Saturday, 23 April 2016

#prince GEORGE; #ADORABLE PHOTOS/#the show thief

This isn't the first time that Prince William and Kate have used the site, as Prince George also wore a pale blue jumper from My 1st Years in the famous photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posing through the window of their Kensington Palace home. My1stYears.com revealed that they sold out of the £25 jumper following the release of the photo.

Known as the Prince George effect, the Prince's outfits often attract attention and sell out quickly, with fans of the royal family falling in love with the two year old's adorable style.

Dj cuppy and mom-#sisters??????


Photos: Peter psquare off to South Africa

Peks IKEJI- My Name Everywhere- He may jist be more popular than #Linda

Prostitution on the streets#$$@MUST READ THIS

 Came across this touching story@diamondcelebrities. It'll interest you.

diamondcelebritiesProstitution on the streets or in brothels? The practising of this old trade in these places by women is what is known over the years in the history of mankind. But what of prostitution on the campus? Who would have thought of that as a possibility? This is exactly what a German girl and her crew were doing during my time as a student in 2002. And this is what the book “Another Side of the Campus?” is all about.
This is a true story account of my experience as a black student on the campus of a German university. While researching one day on a computer in the main library of the University of Dusseldorf, a flirtatious German female student by the name of Sonja Strauss made a pass at me by winking. Then one thing led to another and before you know it, we came close to knowing each other to a certain degree.

Having spoken with each other like two young people about to fall in love, I learnt quickly of her intention. Her game plan was to have me and keep me in the background from the eyes of the public while secretly enjoying the pleasure and treasure of having me, even though she was not ready for a relationship: That means, I have to be at her beck and call. I learnt of her Iranian boyfriend when I pressed her to know why she wanted me but did not want any relationship with me. Having learnt of her desire, I felt insulted and wasted no time in declining the offer. Out of disbelief, I communicated my experience with Sonja Strauss to a couple of fellow black students: It was at this juncture that I learnt of her other escapades with other black male students. I was surprised at her notoriety among black male students. Some of them in the know even made mention of how Sonja Strauss is involved in prostitution.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa speaks on his relationship with Ibori## Guess everyone whats to show their loyalty now that theres news that IBORI WILL SOON COME HOME


DELTA  State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has opened up on some vital political issues practically everybody in the state wants to know his stand. He spoke on his link with a former governor, Chief James Ibori, whose political image still comes out grand in the state and his long-lasting relationship with his predecessor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, which until date has mystified many.

He also explained how he is managing the former Federal Commissioner for Information and one-man political army against his two predecessors, Chief Edwin Clark and the unassailable bond with his political father, ex- Minister of Information, Prof Sam Oyovbaire.

In the past 10 months, he has erased the fear of the Delta Central (Urhobo) Senatorial district that a governor of Delta North origin would marginalize the ethnic group, a development that has made others envious of Urhobo people in his government. How did he do it? Governor Okowa came out forthright on the reasons and other matters. Excerpts.

Tell us how you met ex- governor, James Ibori, whose image still looms large in the politics of the state?

Nigerian Billionaire E money#photos



Naira bet Owner Akin Alabi shows off Nigerian Stadium # compares it to old trafford and emirates put together...$###How true???

Beautiful Pictures: Cynthia morgan# "Teamed" up


LAURAIKEJI: Online dating Lol,Must see#VVIPmembership#Laura Ikeji# Ajuconect


Laura Ikeji posted this on her Instagram page. Visit the site www.any love com next I on.com if you'll like to try online dating...... But that picture though, the expression on Laura's face lol.

A must Read: ##KISS DANIEL to his fans- beware; its fraud#$follow the right account


Kiss Daniel made this publication on Instagram afterbitbturns out someone is using another account to scam/ fraudulently collect money from unsuspecting members of the public..... Read his comment on the picture above....

@AY Makun- to tour Europe and US: be expectant


  1. I don't know if this is a joke or not, but we can expect anything....@comedian at makun


Don Jazzy photos##in zimbabwe##funny post on instagran##well work



meet Linda$laura's bro @peksikeji- borrow pose tinx+ loved up moment#$&instagram


This new vibe: #loved up sisters- Laura happy she's on Lindas ig page

Wow!! photos: Laura Ikeji #breaking the internet

Prince passed away @ 57 in Minnesota




Born Prince Rogers Nelson June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was a child prodigy - self-taught on dozens of instruments, from the piano to the guitar, bass and drums.

He was one of the most prolific artists in music,releasing 39 studio albums, including four in the last 18 months.
We express our heavy heart to the family of the icon

Source : BBC news 

LAUTECH: 22 yrs overall best

22-year-old Miss Saidat Sanni, from the department of Statistics has emerged the overall best student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.The institution’s vice chancellor, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin who announced this  at the 13th convocation ceremony of the institution on Friday, said Sanni hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State.According to him, she emerged the over all best student after securing a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.88 to overrun Olufemi Ige of the mathematics department, who secured a CGPA of 4.85 inthe 2013/2014 sessionSanni was the best student of the 2014/2015 session before emerging the best among the 10,317 graduands, which was a combination of 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 sets.In her valedictory speech, Sanni urged other graduands not to relent in the spirit ofexcellence, integrity and service, which hadbeen their watchword in school.“We are here, we made it and we did it. Nothing that comes easy is worth it. More challenges will come our, however with endurance, perseverance, commitment, patience, hard work and steadfastness in prayers, we shall make it,’’ she said.Speaking on her success, she said her success was hinged on the vow she made to her parents not to disappoint them.“My father once called me to look at a newspaper story, where a lady was celebrated for being the overall best student and I vowed never to disappoint them.”Sanni, the daughter of Mr Bashir and Silifat Sanni, said that her watchword “I can do well’’ was a driving force, adding that she always think of the positive sides.“We cultivated the habit of reading from home. I initially wanted to study medicine but was admitted to study Mathematics,’’ she said.

