Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky plans to house banned immigrants

Billionaire CEO of AirBnB, Brian Chesky who also happens to be an immigrant, is offering free accommodation for the refugees and immigrants affected by the executive order.

He made this declaration on his twitter page...


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Chrissy Teigen calls fan a "complete witch" for questioning her pregnancy

Well, its Chrissy with her "Smart mouth" once again...
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Model and wife of John Legend, Chrissy Teigen shuts down fan by calling her a "complete witch" after she questioned why Chrissy used IVF in conceiving baby Luna.



See Chrissy's tweet below:


Emma Stone is engaged to on-and-off boyfriend, actor Andrew Garfield!


The two Hollywood stars who broke off their relationship sometime back, but managed to run back into each others arms to continue their unfinished love, are reportedly engaged.


The engagement rumors was fueled after Emma Stone was pictured wearing a sparkling ring at the Golden Globe Awards, which is believed to be from Andrew Garfield.

Congratulations to them both.

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Top Tech CEO's condemn Trump's immigration ban.



"Four of America's biggest tech companies warned their employees about the ban, according to CNN reports. And leaders throughout the industry, where foreign-born entrepreneurs are central to its success, condemned the decree.
The executive order bans about 134 million people from entering the U.S. 
Google (GOOGL, Tech30) sent out a memo to its employees urging anyone with a visa or green card from one of the banned countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- to cancel any travel plans.

"Please do not travel outside of the U.S. until the ban is lifted. While the entry restriction is currently only in place for 90 days, it could be extended with little or no warning," the memo, which was reviewed by CNN, reads. 


The company issued a statement Saturday, saying it's "concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US." Google also vowed to "continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere." 

On Saturday night, Google cofounder Sergey Brin was at San Francisco International Airport with crowds of protesters. He declined to comment and told CNN that he was there in a personal capacity, but is himself an immigrant from Russia.


Apple (AAPL, Tech30) CEO Tim Cook issued a letter reacting to what he called "deep concerns" among employees. He assured them Apple does not support Trump's policy. "Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do," he wrote in an email obtained by CNN. 


"There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday's immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them," Cook's email reads. "Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship." 
Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) -- which is run by Satya Nadella, who immigrated to the U.S. from India -- told employees Saturday that the company is committed to providing "legal advice and assistance" to its 76 employees that are citizens of the affected countries.

"We appreciate that immigration issues are important to a great many people across Microsoft at a principled and even personal level, regardless of whether they personally are immigrants," Microsoft executive Brad Smith said in an email to employees, which was shared by Nadella on LinkedIn. 
The email also said the company will advocate for "protecting legitimate and law-abiding refugees whose very lives may be at stake in immigration proceedings." Nadella has previously spoken out on the issue. 


Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) also sent an email to employees about the potential implications of Trump's order and offered legal assistance to employees who might be impacted. 
"As we've grown the company, we've worked hard to attract talented people from all over the world, and we believe this is one of the things that makes Amazon great -- a diverse workforce helps us build better products for customers," according to the email sent by Beth Galetti, Amazon's vice president of HR. 


Immigrants and their families have a long history of starting and running American businesses. 
A 2011 report from the Partnership for a New American Economy found that about 45% of high-tech companies in the Fortune 500 were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. 


That list includes highly influential founders from some of the banned countries: Apple founder Steve Jobs was the child of Syrian immigrants, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is the child of Iranian parents, and Oracle's Bob Miner is also Iranian. Omidyar on Saturday called Trump's decision "simple bigotry."

In a note Saturday evening, eBay advised its employees from the banned nations not to travel. "Fortunately, to our knowledge, none of them are currently traveling outside of the U.S." It said that it was still gathering information about the possible impact on family members of those employees. 
In a tweet on Saturday, Square CEO Jack Dorsey said the ban's "humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting."
  
When asked by CNN about the impact of immigration restrictions on innovation, Dorsey said: "We benefit from immigration. We benefit from diversity. We benefit from including more people because we see different perspectives."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook (FB, Tech30) Friday, citing the importance of immigration in his own life's story.


"We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help," Zuckerberg wrote. "That's who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla's family wouldn't be here today." 
Facebook said in a statement Saturday that it's "assessing the impact [of the ban] on our workforce and determining how best to protect our people and their families from any adverse effects." 

