Brazil’s Rousseff Appeals Against Losing Presidency

Impeached Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff filed a Supreme Court challenge Thursday to her removal from office in an early blow to new President Michel Temer’s bid to stabilize the country.

The appeal, filed by Rousseff’s lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo and seen by AFP, demands “the immediate suspension of the effects of the Senate decision.”

The Senate voted Wednesday to convict Rousseff on charges of having illegally manipulated government accounts, stripping her of her office and replacing her with Temer, her bitter enemy and former vice president.

Cardozo’s appeal asks for “a new trial” during which Temer — who was sworn in as president up until the end of 2018 — would be downgraded to interim president.

Temer is now in China, attending a G20 summit, while Rousseff remains in the Alvorada presidential palace in Brasilia. She is expected to leave shortly for her personal apartment in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

Rousseff was convicted by a two-thirds Senate majority of taking illegal state loans to patch budget holes in 2014, masking the country’s problems as it slid into economic disarray.

Senators voting for her removal said she had contributed to Brazil’s economic crisis and acted with criminal irresponsibility.

Rousseff, from the leftist Workers’ Party, denied doing anything illegal and claimed to be the victim of a right-wing coup d’etat.

In a surprise move, a Senate vote on barring Rousseff from public office for eight years failed, meaning she is free to reenter political life. The ban had been considered by many to be a standard consequence of removal in an impeachment trial.

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Buhari Losing Track Of Promises To Rescue Chibok Girls- BBOG

Conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group have accused President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of losing sight of promises it made to rescue over 219 Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram’s captivity.

In a press statement co-signed by Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu over the weekend, they said it is unfortunate that the Chibok Girls, their parents and communities, Nigeria and the rest of the world are still awaiting a successful rescue mission 762 days after the Chibok abduction.

According to them, recent developments seem to suggest that officials of the present administration may have lost track of many promises of the government.

“With the disgraceful and unpalatable shoddiness that characterized the handling of the abduction and counter-insurgency war by the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration still fresh in mind, President Buhari’s team cannot afford to drop the ball again,” the statement read in part.

The group urged the Federal Government to initiate a fresh investigation into the abduction as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It also called for the release of the Sabo report, which is expected to hold the keys to unlocking the mystery of the abduction.

The converners also want the Presidency to strengthen the office of the Special Adviser on Social Investments to cover humanitarian interventions and development programs in the Northeast and the country at large.

Credit: dailytrust

See How Much Nigeria Is Losing On Gas Pipeline Attack

The Federal Government has announced that it is losing a huge sum of N470 million daily following the militant’s attack on the Escravos gas pipelines in the Niger Delta last weekend.

Besides, the repairs of the pipelines would cost the government N120 million to function again.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Hakeem Bello, the damage done to the pipelines would have far reaching effects on the power situation in the country.

The statement read: “As security agencies intensify the search for culprits behind the act, it has been established that the weekend’s attack on the Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos, will impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant (capacity 600MW), and other Power Plants.

“The sabotaged gas pipeline which contributes to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160mmsfcd of gas daily. At a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss to the country on a daily basis (N78, 800,000 daily) in gas volume. This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power generation ($1,988,223 or N391, 680,000 daily). The total daily loss to the country is therefore estimated at N470, 479,931. Repairs of the damaged pipeline is estimated as costing ($609,137 or N120, 000.000).

“The real sector of the economy has also been counting its losses as some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese are also affected.

“The latest incident has occurred just as the Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, along with allied agencies has been making concerted efforts to improve gas supplies to the Power Plants. Such efforts led to previously offline plants like Ihovbor and Sapele coming back online and the subsequent output making up for the loss in power. The pipelines are being actively monitored for further attacks or other unforeseen impacts.

“Available records show that six incidences of vandalism from December 2014 to February 2015 which affected the Trans Forcados Pipeline (at Oben, Sapele, Oredo) and Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (CNL) led to a loss of 1,100 MMscfd. According to industry experts, a loss of 200 MMscfd is equivalent to a Power reduction of 700MW.”

Credit: DailyTimes

Army General Dismissed, Jailed For Losing Equipment To Boko Haram

The Nigerian military on Thursday convicted a Brigadier General, Enitan Ransome-Kuti, blamed for the loss of Baga in Borno State to Boko Haram insurgents in January.

Mr. Ransome-Kuti, son of Beko Ransome-Kuti, a foremost Nigerian pro-democracy activist who died on February 10, 2006, was arraigned before a military court, sitting in Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, in May.

He was accused of cowardly behaviour, loss of weapons to Boko Haram, and negligent performance of military duty under section 62b of the Armed Forces Act.

In its judgment Thursday, the court dismissed the charge bordering on cowardly behaviour, following a no-case submission by the defendant.

The court said the officer was right in withdrawing his troops in the face of superior firepower from Boko Haram terrorists.

He was however sentenced to six-month imprisonment for loss of equipment to the extremist sect.

He was also found guilty for negligently performing his duties and was therefore dismissed from service.

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The Secret To Losing Belly Fat

A study in the International Journal of Obesity revealed that when compared to women who cycled at a consistent pace for 40 minutes, women who worked out for 20 minutes, but alternated between eight-second sprints and 12 seconds of low-intensity cycling, lost more belly fat after 15 weeks. Work out half as long and lose more fat? Sounds good to me!

You can do intervals with virtually any type of activity. Here are some ways to incorporate them into your routine:

  1. Use visual goals: Run or bike at a moderate pace, and then look ahead and sprint to the mailbox that’s 50 feet away, or up the hill, or to the end of the street. Once you reach your goal, reduce back to your moderate speed. After your breathing returns to normal, choose another goal to race to.
  2. Use time: Watch the clock and move moderately for two minutes and then zoom as fast as you can for one minute. Repeat this pattern for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Use music: Make an interval playlist, alternating between fast-paced peppy tunes and slower, chill tunes. Walk, run, or dance to the beat. Here’s a 60-minute walk-run playlist, or for a faster-paced workout, try this 40-minute running playlist.

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Goodluck Jonathan is Terrified of Losing- Chimamanda Adichie

Award wining author Chimamanda Adichie has said that president Goodluck Jonathan is terrified of losing the election. The writer said this in a recent article  where she criticized the recent postponement of Nigeria’s general elections.

In an article titled “Democracy, Deferred”,  she wrote that the poll shift is a flailing act of desperation from an incumbent terrified of losing.