In his speech, Gbadegesin said it was a thing of joy that the institution was still ableto soar by dint of shrewd management to produce the great hope of tomorrow comparable to any standard in the world.“Despite the paucity of funding and the challenges of conducting credible researchand other social encumbrances bedeviling the university system in general, we are resolved to turn things around for better.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Alec Butler : My intersex story

Intersex can be defined as a person with a combination of sex characteristics - chromosomes, genitals or reproductive organs - neither solely male nor female.
There are variations in genital ambiguity and combination of genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY male and XX female. They were previously referred to as haemaphrodite.
Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do notfit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, intersex traits are visible atbirth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all.
When Alec Butler was born in 1959 it was assumed Alec was female. But after being brought up as a girl, Alec - now an award-winning writer and film-maker - realised they were intersex, someone whose anatomical, hormonal or genetic sex is neither completely male nor female.I was about 12 when it really hit. I started to grow a beard and I had a period. So it was really confusing for me. My parents were a little freaked out. They took me to some doctors, but no-one knew about being intersex in the small town where I grew up in Canada.
One doctor said, "We're going to have to put her in a mental institution until she learns how to dress like a girl and put on makeup." This was at the age of 12, when even most genetic girls aren't being forced to do that. Luckily my parents were outraged and they said, "We're not going to do that. We're just going to love you, and you can choose how you want to be." That was a gift. Lots of intersex kids don't have that.My whole family was very loving. I had lots of vitality, I was funny, and I could entertain people with my Elvis Presley impersonations. I was always interested in art and writing. As a kid I remember seeing a Van Gogh painting. I was blown away by it. My parents were workingclass, and the only books at home were encyclopedias which I read back to back. My family was very accepting of me - it was just school and society that were hard.
As soon as I could get away with wearing trousers all the time, I did. That was really difficult back then, to be a girl and to want to wear trousers. And I felt pressure to take female hormones to make me more feminine, even though I wanted to be more masculine - I wanted to be a boy.At school I was picked on. I was worried about being called crazy so I tried to fit in, tried not to get in too much trouble. But when you're in a body like mine, it is trouble. People get upset. I had problems because I liked a girl, and she actually liked me too. But it all went terribly wrong because I was intersex and not really a boy I guess. I was called lesbian, lezzie, dyke… and I was screamed at by the other kids,"You're sick! You're sick!" I was passed notes in class, stuff like, "Why don't you just kill yourself?"At that time we were living on a military base in the east of Canada in Oromocto because my dad was in the army. The school was huge, and because I was bullied constantly, my dad got really worried about what might happen. So he took early retirement, lost a chunk of his pension, and we moved to the bush in Cape Breton, an island off Nova Scotia. But in many ways that was even more oppressive because it was so isolated and people were even more ignorant.When I graduated from high school in 1978, I found it hard to get a job. I moved to Toronto to live my life as a queer person and to follow my dreams. Back then I was presenting as a butch lesbian. It was a way of getting a community, support and feeling accepted. I didn't know any other intersex people - I didn't even know the word back then.
Life wasn't easy. I had people threaten me with death on the street. I had things thrown at me. Somebody tried to throw me under a street car. And at a Gay Pride parade, I was surrounded by gay men who threatened to pull down my trousers. It could be really scary.Butch lesbians get a huge amount of hatred directed at them, even to this day. One of the reasons I pass more as male now is because psychologically, I couldn't deal with the violence and the expressions of hatred.But I got my plays produced, and I made a name for myself in the community.During the early 1990s, I took care of friends who were dying of Aids. It was a really busy time, a crazy time. I didn't want people to know Ihad a beard but during that period I just didn't have time to shave. So stubble appeared, and my friends said, "Wow, you have a beard! That'sreally cool, you should grow it out." So after my friends died, I did grow my beard in memory of them, and in honour of how they accepted me. But I got in trouble again - it didn't go down well in the lesbian bars. Women would say, "What are you doing at a lesbian bar?" And I was like,"Well, I'm a lesbian too, and some of us have beards."It was probably not until the mid-1990s that I knew I was intersex. One day someone I'd known for years said, "Do you think you might be intersex?" And I was like, "What's that, intersex!?" So I ended up googling it and researching it very intensively, and I thought,"Yeah, that's what I am." And then I rememberedthings my mother told me about when she was pregnant with me. She was taking a drug called progestin, and I know from my research that it causes intersex in babies, so I think that's what happened to me.
In the late 1990s I changed my name to Alec. My partner and I both came out as transgender - from lesbian lovers, we became brothers! It was quite a shock to the community. I didn't really have to do anything except change my name because I was already pretty masculine. And I like my body the way it is - I had no desire to change it. I like having a beard. I like having breasts. I just like it. It works for me most of the time. It's hard to start a relationship though, because it is different. Sometimes it's tough for lovers to get their heads around, but I appreciate people who reach out and try to break down those walls.It's really problematic for people to understand the concept of being intersex. And intersex people have had a hard time of it. If they've been surgically altered, they're told to hide it, and they're ashamed. Many people align with one gender or the other. Perhaps it's easier to live like that, to choose to be a man or a woman, and stick with it. But now there are alliances being built between non-binary queers like me, and other intersex people. And it's more hopeful for those born intersex - surgery isn't as important any more, and parents have realised it's their own anxiety they're trying to fix when they choose one or other gender for their children. The kids are usually fine with it. I was fine with being taken for a boy or a girl - it was fun sometimes to fool people.In terms of pronouns, I use "they" and "he". I sometimes get called "she". I don't really mind that, but it does depend where it's coming from.If it's said in a rude manner, I don't like that. But I don't really mind - it's just a pronoun!
Now I'm studying Aboriginal studies at the University of Toronto. In Canada's native communities before colonisation, transgender people, masculine women and feminine men were seen as doubly blessed because they possessed the spirit of both male and female. They were two-spirit people. It's a controversial term, but they were hugely important - teachers,marriage counsellors, and they were given special roles in ceremonies.I found out about my native heritage in a very painful way. When my mother was dying, I asked her why she left school at 12. She told me she couldn't take it any more, being called a dirty little Indian. I asked her if that was true. She didn't really answer because it was just something you couldn't talk about - you're taught to be ashamed of your native heritage. But the way she looked at me, I definitely got the message that "Yes, we have native ancestors." For me, identifying as two-spirit means I can feel good about being a man and a woman in one body. And my whole purpose in going back to school is to reclaim that two-spirit identity - it complements my non-binary, intersex identity. It puts the puzzle together for me as a person in this world: I'm not weird, I'm part of humanity. Other people like me exist and have always existed, despite efforts to wipe us out.Now I'm taking testosterone - not because I need to pass as more male, but because of health reasons. For some reason I still get periods, and my doctor's saying, "You should bein menopause by now." But I'm not. And my periods are so physically demanding. I get a lot of pain and it interrupts my creative life.
So I'm on testosterone to deal with that.I think it's amazing that a growing number of young Canadians are identifying as non-binary. I wish it had happened 40 years ago when I wasa kid because I would've had a much less traumatic life. This new movement has given me a lot of confidence. I actually look forward to going out most days whereas I didn't really go out much before. It was just too hard and too uncomfortable. I would get confronted by people - they'd come up and pinch my boob and say, "Oh, they're real," and I'm like "Yeah, they're real - you didn't have to do that." So maybe an acceptance of non-binary people will help - you can't assume you can touch somebody or say just anything. You can't even assume someone's male or female, and that's good.The message I want to put out to my community - intersex, non-binary and native - is,be proud to be mixed gender and mixed race. That's what I've learned to be - proud.

