Nigeria’s pastors ‘as rich as oil barons’

first_img Share Increasing numbers of Nigerians are attending independent church services, like this one in LagosNigeria’s pastors run multi-million dollar businesses which rival that of oil tycoons, a Nigerian blogger who has researched the issue has told the BBC.Mfonobong Nsehe, who blogs for Forbes business magazine, says pastors own businesses from hotels to fast-food chains.“Preaching is big business. It’s almost as profitable as the oil business,” he said.The joint wealth of five pastors was at least $200m (£121m), he said.Mr Nsehe said the richest of them, Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, was worth about $150m.Bishop Oyedepo owned a publishing company, university, an elite private school, four jets and homes in London and the United States, according to Mr Nsehe.‘Private jets’ The Nigerian blogger said Bishop Oyedepo was followed on the rich list by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers’ Loveworld Ministries. He was worth between $30 and $50m.“Oyakhilome’s diversified interests include newspapers, magazines, a local television station, a record label, satellite TV, hotels and extensive real estate,” Mr Nsehe said.He said three of the other richest pastors were:Temitope Joshua Matthew of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (worth between $10m and $15m);Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre (worth between $6 million and $10 million) andChris Okotie of the Household of God Church (worth between $3 million and $10 million).Mr Nsehe said representatives of all the clergymen, except Pastor Ashimolowo, confirmed ownership of the assets he had listed on his blog.“These pastors are flamboyant. You see them with private jets and expensive cars. This extravagance sends out the wrong message to their followers,” he told the BBC’s Network Africa programme.He said the pastors acquired their wealth from various sources, including their congregations.“We have Nigerians who are desperate, looking for solutions to their problems. They go to church for salvation, redemption and healing and pastors sometimes take advantage of them,” Mr Nsehe said.BBC News Sharing is caring! 30 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyle Nigeria’s pastors ‘as rich as oil barons’ by: – June 14, 2011last_img read more

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Yoga guru set for Saint Lucia health and wellness retreat

first_img 14 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Yoga guru set for Saint Lucia health and wellness retreat by: – September 30, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! John Schumacher. Image via: saintluciahealthandwellnessretreat.comSOUFRIERE, Saint Lucia — Start practicing yoga and you’ll be on your way to unlocking major tension, one of America’s leading yoga teachers stresses.John Schumacher, the respected Iyengar Yoga specialist who will be featured at this November’s Saint Lucia Health and Wellness Retreat, contends after just a few days of yoga practice “you can begin to open the doors to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being and this can be an awakening to a whole new world of possibilities.”Schumacher, a disciple of the renowned Guruji B.K.S Iyengar and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, Maryland — the largest Iyengar center in the United States — will join motivational speaker Dr Stephen Brewer and Feng Shui expert William Spear, as headliners of the four-day retreat for soul, mind, body and spirit in the former French colonial capital of Soufrière from November 17-20, 2011.Schumacher, a celebrated practitioner and teacher in the yoga community, is recognised for exploring the nuances of body, mind and spirit through disciplined and enthusiastic study.“Yoga is not just about a healthy body but it is really about the whole person – physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. That is why the effects are so far reaching – they come from the integration of all aspects of our being,” he said. “We are encouraged by the positive response to the retreat and are equally ecstatic to have John Schumacher here with us on island,” said Senator Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. “His expertise and the respect he commands in this field will assure participants of a truly transformative experience,” he added.Yoga instruction is a central part of the retreat experience which will also include photography and art workshops, culinary classes, as well as pottery and painting design. Additionally, participants can avail themselves of the hiking, snorkeling, mountain biking and other outdoor activities for which Soufrière is renowned.During the retreat, yoga will be offered twice a day — to open and close each day’s activities. The retreat in Soufrière, home to several world class hotels and resorts, is supported by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Soufrière Foundation.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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LIAT fury

