CAF Champions League: Enyimba restores some Nigerian pride

Enyimba win away to record only Nigerian win

by Jide Alaka November 29, 2020 /

After two away losses on Friday for the two Nigerian representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup, and a home loss for Plateau United in the Champions League on Sunday, it was left to Enyimba to restore some pride. The Aba club beat Rahimo of Burkina Faso 1-0 in the Champions League courtesy of a goal from Victor Mbaoma.

The Aba Elephants – two-time winners of the Champions League – withstood whatever pressure the home team threw at them but Fatai Osho’s men were resolute. The only goal came in the 78th minute when Mbaoma got on a cross from Anayo Iwuala and the substitute’s header went off the crossbar. Mbaoma came on for debutant, Tosin Omoyele, on the hour.

Rahimo had a shout for a penalty on 83 minutes but Nabil Yarou’s tackle was as clean as a whistle. Enyimba take a 1-0 victory back to Aba for the second leg, where they will be expected to progress.

In Jos, Plateau United fell to Tanzania champions, Simba FC, by a lone goal. The Nigeria Professional Football League champions dominated the game in patches but against an efficient side like Simba, there were always going to rue the wasted opportunities.

The visitors won a freekick on the edge of the box when Isah Ndala brought down Aishi Manila but John Bocco headed the resulting effort from Mohamed Hussein wide.

Oche Ochewechi had a shot saved in the 13th minute and then punched Nda’s header to safety a minute later and Abba Umar hit the crossbar. The first half ended goalless but Clatous Chama got Simba’s goal in the 55th minute, when he pounced on a rebound from goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar.

Sunday Adetunji had at least three gilt-edged chances in the second half to draw his team level but he wasted the chances. Coach Abdul Maikaba will hope his strikers get on their shooting boots in the second leg, which is now a mountain to climb.

By the sea

Nov 29, 2020 by Pat Marrin /


“Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee” (Matthew 4:18).

Rom 10:9-18; Matt 4:18-24

Jesus begins his ministry in Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee. His first disciples are all fishermen. The setting and the activities of fishing, boats and nets take on significance as preparation for their mission to attract others to Jesus. Their skill at catching fish describes their future role to “catch” people.  But first they are themselves caught by Jesus, whose look of love seems irresistible when he passes by and says, “Follow me.”  They immediately leave their boats and the future they had thought was theirs fishing on the Sea of Galilee. 

Today’s reading from Romans is also about the call and mission of Apostles. St. Paul had the same skills for attracting people as the first fishermen. He had been captured by Jesus, and he knew how to cast a wide net that drew audiences of his preaching into small faith communities that launched the early church into the Mediterranean world.  He describes how the Gospel spread from preacher to listener, entering imaginations, then hearts, moving converts to confess their faith in Jesus. Each conversion creates another witness who extends the network of discipleship, catching others who in turn catch others.

Personal stories of conversion recreate this chain of influence as people realize how they came to faith because of family, teachers, mentors, sermons, direct experiences of grace in times of suffering and loss, temptation and danger.  True conversion, affirmed over time, links a believer back to the Jesus himself, who is an encounter with God, the ultimate Mystery, the soul’s homecoming and then staging area for being sent to witness. 

Advent begins this cycle again as believers clear a space in their busy lives to welcome Jesus at Christmas. Jesus is again walking by, and as he passes, we hear our names called. Here is another chance to drop everything and follow him.

Stop Spinning Your Wheels

Remarkable Leadership Institute / By Wayne Turmel
spinning your wheels

We all know the feeling. We work at home where we won’t be interrupted, we are wildly productive, things are getting done and the world is operating as it should. And then it all stops. We stare at our to-do list and can’t seem to make progress. It’s like our car is stuck in the mud and we can’t get anywhere.

Here are some things to do (and NOT do) when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels.

Stop what you’re doing.

This feels counter intuitive. But just as gunning the engine and spinning your wheels in the mud or snow simply puts you deeper in the rut, you need to take your foot off the gas. Give your brain a rest. Go tackle something else, preferably a simple, mindless chore that takes no brainpower and you know you’ll be able to complete. Maybe your brain just needs a rest. Just as insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, doubling down on a task that you aren’t making progress on will only frustrate you and put you deeper in the muck.

Eliminate mental distractions.

