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Enyimbas Afelokhai, five others return to training – The Nation Newspaper

Posted: January 11, 2020 at 5:45 am


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By Tunde Liadi

Enyimba have got positive updates from the treatment table after some of their injured players returned to training and are making progress ahead of their must win CAF Confederation Cup Matchday Four tie with Paradou AC of Algeria in Aba.

The Peoples Elephant have been battling with injuries to first team players but Theophilus Afelokhai, Andrew Abalogu, Stanley Dimgba and Nelson Ogbonnaya have resumed training with their teammates and could play some part in Sundays game if the interim coach, Fatai Osho gets the greenlight from the medical team for them to be fielded.

The media aide of the team, Bariza Zazi told NationSport that the four players have resumed training and are making progress towards a comeback to the team.

He, however, disclosed that Thomas Zenke and Ifeanyi Anaemena trained separately as they were still recovering from the injuries. Enyimba who recently changed their coach, Usman AbdAllah with Osho are third in Group D with three points from three games ahead of their blockbuster fixture with the Algerian opposition at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba on Sunday.

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Anand Sheela interview: It is time people know the real me – Scroll.in

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Before Sheela Ambalal Patel (or Sheela Silverman, or Ma Anand Sheela, or Sheela Birnstiel) announced that Alia Bhatt was her choice of actor to play her on the big screen, and long after she sent a legal notice to Priyanka Chopra when she heard that Chopra was developing a script based on her life, the former Rajneesh aide was meeting journalists in India. Sheela is the subject of a Netflix documentary directed by Amit Madhesiya and Shirley Abraham and produced by Shakun Batra for Karan Johars Dharma Productions. The documentary, titled Ma Anand Sheela, will include a conversation between Sheela and Johar, interviews, and candid moments of her trip through India.

Batra will direct a separate biopic on Sheela, which will reportedly be headlined by Alia Bhatt and will also be produced by Dharma Productions.

Sheela, who is now 70, was the personal secretary and spokesperson of the godman Rajneesh in the 1980s. She ran his commune, Rajneeshpuram, in the American state of Oregon, and was involved in a series of controversies and crimes. In 1984, Sheela was sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder and assault, but she got paroled after 39 months. Her story has been detailed in the immensely successful Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country. Sheela now lives in Switzerland, where she runs two care homes for seniors and people with degenerative illnesses.

How many women do you know who have built an entire city, and all I am known for is tough titties, she says in the trailer of the upcoming documentary series.

Spirituality is not for me, Sheela told Scroll.in. I was Bhagwans lover and manager of the entire Rajneesh movement. I had a tough job in hand, and that is forgotten. To build an entire city [in Oregon] is not a joke.

Shakun Batra, who was also present at the interview, said the documentary takes off from where Wild Wild Country ended. Anand Sheela is so many things she is a pop icon, an Osho spokesperson, a criminal. but nobody really knows the real her, Batra said. With this documentary, we follow her return to India and unreel the layers to reveal who the real Anand Sheela is.

Sheela was born in Vadodara and moved to America when she was 18. I am here today and I could withstand all that I went through in my life is because my parents taught me to be tenacious and focussed, she said.

She is sharp and staccato in her responses to questions about her life. This is the right time for me to be here, Sheela declared. There is no logical explanation to it, really. I wished this film to happen so people know the real me. I think it is time. She also wishes to work in India. I feel that my people, my relatives and people I knew are ready to accept me now, she said. This is a different India I have come to.

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A historic and cultural glimpse into Pune, from the lap of luxury – Indulgexpress

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Punes cultural landscape is often overshadowed by that of Mumbai. Slices of history peek through the modern vista in this city, but are also balanced by a youthful urban population. We took a short two-day trip to stay at the newly opened The Ritz-Carlton, Pune, the second one in the country, and we packed in a bit of what Pune has to offer.

The pleasures of the city start as soon as you enter, as the airport is a mere 15-minute drive from the hotel, a welcome change for us coming from Bengaluru. Flanked by the Poona Golf Course, the hotel makes for a striking sight.After being greeted by the staff,we made our way to our room, that oozed luxury. A glorious view of the golf course, a king-sized bed, a huge TV and a walk-in closet: what more could we ask for!