first_img 61 Views   one comment Share Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT fury by: – December 7, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Simon Auguste (left) and other passengers had lengthy waits yesterday with no word on when flights would be next available. (NB)A SICK-OUT BY LIAT pilots that affected all of its morning services yesterday left many disgusted passengers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.The action resulted from Monday’s sacking of chairman of the Leeward Islands Pilots’ Association, Michael Blackburn.Chester Humphrey, chairman of the unions within LIAT system, told CMC that the unions were prepared to join the action unless Blackburn is reinstated. He claimed Blackburn’s dismissal had been done on “spurious” grounds.Last night LIAT passengers, who are to travel today, were advised to go to its website for details on flights.Yesterday travellers complained of tiredness, hunger, frustration, a lack of information and poor service from the airline’s staff.Some said they arrived at the airport as early as 5 a.m. to travel to Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent, and as the clock ticked closer to noon they did not know whether they would be getting a flight out or if they would have to spend the night at the airport.An advisory issued by corporate communications manager Desmond Brown said the sick-out was likely to affect the rest of yesterday’s flights.Passengers were incensed that LIAT did not offer them even “a drink of water”, or facilitate phone calls to people who would have been awaiting their arrival.They also complained that LIAT did not make any accommodations for them in any of the airport lounges or nearby facilities, forcing them to hang around in areas close to the check-in counters. (YB)Nation Newslast_img read more

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WINAIR announces summer flight specials

first_img Tweet Share 122 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNewsTravel WINAIR announces summer flight specials by: – July 11, 2014center_img Share Share Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has partnered with WINAIR to promote flights between Dominica and Guadeloupe. WINAIR offers round trip flights between the two islands on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Special fares of EC$418 or €110 are being offered for flights between Dominica and Guadeloupe until September 30, 2014.Additional information on the special fares can be obtained from local agents HHV Whitchurch & Company Ltd, or at www.fly-winair.comlast_img read more

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Cancer to kill 5.5m women a year by 2030: report

first_img Tweet 104 Views   no discussions This file photo taken on February 06, 2013 shows a patient undergoing a scan, at the Oscar Lambret Center in Lille, northern France, a regional medical unit specialised in cancer’s treatment. (Photo: AFP)PARIS, France (AFP) — Cancer will kill 5.5 million women — about the population of Denmark — per year by 2030, a near 60-per cent increase in less than two decades, a report said Tuesday.As the global population grows and ages, the highest toll will be among women in poor and middle-income countries, it said, and much of it from cancers which are largely preventable.“Most of the deaths occur in young- and middle-aged adults,”, placing a heavy burden on families and national economies, said Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at the American Cancer Society, which compiled the report with pharmaceutical company Merck.The review “highlights the large geographic inequality in availability of resources and preventive measures and treatment to combat the growing burden of cancer,” she told AFP.Cancer is already killing one in seven women around the world, said the report — the second highest cause of death after cardiovascular disease. All four of the deadliest cancers — breast, colorectal, lung and cervical cancer — are mostly preventable or can be detected early, when treatment is more successful.In poorer countries, a much smaller proportion of cancer cases are diagnosed and treated than in rich ones, while a much bigger group dies.The relative burden is growing for developing countries as people live longer due to better basic healthcare.Women in these countries are also increasingly exposed to known cancer risk factors “associated with rapid economic transition,” said Cowal, “such as physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, obesity, and reproductive factors” such as postponing motherhood.“Due to these changes, cancers that were once common only in high-income countries are becoming more prevalent,” said the report entitled “The Global Burden of Cancer in Women.”It was presented Tuesday at the World Cancer Congress in Paris.According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there were 6.7 million new cancer cases and 3.5 million deaths among women worldwide in 2012.Of these, 56 per cent of cases and 64 per cent of deaths were in less developed countries.“These numbers are expected to increase to 9.9 million cases and 5.5 million deaths among females annually by 2030 as a result of the growth and ageing of the population,” said the new report.– Regional differences –The biggest concentration is in eastern Asia, with 1.7 million cases and a million deaths in 2012, mainly in China.The report said the highest ratio of cancer cases per population group are still reported in high-income countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia, but this was partly due to better access to screening and detection.Deaths, however, were proportionally much higher in low- and middle-income countries with reduced access to diagnosis and treatment. The countries with the highest death rate were Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea.Breast and lung cancer are the two most common types in both rich and poor nations, with colorectal cancer the number three killer in developed countries, and cervical cancer in less developed ones.Cervical cancer can be staved off by vaccination against the cancer-causing Human papillomavirus (HPV), and can be easily detected through regular Papanicolaou (pap) test screens.“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in 140 countries worldwide and cervical cancer is the most common in 39 countries, all of which are LMICs (low- and medium-income countries),” said the report.It said the global economic burden of cancer for both genders was about US$286 billion in 2009, including costs for treatment and care, and loss of workforce productivity. Share Sharing is caring!center_img HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Cancer to kill 5.5m women a year by 2030: report by: Associated Free Press – November 1, 2016 Share Sharelast_img read more

