset Manager at the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) with a background in Economics and Politics (BSc.) from the University of Bristol, England and a concentration in Development Studies (MSc.) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I loved traveling, writing, poetry, art, architecture, the world of movies and TV shows, running, yoga and Pilates. Now with this prognosis, being labelled a paraplegic meant I was confined, restricted and immobilized.

Suddenly, I was a baby once again. I had to re-learn how to sit up and balance at the edge of the bed, be taught how to dress myself and I had to learn how to roll over. It seemed like a never-ending nightmare I could not escape from.

Physiotherapy became a constant and I spent hours in hospital gyms and rehab facilities trying to build up my upper body strength, learning how to execute perfect transfers from the wheelchair to any surface and preventing my leg muscles from dying. Without the tireless guidance from the physical therapists and the aid of the different breakthrough assistive devices and technology such as standing frames, exoskeleton machines that enable me to walk etc., I would not be where I am today.

To get the best chance of total recovery from my current state of paralysis, I desperately need a specific equipment that I can use at home. Continuous use of rehab programs at Wellington Hospital, London, Project Walk San Diego and Beyond Therapy, Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia has been essential but the bills have and are piling up.

Ore information can be obtained at her  Gofund page

Courtey: efenaotobo-gofund

Pope Francis Condemns Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico …: "This is not in the Gospel.’"

Pope Condemned Trump’s plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico saying: ‘This is not in the Gospel.’ Pope Francis went on to say, he did not want to advise American Catholics on whether or not to vote for Trump … Trump in turn calls Pope Catholic Pontiff ‘disgraceful’ and a ‘pawn’ of the Mexican government

…. seriously Herr Trump?  Is your paint brush big enough?

Pope Francis says Donald Trump is 'not Christian' for wanting wall with Mexico
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 Pope held a mass right on the border at Ciudad Juarez, and the celebration  was simulcast to stadium on American side of Rio Grande
The Pope’s statements was made  during a freewheeling conversation with reporters on his flight back from a visit to Mexico at which he was asked about Donald Trump.

At the border: The Pope celebrated mass in Ciudad Juarez during his visit to Mexico, right at the American border.
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For much of his five-day trip in Mexico, Pope Francis played the role of friendly pastor, smiling for selfies, kissing babies and encouraging the youth not to fall prey to the drug trade.
On Wednesday, Francis showed another aspect of his complex public persona: The disappointed prophet who excoriates world powers for mistreating the poor and marginalized.

The Vatican spokesman Rev Federico Lombardi when asked about Trump’s accusations responded  “The Pope, with his moral and spiritual ministry, may have a political impact. That is clear to the whole world by now, “  and that he was not pawn of the Mexican government.

Courtesy: dailymailCNN

Did the Grim Sleeper kill 180 women – The trail continues

Mystery surrounds his massive stash of photographs showing women asleep, drugged and murdered
Lonnie Franklin Jr, the alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’ has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007 in the city’s notorious serial killer case
… the trial is going on right now

 Lonnie Franklin Jr, 63, pictured yesterday on the first day of his trial for the murder of ten women, listened as prosecutors claimed he was the notorious 'Grim Sleeper' killer who stalked South Los Angeles for 22 years
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Lonnie Frankilin Jr has denied killing 10 females between 1985 and 2007. Most of the victims were dumped in alleys and garbage bins in LA. Some of them were found naked and covered with mattresses and trash. Officers now fear that the Grim Sleeper may have claimed 180 lives  
Franklin denies killing the women whose bodies were all found within a five mile radius of his house

Images of some of the victims

 Janecia Peters was 119 on the list released by the LAPD following Franklin's arrest. Her body was found dumped under a Christmas tree in 2007  Debra Jackson, 29, was killed on August 10, 1985
Janecia Peters 2007                                                Debra Jackson 1985

Photos: Los Angeles Police

Barbara Ware, 23, was found dead on January 10, 1987  December 21, 2001: Princess Berthomieux - The end of the 14-year hiatus. DNA on the 14-year-old's body matched those of previous killings.
Barbara Ware 1987                                      Princess Berthomieux 2001
Photos: Los Angeles Police


Watch ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Heads to Court Here

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Plane crazy – Marilyn The serial stowaway

Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman, 64, arrested for the EIGHTH time trying to stow aboard a plane at Chicago O’hare airport
Hartman has blamed her penchant for sneaking onto planes on an unrecognized medical condition she calls “whistle blower trauma syndrome”. She claimed she was forced by the FBI to flee her home and live on the streets. 
…looks like she has an affinity for planes or she’s plain looking for excitement.