Some people possess laser-like focus and aren’t easily distracted by random thoughts, doubts and self-talk. Lucky them. What is distracting you? Do you owe Bob from Accounting an email? Then send it and remove the annoying distraction. Are you worried that you’ll forget to do that task later in the day? Put it on your calendar so that it is out of your brain and you won’t forget it. Block time when you’ll deal with email, so it doesn’t distract you. Closing your web browser when working on another application is surprisingly effective, even if you go through withdrawal the first time or two.

Eliminate physical distractions.

These can be non-work temptations like your phone, or web surfing, or sounds or visual distractions. Try physically putting your distractions out of reach like charging your phone across the room or putting it in a bottom drawer while you are working on something requiring your full attention. One of the easiest productivity enhancers is to turn off the incoming email and message notifications. They will still show up in your in-box but won’t interrupt the flow of your work.

Create a work rhythm.

Ironically, you can put yourself into spin mode by just working too hard on a single project. Our brains weren’t designed for long-term focus. Thirty to forty minutes is about all we can maintain attention on something before our mental tank is empty. Develop a rhythm to tackle tasks that works for you. Alternate simple, easy-to-complete tasks with jobs that take more bandwidth. If you’re working from home, build household chores or walking the dog into your day so you are forced to leave your desk and clear your mind, even for small periods of time.

Confirm your priorities.

Is this thing you’re stuck on really the most important thing you can be doing right now? You wouldn’t be the first person to stubbornly stick to a task that isn’t as important as your other work. Check the priorities on your task list against the other work you need to get done. Better yet, check your priorities with your boss or a co-worker with a real conversation. You know, talking to other humans. Much of that sensation of spinning your wheels comes from being stuck with your own thoughts and not getting input from other smart people.

Of course, if you’re really stuck you can do what you’d do in real life: call for help. Social activity allows you to hear other voices than the ones in your own head, and you might be able to get assistance with that task.

Working from home has its charms, and on most days working uninterrupted is great for productivity. We all get stuck from time to time. It’s not the end of the world, you just have to know when to stop spinning your wheels and try something else.

Keeping yourself out of the ruts is an important part of being a great remote teammate. We’ve got a great course that can transform you into the teammate both you and your colleagues will value.

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

St. Paul Center

November 23, 2020 By Chris Stefanick 

Chris Stefanick, living joy, thanksgiving

Photo Credit: Museums Victoria

A lot of people wonder what the secret sauce for a happy life is, and why God doesn’t just tell us. Turns out he did, but what he said is simple, and we’re busy looking for a mystic light to shine from behind a cloud—illuminating a hidden path. We’re looking for a guru to teach us secret spiritual methods that the “average” person couldn’t possibly understand.  

People have fallen into this error throughout history. We overlook the simple solutions hiding right under our noses.  

When Naaman, a great army commander, got leprosy, he was horrified. It was a death sentence in the ancient world. And a painful one. But a ray of hope broke through when he learned of a great prophet in Israel. A mystic. A spiritual man. He went on a long journey to find Elisha and beg for healing. When he found Elisha, he was waiting for some powerful ceremony. Or perhaps he’d be told to climb to the highest cliff and eat the egg of a rare bird nesting in the rocks. Or at least some spell would be cast in a strange language. But Elisha told him bathe seven times in the Jordan, and he’d be healed. Then the prophet walked off . . . like a regular, boring old guy.  

“The prophet was obviously wrong. It can’t be this stupidly simple. I’ve made a long journey to a great spiritual man, and he’s telling me to take a bath!?” Naaman stormed off in a rage. One of Naaman’s servants stopped him. “If the prophet had commanded you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather, then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” (2 Kgs 5:13).  

Naaman relented. He had come all this way. Nothing to lose, he thought. He did as the prophet told him, and as Scripture says, his skin became “like the flesh of a little child” (2 Kgs 5:14).  

Do you want your youth restored? Your marriage healed? Blessings to be unleashed in your life? Your mood improved? Your house happier? Do you want to get more out of your life? It’s simpler than you think: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:18). 

Gratitude is the key to enjoying your everyday life. If you don’t have gratitude, God is wasting his blessings on you. Some of the harshest words in Scripture aren’t addressed to the murderer or adulterer but to the ungrateful—the man covered in blessings who can’t seem to enjoy them. “A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity . . . I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. It comes without meaning . . . ” (Eccl 6:3–4, NIV). Did you catch that? You’d be better off if you were born dead than if you have blessings but don’t stop and enjoy them. Ouch. That’s harsh.  

