Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nigerian Internet Scammers Now Operate From Homes

Nigerian Internet Scammers Now Operate From Homes

To escape from the long arms of the law, the notorious Nigerian Internet scammers, popularly known as ‘Yahoo -Yahoo!’ have moved from cyber cafes to the privacy of their homes.

After an investigation by a reliable news reporter who visited Lagos in the last week of June, he found out that the “Yahoo -Yahoo!” boys have gone underground since the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) swooped on the cyber cafes frequented by the Internet scammers. They now use laptops to contact their ignorant targets in the United States and other developed countries.

The successful “Yahoo -Yahoo!” guys are well known on the campus of the University of Lagos in South western Nigeria, where they cruise about with their fair-weather girlfriends in their flashy cars and bling bling fashion, while their admirers and hangers-on cheer them on.

“There is always a greedy Maga online who will fall for any of their various methods of Internet scams,” said an investigator. Most of the “Yahoo-Yahoo!” boys are located in both the densely populated urban areas in major cities in Nigeria, with the largest numbers in the mega city of Lagos.
“In Surulere, Fadeyi and Ikeja areas of Lagos,” the investigator said. He could identify many of them in his neighborhood.
“Some of them even go about with their laptops concealed in their shoulder bags,” he said. He noted that one of them nicknamed ‘small jesus” made millions from Internet scams, spent part of the money on helping the poor and the needy in his locality and returned to school and he has stopped his life of crime after graduating from the university. But only few of them have stopped Internet scams. Thousands of them are still using their laptops to hunt and scam every Maga who would be willing to believe their cock and bull stories of money laundering, oil contracts, romantic relationships, etc.

If you do not want to be the next Maga of the notorious Nigerian Internet scammers, delete their unsolicited e-mails as soon as you see them in your in-box.


By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Shomolu, Lagos, Nigeria.
June/September, 2008.



Friday, September 26, 2008

Friends of the Global Fight Lauds Large-scale Actions Outlined at Today's 2008 MDG Malaria Summit


WSWIRE FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT LOGO FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT LOGOFriends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES 09/25/2008

25 Sep 2008 18:02 Africa/Lagos

Friends of the Global Fight Lauds Large-scale Actions Outlined at Today's 2008 MDG Malaria Summit

The Global Fund Requests Approval of $1.62 Billion for Malaria Programs - If Granted, Universal Access to Bed Nets Achievable by 2010

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Friends of the Global Fight applauds commitments made at the 2008 MDG Malaria Summit, held in tandem with the annual United Nations assembly of world leaders in New York, which this year is discussing the Millennium Development Goals.


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Of the announcements made, the largest came from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, who said its Board of Directors will be asked to approve $1.62 billion in funding for programs to combat malaria over two years. If approved, this represents the biggest request for malaria financing to date. In addition to the Global Fund's announcement, several funding pledges to fight malaria over the coming years were made by a number of actors, including private sector companies, the World Bank and the UK government, totaling nearly $3 billion. All of these commitments will support rapid implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan, an unprecedented new strategy that was also launched today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership with the broad support of a united malaria community.


"The Global Fund's announcement represents the largest single round of malaria funding requested in its history," said Natasha Bilimoria, Executive Director of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. "An unprecedented round of funding can bring unprecedented change; if the Board of Directors approves this request, the Global Fund can make universal access to bed nets by 2010 a reality."


In response to a global call to more effectively combat malaria and close the bed net gap, Global Fund-financed programs have significantly scaled up their work. In addition to the 59 million bed nets already distributed by Global Fund programs, this new funding, if approved, would allow for an additional 100 million nets -- in addition to effective malaria medicines -- to be purchased and distributed over the next two years. The Global Fund is currently financing malaria programs in 79 countries worth $3.7 billion, and is providing two-thirds of all international funding for malaria.


"The country proposals requesting funding -- all of which meet the Global Fund's high standards for quality and technical merit -- are poised to quickly and effectively make a significant impact on the burden of malaria around the world," said Bilimoria. "Our investments in global health work have translated into lives saved, and we must continue to put significant resources behind these successful programs."


Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has committed more than $11.5 billion to 136 countries around the world to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Currently, the Global Fund provides about one-quarter of international financing to fight AIDS and two-thirds of international funding for tuberculosis and malaria programs.


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Friends of the Global Fight works to educate, engage and mobilize American decision makers to support the Global Fund and the fight to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.


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The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases. For more information about the Global Fund, visit www.theglobalfund.org.


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25 Sep 2008
18:02
Friends of the Global Fight Lauds Large-scale Actions Outlined at Today's 2008 MDG Malaria Summit
18:01
World Leaders Commit Record Billions to Tackle Malaria
18:00
Bill Gates Announces $168 Million to Develop Next-Generation Malaria Vaccine





Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Disgrace of Thabo Mbeki or Jacob Zuma's Coup?


President Thabo Mbeki and ANC Chieftain Jacob Zuma when they were jolly good fellows before their political cookie crumbled.

Dear Mbeki Brother,
I have been excited and impressed by President Thabo Mbeki's successful resolution of the political crisis in Zimbabwe with the peaceful power sharing between the shameless dictator Robert Mugabe and the never-say-die opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on September 15, 2008. But I am shocked by the wishy-washy way the African National Congress (ANC) harassed and embarrassed President Thabo Mbeki out of office! Is this how you honour and reward your heroes?
Or is Thabo Mbeki not worthy of your honour?

The mass resignations of his notable ministers should be enough to show that they are not happy with the political conspiracy that eventually resulted in the unceremonious resignation of President Thabo Mbeki.

When deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi and Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota and over a third of the 31-member cabinet of President Thabo Mbeki have left with him, what would be left? A shadow government of the African National Congress(ANC). The ANC chief Jacob Zuma has simply overthrown the government of President Thabo Mbeki.