IPCR commences peace building programme in Adamawa

As peace return to Adamawa after the Boko Haram insurgency, the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has commenced training of stakeholders in the stateon peace building.

The Project Coordinator of the Peace Building Training Project, Mr Chukwuemeka Mbah, made this known in an interview in Yola on Friday.Mbah said more than 200 stakeholders drawn from seven local governments of Yola North, Yola South, Hong, Gombi, Girei, Fufore and Song in central zone had benefited from the training.He said the second batch of the training would commence next week in Mubi town for stakeholders in northern zone of the state.

The coordinator said that the zone comprised, Madagali, Michika, Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas.According to him, the institute and other experts have identified Adamawa as a fragile state.Mbah said that institute decided to intervene after the return of peace to douse tension created by suspicion among the diverse people of the state.“From our research in IPCR and from open source intelligence, we have identified Adamawa as a state that need a lot of intervention in terms of peace and coexistence.“After this insurgency a lot has happened; there is a lot of mistrust,hatred and we need to really start fostering coexistence.“Madagali and Michika are very fragile areas where we need a lot of interventions, especially now that things are going back to normal.“This is what we call the early recovery stages of conflict and thatis where peace building has to be brought in,’’ Mbah, who is Coordinator External Conflict Prevention and Research, said.He lauded the support and commitment of UNHCR and Adamawa government to the project.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

MUST SEE!!!Laura Ikeji shows off butt: #its her friends birthday.###photos


Lol: CCT Chiarman threatens Sarakis lawyer with contempt, #orders police to throw him out #Lol/sarakis lawyer

This is an amateur video of the event captured by a citizen reporter.

There was mild drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday, as the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, refused to hear the motion filed by counsel of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on his (Umar) alleged bias.

Umar dismissed the application asking him to disqualify himself from the case.

“That motion as far as the tribunal is concerned is of no consequence; not worthy to be entertained and is hereby thrown away,” said Mr. Umar.

Mr. Raphael Oluyede, Saraki’s lawyer, brought to the attention of the court, a motion filed on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, seeking the CCT boss to disqualify himself from participating in the trial based on bias.

The motion contended that the continued presence of Umar on the panel of Tribunal offended the provisions of Section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which prescribes that “In the determination of his civil rights and obligations, including any question or determination by or against any government or authority, a person shall be entitled to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a court or other tribunal established by law and constituted in such manner as to secure its independence and impartiality”.

However, when Oluyede attempted to bring up the motion, Justice Umar repeatedly yelled at him to “Sit down.”

After Oluyede demanded to be heard, Umar, upset by the revelations, called for police officers to throw out the counsel to the Senate President. However, Oluyede sat down on arrival of the police officers and maintained that he would not be intimidated

However, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, intervened and pleaded with Mr. Danladi to calm the situation.
Source: vanguard news Nigeria

Britain Celebrates: HAPPY BIRTHDAY#Her Majesty, the Queen. #&photos


From Stonehenge to the Shetland Islands, beacons have been lit far and wide in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

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Around 1000 beacons have been lit across the UK, the first one being set alight by Her Majesty herself in Windsor.

Dressed in a spring green outfit and headscarf, the 90-year-old monarch lit the beacon in front of a crowd of thousands who gathered to get a glimpse of her.

There was a slow start to the ceremony, but eventually the beacon outside Windsor Castle was engulfed in flames.

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Before Her Majesty lit the beacon, her eldest son, Prince Charles made a short speech in which he led three cheers for The Queen.

He said: “I find it very hard to believe that you’ve reached your 90th year and I suddenly realised the other day that I have known you since you were 22 years old.

“But this, ladies and gentleman, is a very special occasion and this beacon that her majesty is about to light will also represent – as it lights other beacons across the nation – the love and affection with which you are held throughout this country and the Commonwealth.

“So can we wish your majesty a special and the most happiest of birthdays on this occasion.”

The monarch then went back to Windsor Castle to attend a private dinner hosted by Charles, with all her close friends and family attending.

One of today’s most impressive beacon lighting ceremonies was where members of the Army cadet force took beacons to the top of the highest peaks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Some of the beacons are gas-fuelled structures, whereas others are large bonfires.

Earlier in the day, Her Majesty was presented with a birthday cake made by the winner of the Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain.
Source: http://royalcentral.co.uk/uk/thequeen/beacons-lit-for-queens-90th-birthday-59521

Ex President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan meets with founder of Walkefree international #photos

As part of my efforts to promote liberty in Africa and all over the world, I met with Mr. Andrew Forrest, founder of Walkfree International Foundation, the world's preeminent anti modern slavery body. I was presented with a copy of the foundation's annual Global Slavery Index which I commend and wholeheartedly endorse. The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation will partner The Walk Free Foundation to spread Liberty around the world and especially in Africa. GEJ.##facebook

Mr P psquare working hard##€great Dad: Photos

Since the online/viral saga, we've continued seeing more of Mr P, we dunno what Paul is up to, buh peter is pretty busy, working and being a great dad. View pictures.

