Hauwa Gambo

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RUMOUR BUSTER: The Taiye Taiwo broadcast is false

You must have seen the broadcasts: Nigerian Soccer Star Taiye Taiwo turns 25 today in UK & his twin brother turns 33 in 9ja. Is God not a Great God.”

Well it turns out this broadcast is malicious and inaccurate that Taye Taiwo’s twin brother died when they were young kids.

Let’s work to stop this.

- Hauwa Gambo

America’s hottest export? Sperm, it appears

While in Australia visiting family for the holidays, I heard a story on the radio about how almost all Australian sperm — yes, the human kind — is imported from the U.S. How odd, I thought, I wonder why?

When I got back home, I began researching the issue, and it turns out that Australia, like Canada and Great Britain, bars anonymous sperm donations, which has literally dried up local donations over the last decade. This led me to another surprising discovery: the U.S. is by far the largest exporter of human sperm in the world. Every year tens of thousands of vials go to more than 60 countries.

I explore this fascinating, er, gross domestic product in the latest edition of the dead-tree magazine (available to subscribers here). The main character I follow is a Canadian woman named Shari Ann, a single mom who, after failing to find good Jewish sperm in her home country, found her genetic Prince Charming in Virginia. Her twin boys are now 7 and they have more than 70 half siblings around the world.

There are some notable trends in the export business. Generally, fair-haired donors are preferred, even in South America, Africa and Asia. The Middle East and Italy — and really all religious countries — bar single women and lesbians from importing sperm (though those who can afford it simply travel to the U.S. to get it). And ironically, given Shari Ann’s experience, Israel has only one condition on incoming sperm: that it not be Jewish. Because Judaism is passed down through the mother and because generations of closely held bloodlines have led to a higher prevalence of rare diseases such as Tay-Sachs and cystic fibrosis among Israelis, non-Jewish sperm ensures a dilution of the gene pool.

- Huffington Post

 

Maureen Dowd now wants Hillary to be President? Wow.

I mean I don’t disagree – Hillary Clinton is eminently my favourite to rule the world’s number one country, but Maureen Down does have cojones to suddenly switch on her opinions of the woman she now calls ‘The Inevitable’.

You’d have to scour the internet to get a hang of the famous Dowd animosity against anything (heck, she even won a Pulitzer for it), but this piece will give you a taste – http://www.mrc.org/node/6703.

Now, all this, in the shadow of Hillary’s globally acclaimed run as Secretary of State, seems to have changed.

Now she says, “Hillary Clinton has fought for women’s rights around the world. But who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home?

“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me,” she told an adoring crowd at the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on Saturday. “But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies.

“Yes,” she continued to applause, “it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world.”

“As secretary of state, Ms. Clinton is supposed to stay out of domestic politics. But this was a moment pregnant with possibility, a titanic clash of the Inevitable (Hillary) and the Indefensible (Republican cavemen).

“The attempt by Republican men to wrestle American women back into chastity belts has not only breathed life into President Barack Obama, it has roused and riled Hillary. And that could turn out to be the most dangerous thing the wildly self-destructive GOP leaders have done.”

Read the full piece here – http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/maureen-dowd-hillarys-getting-riled-317648/.

Moral of the story – If you live your life for the critics, you’re a fool. Oh, and Hillary will be America’s president in 2016. Take that to the bank!

BRIEF: Nelson Mandela in hospital

The South African government has confirmed that former President Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital. He was admitted based on an abdominal complaint.

According to the government statement:

“President Jacob Zuma wishes to advise that former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital today, the 25 February 2012.

“Madiba has had a long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention.

“We wish him a speedy recovery and assure him of the love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world.

“We request that all respect the privacy of Madiba and that of his family during this period.”
- Hauwa Gambo

BRIEF: 2 policemen gunned down in Minna

Suspected Boko Haram militants shot and killed two policemen Minna the capital of Niger State early this morning.

An unspecified number of gunmen from the sect opened fire on the police officers instantly killing them.

The incident occurred close to NNPC Mega Station around 12 midnight.

Spokesperson of Niger State Police Command, Richard Adamu, confirmed to reporters that two personnel comprising of a police corporal and constable were killed in the attacks.

The early morning attack brings to five policemen killed since last week in the state.

- Sahara Reporters

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