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2011 LIME NATIONAL LEAGUE TO GET UNDER WAY ON MAY 22ND

first_imgNewsSports 2011 LIME NATIONAL LEAGUE TO GET UNDER WAY ON MAY 22ND by: – May 13, 2011 Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The 2011 LIME National Volleyball League is scheduled to get under way on Sunday, May 22nd, at the St. Joseph Hardcourt, at 3 p.m.The official opening event will be combined with the Awards ceremony for the 2010 LIME National League.Trophies will be distributed to the following teams:Women’s Division 1st Place –  Acers;       2nd Place-  Sign Man CelticsMen’s Division    1st Place  LIME Wolfpack    2nd Place   Club OlympiaLEAGUEWomen’s Division   Champion     Sign Man Celtics       Runner Up  LIME Strike ForceMen Division 2      Champion    Club One (St. Joseph)   Runner Up  DELNAGIS CelticsMen Division 1     Champion   LIME Wolfpack       Runner Up  RCCU Sunriselast_img read more

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Saint Lucia to host health and wellness retreat in November

first_imgNewsRegional Saint Lucia to host health and wellness retreat in November by: – June 4, 2011 13 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Photo credit: helhiplanet.comSOUFRIERE, Saint Lucia — In response to market demand for vacation experiences that promote healthy lifestyles, the town of Soufrière in Saint Lucia will welcome a brand new health and wellness retreat in the Fall.Senator Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, announced plans for the first health and wellness retreat in the charming former French capital of Soufrière from November 17 to 20, 2011.The retreat will feature workshops and wellness experiences, featuring some of the world’s foremost experts in yoga, feng shui, art and cuisine in a community which Chastanet describes as “The Eden of the Caribbean.”The retreat is being launched alongside preparations to build a landmark destination spa at Soufrière’s drive-in volcano which offers visitors therapeutic mineral baths.“Soufrière was chosen in part because of the number of world class spas in the town, and we are pleased that our hotels and resorts are on board for the retreat,” said Chastanet.The health and wellness retreat will promote a wide variety of approaches to enhance healthy minds and healthy bodies through nature trail hikes, bicycle rides and other specially-designed experiences.“Soufrière is natural, authentic and exotic and we could not think of a better destination within Saint Lucia to produce this retreat,” said Chastanet.The health and wellness retreat is being produced by the Soufrière Foundation in partnership with Soufrière’s resort community and in concert with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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Six schools through to the finals of the West Dominica Spelling Bee Competition

first_imgPhoto credit: conferencecenterblog.comThe West Dominica Children’s Federation (an affiliate of ChildFund Caribbean) will hold the finals of its Primary Schools Spelling Bee Competition on Thursday 30th, June from 2:00 pm at the Public Service Union Building on Valley Road.The competition was opened to Grade 5 students around the island.The objectives of the Spelling Bee are:1.To expand students vocabulary and encourage accurate word usage and pronunciation2.To encourage students to explore and study the English language and its roots3.To help students to learn to spell quickly, accurately and with comprehension4.To promote students knowledge of proper word usage; encourage students to strive for excellence in spelling skills and other educational pursuits5.To provide an opportunity for students to meet and compete with their peers in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.Six (6) schools competed in the Semi Finals – St. Mary’s Primary, Roseau Primary, Soufriere Primary, Massacre Primary, Roosevelt Douglas Primary and St. John’s Primary.The top speller in the semi-finals was Milan Philbert of the St. Mary’s Primary followed closely by Kyarra Shillingford of the St. John’s Primary School.The organizers believe that children who participate in programs and activities are more likely to succeed as adults. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet 38 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary Six schools through to the finals of the West Dominica Spelling Bee Competition by: – June 27, 2011last_img read more

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President of the DHTA defends “I am Dominica” campaign