Wow: The otedola billionaire daughters celebrate their sister birthday: a musy see. ##xoxo

Billionaire daughters temi otedola and aka Dj cuppy had fun with their #sister... In London. 

Jadore Fashion: le torte


Last week, I had the opportunity of trying out Le Tote and it was impressive. The idea of selecting favorite items that fit one’s style and returning them for new selections is great. Le Tote is a fashion rental service that gives women access to an infinite closet of garments and accessories.

For my trial, I selected a suede wrap skirt, a black cami with unique details and a lace detailed sweater that I see myself pairing with a pencil skirl and pumps for work. I accessorized my first look with a drop necklace and a gold colored bracelet.

It is super simple to use Le Tote – Only pay $59/month and you will always have something new to wear. Receive styles you love, wear them and return and repeat all month. How amazing it that?!

You never know until you try it. You have to check it out! Get 20% off your first month using code  JADORE .- Esther

Let me tell you more about the service.
Fill out your size and style profile and click "add to closet" on all of your favorite items. This helps Le Tote learn your style!
Le Tote will curate your tote and you get to select the final styles you will like to receive.
Wear your tote (3 garments, 2 accessories) for as long or as little as you want! 2 days, 3 weeks, i.e. as long or little as you please!
Send the whole tote back in the prepaid envelope and they'll send you a new tote immediately.
Love an item from your tote? You can purchase it up to 50% off retail price! Just hold on to what you love and send everything else back. This lets Le Tote know that you wish to purchase! They will charge the card on file and send a new tote.
Shipping is FREE both ways
Unlimited pieces at one low price
No styling fees
You always get to customize your tote
Convenient — forget crowded malls, buyer's remorse, and poorly fitting products!
Le Tote takes care of the laundry
Each tote contains 3 garments and 2 accessories and when you rate your items for fit and style, Le Tote uses that information to personalize your totes so that you get the best fitting garments possible!

Le Tote Member Perks

Some of the Brands on Le Tote: Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman, Kate Spade, French Connection, House of Harlow, BB Dakota, BCBGeneration, Max Studio, Levi's, Free People, Rebecca Minkoff and more.- ester
Photographed by KeniaPro
Source: jadore

Is this #Obamas work?: African-American Abolitionist becomes first woman on US currency


Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will appear on front of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson and becoming the first woman featured on United States paper currency in modern times, a Treasury official said in deciding to leave Alexander Hamilton on the $10 note.

The decision is the latest chapter in a 10-month-old controversy that erupted after Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew tried to address gender imbalance on US currency notes.
He opened up the selection process to the public just as the current face on the $10 bill was enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and outrage ensued.

The move Lew is announcing Wednesday is intended as a way to thread the needle between women’s groups who have been advocating for gender diversity on U.S. currency and fans of Hamilton, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the playwright and star of the hit Broadway musical about the nation’s first Treasury secretary. Miranda lobbied Lew to keep Hamilton on the $10 when he visited Washington last month.

Tubman (or “Moses”, as she was called) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and, during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage.
Source: vanguard news Nigeria

The New York Times + Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story


In 2009 the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a fabulous TED talk called “The Danger of a Single Story.” It was about what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative: when Africans, for example, are treated solely as pitiable poor, starving victims with flies on their faces.

Her point was that each individual life contains a heterogeneous compilation of stories. If you reduce people to one, you’re taking away their humanity.

American politics has always been prone to single storyism — candidates reducing complex issues to simple fables. This year the problem is acute because Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the giants of Single Storyism. They reduce pretty much all issues to the same single story: the alien invader story.

Every problem can be solved by finding some corrupt or oppressive group to blame. If America is beset by wage stagnation it’s not because of intricate structural problems. It’s because of the criminal Mexicans sneaking across the border or it’s because of this evil entity called “the banks.”

Worse, the stories have become identity markers. This is a phenomenon borrowed from campus political correctness. In order to express your solidarity with the virtuous team, you have to embrace the socially approved story. If you differ from the official story — the way Bill Clinton differed from the official progressive crime story a few weeks ago — it is not so much a sign that you are wrong (truth is not the issue). It is a sign that you have false allegiances. You must embrace the approved story to show you are not complicit in a system of oppression.

Hillary Clinton is not naturally a single story person. But while she is controlling the delegate race this campaign, Sanders is controlling the conversation and she is gradually coming around to his version of everything. For example, last week she came closer to embracing a nationwide $15 minimum wage, though still with caveats.

One true minimum wage story is that corporations are reaping record profits while pushing down wages of the unskilled. But another true story, embodied in the vast trove of research, is that if you raise the minimum wage too high, you end up punishing less skilled workers. One study found the modest hike in the national minimum wage between 2006 and 2009 reduced employment among young people without a high school degree by almost 6 percent.

The key is to find a balance between those stories. Raising the minimum wage to $15 may make sense in rich areas, but in most of the country there will be horrendous consequences for less skilled workers trying to find jobs.

In the realm of criminal justice, one true story is that America’s criminal justice system was constructed within a system of slavery and racism. It enables police brutality, often of a racist sort. It has led to massive over-incarceration, which has devastated individuals, families and neighborhoods.

Yet there are other opposing stories, also true:

Incarceration reduces crime. Experts disagree wildly on how much, but most studies show a significant effect. That’s partly because most of the people who do serious crime are career criminals. Among inmates released from state prison in 2005, the average number of previous convictions was five and the average number of previous arrests was greater than 10.

Less aggressive policing means more crime. After the release of the horrific Laquan McDonald video — which showed a Chicago cop killing him in cold blood — there was a 69 percent drop in the nonfatal shooting arrest rate and a 48 percent drop in the homicide arrest rate. In the meantime, according to an analysis by Rob Arthur and Jeff Asher of FiveThirtyEight, nonfatal shootings rose by 73 percent and homicides rose by 48 percent.

