NGO Claims Are Unfounded, Kidney-failure Patient’s Mother Says |RN

                                                   Tochi Mbonu

Samson Folarin

The mother of Tochi, a kidney failure patient, Ndidi Mbonu, has described the allegations against the family by a non-governmental organisation, Dignity for the Helpless Foundation, as unfounded.

Ndidi denied threatening the founder of the NGO, Pastor Samuel Brown, wondering how he could claim to have given her N2m without documentation.

She said Brown’s claims were a cover-up for illegally taking money from the funds donated by Nigerians for her child’s treatment and kidney transplant in India.

Our correspondent had reported that Tochi, a graduate of the Benue State University, became deaf in India after being on dialysis for two years in the country.

She was on dialysis in Nigeria for one year before being flown out in 2015.

Her mother, Ndidi, said she was stranded with her daughter in India due to lack of funds for the kidney transplant, adding that she had resorted to selling beans cake (moin-moin) for survival.

She said her family was introduced to Brown’s NGO in 2015 and an agreement was reached to raise N11m for Tochi’s operation.

She explained that Brown also agreed to open a joint account with the family to ensure accountability.

Tochi’s mother said she was surprised when the NGO opened an account without involving any member of the family.

Ndidi said Brown had only given them N1.4m, adding that he paid N30,000 every two weeks to reach the sum about a year ago.

In a follow up, a former spokesperson for the NGO, Mr. Shallom Ufforth, had said he was a co-signatory to the account before he left the organisation sometime in 2016.

He had alleged that while still in the employ of the group, his boss, Brown, obtained an Automated Teller Machine card on the victim’s account, thereby nullifying his (Ufforth) role as a co-signatory to the account.

Brown had said he got the ATM card after Ufforth resigned his job.

The NGO owner, in a 12-page document, later claimed that Tochi’s mother collected about N3.9m from him, out of which N2m was undocumented.

Ndidi, in her reaction to the allegation, said she had a record of all the funds transferred to her account by Brown, insisting that she had not received beyond N1.4m.

She said, “Before I approached the NGO, I had met with some TV stations and got some money. I was planning to leave for India with my daughter when a friend of mine said the funds I had gathered may not be enough and that I should enlist the help of a good NGO.

“That was how I met with Brown. Another TV station had called me based on a letter I wrote for support when Brown said I could not continue to seek help outside his organisation and I cancelled the appointment with the station to adhere to his rules.

“How will I ask him to send money to anyone when I also needed money? I never asked him to send any money to anybody. I don’t know the person he said he sent money to.  And he claimed he sent N2m to me in bits without documentation, how is that possible?

“When he stopped sending money and I begged him that we were stranded in India, he said I should also try to raise funds over there; that was how I started selling moin-moin to survive. There is no hospital I have not been to in India to seek cheap rates for Tochi’s dialysis. The present hospital we are using gives us free drugs, but we pay for dialysis.”

She said anytime the family called Brown for help, he always gave excuses of either not being available or being in a meeting, adding that at a point, she asked for money to enable the family to travel back to Nigeria.

Ndidi said Brown consequently stopped talking to the family.

“He didn’t send more than N1.4m to me. I have the records. It is unfortunate that I have to refute these allegations; what happened to me is a thing of sorrow. I am not after justification, but the survival of my daughter. I believe Brown wants to get the news that my daughter is no more. He made us agree that once she dies, we will not get anything from his organisation,” she added.

Tochi, in a message to our correspondent via WhatsApp, said Brown’s claims had sent her into depression.

She said, “I need Nigerians to help me get back to my feet again. I don’t want to die. Mr. Brown must pay for all his lies and the damage he has done to my health.”   (Punch)

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Emirates’ New First Class Suites Feature Virtual Windows And ‘Zero-gravity’ Seat

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Emirates has just completed the first flight of its new 777 equipped with glorious first class suites inspired by Mercedes-Benz. Those lucky (or rich) enough were treated to what Emirates says is the world’s first fully enclosed suite, measuring a spacious 40 square feet.

The private rooms feature “zero-gravity” seats, virtual windows, and active noise cancelling E1 headphones from Bowers and Wilkins developed for exclusively for Emirates (but based on B&W’s P7 wireless cans).

The rooms were also fitted with a pair of Safari binoculars, an entertainment system featuring 2,500 channels and wireless remote, a super-wide 32-inch full HD LCD TV (Emirates says it’s the largest widescreen digital touch TV in the world on any aircraft), and custom-controlled mood lighting and climate allowing passenger to adjust the cabin’s temperature to 18 to 26 degrees Celsius / 64 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

The virtual windows are a feature on the otherwise windowless cabin suites along the middle aisle, and project a high-definition view of the outside using real-time cameras mounted on the plane. The NASA-inspired zero-gravity seat features a “buttery-soft” leather and a lounging position that Emirates says removes any pressure from the elbows, back, and neck in order to achieve maximum comfort.