Steeped in Our Friday afternoon began with a high tea at their Tea Lounge. Fine China graced the table as weselected our brew. On offer were Chinese floral and fruity teas, but we stuck to the traditional English Breakfast. It paired excellently with the cucumber sandwiches and array of tea cakes. Sitting under the glittering grand chandelier, this meal truly made us feel royal.

Our next stop was the spa. We were ushered into the room for a signature treatment a full body massage with black pepper and eucalyptus oil. The warm oils and the expert masseuse eased awayall the tension from our body. The cherry on top was the steam and sauna room you can unwind in after the massage.

Dinner was at Three Kitchens and Bar, a buffet restaurantoffering the best of world cuisine. Fresh pastas, breads, Asiandelicacies and Indian classics were just some of the options that caught our eye. Holding fort Saturday promised an exciting itinerary for us a tour of some of the historic landmarks of the city. We started with the fort Shaniwar Wada, famouslyfeatured in the movie Bajirao Mastani. Although a lot of the structure burnt down in a fire in 1828, some of the gates andfountains still stand and impress with their grandeur. Another place to visit is the Aga Khan Palace, built by the Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, that served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife in the 1940s. A walk into the local market, Tulshi Baug, proved more fun than we expected. Although super crowded, the street side shops here offer everything from miniature kitchen sets for kids to counterfeit Kylie lip kits.

And, naturally, we also dug into some of the local snacks while on our day out. Sabudana vada is highly recommended, of course. We wrapped up the outing with a traditional thali at the famed Maratha Samrat restaurant. Back in the hotel, we donned our swimming costumes and headed to the pool, for a post-lunch dip. The infinity pool overlooking the busy street and lush greenery just does the trick when you want to relax.

Of sake andscallops The highlight of our trip, and we saved the best for last, was our dinner at Ukiyo, the fine-dine Japanese restaurant. Named after the Japanese word for a certain kind of pleasure seeking lifestyle, the modern restaurant was pure decadence stone walls lined with their sake selection, a robatayaki grill and the most exquisite dishes made of choicest produce. We dined on the fresh flavours of seafood and delicate sushi, accompanied by carafes of sake. A customary slice of Japanese Cheesecake and sesame ice cream brought our meal to an end, and unfortunately our holiday as well.

The next day, a quick taste of the regional and international breakfast at Three Kitchen and Bar later, we headed to the airport, bidding goodbye to the city, of which we saw a new side on this holiday. The Ritz-Carlton, Pune pampered us with its ornate decor, warm hospitality and unmatchable culinary offerings.

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Tuck in Here are some must-tryeateries in Pune: Vaidya Upahar Gruha:A 105-year-old institutionthat serves the best andmost authentic misal and pohe in town, were told. What sets them apart is their green misal due to the addition of green chilies. At Budhwar Peth

Maratha Samrat: Gostraight for the thali at this restaurant and top it up with a glass of solkadhi. The thali, available in vegetarian, mutton and fish options, comes with dishes such as bhakri, tambda rassa and stickyIndra rice. At Camp

German Bakery:You cant miss the famous Shrewsbury biscuits from this bakery if youre in Pune. Located near the Osho Ashram, this was also the site of the 2010 bomb blasts.At Koregaon Park

At Yerawada, Pune. The writer was at The Ritz-Carlton, Pune by invitation.

anagha@newindianexpress.com @anaghzzz

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Chesterfield 1 v 2 Yeovil Town: Spireites lose again and defender Will Evans plays as makeshift goalkeeper for last half an hour – Derbyshire Times

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Chesterfield defender Will Evans had to put the gloves on after an injury to goalkeeeper Luke Coddington when all three subs had been used.

Myles Hippolyte opened the scoring for the visitors after just two minutes when he side-footed the ball past Luke Coddington frominside the area.

Rhys Murphy grabbed his 15thof the season from the penalty spot on 24 minutes after the striker was fouledby Anthony Gerrard.

Curtis Weston thumped in a superbvolley from distance to give Chesterfield a lifeline on the hour mark.

But within minutescaptainEvans hadto put the goalkeepergloves on after Coddingtonwent off with what looked like a serious injury after slipping in the wet conditions when kicking the ball.

Town had already used all their three substitutes, with Matt Tootle stretchered off early in the first-half,and so played more than half an hour with 10-men and their centre-half between the sticks.

Yeovil could not take advantage of their extra men and claimed the three points while the Spireites have now gone seven games without a win and are second bottom of the division.