While the overall system is steeped in structural racial inequality, parts of the system don’t seem that biased. As the criminologist Barry Latzer notes in his book “The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America,” there is not a wide disparity between whites and blacks in time served for various offenses.

Moderate, bipartisan efforts are reducing inequality. Decades ago, evangelicals like Chuck Colson joined with a swath of progressives to reduce incarceration rates. These efforts are having an effect. Total U.S. imprisonment has declined for the past seven years. The imprisonment rate among black women has dropped by 47 percent since 2000, while the rate of imprisonment among white women has risen by 56 percent. Male imprisonment trends are similar though less striking.

As in life generally, every policy has the vices of its virtues. Aggressive policing cuts crime but increases brutality. There is no escape from trade-offs and tragic situations. The only way forward is to elect people who are capable of holding opposing stories in their heads at the same time, and to reject those who can’t.
Source: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/19/opinion/the-danger-of-a-single-story.html?referer=http://lm.facebook.com/lsr.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F04%2F19%2Fopinion%2Fthe-danger-of-a-single-story.html&ext=1461228586&hash=Acm0tlux2Kk-WP_cg-Y6fndnKghp0hUszH7klJDz6n2qww&_rdr

Take time and read this, it can #save your life: Syphilis & Stages of Syphilis


Syphilis Overview
Syphilis is a persistent, highly infectious STD that can have devastating consequences. It is caused by the spiral-shaped bacterium (spirochete) Treponema pallidum, which can live almost anywhere in the body and spreads rapidly.

Syphilis progresses through four distinct stages—primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary—each of which can last for several years. Serious health complications are common and can be fatal in late-stage, or tertiary, syphilis.
Transmission of Syphilis
Syphilis is spread through vaginal, oral, and anal sex during the infection's primary, secondary, and early latent stages. The bacterium is usually transmitted by direct contact between mucous membranes of the genitals, mouth, or anus; or by broken skin coming into contact with open syphilitic sores. An infected mother can pass syphilis through the placenta to her developing fetus. Reinfection after cure is possible.
Incidence and Prevalence of Syphilis
Although worldwide incidence of syphilis decreased over the last 25 years and the disease was on the verge of being eliminated in many countries in 1998, infection rates have recently increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 49,903 cases of syphilis were reported in the United States in 2012. This rate is thought to represent approximately 80 percent of newly acquired infections.
Syphilis infection is the highest in women and men between the ages of 20 to 24. Men who have sex with men (MSM; i.e., gay and bisexual men) accounted for about 75 percent of the new cases reported in 2012. Syphilis incidence is higher in African Americans and Hispanics than in Caucasians. Poverty, lack of education, and lack of access to health care are associated with higher infection rates. Cases of congenital syphilis in newborns in the United States decreased from 360 in 2011 to 322 in 2012.

Signs and Symptoms of Syphilis
Many signs and symptoms of syphilis are hard to distinguish from other diseases. Manifestations vary according to the stage of the disease and the immune status of the infected person. Each of the four stages marks a change in the course of infection. If left untreated, or if treated in the late latent or tertiary stage of disease, syphilis causes irreversible neurological and cardiovascular damage.


Stages of Syphilis
Primary Syphilis
The first sign of syphilis usually appears 2 to 10 weeks following exposure. A red, oval sore, called a chancre (pronounced shanker) develops at the site where the bacteria entered the body. The lesion typically looks clean, is not pusfilled, and is often painless. It may develop into an ulcer that secretes clear mucus when disturbed.
Most chancres appear on the penis, anus, and rectum in men, and on the vulva, cervix, and between the vagina and anus (perineum) in women. Less commonly, they form on the lips, hands, or eyes. Sores in the vagina and rectum may go undetected unless seen by a physician. Swelling and hardening of lymph nodes in the inner thighs and groin is also common and may cause tenderness. Lesions usually heal without treatment within 6 weeks.
Secondary Syphilis
In this stage, the pathogen spreads through the blood to the skin, liver, joints, lymph nodes, muscles, and brain. A rash frequently appears about 6 weeks to 3 months after the chancre has healed. The rash may cover any part of the body, but tends to erupt on the palms or soles of the feet. It does not itch. Multiple painless lesions may also form in mucous membranes of the mouth and throat and on the bones and internal organs. At this time, the disease is highly infectious, because bacteria are present in the secretions from the lesions.

The rash usually heals without treatment within 2 to 6 weeks. Other symptoms may include fever, sore throat, fatigue, headache, neck ache, joint pain, malaise, and patches of hair loss. A significant number of patients do not develop symptoms at this stage of the disease.
Latent Syphilis
This asymptomatic stage occurs in two phases: early (within 1 year of infection) and late (after 1 year), and follows secondary syphilis. Late latent syphilis is noninfectious. The bacteria remain inactive in the lymph nodes and the spleen. Latency can last 3–30 years and may or may not progress to the final, or tertiary, syphilis. About 30 percent of infected people persist in a latent state.


Tertiary syphilis
The final stage, also called "late" syphilis, begins 3 or more years after infection. About 30–40 percent of infected people progress to this stage. At this stage, the person may no longer be contagious, but the bacteria reactivate, multiply, and spread throughout the body, damaging the heart, eyes, brain, nervous system, bones, and joints. Tumors may develop on skin, bone, testes, and other tissues; cardiovascular symptoms such as aortic aneurysm and aortic valve insufficiency may develop; degenerative central nervous system disease can produce dementia, tremors, loss of muscle coordination (ataxia), paralysis, and blindness. Damage is irreversible.
Syphilis Diagnosis
Primary syphilis is diagnosed when the syphilitic chancre on the genitals is observed and by reviewing the patient's sexual history. However, many patients with secondary and latent syphilis have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Blood, serum, and plasma tests, collectively called serologic tests, produce a definitive diagnosis.

The venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) test and rapid plasma reagin (RPR) are used to detect the antibody called reagin, which is produced by the immune system's response to Treponema pallidum infection. "False negative" results may occur when these tests are performed during the first 3 to 6 weeks following infection (primary syphilis); negative results do not rule out syphilis during this time. The fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA) test is also routinely performed to detect treponemal-specific antibodies. FTA is a more sensitive test and thus a more reliable diagnostic tool during all stages of the disease.
Treatment for Syphilis
A single intramuscular injection of penicillin is the standard treatment for primary, secondary, and early latent syphilis. For those allergic to penicillin, antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, erythromycin, and ceftriaxone may be used, though they may be less effective. Follow-up is necessary for about 1 year or until no bacteria are found in blood tests.
About 50 percent of people with primary and secondary syphilis experience immediate, temporary worsening of symptoms, including malaise, anxiety, and exacerbated lesions (called the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction), when treatment begins.
Penicillin also can be used to treat tertiary, or late stage, syphilis, but cannot reverse damage that has occurred. Also, bacteria located in the central nervous system may not respond to penicillin during the tertiary stage, even when high doses are administered intravenously.


Syphilis Prognosis
Primary, secondary, and early latent syphilis can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Late latency (more than 1 year after the secondary stage) is difficult to treat. Tertiary syphilis has a very high mortality rate due to the far-reaching effects of the disease on the central nervous system.
Transmission of syphilis in utero can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Infected infants often have irreversible central nervous system and multiorgan damage. Asymptomatic infants may develop inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), arthritis, deafness, and central nervous system damage later in life.
Syphilis Prevention
Any person who discovers that they have a genital lesion should regard it as potentially syphilitic, should be examined by a physician as soon as possible, and should stop all sexual activity.
The use of a condom during sexual intercourse helps prevent the spread of syphilis, but chancres can be on areas of the body that are not covered by the condom. Persons undergoing treatment should abstain from sexual activity until they are no longer contagious. Sex partners must be notified so that they can be tested and, if necessary, treated.
Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.
Published: 09 Jun 1998
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015
Source:http://www.healthcommunities.com/syphilis/syphilis-diagnosis-stages-treatment.shtml



Goodnews!!!!!!: FG to begin payment of salaries by 25th of every month – AGF


The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, says the Federal Government plans to begins payment of staff salaries by the 25th of every month, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Idris, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, said “this is going to be given a test, I believe, by this month’’.

The AGF also said that the government was working on a new arrangement, which, if approved, would ensure payment of the salaries before the monthly meeting of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

According to him, usually, salaries are paid after the FAAC meeting, where revenue accruing to the federation’s account are shared between the federal, state and local governments.

“There is a standing instruction of Mr President to pay salary on or before 24 or 25 of every month and we will try as much as possible to comply and to abide by that.

“We are taking a step further to make a provision whereby we can accommodate salary payments even before FAAC.

“This is going to be given a test I believe by this month.

“We will go to seek for necessary approval of our political masters to make sure that at least salary and other statutory payments are made even before FAAC.

“Because we can project how much they are and therefore we can prepare and hit the ground running to make them realisable and actualised.

“Even where we delay FAAC, we can still pay salary.’’

Idris dispelled the widely held belief that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy is responsible for the delay in the payment of salaries and attributed the situation to the crash in global oil prices, which has affected the inflow of income to the country.

“Nigeria is practically making about 30 to 40 per cent of what it used to make by way of revenue from oil and that has affected inflow generally.

“These inflows are what the federal, state and local governments receive to service the economy.

“It is when we receive these resources and sit at the end of the month for FAAC that the resources are shared among the three tiers of government.’’

Citing the benefits of TSA, Idris said that more than N2.7 trillion had been realised under a single account domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He also said that the cost of borrowing by government agencies had been reduced substantially and that the economy was already a beneficiary of the policy.

“The monies are stimulating the economy in a way that delivery of social goods, services and efficiency in government expenditure are being achieved.

“So I believe that they are already serving the purpose for which they are meant and they are within the economy.’’

He said he was optimistic having seen the benefits of the TSA policy to the Federal Government, states governments would key into it.

Idris said that any insinuations that the policy would lead to laying off of staff by deposit money banks was unfounded as the policy was not intended to disrupt the operations of those banks.

He, therefore, advised commercial banks to re-strategise on how to make profit without relying on government funds.

“I think banks need to really focus themselves and re-direct themselves to face traditional banking business and not rely heavily on public resources.

“They should be more strategic and focused and I believe that they will be better for it.’’

NAN reports that the TSA policy was introduced in Sept. 2015 to ensure that government resources are centralised in a single account.

It was introduced to block leakages in the system to ensure transparency and efficiency in the management of government resources.
Source: vanguard news Nigeria



Wow!! CBN governor say : CHINA TO START IMPORTING FROM NIGERIA;# diversification

Washington — The Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has said the Federal Government was talking with China so it would also be importing some of its own requirements from Nigeria.

According to Emefiele, this would help to reduce the gulf in trading between the two countries.

Speaking at a press conference at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, on the last day of the 2016 World Bank/IMF spring meeting, Emefiele also said part of Nigeria’s deal with China was that the country became the Asian country’s  trading hub in West Africa.

He said: “China has appointed South Africa as its trading hub for Remnibi transactions in the South African region, has appointed Kenya as its trading hub for East and Central Africa.

“And Nigeria, the mandate that we signed is for us to be appointed as the trading hub in West African. In all, we expect that it is going to be mutually beneficial.

“We are talking to China so that it would also be importing some of its items from Nigeria, so that the trading balance can be sort of reduced.

“Will Nigeria benefit from this? I want to say categorically that Nigeria benefits from this. It’s less pressure on the dollar and consequently on our reserves.”

Emefiele added that the CBN could not continue with indeterminate adjustment (devaluation) of the currency, without taking necessary structural reforms.

“For the first time, we are taking structural reforms seriously in the country. We’ve always talked about, when you do an adjustment, follow it up with structural reforms.

