Monday, 11 September 2017


Pope Francis said he hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would re-think his decision to end a programme protecting undocumented immigrant children, saying it was important for young people to have roots.

“One hopes that it is re-thought somewhat,” Francis said on Monday in answer to a question on the plane returning from Colombia about the programme started by his predecessor and known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

He spoke about DACA and the problems of immigrant families in general, adding that he wanted to learn more about Trump’s decision.

Trump’s move this month to end the five-year-old programme instituted by former President Barack Obama plunged almost 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” into uncertainty.

It drew criticism from business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions and civil liberties advocates.

Trump said during his election campaign he would end DACA if he became president.

Recently, 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging Trump’s decision.

It claims Trumps decision was “motivated, at least in part, by a discriminatory motive” against Mexicans, who are the largest beneficiary of the programme.

It points to his statements from the 2016 presidential campaign..

“In the end, young people feel like they have no hope. And who robs them of hope? Drugs, other addictions, and suicides – youth suicides are very high – and this happens when they are torn from their roots,” Francis said.

“The relationship between a young person and his roots is very important. Young people, who have been uprooted today, are asking for help,” he said.

He appeared to take a swipe at Trump when he said: “The president of the U.S. … presents himself as a man who is pro-life.

“If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and you have to defend its unity.”

The pope has already clashed with Trump over immigration issues, such as the president’s intention to build a wall on the border with Mexico and deport undocumented aliens.

Francis, the first Latin American pope, has made defence of immigrants a major plank of his papacy.

The pontiff said during the presidential campaign that a man, who thought about building walls and not bridges, was “not Christian”.

Trump, who grew up in a Presbyterian family, shot back saying it was “‘disgraceful” for the pope to question his faith.

Trump met the pope at the Vatican during a tour of the Middle East and Europe in May.


The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institution Sector, has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector.

The association made the call in a statement issued by its National Public Relation Officer, Mr. Aliyu Shehu, in Abuja.

It said that an emergency approach was needed to resolve the issues that bother on health administration, practice, headship, representation, benefits, and welfare of all stakeholders in the industry.

It noted that the resolution of issues in contention with members of the National Association of Resident Doctors would open up a chain of industrial actions by other unions and associations in the health industry.

NANNM said that the issues it presented to government predated those of NARD, which the Federal Ministries of Health and Labour ignored in spite of court judgments.

The association listed some of their demands to include chronic shortage of both general and specialised manpower in the various institutions.

Others included inadequate provision of medical consumables and services, stagnation, re-designation, and demotion of members.

It also called for a restoration of payment of teaching allowance to deserving members and payment of arrears owed from 2011 to date in most hospitals.

“Non-payment of uniform allowance owed from 2008 till date in some hospitals, non-payment of arrears of relativity allowance and non-deduction and non-remittance of union dues by some hospital managements are also included,’’ it said.

It added that the union had engaged the two federal ministries of health and labour as well as other relevant agencies severally on the above issues.

NANNM, therefore, called on the government to do the needful within the window period to avoid industrial disharmony as the patience of its members was already over-taxed.

The association urged the Presidency and National Assembly to beam its searchlight on the administration of health in this country.

It, however, cautioned that the association should not be held responsible for any breakdown in services.


A 19-year-old woman was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at a Chicago Rosemont hotel, on Sunday morning.
Kenneka Jenkins had gone missing on Saturday from a party that she attended with friends. According to the victim's mother, Teresa Martin, Kenneka left home around 11:30 p.m. claiming they were going to a show and bowling. Instead, she and her friends attended a party in a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont.

The teenager was last seen on the ninth floor at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday, around the same time she last used her phone to text her sister. After 4 a.m., Martin received a phone call from her daughter's horrified friends, saying they had lost track of Kenneka in the hotel and left after they were unable to find her. The friends stated that they were in Kenneka's car and they had her cellphone.
The hotel's video footage shows Kenneka staggering drunk near the hotel's front desk. Her friends told her mother that the three of them were getting ready to leave the party but realized that Kenneka had left her phone and car keys back in the hotel room. She stayed in the hallway while the friends said they retrieved her stuff. But when they got back to the hallway she was gone.

Ms Martin expressed her doubts about the friends' accounts of what really happened that night since their "stories continued to change over and over." According to Ms. Martin, police said Jenkins had let herself into the freezer while drunk, and died inside. But she questioned their claims, insisting her daughter would have struggled to open the freezer door if she was drunk.
Ms Martin added: "Those were double steel doors, she didn't just pop them open."
Although an autopsy has been performed, it has not yet been made clear if she died also because of foul play. The police are investigating the incident to find out what really happened to Kenneka Jenkins on Saturday night.


Trouble may also be looming for Senate Presidnet, Bukola Saraki as posters calling for his recall begin to pop up in Ilorin the Kwara State capital. The circulating poster was designed and shared by a group called 'Kwara Must Change'. So far, there's no official statement from the group or any response from the office of the Senate President.


Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has fired back at Robert Lewandowski after the Poland hot-shot criticised the Bavarian giants' spending policy.

Bayern crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim on Saturday which left them sixth in the German league table -- their worst position after the first three games since 2010/11.
The mood ahead of Tuesday's first Champions League match at home to Anderlecht was not helped by Lewandowski telling magazine Der Spiegel that Bayern should spend big to attract more world-class players.
They set a new Bundesliga record in June by signing France midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon for 41.5 million euros ($49.9m), but Lewandowski feels Bayern risk being left behind by Europe's top clubs.
Bayern's president Uli Hoeness had already described the 222 million euros Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar, and the signing of Kylian Mbappe in a deal which could reach 180m euros, as "madness".
So Rummenigge has taken Lewandowski's words as a thinly-veiled attack on the club.
"Apparently, Robert was irritated by the Paris transfers," Rummenigge told German daily Bild.
"He is employed by us as a footballer, he earns a lot of money and I regret his statements."
Lewandowski is under contract until 2021 and Rummenigge has accused his agent Maik Barthel of meddling in Bayern's business.
When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang eclipsed Lewandowski to become the Bundesliga's top-scorer on the final day of last season, Barthel accused Bayern's coach Carlo Ancelotti and players of not doing enough to help him score.

harming comments

"Unfortunately his adviser, Mr Barthel, is often the 'Spiritus Rector' (guiding spirit) and this was again the case," said Rummenigge.
"The interview was deliberately organised by FC Bayern and his own comments harm Robert."
Lewandowski said Bayern must spend big if they are realistic about winning the Champions League for the first time since 2013, but Rummenigge sees nothing wrong with their spending policy.
"Robert does not need to worry, we have a very good squad again this season," said Rummenigge.
"We have a long-standing, serious and successful philosophy and have achieved great success.
"We have won all national and international titles possible over the past five years.
"Let's see if Paris now wins the Champions League.
"They must at least now. Other people have tried in vain to buy titles."
Rummenigge says Bayern's director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic has talked to Lewandowski about the interview, but drew the line when asked if the striker will be dropped for his comments.
"The coach must decide that, but I know how to get players to see reason," replied Rummenigge.
"If you publicly criticise the coach, the club or the other players, you will get stress with me personally.
"I am a fan of democracy and freedom of opinion, but we are currently too smart to yap on instead of focusing on football.
"It must not be harmful to the club. We need to be more efficient and serious again."
"It's September, and I do not want to hear anything from big games in April.
"Arrogance is not appropriate, the league title is not in our lap."