Eritrea’s New Marriage Laws: Men Forced To Have At Least 2 Wives

A statement which has made it way around the internet claims that men in Eritrea are being compelled to marry 2 wives by their government.

According to the statement which was written in Arabic, the highest official of religious law in Eritrea – the Grand Mufti called for all men in the country to marry at least two wives and the government assured the men that it would pay for the marriage ceremonies and houses.

According to the government, the order is because there is an acute shortage of men occasioned by causalities during the civil war with Ethiopia.

Reports claim that the document warns that any man or woman who opposes the decision will face a life sentence.

 

Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of Religious Affairs has decided on the following:

First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.

The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished to life imprisonment.

The document cannot be independently verified at this time so it could all be a hoax.

Anthony Martial And Jamie Vardy Are EPL’s Fastest Players, Only Ahead Of Schlupp

EA Sports’ Player Performance Index reveals both players have recorded a speed of 22 miles per hour over five seconds, with Vardy setting the pace back in August, 2015 in Leicester’s 2-1 win at West Ham.

Vardy’s rapid sprint was matched by Martial in United’s 3-3 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park in January.

Vardy’s Foxes team-mate Jeffrey Schlupp came third with a speed of 21.9mph, followed by Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, Liverpool striker Divock Origi and Newcastle defender Paul Dummett coming fifth and sixth at 21.8mph respectively.

The EA Sports PPI is the EPL’s official rating index, that measures a player’s contribution to his team using six key indices. It aims to remove ‘any opinion bias and only work with proven statistical measurements’.

Some of other fastest players at Manchester United are Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney.

The latest statistics clearly knock out Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and defender Hector Bellerin who have for a long time been considered the fastest players in the premier league.

The record was held for a long time by Walcott until when Bellerin emerged as being faster than his teammate.

Why is there that Weird little Pocket in my Jeans?

HAVE you ever wondered why on Earth that teeny tiny pocket is standard in most denim jeans?

It’s a weird one, isn’t it? The list of things that are right for this particular pocket size is fairly limited …

1) A pet grasshopper named Terry

2) Putting your last couple of bits of chewing gum in (and then forgetting they’re in there and putting them through the washing machine)

3) Putting a few spare coins in, and then almost dislocating your fingers when you try and wrench them out in an hurry

While most of us seems to simply accept this Weird Little Pocket as an inevitable part of fashion, someone with more spare time started a Quora forum thread posing this question.

Why do our jeans have a tiny pocket just above the front pocket? Was it something useful that was added or it is just a fashion thing?

A chap named Nitin Achdev (who describes himself as a “Thinker. Learner. Dreamer”) was clearly waiting for this topic to come up, and jumped in quickly with his response (which has been backed up through further research).

“It’s a watch pocket. Back in the 1800s, cowboys used to wear their watches on chains and kept them in their waistcoats. To keep them from getting broken, Levi’s introduced this small pocket where they could keep their watch.”

Someone else on the thread pointed out that this watch pocket had been getting smaller with time (as nobody uses pocket watches anymore) but it still remains a part of the original design.

So why do designers keep it?

According to the fine folk at Levi Strauss, the pocket is “loved by denimheads” for the faded and worn nature it takes on over time.

Interestingly there was no mention of the fact that as a company they’d lose an entire legion of customers who are boot scooters (as they’d have nowhere to hook their thumbs).

Three more fun facts about denim jeans worthy of our time:

The word “jeans” comes from the cotton pants worn by “Genes”, the term for Genoan sailors

The orange thread that Levi Strauss uses for stitching of their jeans is trademarked. It is used as a distinguishable feature and to match the colour of copper rivets

Jeans were originally called “waist overalls”, which is undeniably adorable.

Registered players for 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season

Ghana Premier League’s transfer window slammed shut last night at 23:59 (GMT) with several clubs completing last minute deals with the capture of top-notch players for the start of the league.

Below is the list of some registered players by the clubs…

HEARTS OF OAK

Cosmos Dauda (Mighty Jets)

Mustapha Essuman (Can Tho FC – Vietnam)

Gbeti Sylvanus Evans (Cornerstones)

Samuel Akurugu (Sekondi Hasaacas)

Benjamin Atiso Doe (Tudu Mighty Jets)

Richard Akrofi (Wa All Stars)

Kennedy Appiah (AshantiGold)

Samuuden Ibrahim (King Solomon)

Samuel Yeboah (Heart of Lions)

Agbesi Doetse (Great Olympics)

MEDEAMA SC

Enoch Atta Agyei (Windy Profs.)

Patrick Opoku (Bechem Utd.)

