MonthApril 2017

Pakistan’s first trans model: ‘People think we’re sex workers but we can be doctors’

Kami Sid is an ardent activist for her country’s marginalised transgender community, despite threats, prejudice and the concerns of her family ‘Sex,” Kami Sid declares, “is between your legs. Gender is in your head.” Sid wants to get this into everyone’s head in Pakistan. A 26-year-old transgender activist, she is currently enjoying a breakthrough turn as a model who can carry off a sari while calling out Pakistanis for transphobia. Pakistan may seem like an unlikely place for transgender activism. But in south Asia, the khawaja sira community (known as hijras), an organised group of trans people, have long been part of society and local culture. Over the years, however, khawaja siras have been relegated to a low-income group with few opportunities for employment or social advancement. In a landmark ruling in 2009, Pakistan’s supreme court recognised transgender people as equal citizens. Even so, harassment and discrimination remains prevalent. Khawaja siras are pushed into panhandling or prostitution, or forced to dance or sing for money; members of the trans community are stereotyped as effeminate people working in beauty salons. There have also been several murders in recent years. Related: ‘Getting rid of the beard is a challenge’: the secret world of Asian drag queens Related: ‘I’m transgender’: India grapples with prejudices left over from British rule Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Line of Duty finale review – more like being abducted by TV than watching it

The series comes to a genius but bonkers conclusion, tying plot strings up neatly after plenty of incestuous finger-pointing. Although I do have a few questions … The interview room, the best location in Line of Duty (BBC1, Sunday). On one side of the table: AC-12, or what’s left of it. Ted is under a Regulation 15, suspected of being Dot Cottan’s dying H (for Hastings), his career in serious jeopardy. Steve’s in a wheelchair, of course, may never walk again, also hit by the return of his ex. Only Kate is (relatively) unscathed from this brutal fourth series. But, after finding the hidden rucksack – the one containing all the blood-stained clothes, DNA to die for, three of Tim Ifield’s fingers, the power saw, Occam’s razor etc – they’ve finally got DCI Roz Huntley. Arrested in connection with Ifield’s death. Hastings will be asking the crown prosecutor to charge her with both Ifield’s murder and perverting the course of justice. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Ekiti workers slam Labour leaders over plans to honour Fayose with an award

An interest group in Ekiti State workforce, the Enlightened Workers Forum (EWF) has criticized labour leaders over an alleged plan to honour Governor Ayo Fayose with “the Comrade Governor Award” at the May Day celebration on Monday. The group berated the leaders of the state councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress […] Ekiti workers slam Labour leaders over plans to honour Fayose with an award [hmp_player]

Wike’s comments, threat to National Security – APC

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has called on the National Security Adviser, Minister of Interior and the Inspector General of Police to view the actions and utterances of Governor Nyesom Wike beyond mere politics but as grave threat to national security. The APC in a statement signed by its State […] Wike’s comments, threat to National Security – APC [hmp_player]

May Day: Ajimobi promises payment of 4-month salary arrears

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has promised to spare no effort in ensuring that the state clears the four-month salary arrears of workers in the State. Ajimobi stated this on Sunday in a congratulatory message to workers on the occasion of May Day 2017 by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka. He urged […] May Day: Ajimobi promises payment of 4-month salary arrears [hmp_player]

NIA: FG must not make report public, national security at stake – Prof. Akinyemi

Former Minister of External Affairs, Bolaji Akinyemi, has warned that the report of the probe of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) must not be made public for security reasons. This is as Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo led panel investigating suspended Director General of the NIA, Ayo Oke, prepares to submit its report this week. In […] NIA: FG must not make report public, national security at stake – Prof. Akinyemi [hmp_player]

Group carpets OBJ, says he lacks moral standing to condemn Goodluck Jonathan

A Coalition of Civil Society groups in the Niger Delta, today carpeted former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, stating that he lacked the moral standing to saying Dr. Goodluck Jonathan did not have the capacity to rule Nigeria. The group described the comments credited to the former president as irresponsible and baseless. In a Joint Statement Signed […] Group carpets OBJ, says he lacks moral standing to condemn Goodluck Jonathan [hmp_player]

Isiaka Adeleke: Osun to probe Senator’s death, condemns violence during burial

Osun State Government says it is still in shock and great pain over the demise of Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke. This is contained in a statement issued by Government at the House in Osogbo on Sunday. Hide quoted text The statement recalled that Adeleke was a prominent son of the state, its first democratically elected […] Isiaka Adeleke: Osun to probe Senator’s death, condemns violence during burial [hmp_player]

Big Brother Naija: I’m not ready to talk to Kemen, AY was insensitive – Tboss

Former housemate and second runner-up at the Big Brother Naija show, Tboss, has revealed that fellow contestant, Kemen, has been calling her over the sexual assault incident that saw him disqualified. She revealed this in an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels TV on Sunday. TBoss said she felt angry, humiliated and […] Big Brother Naija: I’m not ready to talk to Kemen, AY was insensitive – Tboss [hmp_player]

Are frozen fruit and vegetables as good for you as fresh?

Fresh is best – right? In fact, studies on the relative benefits of fresh and frozen show no consistent differences When you are shopping for juicy strawberries or fresh greens, you may not stop at the frozen food aisle. Frozen fruit and vegetables often don’t look the part once defrosted, and you may think that the freezing process depletes them of some nutritious value. Nothing is as good for you as fresh – right? On the other hand, frozen is often cheaper and is there all year round. And fresh is a relative term; fruit and vegetables can be in transit, sit in stores or wait in your fridge for some weeks. But can you get the same nutritional benefit from your frozen five a day? Continue reading… [hmp_player]