The match had beenin doubt before kick-off due to heavy rainfallwith two pitch inspections held at 6.30pm and 7pm but referee Thomas Parsons called the game on but with a delayed start of 8pm.

John Sheridan named an unchanged starting line-up and bench from Saturdays defeat to Bromley.

The hostsgot off to the worst possible start when Hippolyte placed a shot into the bottom corner after two minutes.

Town were dealt another blow when Tootle was stretchered off resulting in seven minutes being added on at the end of the first-half. David Buchanan replaced him and went into midfield while Will Evans moved toright-back.

The Blues first sight of goal came when Mike Fondop headed against the crossbar from a Jay Sheridan free-kick but the striker was ruled offside.

The promotion-chasing visitors doubled their lead on 24 minutes from the penalty spot after Gerrard brought downMurphy in the box.

Murphy sentCoddington the wrong wayas boos rang around the Proact from The Bluessupporters, who have now seen their team already lose eight times at home this season.

It could have been more for Yeovil before half-time had it not been for a smart double save from Coddington to deny Hippolyte and Courtney Duffus.

Boss Sheridan brought on Tom Denton and Jermaine McGlashan before the hour mark to try and find a way back into the game.

And the break through came when Weston volleyed in from 25 yards following a corner to give Chesterfield hope.

But before they had chance to mount another attackCoddington slipped when kicking the ball andwas stretchered off after being down for more than five minutes.

Evans went in goal but was not really tested apart from having to punch a cross clear.

Town had one late opportunity through an acrobtaic effort from Jermaine McGlashan in the last minute of nine added on but it would not have been deserved.

Chesterfield: Coddington; Tootle (Buchanan, 9), Evans (c), Gerrard, Hollis, Sheridan; Maguire, Weston, Nepomuceno (McGlashan, 59); Fondop, Boden (Denton, 50).

Subs: Jalal, McGlashan, Denton, Shaw, Buchanan.

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Dath, Murphy, Dagnall,Dickinson, Duffus, Hippolyte, Lee, Osho, Skendi, Williams.

Subs: Tilley, Worthington, Bradbury, Hutton, Whelan.

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Attendance: 3,161 (94 away)

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11/21/19 Blotter – SRU The Online Rocket

Posted: November 25, 2019 at 1:45 am


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November 14 Police received a call from Resident Life concerned that a student hadnt been in class. The persons roommates hadnt seen or heard from the person. Officer contacted person, and the person was at their home residence and stated that they would be returning to campus that evening.

November 14 Police received a fire alarm activation in ROCK apartments. Alarm was activated by burnt food.

November 14 Police received a call from a nurse stating that a vehicle was parked in Rhoads Hall Staff Lot running with its lights on for over an hour. Upon arrival, vehicle was not occupied and not running, but the lights were left on. Dispatch was unable to locate a contact number for owner of the vehicle.

November 14 Police received a fire alarm activation in Building D. Alarm was activated by burnt hair.

November 14 Police received a call from community assistant (CA) in Building E reporting an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room. Officer on scene contacted residents who stated that they had just returned to room and the odor was already present. Officer checked area and no drugs were located. No further police action was taken.

November 14 Police received a call from CA in Building F stating that an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room. Officers on scene spoke with residents of room and drug paraphernalia was located. Charges are pending.

November 15 Police received a call from CA in Building D stating water was backed up in a shower in a second floor dorm. Officer on scene noticed water was then leaking into the first floor ceiling. Maintenance was notified and responded.

November 16 Police received a call from CA in Building F for a possible alcohol violation in dorm room. Officer on scene spoke to people inside the room. Individual was highly intoxicated. Officer transported person to Health Center for treatment. Person was unruly and transported to the university police station. Individuals parent was notified and came to station to pick up their child. Jacob Osho, 18, was cited with an alcohol violation.

November 16 Police received a fire alarm activation from Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. There was a faint burning odor coming from visitors locker room area.

November 16 Police received a call from an individual stating that they are in the Weisenfluh Dining Hall building for an event and an alarm was activated. No alarms were present. Responding officer found that the alarm was from a person opening an Emergency Exit Only door. The door was propped open which caused the alarm to activate. The door was secured.

November 16 Police received fire alarm activation in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. Alarm was set off by safety working on previous fire alarm activation. All was OK.