Bernard Ofori (New Edubiase)

James Akaminko (Wa All Stars)

ASANTE KOTOKO

Theophilus Nyame (Hasaacas)

Halipha Sedogo (Burkina Faso)

Aliassou Sanou (Burkina Faso)

Edwin Tuffour Frimpong (Liberty Profs)

Bennett Ofori (Berekum Chelsea)

Michael Yeboah (Cornerstone)

Evans Quao (Medeama SC)

Samuel Kyere (Berekum Chelsea)

Ernest Sowah (CS Don Bosco – DR Congo)

Stephen Nyarko (Wa All Stars)

Richard Osei (Berekum Chelsea)

Kwame Boateng (Great Olympics)

ADUANA STARS

Yakubu Mohammed

Richard Mpong (Asante Kotoko)

Yahaya Mohammed (Al-Ittihad Tripoli)

Stephen Anokye Badu (B.A United)

Ofoe Ofotsu (Great Olympics)

Noah Martey (Bechem United)

Joseph Addo (Asante Kotoko)

Sampson Boampong Wirekoh (Windy Professionals)

Zakaria Mumuni (WAFA)

Bright Adjei (Tema Youth)

WA ALL STARS

Gabriel Ayala (Berekum Chelsea/Rockets FC)

Sammy Adjei (Eleven Wise)

Isaaku Kunda (Asokwa Deportivo)

Joel Fameyeh

ASHANTI GOLD SC

Hudu Yakubu (Heart of Lions)

Dauda Mohammed (Dunkwa United)

Alhassan Nuhu (New Edubiase)

Fuseini Nuhu (New Edubiase)

Isaac Amoah (Amidaus Profs.)

Daniel Addo (FC Kairat)

Emmanuel Nti Mensah (New Edubiase)

Godfred Rockson

Frederick Quayson (Hasaacas)

NEW EDUBIASE UNITED

Joseph Halm (Great Olympics)

Kasiru Issah (Bekwai Youth Football Academy)

Anas Abidina (Bekwai Youth Football Academy)

Faisal Gariba (Dwarfs)

Abdul Wahab (BA United)

WEST AFRICA FOOTBALL ACADEMY

Shaun Mason October (Hearts of Oak)

Ibrahim Tanko (Mighty Jets)

INTER ALLIES FC

Isaac Twum (Heart of Lions)

Kwame Baah (Heart of Lions)

Prince Baffoe (Asante Kotoko)

Suad Bawa (Windy Professionals)

Uriah Kporvi (Tamale Utrecht)

Paul Abanga (Windy Professionals)

BEREKUM CHELSEA

Richard Oti (Asante Kotoko)

Stephen Owusu Kaakyire

Prince Bobby (Al Ahed Beirut – Lebanon)

Sadick Adams (Al Feiha FC – Saudi Arabia)

Karim Abedi (Buipe Riverpool FC)

Constant Kotoka (Vita Club)

BECHEM UNITED

Akwasi Acheampong (Asante Kotoko)

Emmanuel Allan Skido (Aduana Stars)

Abdullah Issahaku (Berekum)

Bismarck Akaminko (Russian Club)

Nana Bonsu (Heart of Lions)

Enoch Gyimah (B.A United)

EBUSUA DWARFS

Romeo Agban (Hearts of Oak)

SEKONDI HASAACAS

Philip Boampong (Free agent)

Eric Bekoe (Free agent)

Prince Papa Arko (Free agent)

Fatau Mohammed

Issahaku Mutala

Saliw Babawu

Eric Edu Poku

Nicholas Doku

Fauzy Mohammed

Stephen Ackah

Michael Abu

Justice Blay

TECHIMAN CITY FC

Stephen Manu (BSH, Laos)

Idrissu Yahaya (Edubiase United)

Issaka Ibrahim( Free agent)

Samuel Kyere (Berekum Chelsea)

LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS

Benjamin Eshun (Hasaacas)

DREAMS FC

Mozart Adjetey (Heart of Lions)

David ‘Smallboy’ Korbah (Asante Kotoko)

Emmanuel Eli Keke (Mighty Jets)

Alhassan Kalusha (Tamale Utrecht)

Isaac Akrong (Wassaman Utd.)

Aaron Amoah (CODM Meknes – Morocco)

Godfred Asante (Great Olympics)

Francis Teye Sanchez (Promos FC)

Emmanuel Hayford (Hearts of Oak)

Prosper Donkor (Bechem United)

4 Reasons Why Michelle Obama Is An Admirable Woman

U.S. First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama turned 52 on January 17th! Mrs. Obama has often been celebrated for her impeccable style, but she can do a lot more than look good. Let’s take a look back at her greatest accomplishments.