 Plane crazy: This February 17 photo shows 64-year-old Marilyn Hartman, a so-called serial stowaway who was arrested again Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport 
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Marilyn was arrested Wednesday afternoon at an airport bus shuttle center and has previously been arrested twice in two days last summer at O’Hare and Chicago’s Midway International Airport
Incorrigible: Hartman, pictured here in one of her April 2015 mugshots, has been arrested twice in 24 hours at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport in July
 Photo: AP      Marilyn in 2015                           Marilyn in 2014    

Previously, Marilyn  Hartman had been arrested five different times in April and May 2015 for trying to get past airport security at the same Chicago airports. She has also been arrested multiple times in different airports around the nation including Phoenix Airport and Los Angeles airport. She is now facing charges of felony probation violation and misdemeanor criminal trespass.

In July 2015, Hartman said she was done with stowing away. A day later, she was arrested at Midway Airport. Hartman has blamed her penchant for sneaking onto planes on an unrecognized medical condition she calls ‘whistle blower trauma syndrome’. She claimed she was forced by the FBI to flee her home and live on the streets.

The court deems Hartman, who has often said she is homeless and feels more comfortable in airports than streets, mentally unstable.

Courtesy: Dailymail

Kim Kardashian accused of stealing Serbian star’s hairstyle again -mmm


Kim Kardashian accused of stealing Serbian star’s hairstyle

...I don’t understand this. Is it like she has a patent on the hairstyle or she just wants to be acknowledged


Serendipity.  It’s a free world else just take out a patent on the looks already.


Anyway, here are the pictures

Jelena in the black and white. Kim in the right picture

    Photo: Jelena Karleusa

 

It appears Serbian musician, wants to take credit for everything Kim wears. In 2015, she slammed Kim for copying her style and even posted side by side pictures to buttress her point. Last week, she accused Kim of taking on a look she had rocked in 2006.
Here are the  throwback photos of her rocking blonde corn rows which also happens to be Kim’s current look.

 Who rocked it better though…..   

  Photo: Jelena Karleusa


 


‘Mystery Creature From The Deep’ Sea Monster?

Strange Creature Washes Up On Shore 

The carcass of a prehistoric-looking creature on the shores of a well-known lake Lake Macquarie, New South Wales Australia.

Could this be a ‘cousin’  of old Nessy the Loch monster?

  
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The beast, which appears to have a crocodile-like jaw but the body of a giant fish.  


See more after the cut

 “Loch Ness monster-esque creature species a this are said to be frequently caught by fishermen at night who get “the fright of their lives” when they reel in a powerful, thrashing predator with a nasty bite”.

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Nude Yoga, The Human Body in All it’s Beauty

  Wow!  Amazing 

 
Peace: She wants people to feel beautiful in their bodies and admits she wasn't always confident in hersCredit Nude Yoga Girl

“The human body is beautiful and the poses and shapes can be seen very well without any clothing on. I wanted to take off everything unnecessary from the pictures on my account. Nudity in social media is a taboo but on the other hand the nakedness and rawness of my photos reflect well what I want to tell people with my account. “

 

No beef: The model says she actually doesn't have a problem with Instagram's guidelines but does want her picture to be real and authentic  Credit Nude Yoga Girl
The 25-year-old is a model and photographer who has been doing yoga for years and decided to marry her three passions in her Instagram account

For yoga novices, it takes courage enough just to show up to a class, what with seasoned head-standers ohm-ing a mat over. But a new naked yoga Instagram account could be just the thing a burgeoning yogi needs.Nude Yoga Girl shows that getting into a naked downward dog can be a spiritual practice all its own; her account serves as a handy instructional guide for newbies. The 25-year-old model-photographer has racked up 245,000 Instagram followers by sharing graceful black and white portraits of herself in yoga poses

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Nude Yoga Girl shows that getting into a naked downward dog can be a spiritual practice all its own; her account serves as a handy instructional guide for newbies. The 25-year-old model-photographer has racked up 245,000 Instagram followers by sharing graceful black and white portraits of herself in yoga poses without clothes.

