‘Beyonce Mass’ Held In San Francisco

A mass was put together for singer Beyonce in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral tagged ‘Beyonce Mass’

According to reports, the Wednesday night vine service has 50 people in attendance but with Beyonce’s name included, the service had 900 attendants.

“We didn’t expect this response,” said Reverend Jude Harmon. He adds that Grace Cathedral put the invite to the service on Facebook and it blew up.

“We thought it would be kind of a small exploration as a community about what it means to lift up black female voices because traditionally the church hasn’t done a great job of that. I use Beyonce as a central figure to have these conversations about the realities that black women face,” said Reverand Yolanda Norton of the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Norton is the brain behind the Beyonce Mass and gave the sermon Wednesday night. She is a professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary and teaches a class on Beyonce and the Hebrew Bible.

She explains that she’s using Beyonce’s wide appeal to bring a diverse group of people together saying, “I know people think we’re worshipping Beyonce. None of that is true. This is a way to just have different kinds of conversation.”

Prince William To Be Prince Harry’s Best Man

Prince Harry for his wedding with Meghan Markle has asked his brother Prince William to be his best man.

Recall that Prince Harry was the Duke of Cambridge’s best man at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.

The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on 19 May.

More than 600 guests have been invited to the ceremony with 1,000 members of the public being welcomed to the grounds of Windsor Castle.

A further 200 guests – including the Spice Girls – have been invited to the couple’s evening reception.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother.”

The palace also tweeted a picture of the pair of Princes when they were boys wearing police helmets.

 

Morocco Voted To Host 2021 World Bank, IMF Annual Meeting

Morocco is to host the 2021 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, in October.

This decision came after a vote by the Boards of Governors of the two institutions.

The IMF made this disclosure in a statement on Wednesday from its Washington DC headquarters.

The announcement of Morocco as the next location of the Meetings coincides with the 60th anniversary of the country’s membership of the WBG and the IMF.

The Annual Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, media and academics.

They discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, inclusive economic growth and job creation, climate change, and others.

The last time the Annual Meetings were held in Africa was in 1973, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Annual Meetings are usually held for two consecutive years at the WBG and IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. and every third year in another member country.

The 2018 Annual Meetings will take place in Indonesia in October, during which there will be an official signing ceremony for the 2021 Meetings in Morocco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kunle Afolayan To Release TV Series

Successful Nigerian actor and movie director, Kunle Afolayan while speaking to a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revelaed that he was working on a television series set to be released in 2019.

According to the award winning director, the television series would be an epic Yoruba drama capturing 16th century tradition of the ethnic group.

“I have quite a number of projects that I am working on, but I don’t want to reveal too much,” he said.

The actor, however, said he was excited about the upcoming series that would focus on Yoruba deities and kings.

 

He said his fans should look forward to the television series “ because it will be worth the wait.’’

The director said the Yoruba drama “ will not only show us the way we once worked, played and prayed, it will also take us back to our origin.’’

D’Banj Creates Platform For Script Writers

Music star, Oladapo Oyebanji, popularly known as Dbanj, on Wednesday has revealed that he has created a platform for talented Nigerian actors to showcase their scripts for sponsorship.

According to the father of one who disclosed this during the 2018 Nigerian Entertainment Conference with the theme “Understanding Emerging Markets, Trends and Opportunities” in Lagos, the platform would be launched on the 1st of May 2018.

Dbanj who established similar platform showcasing talented musicians called Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts and Music (CREAM) in 2016, said that the platform would afford actors opportunities to showcase their scripts.

The Koko Master said that random selection would be done monthly and CREAM would be responsible for all the finances to ensure the most interesting ones were selected for production.

He said it would be a platform that provides the up and coming artistes the opportunity to have their songs recorded, movies and videos shoot for the budding artistes.

It would also help secure collaborations with established acts.

“The first set of beneficiaries on the platform was Rayce, TK Swag, MKJ, Leke Benson, Legend Courage and recently Real Self.