In a blog post, Y Combinator President Sam Altman called on the tech community to rally against Trump -- calling the president's actions "a first step toward a further reduction in rights." 
"This is not just a Muslim ban. This is a breach of America's contract with all the immigrants in the nation," Altman wrote. 
He called on people to "not demonize Trump voters," but urged leaders in the community to publicly denounce Trump's actions "at a minimum." And, he said, "employees should push their companies to figure out what actions they can take."

Executives from LinkedIn, Yelp, Foursquare and Salesforce lambasted Trump's decision via Twitter on Saturday.

The ban sparked fear among Muslims in the industry. 
"I'm horrified. As an immigrant who came through the green card process, the idea that it could be invalidated and you could be stranded away from home is truly shocking," an employee of one major tech firm said. "I'm a citizen now, but I have a lot of friends who aren't and who are worried. Even if you're not from one of those countries, if you're Muslim, who knows what could be next?"

Some in tech also vowed to help fund the suit against Trump and support refugees who were in Limbo. 
Shark Tank star and tech investor Chris Sacca promised to match up to $50,000 worth of donations to the ACLU.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky posted on Facebook that his company would house any refugees who were stuck in limbo because of the executive order. 


"Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a U.S.-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence," he posted. He included his email address for anyone who needed assistance. 


Box CEO Aaron Levie also promised to donate, and in an email sent to CNNMoney Saturday, Levie also called the executive order "immoral."

Kylie Jenner and her "twin towers"...


Kylie Jenner's "twin towers'' seems to be growing bigger and larger by day.

This was how it looked before...



Could it be the hand work of a surgeon, or its good Photoshop?

She kinda look like sister - in law and step auntie Blac Chyna in the below photo.

Read this interesting write up against President Trump's Muslim Ban by Reuben Abati,a Nigerian based writer

Reuben Abati, a Nigerian based public relations officer has written a long interesting post on President Trump's executive order. Read the article below:
I am not a fan of Donald Trump, the incumbent President of the United States. I didn’t stand with him. I stood with her- Hillary Clinton- in the last US Presidential election.
No other election in recent American history has been more international in terms of interest and emotional involvement. Trump’s election even divided the Nigerian middle class. 
Majority of Christians in Nigeria stood with Donald Trump. They liked his anti-Muslim rhetoric, and in a country where religion is such a volatile subject and the Christian community feels as if it is under siege from radical Islamic extremism, it was easy for a category of Nigerians to see Trump’s politics being in sync with their own fears and expectations.


Pro-secessionist, Biafran and Christian protesters in the South East also supported Trump. On his Inauguration Day, they organized a rally, some of them were killed, in the process, by Nigerian security agents.  It is always so easy to read American politics into every other politics globally because of America’s status as a superior power and the global dominance of its culture.
Many Nigerians who opposed Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party also did so, for example, for partisan reasons, because they felt the Democratic administration of President Barrack Obama was responsible in many ways for the outcome of the 2015 Presidential election in Nigeria. 

They wanted a pound of flesh they wanted the Democrats out of the White House, the same way the PDP exited Aso Villa. The funny thing is that Nigerians who do not hold American citizenship, were not in a position to vote in the US election, but this didn’t deter us from weeping more than the Americans. In my case, I opposed Trump because I consider him a vile, navel-gazing, crude, child-like nativist, whose Presidency could pose a threat to the free world.

I have been proven right. The United States is in trouble because of Donald Trump.  In less than two weeks in office, President Trump has signed executive orders, which amount to an assault on the liberal international order. America is great because it became the dreamland and the symbol of freedom, prosperity and fulfillment for persons and families across the world. It is great because it became the melting pot for global genius, the preferred destination for generations of talented persons in all fields of human endeavour. America is great because its diversity and multiculturalism became pillars of its exceptionalism.

Donald Trump, on twitter where he spends his waking hours, and on the podium, where he rants, says his ambition is to “Make America Great Again” (#MAGA), but it is beginning to look as if Trump will end up making America small.  The Executive Orders which he has signed so far, are intended to upturn America’s foreign policy in the last 50 years, isolate the country from the rest of the world and turn it into an island. America appears destined to become a pariah state for the next four years. With Trump, America now sees the rest of the world as an ocean of enemies, with this persecution complex dressed up as national interest.

The most pernicious of the Executive Orders is Trump’s suspension of the US refugee programme for four months and the entry ban for 90 days imposed on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Is the action legal?  Section 212(f) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (1952) empowers the President to restrict immigration access to the United States:

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants and non-immigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
The sentiment behind this legal provision is protectionism, which is ironic in a country of immigrants.

