Monday, 30 November 2015

Pope Francis, who arrived conflict-ridden Central African Republic on Sunday, November 29, on his final leg of a three-nation African tour, has urged the warring factions to lay down their weapons.
"To all those who make unjust use of the weapons of this world, I make this appeal: lay down these instruments of death!"
The country has been ravaged by sectarian violence for more than two years after longtime Christian leader Francois Bozize was ousted by rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka force. Pope Francis opened a 'holy door' during a mass at Bangui Cathedral, marking the beginning of a Jubilee year dedicated to forgiveness and reconciliation which will be formally inaugurated on December 8. 
In his address, he called for "unity, urging the people to avoid the temptation of fear of others, of the unfamiliar, of what is not part of our ethnic group, our political views or our religious denomination"
He also said he hoped the upcoming elections would allow the country to peacefully begin a new chapter.
     "It is my fervent wish that the various national consultations to be held in coming weeks will enable the country to embark serenely on a new chapter of its history" he said.
The Catholic leader will meet members of the Muslim community today. He will also celebrate a huge mass at the city's 20,000-seat Barhelemy Boganda Stadium.

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An Ethiopian man, Asmelash Zeferu has built a plane with tutorial videos on YouTube. 35-year-old Zeferu's childhood dream was to become a pilot but he was rejected by the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy and since he couldn't realize his dream, he decided to build a plane. 
"I decided to build my own aircraft if I couldn't be a pilot," he told CNN. "Then I'd be able to fly high in the sky."
For 10 years, Zeferu worked on his dream, salvaging spare parts from second-hand markets and handcrafting certain parts like the airplane’s wings. He then upgraded the 48 horsepower Volkswagen Beetle engine to 78 for his two-seater aircraft and settled for the wheelbase of a Suzuki motorcycle as his landing gear. 
According to CNN, he did this with the help of some aviation experts, aircraft manuals and YouTube tutorials. He encountered some technical problems during the process. However, it didn’t deter the ambitious pilot from pursuing his goal. Five months later, he is ready to take off, again.
      "My dream is to become an aerospace engineer at NASA," he told CNN. "And I will be"
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One of the most talented basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers announced yesterday Sunday November 29th that he would retire from professional basketball after the end of this season, his 20th in the NBA.
He announced his retirement in form of a poem on The Players' Tribune website, bringing to a close one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport. In the poem titled 'Dear Basketball' The 37 year old wrote;
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

In a statement Sunday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Bryant “one of the greatest players in the history of our game.”
“I join Kobe’s millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories.”
Bryant was 17 years old when he was picked 13th overall in the 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who promptly traded him to the Lakers, the only organization for which he has played in his professional career. He has won five N.B.A. titles and two Olympic gold medals, has been named to 17 All-Star teams and was voted the league’s most valuable player in 2008. He ranks third on the NBA’s career scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
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A prominent Akwa Ibom artist popularly called Teacher Ite was buried on Saturday November 28th in this magnificent shoe casket made by his two sons who are also artists. The burial took place in Ibesikpo LGA in the state and was attended by other prominent individuals in the community. The photos were shared on Facebook by Emmanuel Emmanuel Udoh. More photos after the cut...
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The Nigerian music icon who recently had a stint in rehab stepped out at Tyme Out with Tee A concert last night in Lagos looking better than ever! Don't you guys agree? More photos after the cut..
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A 25-year-old mother-of-one who survived a car crash on Sunday morning has died after going back to the vehicle to grab her purse, police claim.
Brittany Leith, mother of a three-year-old girl, was left completely uninjured when her Nissan hit the center median and flipped over onto its roof on Long Island's Southern State Parkway at 3.54am.
However, after clambering out of the wreckage through a cracked window and being helped to the roadside by other drivers, Leith went back to her car to collect her belongings.

But before cops arrived,she returned to her vehicle in the left lane to retrieve property from it, as she walked back, she was hit and instantly killed by another car on the highway.
A state police car then arrived and was also struck from behind by another passing motorist. A state trooper was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Her 73-year-old grandmother Claire Hansen said she doesn't know how they will break the news to Leith's daughter.
'We have to tell this little baby, this little doll,' Hansen said. 'How do we tell this little girl? . . . She keeps saying, "Where's Mommy? Where's Mommy?" It's not supposed to happen this way.'
According to State Police Senior Investigator Thomas Hughes, Leith was adamant that she had to collect her belongings despite warnings from other motorists.
Source: NY Post

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Chidinma and Flavour who performed their collabo- Ololufe last night at Phyno Fest in Onitsha, shared a kiss at the end of the song
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