But isn’t that you sometimes? Half of your daily stress comes from complaining about juggling your many blessings—your children, managing your home, scheduling time with family and friends. You wouldn’t have to do any of those things if you didn’t have money, kids, or freedom of religion.  

I fall into the error of stressing over my blessings all the time! I’m still learning with you. I went paddle boarding with my family recently. I had a moment of “misery.” The AC in my car broke. I was sweating by the time I got to the lake. The pump for my inflatable paddleboard broke so I had to do it by hand. More sweat. I was cursing the universe by the time I had the board pumped up. I was a stressed-out mess. Then I stopped, took a deep breath, and reflected on my circumstances with new eyes. I was at a beautiful national park in Colorado near where I live. I actually had the money to buy a couple of paddleboards. I have healthy children whose bodies are able to paddleboard. My car AC had apparently broken, but I have a car. I began to thank God. That didn’t fix my AC or my paddleboard pump, but it did fix me.  

“Every man also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and find enjoyment in his toil [note that the Scripture doesn’t overlook the fact that life has plenty of toil!]—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart” (Eccl 5:19–20).  

Do you want to be occupied with joy in your heart? Give thanks. 

Pope’s newest encyclical calls Catholics to move beyond donation box to true encounter

In an e-mail interview, Adam Fitzpatrick, social mission outreach coordinator in the Center for Mission in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, reflected on how the core of the pope’s third encyclical,“ Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship,” affirmed and challenged local Catholics.

Source: Pope’s newest encyclical calls Catholics to move beyond donation box to true encounter –

Zuckerberg-Funded Group Comes Into Spotlight in Election-Related Court Cases

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Paris on May 24, 2018. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Paris on May 24, 2018. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images) 2020 Election

By Zachary Stieber November 29, 2020 /

A group that received hundreds of millions of dollars from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is accused in post-election lawsuits of contributing to constitutional violations in key battleground states.

The Center for Tech and Civic Life, a national nonprofit based in Illinois, provided funding to over 2,500 election offices across the country to run elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were used to pay poll workers, put up ballot drop boxes, and acquire mail-in ballot equipment and supplies.

More than $6 million was doled out to officials in Fulton County, Georgia, and to five cities in Wisconsin, according to lawsuits filed this month. The funds were sent to facilitate violations of state law, the lawsuits allege.

The money was sent through agreements that had municipalities run elections in contravention to state law, according to the lawsuits, which were filed by the Thomas More Foundation’s Amistad Project. Accepting funding from a private group like the center is barred by state and federal law, the lawsuits allege.

“There is nothing in Wisconsin state law that allows cities and counties to take in millions of dollars sourced to an incredibly wealthy, interested, and partisan actor (i.e., Zuckerberg) in order to ‘assist’ those cities and counties in administering the vote,” the Wisconsin court filing states. Wisconsin election officials said on Friday that filing was full of “meritless legal arguments.”

In the Georgia filing, the Amistad Project says the unregulated private funds from the Center for Tech and Civic Life were used to pay “ballot harvesters,” deputize and pay political activists to manage ballots, and consolidate counting centers in the urban core “to facilitate the movement of hundreds of thousands of questionable ballots in secrecy without legally required bi-partisan observation.”

Provisional ballots are seen in a postal service
Provisional ballots are seen in a postal service tray at the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections offices in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Nov. 7, 2020. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, committed $400 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life for the nonprofit to assist jurisdictions in running elections.

“Chan and Zuckerberg’s commitment will ensure that every qualified jurisdiction that applies will be approved for the funds they need to ensure that every eligible citizen can vote safely and have their vote counted,” a press release from the center stated last month.

The center was founded by former managers and staff at the New Organizing Institute, a progressive nonprofit that was training Democrat digital organizers. Neither the center nor Zuckerberg responded to requests for comment.

Zuckerberg and his company emerged as a powerful influence on the 2020 elections, The Epoch Times previously reported.

The money from Zuckerberg led to Democratic-strongholds in Pennsylvania taking steps to let voters “cure,” or fix, ballots that weren’t taken in Republican-dominated areas, creating a two-tiered election system, Amistad Project Director Phill Kline told The Epoch Times.

“Democrat strongholds with Zuckerberg money actually cured absentee ballots that were flawed, contrary to Pennsylvania law, while Republican strongholds refused to lie and in addition didn’t have the resources to cure ballots because they didn’t have Zuckerberg funding,” the former Kansas attorney general said.