November 16 Police received a call from an individual in Building F that had not been heard from or spoken to his friend in over a week. Person does not live on campus. Caller called dispatch and advised that they had contacted person. Everything is OK.

November 16 Police received an intruder alarm activation in the Ski Lodge. Alarm was set off by event staff person that was having an event at the facility. Alarm system was reset.

November 16 Police were called in regards to an individual that was in Building F that had a no trespass and is not allowed to be in the building. Officer spoke to CA who stated that order was issued by Residents Life. Police were unable to find order through police dispatch. CA sent a copy of order to police department. Case is still under investigation.

November 16 Police were dispatched to Building E for an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room. Police on scene contacted occupants. Drug paraphernalia as well as alcohol were discovered. Kathryn Bonczewski, 18, was cited with disorderly conduct. Jada Snowden, 19, was cited with an alcohol violation.

November 17 Slippery Rock Borough Police Department (PD) requested assistance with a loud party on North Main Street. University police assisted in removing occupants of house. No further action was taken by university police.

November 17 Police received a call for a highly intoxicated person in the hallway on the third floor of Watson Hall. Officer on scene identified that individual was of legal age, person was not sick and cooperating with responding officer. Person was having trouble maintaining balance. Police transported person to the Health Center for treatment. No further police action was taken.

November 17 Pennsylvania state police (PSP) requested back up for a traffic stop on Kiester Road with multiple occupants inside of vehicle. University police stood by and secured occupants while field sobriety tests were performed. PSP took driver into custody for possible DUI, and Prys Towing responded and towed vehicle.

November 17 Police received a call to check on a person in Building D. Police contacted person and everything was fine.

November 17 Police responded to a smoke detector activation in Watson hall. Police checked the room, and there was burnt food in the microwave.

November 17 Police were called for a person having a possible reaction and needed assistance in administering an epi-pen in Building A. While officer was administering the epi-pen, officer was hit by the needle. Officer was taken to the hospital for possible reaction to pen exposure. Caller was fine and refused further treatment.

November 18 University police assisted Slippery Rock PD with traffic control for a motor vehicle accident on East Cooper Street.

November 18 Police received a call from a concerned parent who stated that they received a call from their child that while working out, they had an elevated heart rate, but then the heart rate went back to normal. Parent was concerned that they havent heard from their child and was unable to make contact. While officer was responding, father called back and stated that their child was OK and is now swimming. No further police action was taken.

November 19 University police conducted a traffic stop near Smith Commuter Lot, which resulted in drug paraphernalia being located inside the vehicle. Devyn Nicolia, 18, was cited with disorderly conduct.

November 19 Police received a call of a suspicious male wearing a black suit driving a SUV. Male was looking weirdly toward caller and pulled closer to persons vehicle. Person was a limousine driver on campus and was picking up an individual to transport them to Pittsburgh International Airport. Person was looking for a place to park their vehicle. No further police action was taken.

November 19 Police received a call from CA in Building F stating there was an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room. Officer on scene contacted residents. No drugs were found.

November 21 Police received a call from CA in Building E of an odor of marijuana was coming from a dorm room. Officer on scene contacted residents. No drugs were found.

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Goalkeeper top priority for Reading FC in transfer window, say fans – Get Reading

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Reading fans have urged the club to sign a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window.

Brazilian shotstopper Rafael is the current no.1 having joined the club late in the summer window after ending his contract early with Sampdoria.

But there is little in the way of back-up for the 29-year-old with both Joao Virginia and Sam Walker failing to convince between the sticks.

With this in mind, supporters reckon the club should sign another goalkeeper in the New Year to provide cover for Rafael.

In a fan survey conducted by Berkshire Live, 31 per cent of fans said the goalkeeping department was the one most in need of strengthening at Reading.

Nearly 23 per cent said a midfielder was needed, while a new striker and a left winger were also high on the list.

Former Reading loanee midfielder Lewis Baker, who is currently on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundlesliga from parent club Chelsea, is the player most fans want the club to sign in January.

The 25-year-old had a highly productive loan spell with Royals in the second half of last season and played an instrumental part as former boss Jose Gomes steered the side to Championship survival.

Danny Loader and Chris Gunter were two popular picks for which players should be loaned out by Reading in January.

Both players are out of contract in the summer and their days in Berkshire appear to be numbered.

A good number of fans who took the survey said the club's younger players - such as Josh Barrett, Michael Olise, Ryan East, Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho - all need a temporary exit in January.

