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Monday, January 14, 2019

Top scientist acclaimed as 'Father of DNA' stripped of honours for saying blacks are genetically inferior to whites

James Watson, a Nobel prize winning scientist and acclaimed as one of the 'Father's of DNA' has been stripped of his academic titles after repeating offensive racist views that began to shred his reputation over a decade ago.
Watson who was awarded the Nobel in 1962 for his role in the discovery of DNA's 'double helix' molecular structure was quoted as saying in a documentary: "There's a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is, it's genetic."

It's not the first time Watson has come under fire for stating these kinds of beliefs.

In 2007, Watson created a furore after he was quoted as saying he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really".

In the same article by The Times, Watson acknowledged such views were a "hot potato", but said that while he hoped that everyone was equal, "people who have to deal with black employees find this not true".

In response, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) – the pioneering research lab Watson led for decades - has distanced themselves from him

"Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory unequivocally rejects the unsubstantiated and reckless personal opinions," CSHL said in statement.

"Dr. Watson's statements are reprehensible, unsupported by science, and in no way represent the views of CSHL… The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice."

"Don't lose your husband because of boyfriend"- Nigerian lady advises women, shares photos from her wedding to a man she met in November 2018

A Nigerian lady posted photos from her traditional wedding and revealed that she and her husband met in November 2018, her price was paid in December 2018, while her traditional wedding held in January 2019.

Ugochi also used the opportunity to advise ladies not to get stuck in long term relationships as they might not lead to marriage.

Met on November
Bride price paid on December
Traditional wedding on 2nd January 2019
If you’re not understanding that relationship of 15 years biko let it go, it mustn’t lead to marriage ( though it works for some people), I too was in that long term relationship before I met him, don’t lose your husband cox of boyfriend. So many people are busy saying“why didn’t you both date?” And I tell you , prayer is the shortcut, once you’ve prayed and everything confirmed, biko fire down
The person I planned to play is my husband today
Congratulations to us

Polish mayor fighting for his life after he was stabbed on stage in front of hundreds of revellers at a concert (Video)

A Polish mayor is fighting for his life after he was stabbed on stage in an apparent assassination attempt in front of hundreds of revellers at a charity concert

Pawe? Adamowicz, the mayor of the northern Polish city of Gda?sk who has served as mayor of the city since 1998, was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent five hours of surgery.

Doctors described his condition as “critical” and “serious” after the attack.

One of the surgeons, Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak, said Adamowicz suffered a “serious wound to the heart, a wound to the diaphragm and to the internal organs” and had needed a huge amount of blood. The city of Gdansk is holding a blood collection for Adamowicz on Monday and a rally against violence.

Polish president Andrzej Duda said: “Today I am unconditionally with him and his loved ones, just as I hope all of us compatriots are. I pray for his return to health and full strength.”

“Shocked to hear of the attack on Pawe? Adamowicz, Mayor of Gda?sk, this evening,” the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wrote on Twitter. “Sending best wishes for his swift recovery, and solidarity to the city he leads, his family and supporters.”

In the video, Pawe? is seen addressing the crowd before a man with a knife rushed on to the stage during the finale of a charity event and stabbed the mayor in the abdomen, leaving him in very serious condition.

The alleged assailant who has been identified as 27-year-old Stefan W from Gda?sk was arrested at the scene.

Mr. Stefan who has a criminal record and had carried out bank robberies is said to have gained access to the stage with a media badge.

Watch the incident below.

Presidency warns Governor Ortom of Benue State to stop his hate campaign against President Buhari

The Presidency has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to desist from basing his campaign for re-election on falsehoods concerning President Buhari and instead focus on the dire issues confronting the State.

A statement signed by Garba Shehu says, 'Governor Ortom's campaign is clearly one designed to stir division and hatred, and to divert the people's attention from his inability to pay staff salaries and pensions for several months'.

It has been noted that the governor has been visiting churches in the state where he falsely tells congregations about President Buhari's so-called plans to Islamise Benue State.

This nonsense has formed the basis of his campaign, because he has nothing to offer Benue people.

The allegations coming from Ortom were particularly unfair, when one considers how much support the governor received from the Federal Government, which supported his grazing laws as a means to end the farmer-herder crises that have plagued the state.

If not for President Buhari's insistence that the governor be given a chance to effect the law, he would have faced resistance from different sources and found it difficult to implement.

While advising Ortom to immediately stop his dubious attacks on President Buhari, the Federal Government calls on the people of Benue State to not fall for Ortom's deception and allow themselves to be hoodwinked by such a negative campaign.

They should instead, ask him why he has refused to pay staff salaries and pensions for months, and what he did with the funding from the excess crude account which should ideally have gone towards addressing such payments.

Photos: Nigerian lady overwhelmed with gratitude as she and 16 others escape death in serious accident

Facebook user, Ifunanya and 16 other passengers narrowly escaped death in an accident which occurred on Sunday. Nine persons were injured. Read her post below:
"This God why are you so good to me .... I was the first to come out of the vehicle when the incident happened ... total number of 16 passenger, 9 injured 7 saved. And I'm among non injured

God my knees off they goes to the ground thanking you for safety. Hummmm... Our bus turned upside_down.

Actor Chris Pratt announces engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger

American actor, Chris Pratt, and his girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger, the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are getting married after seven months of dating.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star made the announcement on his Instagram account early Monday by posting a loved-up photo of the couple embracing themselves with Katherine, 29, flashing her huge diamond ring.

The father-of-one wrote alongside the snap: 'Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!'

This will be Chris' second marriage after his eight years marriage with his ex-wife and mother of his son, actress Anna Faris, 42, crashed in August 2017. Their divorce was finalized just three months ago in October 2018.  

President Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un's second summit to hold in Vietnam by mid-February

President Donald Trump has proposed holding the second summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in mid-February and suggested Vietnam as the venue.

Reports of the second summit comes amid mounting expectations that the two leaders will soon hold their next summit to resume the stalled denuclearization talks. They first met in Singapore in June last year.

North Korea is said to be reviewing the U.S. proposal and has yet to give a formal response, a news report by Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun said, citing officials familiar with the matter. The Strait Times also reported earlier that Vietnam and Thailand are on the “shortlist” for the second Trump-Kim meeting and that both countries are willing to host the event, citing unidentified sources.

Both have diplomatic ties with Pyongyang and Washington, and have organised international events like APEC, the report said. Pyongyang and Washington have been locked in a stalemate over how to carry out the agreements they reached in their first-ever summit, at which Kim promised to work toward complete denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees from the United States.

Progress has been slow ever since as the North wants sanctions relief, while the U.S. remains firm that sanctions will remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons program. Speculation has been rising as to where Trump and Kim will decide to meet. Singapore was in the international spotlight when the June summit took place. Southeast Asian countries have been mentioned as strong possible candidates, including Vietnam, Indonesia and Mongolia.

In his New Year’s Day speech, Kim warned that he could go a new way if the United States clings to pressure and sanctions on the North’s regime. But he kept the door open for talks with the U.S., saying he is willing to meet Trump at anytime. Trump earlier said that the U.S. and North Korea are in talks over where to hold their second summit and a decision on the venue will be announced in the “not-too-distant future.”
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