The agreements between the Center for Tech and Civic Life and cities required cities to develop a plan for their elections and submit it to the center. According to an Aug. 21 agreement between the center and the city of Philadelphia obtained by The Epoch Times, the center agreed to pay $10 million to help the city run the general election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal included a clause that allowed the center to discontinue or withhold part of, or request the return of all or part of any unspent grant funds if certain conditions were not met.

Philadelphia’s city commissioners didn’t respond to requests for comment. City Commissioner Al Schmidt said in a statement this week: “Despite the avalanche of meritless litigation and misinformation targeting our electoral system, I’m proud to say that the birthplace of our Republic held the most transparent and secure election in the history of Philadelphia.”

Election workers count ballots
Election workers count ballots in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 4, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ballot boxes funded by the center were densely placed in Delaware County but few were erected in the 59 counties that Trump won, Kline said. They also showed the consolidation of polling places in a way that disenfranchised Republican strongholds.

“That is a continued election system funded by Zuckerberg where Democrats have every opportunity to vote, including the illegal opportunities to vote. And in the Republican areas, it’s harder, because they closed down in-person polling and so forth. And it’s a violation of Bush v. Gore, it’s a violation of the Equal Protection Clause.”

Similar issues, including chain of custody concerns for the ballots placed into the drop boxes, arose in other states, according to Kline. For example, there were issues in Wayne County, Michigan that prompted two canvassing board members to hesitate to certify the election results.

The Amistad Project filed several cases months before the election, attempting to block the Center for Tech and Civic Life’s funneling of money from Zuckerberg to local and state governments. According to the project, some of the money also went to judges overseeing the election.

The lawsuits did not prompt judicial action prior to the election. They’re still being considered.

After those suits were filed, the center said in a statement that it is nonpartisan. “We are confident that these frivolous charges are without merit, and look forward to continuing this critical grant program in these unprecedented times,” it added.

Several weeks after the suits were filed, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, warned officials across Louisiana not to accept funds from the Center for Tech and Civic Life.

Landry filed a suit “to prevent the injection of unregulated private money into the Louisiana election system and to protect the integrity of elections in the State by ensuring against the corrosive influence of outside money on Louisiana election officials,” according to the filing. It said the center had not appointed an agent for service of process in Louisiana but nevertheless engaged in business in the state in connection with the Nov. 3 elections.

“Whether the defendants here may be well-intentioned, private money in any amount, but particularly the amount of money offered by the defendants to select clerks and/or registrars, has an inherently insidious and corrupting effect,” Landry’s office said in the suit.

Another suit filed in Michigan last month accused Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, of allowing “partisan operatives” to interfere in the election by giving out funds for printing and distributing mail-in ballots and other efforts. The suit named the Center for Tech and Civic Life. The center called the litigation frivolous and said plaintiffs were “wasting election officials’ time at the voter’s expense, while also peddling misinformation.”

Kidnapped Driver Spots One Of His Captors In His Vehicle

Drama as kidnapped driver finds his kidnapper among passengers
The suspect sitting by the door of the front seat


There was a drama at the Kwannawa motor park in Dange-Shuni local government area of Sokoto state on Sunday as a commercial driver identified one of his abductors amongst his passengers.

The driver (name withheld) was kidnapped along Kankara in Katsina state while returning from Kano about two months ago.

Daily Trust learnt that the driver had spent three weeks in captivity before his release after the payment of an undisclosed amount of money as ransom.

The suspect met his waterloo, when he boarded a vehicle going to Kano, unknown to him, it was the same vehicle ‘they blocked and kidnapped its driver.’

“The driver was quick to identify him because the incident happened not too long ago.

” After identifying him, he alerted our leaders who in turn informed the nearest police outpost,” one of the NURTW members told Daily Trust.

It was said that the leaders had changed the driver of the vehicle with another person after the car was loaded with passengers and the new driver started driving the car towards Shuni town.

It was gathered that the car was blocked by the police who arrested the suspect and took him to their office.

While being interrogated, he (the suspect) was said to have admitted belonging to a gang of kidnappers who fondly called him ‘Hadari’ and this was later corroborated by the driver when invited for questioning.

“The police were surprised when the driver told them the name because he was not around during the interrogation,” our source added.

It was said that the suspect was later transferred to the Sokoto State Police Command headquarters for further investigation.