Senior outcast pair Vito Mannone and Sone Aluko, whose loans expire at the end of the year, were identified by fans as players who should be sold in the upcoming window.

Gunter, Loader, Tyler Blackett and Sam Walker were also 'popular' picks by those who answered the survey.

Meanwhile, more than 60 per cent of fans who took the survey rated the season as three out of five - with one being disastrous and five as excelent. Almost 31 per cent gave the campaign a two.

A total of 78 per cent of fans said Reading were right to sack Gomes last month after the poor start to the season.

More than half who responded to the survey said midfielder Ovie Ejaria was the player of the season so far.

The Liverpool loanee has been in inspired form for Reading and is one of the top rated players in the league.

Ejaria was followed in the list by fellow midfielder John Swift and defenders Andy Yiadom and Michael Morrison.

Everton loanee Virginia has been named as the most disappointing player for Reading this season.

The 20-year-old has made just three appearances for Royals and has lost his place in the matchday squad after some high-profile errors.

Striker George Puscas was second in the list, with 16 per cent voting him as the most disappointing player so far.

The Romanian has scored just four goals in 16 appearances since his summer switch from Inter Milan. Pele and Loader were third and fourth respectively in the voting.

Fans appear to be fairly optimistic about what the season holds for Reading.

More than 60 per cent of loyal Royals said the club will finish between seventh and 12th in the Championship table come the end of the season.

Just over a quarter said Mark Bowen's side will finish between 13th and 21st in the standings.

Some fans (12 per cent) even predicted Reading to finish in one of the four play-off spots.

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‘Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator’: Netflix documentary charts the rise of an empire through systematic abuse by a – MEAWW

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A young charismatic Indian man, Bikram Choudhury, changed the face of yoga in America in the 1970s. Choudhury, with his distinct and grueling style of the ancient practice, earned a name amongst celebrities, counting stars like Elvis Presley, Shirley Maclaine, George Harrison, and even President Richard Nixon among his clients.

With extensive media exposure, Choudhury created a bad boy image for himself and spun tales of winning nonexistent yoga championships and purported health benefits of "hot yoga" which remained unquestioned at the time.

Choudhury, with enough recognition to go by, opened his own yoga studio and began offering $10,000 teacher training to the masses. His classes, however, were not what you would expect a typical yoga class to be. The massive auditorium with dozens of reverent disciples clinging to his every single instruction was vaguely reminiscent of the Rajneesh cult of the spiritual teacher Osho.

Through his classes, Choudhury had elevated himself to a godlike figure whose actions went unquestioned and unchallenged. His followers saw a father figure in him, and many believed he had changed their lives and bodies for the better with his trademark "Bikram Yoga."

His following and centers began expanding exponentially, making him the richest yoga guru in the world. However, that period is also when the red flags began showing. Netflix documentary 'Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator,' through a series of interviews of his students, details the months of unchecked abuse by the yoga guru who had become a predator.

Clad in just a black Speedo and a Rolex, Choudhury verbally attacked his students in class and then broke into melodious songs. His disciples, who had a cult-ish devotion to him, accepted their yoga guru's blatant abuse and even acquiesced to his demands of late-night massages. Sarah Baughn, Choudhury's student who completed her teacher training with him, was the first victim to publicly come forward, accusing him of sexual assault.

Baugh was midway through her training when the yoga guru first made his advances. She was called into his office where he asked her what were they going to do about their relationship.

The 20-something Baughn had no idea what he was talking about. Later that day in class, he placed her in standing bow pose in an entire room full of students and pulled on her leg, pushing her heart towards the floor. Choudhury then pushed his hips into Baughn as she stood vulnerable, and continued whispering in her ear, asking what should they do about their relationship. The unwarranted advances turned to abuse.

Baughn filed a lawsuit against Choudhury in 2014, alleging that he trapped her in his hotel room and forcibly attempted to initiate sex. Her public declaration resulted in floodgates being opened from other victims. They all had feared ostracism in the hot yoga community. Another student, Larissa Anderson, in the documentary, detailed how she was raped by Choudhury in his home while his wife and children were sleeping under the same roof.

Choudhury's first major lawsuit came from his former employee Micki Jafa-Bodden who sued him for unlawful termination after she began probing his predatory behavior towards his students.