No matter what Jacob Zuma and his political cohorts in the ANC think, Thabo Mbeki is still a man of dignity and integrity and great African leader who has been a worthy successor of the great Madiba Nelson Mandela.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oil Prices Dip Below $100... Briefly

Oil Prices Dip Below $100... Briefly

September 12, 2008



09/12/08 Continued worries over a weakening global economy leading to a decrease in demand finally sent oil prices just below the $100 per barrel mark this past trading session.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Oilgate: I Will Support President Umaru Yar'Adua To Destroy Illegal Oil Bunkering in Nigeria


President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua of Nigeria

I have decided to support the decision of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua to put an end to illegal oil bunkering in Nigeria and stop the loss of over $20 million illegal crude stolen from Nigeria each day. But the Alhaji Umaru Yar'Adua must be ready to prosecute the trial of the criminals who are engaged in the blood oil trade from the Niger Delta to Abuja.


Oil Rig in Nigeria

We know the oligarchy that is responsible for this oilgate. They are both in the public sector and private sector. Many of them are in the Nigerian Armed Forces and the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and many of them are on the Boards of Directors of the leading banks in Nigeria. I am ready to expose them, but Let him be ready to sack them and arrest them for public trial. Enough is enough!


Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Politics Of Palin

All thumbs up to Senator John McCain
For he has a lot to gain
By his wise choice of Governor Sarah Palin


The Politics Of Palin

September 05, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight and reignited an age-old debate: can working women can have it all? Harry Smith poses that question to a roundtable of three women.




Special GOP Convention Issue: The Happiest Convention
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Posted 09/05/2008 ETUpdated 09/05/2008 ET

This was the happiest convention I have attended.
In seven conventions going back to 1984, I have never seen delegates as happy.
I have seen them eager, energized, committed, determined but the underlying mood last night was sheer joy.

There was joy that Senator McCain had had the courage to pick Governor Palin.
There was joy that she and her family had come through the week of attacks smiling and eager to campaign.

There was joy that Governor Palin's Wednesday night speech completely vindicated Senator McCain's choice.

There was joy that 37 million Americans had seen her speech. That is almost as many as watched Senator Obama's acceptance speech (39 million).

There was deep inspiration from Cindy McCains story of adopting a child from Bangladesh and her commitment to the poor and the weak around the world.

There was awe at the film about Senator McCain's service to country and inspiration from the personal parts of his speech.

There was joy at Roberta McCain saying "he's a momma's boy" and admiration for her energy and enthusiasm at 96 (sort of knocks down the age issue).
Finally there was joy that we had nominated two real people of great authenticity to take on the poseurs on the other ticket.

It was appropriate in St. Paul, the city of F. Scott Fitzgerald, that the modern Great Gatsby found himself facing a ticket with a real war hero and a real governor.
Obama's long voyage of self discovery and posturing may be about to collide with a team that can't be intimidated and is not afraid to tell the truth.
Now that is a cause for joy.

The Coming War Against Sarah Palin
I am writing this newsletter from St. Paul, MN, where Alaska Governor Sarah Palin electrified the crowd at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. And I think it's safe to say she showed the entire country a fresh new face of conservative reform.

There was a lot of build-up to Governor Palin's speech, both in the media and among the professional Republican political class. Everyone was telling us that the speech was the Governor's big moment; if she could perform well Wednesday night, she would break free of the despicable, sustained partisan and personal attacks being leveled at her by everyone from the left-wing blogs to the elite media.

Palin Survived. Now the Left REALLY Has to Destroy Her
But the pundits and the consultants were wrong. Palin's success last week doesn't mean the left-wing is going to give up attacking her.

Palin's success means that now the left really has to destroy her.
Why? Because she's proved that she is an intelligent, articulate and mortal threat to the left's claim that it is the sole, legitimate voice of women and blue-collar, working Americans.
Sarah Palin is a mother of five who is also an accomplished woman.
She is a lifelong member of the NRA who is also an intelligent, articulate professional.
She is pro-life in her words and in her deeds, and she controls an $11 billion budget and 15,000 Alaska state employees.

Simply put, the left has a greater vested interest in destroying her than any presidential or vice presidential candidate the Republican Party has nominated in the last fifty years.
The media will try to downplay her accomplishments as when Ron Allen of MSNBC tried to get me to accept that she had too little experience. Watch it here.


Echoes of the Clarence Thomas Nomination
We've seen this kind of desperation before, of course.
Those of us who lived through the effort by the elites to destroy Clarence Thomas when he was nominated to sit on the Supreme Court by George H. W. Bush have an unsettling idea of the fight that lies ahead.

The left and the elites regarded Thomas - an African-American who is also a conservative - as a threat to their ability to be the arbiters of what African-Americans and other minorities should believe.

Allowing Thomas to ascend to the high court would show that skin color does not dictate political affiliation - just as allowing Sarah Palin to become vice president would show that being a woman and a blue-collar American does not dictate political party. So they threw mud at Thomas. They called him a traitor to his race.


Just like what's happening now with Governor Palin. We've seen this before.
If Palin's Still Standing in November, Republicans Will Win the Election

The road ahead promises to be bumpy. But the good news is that if Governor Palin survives the next few months as a national figure of competence and reform, then the left suddenly has a tremendous problem.
It's a problem that is bigger than just losing the election (which is what will happen if she is a star in November).

The left's problem will be that, at 44, Sarah Palin represents potentially 30 years of Republican Party leadership and transforming the party and America.

The stakes are high, and the race is on.

It's time to brace ourselves for the coming war against Sarah Palin - and its time to win it.

Your friend,

Newt Gingrich

N.B:

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