The spokesman of the Command, DSP Muhammad Sadiq while confirming the incident, said investigation was still ongoing. Stories


Full transcript of bombshell interview: Gen. Michael Flynn, Gen. Thomas McInerney with Brannon Howse – Identity of KRAKEN revealed

Sunday, November 29, 2020 by: Mike Adams

Image: Full transcript of bombshell interview: Gen. Michael Flynn, Gen. Thomas McInerney with Brannon Howse – Identity of KRAKEN revealed

(Natural News) Brannon Howse of World View Report broadcast an interview yesterday morning, featuring Gen. Michael Flynn with his first public comments since he was pardoned by President Trump. You can view the full interview at the website.

This same interview also features Gen. Thomas McInerney, an expert in cyber warfare, as well as Mary Fanning from and author of the book: THE HAMMER is the Key to the Coup “The Political Crime of the Century”: How Obama, Brennan, Clapper, and the CIA spied on President Trump, General Flynn … and everyone else.

In this interview, you’ll learn about the real identity of the Kraken, as well as confirmation that US military personnel were killed during the firefight to seize the CIA’s server farm in Frankfurt, which is the key to proving deliberate election rigging via remotely altered voting tabulations.

Below, you’ll find the full transcript of the interview. Please give us a link back when you copy and paste this transcription, as we carried out this task with our own staff members. Thank you. You may also want to listen to my daily “Situation Update” analysis podcasts at the Health Ranger Report page on

First, here are some of the highlights from the McInerney segment that we thought we especially important.

  • HAMMER and various cyber weapons were previously used by the USA against other countries, now the weapons are being deployed against us. Obama is behind everything.
  • Creator of HAMMER and Scorecard is Denis Montgomery, former CIA analyst.
  • Fox flipped against America, deep state coup coordinators recruited the entire U.S. media and Big Tech to defeat the Republic and overthrow the U.S. Constitution.
  • The Dec. 14th deadline doesn’t matter. President Trump should not leave office until all the facts surrounding election theft are analyzed, including vote count distributions “caused by fraudulent electronic manipulation of targeted voting machines.”
  • The fact that all 5 battleground states stopped counting at the same time, “Demonstrates prior coordination by election officials in five battleground states.” Then they used HAMMER and Scorecard, plus Dominion, to move Joe Biden into the lead. It is a “mathematical impossibility” the way the votes came in. An algorithm was used.
  • In PA, 1.8 million ballots mailed out to people. 2.5 million came back in. Someone had a printing press and was printing them out.
  • The 305th Battalion military intelligence is “Kraken.”
  • China, Iran, Russia were all involved in manipulating votes.
  • Confirmed that US Special Forces Command seized servers from the CIA server farm in Frankfurt.
  • Confirmed there were US soldiers killed during the raid on the CIA server farm in Frankfurt. (As we reported in yesterday’s Situation Update.)
  • Chris Miller is Secretary of Defense because of the 305th Battalion. Consider why…
  • Chris Krebs at CISA committed treason and is part of the coup.
  • What went down during the election is TREASON at the highest level, not just politics.
  • Trump can maintain control over the White House, under oath, until a full investigation is complete, and there are no artificial deadlines that can stop him.
  • The President took an oath that obliges him to defend the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This is why he cannot turn over the White House to political puppets (Biden) controlled by America’s enemies (China, Iran).
  • The big evidence from the seized servers is going to come out at SCOTUS, not before.
  • Once caught, mid-level treasonous actors will point fingers at Biden and Obama, saying they were ordered to carry out the treasonous acts.
  • Georgia’s runoff election is already stolen by the Democrats unless we stop the vote theft. It’s just a digital theft for them. This means the Senate will be lost to the Democrats unless this vote fraud infrastructure is exposed and defeated.
  • A lot of instability is coming if we allow the government to be seized by communists.
  • All this goes up to the very top, implicating Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, Barack Obama and others.
  • Trump knew all this was going to happen and had planned for it.

Mournful Nigerian Governor Leads Community To Inter 43 Farmers Murdered By Boko Haram Terrorists

… Death toll still uncertain

Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at Zabarmari early morning on Sunday, to lead kinsmen and other residents, still in shock, for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Though the victims lived in Zabarmari is a farming community in Jere local government area, famous for rice cultivation and local processing, they were attacked on Saturday, at Koshebe village, a place in Mafa Local Government Area.

Zulum, during his visit was told that death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.

“Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” a resident (name concealed, told the governor).

Zulum addressed the bereaved community.

“First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”

The Governor while speaking to journalists said, “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents. This is very sad. We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency” Zulum said.