Bikram Choudhury created a hyper-sexualized, offensive and degrading environment for women by, among other things, demanding that female staffers brush his hair and give him massages," Bodden said in her 2013 lawsuit.

He lost a $7.5 million civil lawsuit to Jafa-Bodden in 2016 and fled the United States, becoming a fugitive from the law. He has yet to pay Jafa-Bodden and has not faced any criminal charges.

Choudhury's story, however, is not yet over. He has continued to open centers in India and advertise for his teacher training classes, with the most recent being in Mexico, just a few hundred miles away from some of his victims.

'Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator' is streaming on Netflix now.

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A Rejoinder to Makinde: Let the Real Work Start – P.M. News

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

By Lati Abayomi

I read this epistle full of lies and half-truths by Lolu Aderogba, hoping he would tell us the real governance issues not being addressed by Governor Seyi Makinde. Alas, I was disappointed! Therefore, I am forced to address the alternative facts presented by Aderogba with facts in the public domain available to all. Then, I will point out what the governor has done in the last six months that has somehow escaped Aderogbas notice.

Lets start with the Ibadan Circular Road project. At no point did Governor Seyi Makinde revoke the contract for the Ibadan Circular Road. Had Aderogba expended the level of energy he invested in calling out Makinde, to read his Twitter timeline, he would have known that the governor only suspended the project pending a meeting with the contractors.

A tweet posted on October 31, 2019, reads We visited Ibadan Circular Road, Lagos-Ibadan Bye Pass, this afternoon for an on-the-spot assessment of the work done so far. The agreement for this project was signed in 2017 and the work done so far is about 5.5%. The concession value is N67B for 32 Kilometres of road. Ive asked that the work be stopped for us to take a holistic look at the project, which isnt proceeding as it should, for a road thats so important to Oyo States economy. Well meet with the contractors to discuss specifics like funding/work plan & decide the projects future.

Following that meeting (The Nation Ibadan Circular Road; Makinde Rescinds Stop-Work Order November 3, 2019) the governor rescinded the order after ENL Consortium Ltd (the contractors) assured him that they now had the required funds to execute the project. They admitted that inability to raise funds prevented them from executing beyond 5.5% in nearly three years. The contractors were told to deliver the project by May 2020, as stated in the agreement signed with the previous administration in 2017, and they agreed to do so.

So, Aderogbas claim that ENL Consortium Ltd threatened to take legal action against the governor and Oyo State Government for revoking the Ibadan Circular Road contract is false and a figment of his imagination.

Did Governor Seyi Makinde refer to the contractor who was awarded Moniya-Iseyin road as faceless? Yes, he did. But in the English language, faceless does not mean unidentifiable. It would be preposterous to think so. The contract documents were in the governments possession, so it is evident that the contractor awarded the contract was known to the government. A quick dictionary check on usage would reveal that the expression was to convey that the contractor was an unknown quantity without a track record, given the magnitude and importance of the work awarded to it.

Now, let us address Globus Nigeria Limited and the forest reserves. Oyo State has the following Forest Reserves; 1) Gambari Forest Reserves 11,431 Hectares 2) Osho Forest Reserves 3,704 Hectares 3) Ijaiye Forest Reserves 28,491 Hectares 4) Olokemeji Forest Reserves 7,511 Hectares 5) Lanlate Forest Reserves 7,507 Hectares 6) Igangan Forest Reserves 39,627 Hectares 7) Olaseinde Forest Reserves 686 Hectares 8) Ooko/Iroo Forest Reserves 2,300 Hectares 9) Opara Forest Reserves 248,640 Hectares.

What exactly was reversed? The Commissioner for the Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Kehinde Ayoola, explained this via a Facebook post on September 9, 2019. Senator Abiola Ajimobis government, hiding behind a nebulous Agriculture policy, allotted a total of 260,000 Hectares to himself (26,000 hectares -6,000 from Gambari and 20,000 from Opara), party members, friends and cronies; this is what was revoked by Governor Seyi Makindes administration.

Ajimobis administration permitted some investors to establish fishing and poultry business in about 2,000 hectares at Gambari Forest Reserve only. The company, Globus Nigeria Ltd, was the only company referenced in Aderogbas article. Also in the same Gambari Reserve, Kopek Nigeria Ltd was given about 300 hectares for quarry services.