While “model” and “naked” might not sound like a recipe for empowering yoga beginners, the feed is all about showcasing the human body in a new way, while offering a clear guide to proper form: Yes, many of the yogi’s poses are advanced and super twisty, but many of her photos work as guides to beginners who want to grasp the right alignment. And indeed, the lack of clothing makes it much easier to see the clear lines of each pose.
“I want to show that nudity can be something else than only sexual,” the model behind Nude Yoga Girl, who prefers to remain anonymous, told The Huffington Post in an email. She continued:

The artist said she’s been practicing yoga for most of her life, ramping up to a daily practice about a year ago.

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She mostly practices by herself at home, she said, and will sometimes use online classes to move her yoga forward. With nearly 100 posts, she has the process for practicing and capturing her poses down to a science. It looks a little something like this:

“I set up the lighting and the camera settings ready. After that I do a short yoga practice to warm up before starting the photoshoot. Sometimes I plan the poses in advance by browsing the internet or books for some inspiration and sometimes I get creative in front of the camera! My boyfriend is kind enough to press the camera button and take the photo of me. I’m very grateful for his help.”

Inner calm: She said yoga has taught her to focus more on how she feels than how she looks

The way the body bends: Nude Yoga Girl, who has so far kept her name anonymous, posts photos of herself doing yoga completely naked
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 Chrissy Teigen, Miley Cyrus, and Kendall Jenner have all seen photos of themselves taken down by Instagram, which bans buttocks and female nipples on its app.

But Nude Yoga Girl has found ways around those rules – for the most part. Making use of perfectly-angled poses and expert lighting that casts shadows in all the right places, she’s successfully shared 50 snaps of herself doing yoga in the buff.
She has had a few mishaps, she admits. So far, Instagram has removed three of the pictures she’s uploaded for showing nipple. But despite the hassle, she actually doesn’t have a problem with the restrictions. 

 A few problems: Only three of her photos have been taken down so far by Instagram, which bans female nipples and buttocks
  Credit Nude Yoga Girl

Favorite: Her goal is not to be provocative, but to showcase what the body can do and to make people feel good about their own bodies; she said this is her favorite photo so far
 Credit Nude Yoga Girl

Boundary-pusher: She manages to get around Instagram's nudity policy by expertly angling her body and making sure any 'intimate parts' fall in shadow; she'll also use Photoshop to enhance those shadows
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Fans: Her photos get thousands of likes, and most of the commenters are supportive and respectful
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Triple threat: The 25-year-old is a model and photographer who has been doing yoga for years and decided to marry her three passions in her Instagram account
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Love: She also wants to inspire people to realize the amazing things their own bodies are capable of
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Triple threat: The 25-year-old is a model and photographer who has been doing yoga for years and decided to marry her three passions in her Instagram account
 Credit Nude Yoga Girl

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The Jumoke and Blessing Ogah effect on street Hawking Trade – and Lady Luck

The Streets … where (moths) em …can turn into Beautiful Butterflies, overnight!

The  good fortune of Olajumoke Orisaguna the “Agege bread” hawker and Felicia Ogah (Abuja) life seems to have permeated the streets. 

You’ve got to come out with your A game. There is always dignity in labor

     
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Hawkers looking correct at work showing grace and elegance


Earlier in the year, similar fortune smiled upon Felicia Ogah a street hawker in Abuja.

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Felicia Ogah: From street hawker to in-demand model

 Street  hawkers  seem to have sharpened their game and presentation realizing that divine favor may shine in an instant and you’ve got to be ready at the drop of a hat. 

Check out the lady below, looking sharp in yellow T-shirt and black leggings with wares balanced ever so delicately on her head.

   
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Rock it, till you make it

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Jummy. The current rave, started as a street hawker.