1. She is a dedicated mother

Mrs. Obama is extremely educated; she is one of three First Ladies that has a graduate degree. She studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University, attended Harvard Law School, and practiced law in Chicago. But when asked to describe herself, she says that she is first and foremost, a mother to daughters Malia and Sasha. She once told People magazine   that she had scored a job interview, but she was still on maternity leave and breastfeeding newborn Sasha.

“I didn’t have a babysitter,” she said.  “So I went in there with the stroller and did the interview. And Sasha slept through it, thank goodness.” And, she got the job.

The 62 Wealthiest People in the world are as Rich as Half Of the World’s Population

Runaway inequality has created a world where 62 people own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population, according to an Oxfam report published last week ahead of the annual gathering of the world’s financial and political elites in Davos. This number has fallen dramatically from 388 as recently as 2010 and 80 last year.

An Economy for the 1%, shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population – that’s 3.6 billion people – has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010. This 41 per cent drop has occurred despite the global population increasing by around 400 million people during that period. Meanwhile the wealth of the richest 62 has increased by more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76tr. Just nine of the ’62’ are women.

Although world leaders have increasingly talked about the need to tackle inequality, the gap between the richest and the rest has widened dramatically in the past 12 months. Oxfam’s prediction – made ahead of last year’s Davos – that the 1% would soon own more than the rest of us by 2016, actually came true in 2015, a year early.

Oxfam is calling for urgent action to tackle the inequality crisis and reverse the dramatic fall in wealth of the poorest half of the world. It is urging world leaders to adopt a three-pronged approach – cracking down on tax dodging, increased investment in public services and action to boost the income of the lowest paid.  As a priority, it is calling for an end to the era of tax havens which has seen increasing use of offshore centres by rich individuals and companies to avoid paying their fair share to society. This has denied governments valuable resources needed to tackle poverty and inequality.

It is three years since David Cameron told Davos that he would lead a global effort against aggressive avoidance in the UK and in poor countries, yet promised measures to increase transparency in British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, such as the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands, have not yet been implemented.

Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive, said: “It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of the world population owns no more than a small group of the global super-rich – so few, you could fit them all on a single coach.

“World leaders’ concern about the escalating inequality crisis has so far not translated into concrete action to ensure that those at the bottom get their fair share of economic growth. In a world where one in nine people go to bed hungry every night we cannot afford to carry on giving the richest an ever bigger slice of the cake.

“We need to end the era of tax havens which has allowed rich individuals and multinational companies to avoid their responsibilities to society by hiding ever increasing amounts of money offshore.

“Tackling the veil of secrecy surrounding the UK’s network of tax havens would be a big step towards ending extreme inequality. Three years after he made his promise to make tax dodgers ‘wake up and smell the coffee’, it is time for David Cameron to deliver.”

Globally, it is estimated that super-rich individuals have stashed a total of $7.6tr in offshore accounts. If tax were paid on the income that this wealth generates, an extra $190bil would be available to governments every year.

As much as 30 percent of all African financial wealth is estimated to be held offshore, costing an estimated $14billion in lost tax revenues every year. This is enough money to pay for healthcare for mothers and children that could save 4 million children’s lives a year and employ enough teachers to get every African child into school.

Nine out of ten WEF corporate partners have a presence in at least one tax haven and it is estimated that tax dodging by multinational corporations costs developing countries at least $100billion every year. Corporate investment in tax havens increased almost quadrupled between 2000 and 2014.

At the G8 in 2013, David Cameron promised that both the UK and the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, would introduce public registers of companies’ owners in an effort to crack down on the use of shell companies to avoid tax. The UK has fulfilled that promise but so far only one Overseas Territory, Montserrat, and not a single Crown Dependency has followed suit.

Allowing governments to collect the taxes they are owed from companies and rich individuals will be vital if world leaders are to meet their new goal, set last September, to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.

Although the number of people living in extreme poverty halved between 1990 and 2010, the average annual income of the poorest 10 per cent has risen by less than $3-a-year in the past quarter of a century. That equates to an increase in individuals’ daily income of less than a single cent a year.

Had inequality within countries not grown between 1990 and 2010, an extra 200 million people would have escaped poverty.

One of the other key trends behind rising inequality, set out in Oxfam’s report is the falling share of national income going to workers in almost all developed and most developing countries and a widening gap between pay at the top and the bottom of the income scale. This particularly affects women, who make up the majority of low paid workers around the world.

By contrast, the already wealthy have benefited from a rate of return on capital via interest payments, dividends, etc, that has been consistently higher than the rate of economic growth. This advantage has been compounded by the use of tax havens which are perhaps the most glaring example set out in the report of how the rules of the economic game have been rewritten in a manner that has supercharged the ability of the rich and powerful to entrench their wealth.