“But we are saying this time we’ve done an adjustment and we are following it up with structural reform, where we are saying we must diversify the economy away from depending on oil.

“I’ve said it that we have seen people who are coming in an investing. During the china trip, we saw people who said they can now come in instead of exporting those items into Nigeria, they can now bring those plants into Nigeria and begin to produce those things in Nigeria because our climate is good.”
Source:vanguard news Nigeria


wow!!!photos: THE QUEENS 90th Birthday


New photographs have been released of the Royal Family to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday.

Royal Mail will be using the photographs to feature on ten special stamps which will be available to buy on Thursday 21st April.

One of the Stamp Sheets is particularly special as it featured features four generations of the House of Windsor sat together, photographed by Ranald Mackechnie for Royal Mail.

The family portrait was taken in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2015. Posed in the frame are The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George.

Six further stamps have also been issued. Three of these focus on Her Majesty’s family life, and the other three honour the ninety year old’s work life and dedication to the country




The set features images of The Queen: with her father as well as attending the State Opening of Parliament in 2012.

She can also be seen alongside her children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles in 1952, visiting New Zealand in 1977, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh in 1957, as well as being with with Nelson Mandela back in 1996.

The release of he images comes as The Queen and Prince Philip undertake a visit to the Royal Mail Windsor delivery office later today. This visit will mark the Postal Service’s 500th Anniversary.

Photographer Ranald Mackechnie was tasked with taking the photos. One of the difficulties for him was the height difference between the different members of the Royal Family. As such, Prince George can be seen standing on blocks to give him the perfect height.



This is the first time Prince George has featured on a Royal Mail stamp.

You can pre-order the stamps on the Royal Mail website; or visit one of the 8,000 post offices supplying them.

Photo credits: Ranald Mackechnie/Royal Mail
Source: her majesty the queen/facebook

Wow!!, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital absolves medical personels of negligence, expains how a patient died. Do


The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has denied the allegation of negligence in the death of one of its patients, Mrs Ngozi Udebu who was admitted to the LUTH three weeks ago.

In a statement made available to Vanguard by the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kelechi Otuneme, the hospital explained that the report of the independent panel it set up to look into the circumstances of the patient’s death didn’t find any doctor or nurse culpable of neglect.

The statement entitled: “Response to the Death of Mrs Ngozi Udebu”, noted that the panel comprising senior medical personnel from three different departments, established that during the whole period of the deceased’s admission and after her demise, no report of poor treatment or negligence was brought to the notice of the managing team or LUTH management.

In setting the records straight, the statement read: “We have deliberately restrained ourselves from responding earlier because a detailed investigation was underway and it would have been premature to comment before the final outcome.

“Mrs Ngozi Udebu was a patient in our hospital having been admitted on 26th March 2016 and died about 51 hours later. She had presented with abdominal pain from her monthly menstrual periods shortly after 40 days of religious fasting.

“She had taken an overdose of Piroxicam (50mg thrice daily for two days) a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain killer, which is known to be associated with side effects of inflammation or ulceration of the stomach even at a regular dose. She was admitted, seen by the medical team including an experienced consultant physician.

“She was commenced on medications for peptic ulcers or dyspepsia after ultrasound scans and other tests. She was admitted to the medical wards within 24 hrs of presentation and monitored by the medical personnel (doctors and nurses). Few hours to her demise she started to have difficulty breathing, was commenced on oxygen therapy which she continued to have till her demise.
While making the rounds to see how the patients fared in the night, the nurse on duty noticed the patient had stopped breathing and attempts to resuscitate her failed.

“There was no distress call by the patient, other patients or any other person around her in the ward prior to her sudden death. In view of the strange and sudden death of  our patient, the managing team immediately requested for an autopsy to unravel the immediate and remote causes of her demise as is standard lay practised in such cases of unusual death. This autopsy was prompted by the LUTH.

“The autopsy preliminary report demonstrated evidence of asphyxia though no foreign body or evidence of strangulation was found. Further specialised histology report obtained later confirmed fluid in the terminal air passages which support aspiration of food, fluids or secretions. The stomach was inflamed but not actively bleeding or perforated which is not surprising, considering that she was already on anti peptic ulcer therapy.

“We can understand why the layman may be confounded by the apparent disparity of the admitting diagnosis and the final pathological diagnosis. The pathological diagnosis confirmed the actual and final cause of death as the ulcers were already healing.”

Giving a reconstruction of the events leading to the patient’s demise, the LUTH management said:

“A known patient with dysmenorrhoea who was fasting took an overdose of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs,  the analgesics suppressed the menstrual pain but damaged the stomach leading to excruciating pain in the abdomen which brought her to LUTH.

“Our doctors correctly diagnosed gastritis promptly and gave appropriate treatment. Ulcers do not show up on ultrasound scans explaining the negative ultrasound scan findings. The pains started to abate by the second day. “However, on the day of demise, while the patient was asleep late at night, she most probably aspirated food, throat secretions or water leading to bronchospasm and  respiratory distress which rapidly culminated in her death.

“She was found dead and all attempts to revive her failed. Nothing the doctors or nurses did or didn’t do could be described as the cause of death. Alternatively she could have suffered an idiosyncratic reaction (rare, unusual and bizarre reaction) to any of the medications she took before or during her admission to the Hospital. This is not describable as negligence and no one could have known or prevented it.

 “Autopsy preliminary report demonstrated evidence of asphyxia though no foreign body or evidence of strangulation was found. Further specialised histology report obtained later confirmed fluid in the terminal air passages which support aspiration of food, fluids or secretions. The stomach was inflamed but not actively bleeding or perforated which is not surprising, considering that she was already on anti peptic ulcer therapy.

“After her death, attempts by the investigative panel to speak to the husband (who had earlier affirmed he  would attend the hearing ) failed and he informed us that  all he wanted to say was in the news media.

“It is a well known fact that anywhere in the world, patients can suffer sudden death even while apparently improving for various causes some of which even autopsy may  not be able to fully explain. Thus medical personnel reminds patients and relatives that medical personnel can only care
for their patients while it is our God only who heals.