The First Street Hawker Turned Super Model “The Discovery of Felicia Ogah ”

    Credit: Studio 24

She Started as a Food Hawker in Abuja, now she’s a Model! Watch “The Discovery of Felicia Ogah”

Earlier in the year, Studio24 gave us an insight on how some models are discovered. The produced this short documentary about Felicia Ogah who started out as a street food hawker before her amazing journey as a model. Her story after the cut …

It truly is an inspirational video. Watch


 
Felicia narrating her story
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 Felicia at work
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Note however that the grass to super fame story is not strange in the rarified stratospheres of the runway. Here is a short, by no means, exhaustive list of other Super Models and their varied backgrounds
Iman
Iman was born on July 25, 1955, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A student at the University of Nairobi, she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Iman was a favorite model in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Courtersy Biography


Claudia Schiffer
Claudia was  was spotted in a nightclub in Düsseldorf. germany by Michel Levaton, the boss of Metropolitan Model Agency who signed her up to become a model. Her big break came shortly after this at a beach resort, where a chance meeting with Patrick Lafontaine with connections in the industry, saw her connected with the Elite Model Agency, where her success started.

Courtersy Biography 


Gisele Caroline Bündchen  
She was discovered eating a McDonald’s in a  shopping centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil while on a school excursion. She was subsequently selected for a national contest, Elite Look of the Year.

Coutersy wikipedia  

1.5 billion Power Ball Winners Maureen and David claim thier prize

Airplane engineer and wife cash in their winning stake in $1.58billion Powerball lottery
 

Married couple from Melbourne Beach, Florida are the second of three winners in the record-breaking January lottery to come forward David Kaltschmidt, 55, is an aircraft engineer plans to retire from his job. Maureen Smith, who is 70, said they decide to take the lump sum $327 million, as opposed to the annuity, because of her age 
  
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Smith says she bought the winning ticket using numbers she has played for years, in addition to another ‘quick pick’ ticket of randomly selected numbers. She called the Melbourne Beach Publix grocery store where she bought the tickets her ‘second home’. 


The couple decided to take a one-time lump-sum payment of $327million before taxes, as opposed to an annuity. Pictured above receiving their prize money on Wednesday   
Photo: CBS

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Michelle Obama addresses Mental Health

Let’s Change the Conversation Around Mental Health
By Michelle Obama,
First Lady of The United States

The first lady starts a buzz on mental health. Read below…..

 THE WHITE HOUSE   

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been a passionate voice on so many important issues, and I’m grateful that she is using her day as Guest Editor to shine a bright light on mental health, particularly childrens mental health, and on the tens of millions of people who suffer in silence – people like Ryan Rigdon.

 

Ryan joined the Navy when he was 20 years old, and he was deployed to Iraq for the first time a few years later. He served on a team that disarmed roadside bombs and IEDs, and when those bombs exploded, they would rush to the scene to clear any remaining explosives while sorting through unimaginable wreckage and carnage. In recognition of his incredible valor, Ryan was awarded a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal. 

But when Ryan returned home to his wife and two young daughters after his second deployment, the war stayed with him. He had constant splitting headaches, nightmares and panic attacks, and his ears just wouldn’t stop ringing. He would pace his home at night, worried that his family was in danger. One evening, he finally hit rock bottom. After laying awake in bed crying, he got up, headed to the bathroom, and prepared to take his own life.

Through my work with service members and veterans as part of Joining Forces – the initiative Dr Jill Biden and I launched to rally Americans to honour and support our veterans and military families – I’ve seen that Ryan’s experience isn’t unique. Like Ryan, some of our heroes on the battlefield struggle with the wounds of war – both visible and invisible – when they come home, but hesitate to ask for help. 

Of course, it’s important to remember that most of our veterans don’t experience any mental health challenges at all. 

But the veterans and service members who do struggle are not alone – not by a long shot. In fact, roughly one in five adults – more than 40 million Americans – suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety. These conditions affect people of every age and every background: our kids and grandparents, our friends and neighbors.
Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any distinction. We would never tell someone with a broken leg that they should stop wallowing and get it together. We don’t consider taking medication for an ear infection something to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently. Instead, we should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength – and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need.

That’s why the Affordable Care Act expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for more than 60 million Americans and required new plans to cover depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for kids.

That’s also why my husband put more mental health counselors in place for veterans and signed a bill to help prevent veteran suicide. 

And that’s why, last year, we worked with an organization called Give an Hour and a coalition of other partners to launch the Campaign to Change Direction to raise awareness about mental health, give people tools to help those in need, and change the conversation about mental health in this country. This campaign includes leaders from every sector: business, government, nonprofits, medicine, education, the faith community and so many others. 