Action to recover the missing billions lost to tax havens needs to be accompanied by a commitment on the part of governments to invest in healthcare, schools and other vital public services that make such a big difference to the lives of the poorest people.

Governments should also to make sure work delivers an acceptable standard of living for those at the bottom as well as for those at the top – including moving minimum wage rates towards a living wage and tackling the pay gap between men and women.

Goldring added: added: “Ending extreme poverty requires world leaders to tackle the growing gap between the richest and the rest which has trapped hundreds of millions of people in a life of poverty, hunger and sickness.

“It is no longer good enough for the richest to pretend that their wealth benefits the rest of us when the facts show that the recent explosion in the wealth of the super-rich has come at the expense of the poorest.”

 

Japan Keeps This Train Station Running for Just One Regular Passenger

For years, there’s only been one passenger waiting at the Kami-Shirataki train station in the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Japan: A high-school girl, on her way to class.

The train stops there only twice a day—once to pick up the girl and again to drop her off after the school day is over.

It sounds like a Hayao Miyazaki film. But according to CCTV News, it was a decision that Japan Railways—the group that operates the country’s railway network—made more than three years ago.

At that time, ridership at the Kami-Shirataki station had dramatically fallen because of its remote location, and freight service had ended there as well.

Japan Railways was getting ready to shut the station down for good—until they noticed that it was still being used every day by the high-schooler.

So they decided to keep the station open for her until she graduates. The company’s even adjusted the train’s timetable according to the girl’s schedule. The unnamed girl is expected to graduate this March, which is when the station will finally be closed.

People are tipping their hats to the Japanese government for making education a top priority. “Why should I not want to die for a country like this when the government is ready to go an extra mile just for me,” one commenter wrote on CCTV’s Facebook page.

“This is the meaning of good governance penetrating right to the grassroot level. Every citizen matters. No Child left behind!”

Others, like the creator behind this YouTube video, grieve over the struggling railways of rural Japan. With the country’s record-low birthrate, aging population, and the threat of losing a third of its population by 2060, Japan faces a number of crises including a surplus of vacant housing and a shrinking workforce. The nation’s railroad system is being hit by these shifts.

Japan’s impressively efficient high-speed rails have continued to expand to the outskirts of the country, rendering many of Japan’s older, low-tech railways obsolete. Kami-Shirataki station, for example, sits in the town of Engaru in the rural part of Hokkaido, which lost at least 20 rail lines in the past few decades, according to Fortune.

But if this story of a young girl and her special connection to the Kami-Shiratki station is any indicator, Japan’s disappearing rural railroads will be remembered for their service to even the most remote parts of the country.

Top Quotes by Robert Mugabe

  1. If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first
  2. Dont fight even over girlfriends. The country is full of beautiful women. If you cant get one, come to Mugabe for assistance.
  3. I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once.
  4. If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads.
  5. What is the problem? We now have aeroplanes which can take them back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors
  6. South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won’t even attempt to slap a live one. Yet they can stone to death a black man simply because he’s a foreigner
  7. We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans.
  8. Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept will seek to remove.
  9. We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked. We have enough.
  10. We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating.

7 Things You Did not Know about Fast and Furious 7

Discover these 7 very curious things about Fast and Furious 7, the success of these days at the movie theater.

Although the death of Paul Walker has been a great sorrow for the followers of the “saga”, we can say that the data have been impressive box office. The spectacular action scenes and plot are being well received by the public, that has not stopped praising the film. BFI, web reference in the film industry, has given a good score, and the hits keep coming. Here are 5 things we probably did not know about Fast and Furious 7 and these are:

1) To revive Paul Walker in the film, the technicians took his face frames from other movies, and superimposed on the bodies of voice actors. A feat of technology.

Church in Taiwan ‘Shoe-Shaped’ to attract Female Worshippers

What would take us to church? More than a hit song from Hozier, according to this Taiwanese church.

An enormous Cinderella-liked glass slipper church has been erected in Ocean View Park in Budai town, situated on the east coast of Taiwan, according to reports by Huanqiu.com.

Made entirely out of blue tinted glass and measuring 55 feet tall and 36 feet wide, the church took two months to build and will be opened to the public before the Lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 8.

Zheng Rongfeng, a spokesman for the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, told Huanqiu.com, the church is a way of drawing in female worshippers and will have a total of 100 female-oriented features including “chairs for lovers, maple leaves, biscuits and cakes.”

Looks like the Carrie Bradshaws of the world now have a new meeting spot on Sundays.