Globus Nigeria Ltd which rears fish and poultry inside Gambari Reserve has as part of the conditions to use that place, the planting of 1,000 hectares of trees yearly, as an environmental impact mitigation measure. This is in addition to paying N10M ground rent annually. Ajimobis allottees have no such stipulations in their agreements with the state government. It is important to note that despite lauding Ajimobis policy of allocating 260,000 Hectares of forest reserves, Aderogba could only reference Globus Nigeria Ltd with only 2,000 Hectares as the one company which was utilising the land for agricultural purposes.

According to Hon Ayoolas Facebook post referenced above, What makes these acquisitions reprehensible, and environmentalists and conservationists will agree, is that Forests are very vital in the fight against Global Warming and its attendant problem of Climate Change. Nations of the world are looking to not only preserve their forest resources but they are adding to it. But our man was trying to take away from our forest. Of cos, with the concurrence of His Excellency GSM, I have revoked the illegal allocations. We shall collaborate with the Ministry of Justice to take further necessary action. The information is available in the public space.

Ironically, Aderogba claimed Governor Makinde cancelled the Schools Governing Board (SGB) when in fact, this is one of the policies of Ajimobi which Makinde commended, as various newspapers reported on August 1, 2019. The Makinde led government had upon assuming office, reviewed the mode of operation of SGBs to prevent the extortion of students in public schools. The claim that the government cancelled SGBs and reversed itself following an outcry is false.

On Oyo States debt, according to data available on the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) website, Oyo States debt in December 2018 was $104,997,383.47 external debt (~N32B at the official exchange rate of N306/$1) and N91,515,756,366.15 domestic debt. That is in total, N123B. This does not take into account debt incurred between January and May 2019 before the Governor Seyi Makinde administration was sworn in. Aderogba lied when he claimed that Oyo State debt was below N100B and his claim that Oyo State isnt one of the top 10 most indebted states in Nigeria is only half true. Oyo State ranked 9 in the top 10 states with the highest external debt profile in 2018. Considering the fact that Oyo State is ranked 27th out of 36 states in the 2019 Budgit States Sustainability Index (up from 30th in 2018), its debt profile should not be treated with such levity.

It is extremely mischievous for Aderogba to suggest that Oyo State debt of N123B (as at December 2018) is mostly made up of the potential World Bank loan of N72B ($200M). This is an outright lie. To be clear, while the World Bank loan for flood management is potentially $200M (N72B at the exchange rate of N306-$1), the money is not paid out at once and anyone familiar with the way World Bank loans operate will know that this is the case. The Ajimobi led government accessed 25% of the amount $45M (N13.7B at exchange rate of N360-$1) which has already been added to Oyo States external debt profile of $104M.

So N72B ($200M) is what the Oyo State government will be able to access in total from the World Bank, but the money is not paid out at once, it is given in tranches. It is only added to Oyo States debt profile after it has been accessed. For the record, only $45M has been paid out till date by the World Bank, and this was paid out to the previous administration led by Ajimobi. Had the entire $200M been paid out by the World Bank, Oyo States external debt profile would have been a whopping $259M as at December 2018, not $104M. At the risk of being pedantic, I urge Lolu Aderogba to confirm facts before putting pen to paper.

On the N7.6B Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme, there is no record that the governor condemned the loan. Governor Makindes position was evident even before he was sworn in as governor. As Governor-elect, he instituted a suit in April 2019 to restrain the Ajimobi-led administration from accessing and spending the money a month to the end of its tenure. He was only against the loan being spent on agricultural equipment one month to the end of Ajimobis tenure as he believed that it would be embezzled. The governor shared the court documents via his social media accounts on October 10, 2019.

Upon assuming office, the governor then approached the Oyo State House of Assembly to approve a change of purpose for the loan so that the loan (which was already being repaid as a first line charge by the government) could be put to use. This new purpose farm estates in Eruwa and Akufo was approved by the Oyo State House of Assembly. All these facts are readily available in the public space for anyone interested in the truth and not looking to mislead with lies, half-truths and propaganda.

Since he was sworn in on May 29, 2019, Governor Seyi Makinde has gotten down to the business of governance, crafting and implementing people-centred policies. He has consistently stated that his administration is resting on four pillars Education, Healthcare, Security and the Economy.