As part of this effort, we released a list of Five Signs to help people recognize when someone needs help. Signs like agitation, withdrawal, hopelessness, a decline in personal care and a change in personality can be indications that someone is dealing with a mental-health issue. By recognizing these signs, we can help the people we know get the help they need before it’s too late.

That brings me back to Ryan. Thankfully, Ryan didn’t end his life that night. Instead, he summoned the courage to tell a co-worker that he needed help. They reached out to the local VA [US Department of Veterans Affairs], and Ryan got the medication and counseling he needed to start getting better.

Just as people in Ryan’s community stepped up for him, we need to step up for people in our lives. We need to learn to identify the signs of mental-health issues. We need to have the courage to reach out and have tough conversations with our friends and family members — and get help ourselves when we need it. And we need to recognize that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and start treating it that way. 

Visit www.changedirection.org to learn the Five Signs and find out how you can join this movement.

courtesy of huffingtonnpost

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time – Olajumoke – the CNN documentary -video

WATCH Olajumoke Orisaguna’s CNN Feature

—  a happy accident.

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CNN interviewed Olajumoke Orisaguna, during which  her sensational breakthrough from bread hawker to model, and beyond was revealed – they called it a classic case of being at the ‘right place at the right time’.

They caught Jumoke on the set of her first ever fashion photo shoot for April by Kunbi – click here to see the photos.

 Jumoke in tears

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 “I never expected this would ever happen to me,” “My friends have told me they saw me on the TV and they are really happy. My parents cannot believe their own child can become such a success. They are all so happy.”

CNN reports, she ‘has been given a scholarship to complete her education, and a bank has offered to pay for schooling for her two children, aged five and one, until university age.’

  
 

On what she thinks made the story go viral, TY Bello said,

“Everyone connected with the story because everybody has dreams.”
“This is a very tough time in my country… Everyone is looking for that magical break… I think this is definitely divine because the way people have connected with it is just phenomenal. It’s a phenomenal story.”

Animal Stories – The Happy Seal

Happiest Seal on Earth

Good memories? It must have remembered something really funny. Having quite a laugh.

Seals are normally quite shy animals the experts say, but this seal never heard that description. The chortling grey seal was beside himself with laughter as he lapped up the sun on a rock in the clear blue ocean

A cheeky seal 
Photo: Caters



Here it is blowing kisses. This was probably taken on “seal valentines day”. See other happy animals here

A cheeky seal 

Courtesy themirror

 

No Woman No Cry – What will it take to Resucitate Jeb Bush

The Jeb Bush Fix

... first there was the $130 million plus and a whole lot of bragging and flexing “we’ve got this down” …don’t you know who we are? … it is our birth right.
… then  my daddy did this, my brother did that, if you don’t show me love, I’m going to bring out my momma.

 US presidential hopeful Jeb Bush tweets photo of gun with his name on it!
Photo: mirror
   
... mummy Bush comes out trudged through the snow(she did a great job) and got him off life support.
….. then big brother ex-president G.W. Bush comes out, still no love.
We the people are simply exhausted with the Bush name and wondering when a monarchy was born and nobody announced it. (I digress). 

Somebody forgot to tell them money can’t you love

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush speaks to supporters at the Embassy Suites prior to the Iowa caucus
 Photo: Rex

Now Jeb is flexing his muscles, flashing his custom gun on the net. Desperate time brings disparate measures. A slow death …tsk, tsk, tsk.

Who goes first?  We the people or will the candidate pity us bow out or simply change the tune?  Yes, it is not too late, there is a glimmer of hope and money can buy VERY good help.  This campaign needs an overhaul.  Someone please help!

What do you think folks? Share your thoughts on this matter with a comment.

Diamonds, a girls best friend – 404 carat strong

…mmmmmh a girls best friend is a mere 404 carat.  Not too late to be  valentines gift.

Any takers?


Photo: Lucapa Diamond Company


The diamond was recovered from a Lulo Diamond Project mine in Angola’s Lunda Norte province.  
It s said to be worth  $20 million.  Due to the new diamond’s color and clarity, according to Lucapa, and categorized it as a Type IIa stone — meaning it’s virtually flawless. 

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