This is Donald Trump keeping his campaign promise to protect America for Americans and review immigration policies. Is this new? No. Over the years, America has always tried to control the influx of immigrants.  This was the case even under President Barack Obama. Trump reminds us of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act which turned back the Chinese, and a similar law in 1924, which targeted Asian and African immigrants, both of which were corrected by the Immigration Act of 1965, which forbids discrimination on the basis of national origin, ancestry and race. 

The only problem is that Trump’s approach is crazy, a case of policy mixed with bigotry and narcissism, and an unconstitutional gambit which violates the First Amendment, hidden under the banner of “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry.”  Given the contradictions between the 1952 and 1965 Acts and the First Amendment, Trump’s actions are perhaps better tested in the court of law.    

He wants to build a wall at the Mexican border.  This has already caused a rift with Mexico. He is also holding radical Islam responsible for security breaches in the United States, and this is certainly because foreign-born Muslims have been responsible for many acts of terror in the US: the 9/11, the Boston bombing, the Nigerian underwear bomber; across Europe, radical Islamic extremism has also proven to be a problem.

Trump’s solution is to demonize Muslim-majority countries and arrive at the simple solution that the best way to protect America is to shut out the Muslims.  He insists that “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.” I don’t believe him.

The chosen seven countries that have been shut out have not in any way been responsible for most of the acts of terror in the US in recent times.  Trump leaves out Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim-majority countries, but the kind of chaos that has been generated makes every Muslim going to the United States vulnerable.

You don’t have to be from the seven targeted countries, once you bear a Muslim name, you could be subjected to greater scrutiny by Customs and Border Protection Officers.  Some of the people who have been harassed at the borders since last Friday when the Executive Order was passed are American citizens with dual nationality.

While Donald Trump is proposing greater vetting and scrutiny of the influx of Muslims, and refugees, he is nevertheless willing to allow more Christians into the United States. This is the message that comes across: Christians are welcome. Muslims should be carefully scrutinized before they are allowed in. In other words, Christians are better than Muslims. 

This may sound like an over-simplification, but that is just how it is. President Trump is likely to make the United States more unpopular in the Muslim world, damage established friendships and promote a culture of hate that has proven a threat to American foreign relations in parts of the world.

American liberals are justifiably upset and angry. President Trump’s policy moves and rhetoric depart from the America they have known for the past 50 years.  But right now, America is so divided, nobody can comfortably sit on the fence, and that is why public opinion is so viciously divided too. Trump addresses the fears of those Americans who, like him, don’t want more immigrants and asylum seekers.

This is the ultimate rise of American xenophobia and an attempt to turn that country into “a camp of saints.”  But there are limits to nativism as seen in Jean Raspail’s novel, The Camp of the Saints (1973) and The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. The Environment (2011) by Lisa Park and David Pellow.

But no matter the tone of global outrage, Donald Trump obviously doesn’t give a damn. Mexico has cancelled a meeting with Trump, a protest calling for signatures to prevent his proposed state visit to the UK has attracted over a million signatures, Iran is threatening reciprocal action, the entire Muslim world is outraged and inside America, California is threatening to secede because of Trump! And Trump? He wants to be President of the United States, not President of the world.

He wants to serve the American people who voted him into power, not some immigrants coming from the slums of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  Across the world, there are millions who look up to the United States as the land of freedom. Trump is saying America is no longer ready to be the world’s Atlas nation.  It is not just immigration that will be affected: trade, aid, military relations as well.  This has created a regime of fear among many who depend on the United States.

There are millions of Africans living in the United States, particularly Nigerians.  They don’t all have the papers granting them the right of stay. There are asylum seekers, refugees and many who are still processing their residency papers. An American for Americans only policy is likely to place them at the risk of rejection and eventual deportation. When you talk to some of them, you can actually sense panic, fear, despair. They panic because America has become their adopted home. It is their place of work, their source of hope, and the best place in the world where they are happiest.

They panic because their original homeland offers them little hope. They don’t want to return to a Nigeria where there is no regular power supply, employment opportunities, good roads, communications or transportation system. Living in America confers a special status on them among friends, family members and the community at home.  There are others who are already naturalized Americans, and who may have nothing to fear, and there are those Nigerians who have helped to build America with their talents and intellect, and who don’t really care on what side of the bed Donald Trump is likely to wake up tomorrow morning.  