“We have been doing this for the musical industry since 2016, we want to rub off on the potential actors and actresses too because we realise there are talents too in that field who needs assistance.

“Every month beginning from May, we will be picking 10 scripts we believe will interest the viewers and they will all be shoot and produced.

“We have 3.5million subscribers’ already on CREAM platform and we expect more talented Nigerians to upload their scripts and music for possible assistance.

“Legbegbe“ which is one of the most played song in clubs, radio stations and parties was a product of CREAM , this was done by Real self, featured Idowest, Obadice and Kelvin Chuks,” he said.

South Africans Protest Over Inadequate Minimum Wage

Countless South African union members marched in Johannesburg on Wednesday to protest a proposed national minimum wage they called inadequate.

President Cyril Ramaphosa who sees the minimum pay as an important step to tackle labour instability and wage inequality has staked his reputation on revamping a stuttering economy and rooting out corruption associated with the former President Jacob Zuma, whom he replaced as president in February.

The 20-rand (1.60 dollars) an hour minimum wage was approved by the cabinet in November and meant to be introduced on May 1.

But a parliamentary committee recently sent the wage bill back to the labor ministry for re-drafting amid disagreements over its contents.

In the commercial hub, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, protesting workers marched to the labour ministry holding aloft placards.

One read: “To hell with 20 rand per hour”.

“A minimum wage of 20 rand an hour is a spit in the face of the working class.

“Ramaphosa has sold out workers,” said Moses Modisane, a shop steward for metalworkers union NUMSA, who works at an Anglo American mine near the city.

“This is the only way to make our voice heard. We want a decent living wage,” said Theodor Njilo, a caterer earning less than 6,000 rand (480 dollars) a month.

Supporters of the minimum wage say it will reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth as workers spend more.

Critics say it could lead to increased unemployment, already at record highs, because some employers won’t be able to afford higher wage bills.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), which says it represents 30 unions with around 800,000 members, organised six marches countrywide to call for the government to radically alter the wage legislation.

“We want to send the strongest message to those who are selling us out,” SAFTU General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, said.

“We did not suffer under apartheid for 20 rand an hour,” Vavi told a crowd of workers outside the headquarters of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).

SAFTU, which was founded in 2017, says it was excluded from talks over the minimum wage.

It is also angry over proposed amendments to South African labour law that would require unions to undertake an extended conciliation process and organise a secret ballot before workers could strike.

The government says it held months of negotiations with unions and employers before the minimum wage was introduced.

COSATU, the country’s biggest trade union federation, which supported Ramaphosa’s bid for the leadership of the ANC, distanced itself from the protest and said it supported the minimum wage.

In 2016 There Was 1.5 Million Increase In Malaria Cases In Rwanda, Nigeria- UNICEF

To mark World Malaria Day, UNICEF has tasked Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries on the increasing cases of malaria in these countries.

UNICEF revealed that Rwanda and Nigeria saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases of malaria in 2016.

The UN agency said: “Four out of five malaria deaths occur in one of 15 countries, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa, with more than one in three deaths in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo only.

“Progress on malaria is beginning to show signs of stagnation. In 2016, 91 countries reported a combined total of 216 million malaria cases – five million more than in 2015.

“Rwanda and Nigeria together saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases, while DRC recorded an additional 500,000 cases in 2015 to 2016”.

According to the UN agency, an estimated 90 per cent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 407,000 deaths in 2016.

“Four out of five malaria deaths occur in one of 15 countries: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Mozambique, Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Niger, Guinea and Chad.

“More than one in three malaria deaths occur in two countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNICEF has a country office in all of these countries,” UNICEF said.

The UN agency warned that progress on global malaria control was slipping, with cases on the increase.

It reported that every two minutes, a child dies of malaria, adding although preventable and treatable, malaria remains, in many regions of the world, a major public health problem.