“The managing team and the Hospital management are greatly pained by the loss of the patient who was already recovering. Many times, managing medical personnel are as traumatised by the loss of their patients as the family of the bereaved and  sometimes require psychological support after such
losses.

“We commiserate with the family of the deceased and  pray that the God of all comfort will uphold and support  them granting them the fortitude to bear the immeasurable loss. The Hospital does not underestimate the power of the social media in nation building through information dissemination, but this tool wrongly used can also destroy  persons, institutions and nations.

“The proprietors of the  blogs and newspapers where the news of Mrs Udebu’s death  were posted or published did the Hospital a great disservice  by not seeking the view or response of the Hospital before  dissemination of the news despite our earlier press release  to that effect.

“There are always two sides to any story. The lapses in seeking the view of the second party (LUTH) have caused incalculable damage to the image of the hospital that provides care and succour to thousands of Nigerians.

“We implore the social media and news media to contribute positively to nation building through dissemination of balanced stories and reports, rather than rush to publish unverified sensational news which are capable of causing incitement of the public against institutions such as ours  and aggravation of grief of families such as that of the Udebu’s and the medical team that cared for her.
We pray for the repose of the soul of the departed and for comfort and strength to the family in their time of mourning.”
Source: vanguardnews



Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Nigerian App Developers Make A New App To Replace Your Paper Business Cards With A Variety Of Virtual Cards


Talentpager Nigeria Limited, a Nigerian app developer announces their latest offering, CardPager- an app that enables you create a digital business card in about 5 minutes.

The Idea:
Have you ever been at an important meeting and realized you forgot your complimentary card? Well, worry no more, CardPager – Digital Business Card Creator has got you covered.
Sometimes carrying about a bunch of business cards can be a hassle. People typically do not forget their phones as much they forget carrying their complimentary cards. With the CardPager app installed on your smartphone, you can now connect with your personal or professional contacts by just using your virtual business cards.

Using Card Pager Virtual Business Cards, you can create and share your business contact information in the form of a digital card via QR Code scanning, Pin share, Bluetooth, email, sms etc.
Cardpager Features:
1. Easy Virtual Card creation
2. Ability to attach a .pdf .doc file to your virtual card which could be your CV or a pitch file summarizing your key business idea or business information.
3. Easy Digital Card exchange with other users via QR Code scanning, Pin share, Bluetooth.
4. One way Virtual card share via Bluetooth, email, sms.
5. Ability to choose from a wide range of digital card designs from our theme collection
6. Ability to edit your virtual cards each time your personal or professional information changes without having to spend money printing new paper business cards.

CardPager is currently available only for android users and new business card designs are regularly added to our theme store. Apps for other platforms are underway.
Download Cardpager digital business card creator from google play store- see link

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pgm.cardpager.app

Visit www.cardpager.com for more information about CardPager, The Digitial Business Card Creator

EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS VENTURE



 
1. Consider Going Deeper, Not Wider
Instead of thinking expanding means something new or the “next best thing,” small business owners should consider how they can serve their current model better. Send out a survey to clients/customers (with an incentive to complete like a giveaway) asking them questions about what they love about your biz, what they want more of, what their needs are, etc. Often, business growth is about going deeper, not wider.
2. Develop More Clarity
The more clarity you develop the less time you will waste. Having clarity allows you to focus all of your energy toward a specific purpose and guard against everything that doesn’t contribute toward it. Start by identifying your expansion goals. What it will truly take to get you there? Time? Resources? Capacities? Plan for everything you can think of and then just stay focused.
3. Review What Your Business Can Support
Before you make any moves to expand, it’s crucial to review whether your business can support the desired expansion. Review growth capacity across your people (especially if it’s currently just you), your processes and your technology platforms. Can they all support the expansion you’re looking for? A strategic review of these capabilities will highlight any current weaknesses in your business.
4. Define Your Ideal Business
When a business owner comes to me, I set out to help them build their ideal business — one that provides the income and lifestyle they want and has the impact they seek. I begin by asking, “What does success look like to you?” They often mistake bigger for better and build a business that employs more people or generates more revenue, but it doesn’t really help them achieve their version of success.
5. Expand Your Relationships
Talk. You should be so excited about what you are doing that your enthusiasm is contagious. Talk about it; share your excitement and, most importantly, your goals for the business. You will be surprised what people will suggest and offer to do to support you. People do business with people they like — so nurture and expand your relationships.
6. Know How Much More Profit You Want to Make
As a strategist, I recommend knowing your numbers by calculating how much more profit you want to make. Create a spreadsheet and run the numbers to see if the profit is even there. Oftentimes, people expand but their costs continue to stay the same and the workload goes up. Do the due diligence to make sure you can decrease your cost of goods sold and increase your sales to hit your profit goals.  
7. Answer These Questions
Before expanding your small business, it’s good to take note of a few key pieces that will influence your success by answering the following questions:
  1. What is your reason for expansion?
  2. What opportunities and challenges exist in your industry?
  3. What is your goal for expansion?
  4. What is your expansion strategy?
  5. How will the expansion be measured?
  6. What resources are available or needed for expansion?
8. Make a Plan and Stick to It
Creating a plan with vision in mind is great, but sticking to it is the hardest part. Expanding a business venture requires additional time, energy and definitely money. Consider the factors needed to make it happen. I tell small business owners that creating their plan and following it with the right mindset is the most helpful way to run their race and cross the finish line to success.
9. Have a Gameplan But Allow for Flexibility
Small business owners often jump into ventures with great strategic plans while also wearing blinders. They fail to see that great doors are opening that would allow for significant growth — but because those opportunities are not part of the original plan, they are ignored. Not every door will be constructive, but do take a peek; a few just might be a springboard for unforeseen success.
10. Know Yourself
There’s only one of you and only so many hours in a day. Can you train others to do what you do and will you feel comfortable giving up that control? Can you automate certain processes or create turnkey solutions to replace what you deliver to each client individually? Do you have the finances to put the necessary team and resources in place? Do you enjoy being a manager? Know yourself first.

SOURCE: FORBES

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