Then you have the big crowd of I-must-go-to-America-by-force set of Nigerians who are daily trooping to the American embassy in search of visa. Since the Executive Order by President Trump, that crowd has not been smiling at all. I know many of our compatriots who have suddenly become experts in analyzing American immigration rules.  Nigeria is not one of the seven countries on the Trump list and the review and restriction are supposed to last for 120 days, but long-time US visa applicants in Nigeria believe that what a typical American immigration officer has actually been looking for is a President like Trump. An inconsolable applicant tells me he is no longer sure he will ever get a visa to the United States.

I assured him that the world will always need America and America will always need the world.  Isolationism discounts the ideal of an interconnected global order.  President Donald Trump’s success will be determined in the long run not by the arrows he shoots in the international arena from North Korea, to China, to Mexico and Somalia, but how well he fulfills the promise to make America greater than he met it. If they don’t want you to stay in America, come home, please. Stay at home, e go better… or go to Canada or Taiwan.

Kanye West, Drake, Frank Ocean and co.to boycott 2017 Grammy Awards

Kanye West and Drake may not be at the 2017 Grammy Awards according to new reports.The two rappers are not the only big names to boycott the show. 

TMZ reports that Justin Bieber and Frank Ocean will also be missing in action for this year’s ceremony.

Ocean who has won 2 Grammys did not see the need to submit his works Blonde album which he released last summer for considerations in this years event.

“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down”, he is quoted to have said.

Drake has received a total of  8 nominations in this year's Grammy, but the OVO big shot is presently on his "Boy Meets World Tour in Europe and may likely not be in attendance for the Grammys.

Kanye West on the other hand who is a 21 Grammy awards winner,with 8 nominations this year is believed to boycott the event because anytime he gets nominated he ends up loosing to any white artist he is pitched with. 

From Kanye's sources, the status of the Grammy's is presently "out of touch and irrelevant".

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Unbelievable facts!! 5-year-old Iranian American boy detained for being a 'security threat'...


A five-year-old boy who was identified as a US citizen who lives in Maryland,  by Senator Chris Van Hollen, was detained and held for more than 5 hours at the Washington DC's Dulles airport on Saturday.

He was among the more than 100 travelers who were detained at Washington DC's Dulles airport on Saturday, following President Trump's immigration ban on the seven Muslim countries.

Senator Van Hollen has described the act as  “outrageous” and that the boy had been held for so long, despite authorities being prompted in advance of his arrival.

This inhumane act however has been defended by President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who is quoted to have said: “To assume that just because of someone’s age and gender that they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong.”

Senator Van Hollen called the treatment of the boy "outrageous" and revealed that he had been held for too long, despite the authorities being notified in advance of his arrival. 

Upon his release, his Iranian mother was seen showering him with kisses for reuniting with her son again.

This is just insane!!

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Kylie Jenner already practising motherhood...

Kylie Jenner for some time now has been practising on becoming a mother soon by babysitting Tyga's son King Cairo quite often...lol



In a series of photos from their vacation in Costa Rica, Miss Jenner is seen playing mummy duties to King Cairo whilst out and about with big sister Kim Kardashian, who was also caring her two kids, North West and Saint West.


See more photos below...                                                                   
 



5 “Little” health issues that may be Bigger than you think...find out which ones

Older patient sits in a patient room and discusses health concerns with his doctor.

Being health cautious and having regular health check ups has often be recommended by medical doctors.'Here are details about five common, presumably small concerns that could have major consequences—with expert advice on how to bring them up with your doctor, without embarrassment.

Urinary Incontinence

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Symptoms: You may “leak” when you sneeze, laugh, lift something heavy or exercise. Or you may have “accidents” because the urge to urinate becomes so overwhelming, so quickly, that you can’t get to a bathroom in time.
Why it’s a big deal: “Urinary incontinence affects your quality of life,” Arbaje says. “You may limit your social life, only go places with a nearby bathroom or just stay at home.” Sometimes urinary incontinence is a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as a urinary tract infection, arthritis or a problem with pelvic floor muscles. It can also be a side effect of certain medications. Often, lifestyle changes and the right pelvic-floor exercises will help.
Communicating with your health care provider: Take a deep breath, then tell your doctor about a recent time when you had trouble holding your urine or had to change your underwear. If you’re starting to limit activities in order to be near a bathroom, mention it to the doctor.

Constipation

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Symptoms: You pass hard, dry stool—usually less than three times a week. You also may strain or even occasionally notice blood in your stool.
Why it’s a big deal: “Constipation can be uncomfortable and even painful,” Arbaje says. It can cause hemorrhoids and other complications, some of which can be very serious, such as confusion in older adults. It may also be a sign that you have irritable bowel syndrome or a problem with intestinal functioning—or a warning sign that your diet needs more fiber and fluids, or that you rely too much on laxatives. 
Communicating with your health care provider: Talk about how often you use the bathroom. Ask whether you should be doing or taking anything special to help your bowels move.