There’s a total of six suites on the new Boeing 777, all with floor-to-ceiling doors, curtains, a service window (you can pull down and yell for more snacks), and a video call function where passengers can, more politely, request room service. Customers who fly in the suites will also receive a complimentary chauffeur service which uses Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars.

Emirates calls the suites a “hotel in the sky” and I’m inclined to agree, given the opulence. But to be fair I’d expect the best, given the millions Emirates spent upgrading its cabins.

If you want to see for yourself how the super rich fly, there’s a video of a nice man named Doyle who takes you through all the features you’ll probably never experience. (The Verge)

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260,000 Persons Living With HIV/AIDS In Ebonyi State – Commissioner |RN

From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezuruike, on Friday, said that about 260,000 persons were infected by the HIV/AIDS disease in the state. Out of this figure, only 4,000 people, according to him, are currently living on drugs.

The Commissioner disclosed this in his office in Abakaliki at a press briefing to mark this year’s World AIDS Day. He disclosed that a total of 3.4million are infected by the virus nationwide out of which 600,000 patients are on drugs.

He further explained that 37.7 million people worldwide are living with the virus. This was even as he lamented that many people have not shown willingness to check their status to enable them embark on early treatment.

“It is note-worthy to clearly state that testing positive is not a death sentence but the beginning of a new life. People have lived with the virus for over 40 years as long as you live positively.

“Know your status and you will have the right to health which is the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day while concealing or not knowing your HIV status is your right to death” he declared.

Umezuruike disclosed that the state has a total of 202 HIV Health service facilities across the 171 wards in the state and called on the people to access the services free of charge. (The Sun)

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81,871 People Live With HIV/AIDS In Ondo State – Agency Report |The Republican News


HIV/AIDS Patient

From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

No fewer than 81,871 people have been infected with the Human Immuno deficiency Virus in Ondo State. A report presented by the state’s agency for the control of Aids indicated that 5,048 people were newly infected, 8,048 were on treatment while 4,701 women tested positive to the disease. The report added…

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Cholestorol Finally Removed As Nutrient That Contributes To Heart Disease Or Clogs Arteries

The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern doing a U-turn on their warnings to us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.
This means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as safe and have been officially removed from the nutrients of concern list.
The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.
“The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology)
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.

US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”
“When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol – such as eggs, butter, and liver – our body revs up .
The Real Truth about Cholesterol
The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver. Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol. It is essential for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids. High cholesterol in the body is a clear indication
which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.
Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study for the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors states: Saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century
Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time
There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol
So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level. Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and it won’t stop a heart attack. The majority of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.
ONLY 15% OF CHOLESTEROL IS BEING DONATED BY THE FOOD WE EAT. If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver
Got to work more to maintain the level at 950 mg. If the cholesterol level is high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect.
Experts say that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.

(Source: Washington Post)

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A Man Quits His Job To Go Travelling, And It Made Him A Millioniare |RN

by Rita Lobo

In Australia, Johnny got himself a conventional office job. But it wasn’t long before he got itchy feet again. It was during this time that his highly-successful blog, One Step 4ward, was born. By day, Johnny toiled and saved his income, and by night he wrote his blog and planned his next adventure. “Never again.” he wrote. “Life wasn’t meant to be lived in an office, working 5/7 days, asking bosses for permission to go on holiday.”

Back when I was building my brand I focused the blog on what people wanted to know, like ‘where to get drunk in Thailand’.” That way he could capitalize on search traffic. “Now that people know who I am, they are interested in the weird stuff that I do as well.” Indeed they are! Johnny has over 66,000 Instagram followers, and frequently partners with other brands as a bona fide digital influencer.


He headed to Zimbabwe to do some more travelling and that’s when blogging became his central occupation. He started making a few hundred pounds a month from advertising, then a few thousand.

“I started my company with a hundred bucks, and anyone can turn around tomorrow and start their own company too.” Johnny advises having patience, and build up your blog with content that you are passionate about. And give it time – no one makes money from blogging in the first six months. Johnny even teaches others how to do it.

Today, he heads up One Step 4 Ward Media, helping others create and run successful blogs. But for Johnny, the wealth and luxury are only part of the appeal. It’s about living a life of freedom. “I always thought there was a difficulty in making money while also remaining free,” he says. “You know, we’re always told that young people are cash poor but time rich, and as you get older it switches.” But he took the step to make sure he can enjoy life all the time.

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