UNICEF added that 91 countries currently experience ongoing malaria transmission and in 2016 alone, 216 million new cases were reported, and approximately 445,000 people died of the disease – most of them children.

The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, warned in his video message for the Day: “The latest data from WHO show that the global malaria response is at a crossroads”.

“If we continue along this path, we will lose the gains for which we have fought so hard,” the WHO chief added.

Ghebreyesus explained that the declining trend in malaria cases and deaths had stalled, and vital funding for malaria programmes had flatlined.

The 2018 theme of the Day is “Ready to Beat Malaria.”

Federal Government Allotted N90 Billion In Its April Auction

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has revealed that the Federal Government allotted N90 billion in its April auction.

This was disclosed on Wednesday with the auction result obtained from DMO’s website in Abuja, saying it sold N12.75 billion in seven-year bonds at 13.53 per cent and N38.96 billion 10-year bond at 13.98 per cent.

It, however, introduced a new five-year bond at at 12.75 per cent, raising N38.29 billion for it.

The result noted that successful bids for the 12.75 per cent April 2023, 13.53 per cent for March 2025 and 13.98 per cent for Feb. 2028 were allotted at the marginal rates of 12.75 per cent, 12.85 per cent and 12.89 per cent, respectively.

“However, the original coupon rates of 13.53 per cent for the 13.53 per cent March 2025 and 13.98 per cent for the 13.98 per cent Feb. 2028 will be maintained, while the coupon rate for the 12.75 per cent for April 2023 (New Issue) is set at 12.75 per cent.”

It added that N25 billion of the 13.53 per cent March 2025 and N25 billion of the 13.98 per cent Feb. 2028 was allotted on non- competitive basis.

Nigeria issues sovereign bonds monthly to support the local bond market, create a benchmark for corporate issuance and fund its budget deficit.

P.M.News Has Nothing To Do With PM.Express- Management

The management of Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL) publishers of TheNEWS/P.M.NEWS has denied having form of relationship with an online news platform P.M Express which has a very similar name with the latter.

The management in a statement through signed by  Mr. Lanre Babalola, Editor, P.M.NEWS, the management disclosed that P.M.NEWS has nothing to do with P.M.EXPRESS and readers should not confuse the popular news medium with the latter.

”Our readers should please watch out. P.M.NEWS is not the same thing as P.M.EXPRESS though some staff of the new online medium have been passing off their medium as P.M.NEWS. We have nothing to do with them. Advertisers should please watch out,” the ICNL management stated.

 

 

Aging Helps Women With Stress – Study

A new US study has revealed that a woman would feel  less stressed as she enters midlife. This  study was drown from results that came from data collected from more than 3,000 women who were recruited between the ages of 42 to 53 for the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation.

The study of the University of Michigan found that perceived stress, a measure of confidence, control and ability to cope with life’s stressors, did indeed decrease for most women over a 15-year span.

The study also found that menopausal status wasn’t a factor, which challenges the notion that menopause is associated with higher stress and depression.

Women with less education and increased financial hardship consistently reported higher levels of stress compared to their peers, but this difference diminished over time.

“The results suggested that even women with less education or more financial hardship reported less perceived stress over the midlife,” Elizabeth Hedgeman, one of the researchers, said.

“And then there’s menopause.”

“Our perception of stress decreased even through the menopausal transition, which suggests that menopause isn’t a great bugaboo, perhaps in relation to the other events or experiences that we’re having in the midlife,” she said.

In spite of reporting decreased levels of stress throughout life, women who reported higher stress at the start of midlife continued to report higher stress levels than their peers as they aged.

This is important because stress is a known health risk.

The study did not specifically examine the reasons for this decrease in perceived stress, but Hedgeman said that there could be both circumstantial and neurological causes, children have moved out, professional goals are being met.

Hedgeman also said it could be that women might have hit a sweet spot before the next life challenges arise, such as chronic health conditions or aging parents.