Sexual Problems

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Symptoms: You may be experiencing painful intercourse, problem achieving or maintaining an erection, or low sexual desire.
Why it’s a big deal: “Sexual problems can impact your closest relationship and, therefore, the quality of your own life from day to day,” Arbaje says. “You’re never too old to enjoy a satisfying sex life.” Sexual problems may also be a signal that you need to be treated for depression, diabetes, circulation problems or low hormone levels, or that you are taking a medication that’s causing side effects.
Communicating with your health care provider: If you’re a particularly private person, tell your doctor that you have something to discuss as privately as possible. Describe specifically whether the problem is with low desire, pain or erectile problems during sexual relations—or all of these.

Depression

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Symptoms: You may feel low energy, irritability and a lack of interest in activities you normally enjoy, as well as appetite and sleep problems.
Why it’s a big deal: Depression makes daily living difficult. It also makes taking care of your health—eating a healthy diet, exercising, getting adequate sleep and taking medications as directed—much more challenging. It may also be a warning sign that your stress level is too high, that a medication you take is causing side effects or that you’re grieving the loss of a relative or friend.
Communicating with your health care provider: Explain that you haven’t felt like yourself lately. Describe what you or your loved ones have been noticing about your mood.

Memory Problems


Symptoms: Having trouble remembering names, dates and other facts? Difficulty finding the words you need when speaking or writing? Trouble concentrating or even remembering what it is you need to do next?
Why it’s a big deal: Many people experience more memory slipups as they age, most of which are normal. But lapses that affect your ability to take care of yourself could impact your ability to live independently or to drive a car. Memory changes can also be a warning sign for depression and sleep problems.
Communicating with your health care provider: Describe the kinds of problems that you are having with your thinking and memory. Ask if your doctor can do a simple test of your mental abilities right in the office'.
Source: Hopkins Medicine

Young Thug Joins Drake’s ‘Boys Meet World’ Tour As Opening Act


Rapper, 'Young Thug is joining Drake in Europe for his Boy Meets World Tour. OVO confirmed the move on Monday that the Atlanta rapper will be one of the opening acts on the tour.



'Young Thug first show will be on February 1st in London and will be following Drake all the way through to February 23rd when he will leave and go about his business. His last show on the tour will be in Birmingham, which means he will on be in the UK performing in cities like Leads, Dublin, Sheffield, and Manchester.'...according to Dancehallhippop
Thugger also confirmed on his Instagram page that he will be available for meet and greet with his fans on the tour that is now on the British leg. Drake kicked off the tour on Friday night in Amsterdam in from a sold out crowd. But things didn’t start smoothly for the tour with two shows in the Dutch capital pushed back over production setbacks.'

Rihanna and Chris Brown Hooking Up Again?

Few days ago we reported that Chris Brown is now in a relationship and has moved on see here, from miss little Karrueche. New reports however surfacing indicates that Chris Brown and Rihanna may be hooking up again secretly.


Both Rihanna and Breezy were spotted last week at the same night club in New York City. Party goers also observed them leaving the club mere minutes after each other.
Some folks on Twitter even went as far as to say that Breezy went back to her crib in the Big Apple. Sources inside the Bajan pop star’s circle told Dancehall HipHop on Tuesday that it was mere coincidence that they ended up partying at the same. We’re also told that they have not spoken to each other in over a year.
“Two big name celebrities in the same club is not uncommon so this is just by chance that they ended up at the same spot nothing more to it,” we’re told by sources with real knowledge about Rihanna’s inside circle. “I mean they have not spoken in well over a year. 

Ever so often there are new rumors about Rihanna and Chris Brown getting back together, but our sources insist that the “Work” singer is over that relationship and vows to never go back. “She has completely close that chapter of her life,” sources said.
 “She is way past all of that drama. Just seeing how mature she is now and big her brand is she is not getting back with Chris so folks can just quit with all the rumors.”
Source: Dancehallhippop

Bostwana media mocks former President Obama in the wake of Trump's presidency?


A cartoon image shared by Botswana's media house, The Monitor, depicts President Trump discarding the policies and works of former President of US, Barack Obama.
Could it be a shade to the entire US in the wake of events or just for Obama?

What are your thoughts? 

Photo credit: The Monitor