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 89 Views   4 comments LocalNews President of the DHTA defends “I am Dominica” campaign by: – July 18, 2011 President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, Mr. Simon Walsh. Photo credit: GIS NewsPresident of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association Simon Walsh is defending the “I AM DOMINICA” campaign against criticisms that it is ineffective and should be stopped.The Discover Dominica Authority during its Tourism Awareness Month in May of this year launched an ‘I AM DOMINICA” campaign in their efforts to market Dominica internationally.Walsh, in an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News said the wider world has understood its concept but some Dominicans are having trouble with it.“I have heard the local conversations happening here regarding the “I am Dominica” campaign. The funny thing is that this campaign has been instantly understood and instantly recognized internationally. Everybody gets it, I have spoken to several people in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Texas and they get it, it is amazing to me. It’s locally that we don’t understand it.Walsh explains that the campaign is about our consciousness and has nothing to do with citizenship as is being misconstrued.“It is about consciousness it has nothing to do with citizenship and that’s the mistake that is being made here. We’re not saying I am Dominican, because if you are Dominican, you need to have a passport, you have to live here and that’s where people are getting it wrong. It’s not talking about where you come from; it’s not talking about where you were born. You identify yourself with a product of Dominica,” he said.Mr. Walsh also highlighted some of the positive aspects and products of Dominica which makes the island unique, “Dominica is about culture, friendly people, friendly faces, cuisine, health and wellness, diving, hiking, nature, hot springs, carnival, and world creole music festival. All of these things, that is Dominica these are the products of Dominica. If you understand that and you love it you are Dominica.”Despite the negative comments which the campaign has received locally, Mr. Walsh says even the camera company Nikon has caught onto it.“This was not just someone sitting in a living room making this up, this campaign was put together by a highly professional marketing team which represents Dominica. If you look on the television now, you see I AM NIKON – the camera. So are people now going to say you’re not a camera? It’s a philosophy, which says I am not Canon I am Nikon,” he said.Mr. Walsh reiterated the need for us all to ensure that if one is truly proud of Dominica, they will not litter the country but help build and promote it.“How can somebody be on a bus and throw garbage out of the window? How can you do that to your own country? That is not showing the consciousness of nature, the consciousness, appreciation and pride of being Dominica. The campaign should be something that makes people proud of their island and want to do everything not for tourism but for themselves and their country.”He concluded, “When you say I am Dominica, that is putting you aside and saying I am special, I understand the consciousness of Dominica.”I am Dominica because I am proud of my country, proud of our people, resources and products. I also appreciate the fact that we have a special and unique island. Can you say that you are as well?Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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President Hugo Chávez Recovering Satisfactorily

first_img 68 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional President Hugo Chávez Recovering Satisfactorily by: – February 29, 2012 As is publicly known, in recent days, during a medical check-up of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, doctors detected a lesion requiring corrective surgery.President Hugo ChávezIn that sense, the medical team, after the necessary tests, performed the surgery in the briefest time possible. The surgery was carried out as expected, producing satisfactory results and a recovery plan was established for the coming days.President Chávez is in good physical condition, is joined by his family, and constantly in touch with the executive vice president and the Bolivarian Government. He is always attentive to keeping the Venezuelan people and the international community properly informed, with accuracy and transparency, about the details of the medical treatment he is receiving.The president has asked that the results of his recent surgery be made public. As soon as the surgery concluded, the results were presented by the medical team in the following terms:The pelvic lesion was totally removed, as well as the surrounding tissue. There were no complications with regard to adjacent organs. Immediate post-surgery has been clinically stable, without systemic complications. He is adequately recovering with the post-operative rehabilitation. In the coming hours the histology tests will be available, which will determine the optimum medical treatment for the lesion.President Chávez thanks, from the bottom of his heart, the warm wishes he has received from the Venezuelan people, as well as innumerable messages of solidarity from men and women from other parts of the world.Additionally, he offers his thanks for the several messages and phone calls he has received from heads of state and government, as well as from international leaders and representatives of important grassroots organizations in the world.On behalf of the Venezuelan people, the President wishes to thank Fidel, Raul, the Cuban people, and the medical team that led this surgery and is conducting with scientific wisdom and human warmth the treatment for his full recovery.For its part, the Bolivarian Government expects the sentiments of solidarity and support from the Venezuelan people for their president be respected by those international and national right-wing political sectors that are at the service of imperial interests, and asks that they stop their perverse campaign against Venezuela.Finally, President Chávez ratifies the call to all men and women of our homeland to continue working in the daily struggle to consolidate independence and build socialism, which is the supreme dream of our Liberator, Simón Bolívar.Our people know that they can always count on the loyalty and commitment of Commander Chávez, leading the homeland, just as he trusts the love and loyalty of the people.Toward victory always! We shall live and overcome!Press ReleaseOffice of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuelalast_img read more

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