In education, Makindes administration has scrapped all fees and levies leading to an influx of students into public schools, provided exercise books for both primary schools and secondary school students, provided textbooks for secondary school students, started renovating all public schools in the state in tranches of 100 at a time, increased the budget for education from 3% to 10% of total budget allocated, paid N500,000 bursary to the backlog set of Oyo State students of the Nigerian Law School, approved the hiring of teachers to meet current shortfalls and approved the retraining of teachers. Oyo State had 400,000 out of school children in the latest data released before Makinde assumed office. This is a ticking time bomb and the government must focus on improving access to and quality of education in the state.

In healthcare, the government has embarked on renovating and equipping of hospitals (Adeoyo and Jericho Specialist) and Primary Healthcare Centres across the state.

For security, the government has embarked on the nearly completed Light Up Ibadan project, provided an emergency contact number, 615 and recently distributed 100 security patrol vehicles to enable security agencies to react speedily to reports of criminal activities. The proscription of NURTW for security reasons still subsists.

On the economy, since June 2019, the government ensures the salary payment of civil servants on or before the 25th of the month, providing liquidity for the local economy. The government has also by improving revenue collection and plugging leakages, increased internally generated revenue by N400M without raising taxes. The re-awarded Moniya-Iseyin road when completed will aid economic activities in the state. In September 2019, the government entered into a partnership with agritech company, Farmcrowdy, to work with 50,000 farmers in Oyo State over the course of 3 years.

The government has transmitted Executive Bills on investment and financial crimes to the Oyo State House of Assembly which is still deliberating on these bills. Governor Makinde set up a Due Process Office in June 2019 to ensure that due process is followed for the award of government contracts.

These are some of the things the six-month-old government has done. There is still a lot to be done but with each passing day, Governor Makinde demonstrates that the people of Oyo State made the right choice in electing him to office with a wide margin of victory over his opponent. Lolu Aderogba should take his own advice and ensure he only communicates the truth about governance in Oyo State in his opinion pieces going forward.

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When you go to sleep tonight and every night following tonight, before going to sleep put off the light, sit on your bed, close your eyes and exhale deeply through the mouth with the sound O Ooooo. Go on exhaling with the sound O, as deeply as possible. Your stomach goes in, the air moves out, and you go on creating the sound O.

Remember, I am not saying Aum, I am saying simply O. It will become Aum automatically. You need not make it; then it is false. You simply create the sound O. When it becomes more harmonious and you are enjoying it, suddenly you will become aware it has become Aum. But dont force it to become Aum, then it is false. When it becomes spontaneously Aum, then, it is something vibrating from within. And this sound Aum is the deepest sound, the most harmonious, the most basic.

When it happens and you enjoy and you flow in its music, your whole body and your brain relax. With the sound Aum, you will go on relaxing and your sleep will have a different quality, altogether. When you have exhaled completely and you feel that now no more exhalation is possible, the whole breath has gone out, stop for a single moment. Dont inhale, dont exhale just stop. In that stop you are in the ocean.

Just remain so for a single moment and just look at what is happening. Be aware where you are: witness the whole situation that is there in that single stopped moment. Time is no more there, because time moves with breaths; breathing is the process of time. Because you breathe you feel time moving. When you dont breathe, you are just like a dead man. Time has stopped, there is no process anywhere; everything has stoppedas if the whole existence has stopped with you. In that stopping, you can become aware of the deepest source of your being and energy. So for a single moment, stop. Then inhale through the nose, but dont make any effort to inhale.

Remember, make all the effort to exhale, but dont make any effort to inhale; just let the body inhale. You simply relax your hold and let the body take the inhalation. You dont do anything. That too is beautiful and works wonders. You will feel a deep silence surrounding you, because then you know your effort is not needed for life. Life breathes itself. It moves by itself of its own cause. It is a river; you unnecessarily go on pushing it. You will see that the body is taking the inhalation. Your effort is not needed, your ego is not needed you are not needed. When the body has taken a full inhalation, stop for a single moment again. Again watch.

These two moments are totally different. When you have exhaled completely and stopped, that stopping is just like death. When you have inhaled totally and then stopped, that stopping is the climax of life. Remember, inhalation is equivalent to life, exhalation equivalent to death. Thats why the first thing a child does when born is to inhale, and the last thing the same child will do when old, dying, will be to exhale. On this earth, the first thing you did while entering life was inhalation, and the last thing you will do will be exhalation. (Vedanta: Seven steps to Samadhi, Osho Times International. Courtesy Osho International Foundation. http://www.osho.com)

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