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Health Care Trends Forecast.
Concepts That Will Dominate Healthcare for the Near Future

Mega hospital and insurer mergers. A growing consumer appetite for virtual health interactions.
The rise of consumerism, the focus on value, downward pressure on costs, technological innovation and the impact of new entrants,will continue to dominate trends.

The upcoming year will also be marked by how well the healthcare industry handles greater demand with rising costs and trends like industry consolidation. Merger mania: The industry will see more high-profile mergers and acquisitions as regulators debate how consolidation impacts consumers. Consolidation creates larger health systems and insurers, so branding is critical. The report notes that well-known healthcare systems may have a market advantage; Americans are willing to drive further for care from a well-known system. However, consumers are not willing to pay more for care from top-ranked hospitals or providers.

Escalating drug prices: The industry will search for a fair drug pricing formula in the upcoming year, according to the report. Prices have reached a "boiling point," and the way to reach some sort of agreement will require collaboration among insurers, patients and new value-assessment groups.

Biosimilar drugs: One way to combat skyrocketing prices will be biosimilar drugs, according to the report. These drugs are near substitutes for original brand drugs and could bring significant price discounts.

Cybersecurity concerns: Even "best in field" hospitals will struggle to attract patients if they are hacked, citing research from its Health Research Institute.. Consumers are especially concerned about the vulnerability of connected medical devices to security breaches and cyberattacks. And recent hacks of organizations, including insurance companies like Anthem, show that organizations that are unprepared to deal with breaches can face lawsuits, lost revenue and harm to their reputations, the report states.

Technology gives more power to consumers: Adoption of health-related smartphone apps has doubled in the last two years, from 16 percent of consumers in 2013 to 32 percent this year, according to the report. Both technology and shifts in financial incentives mean "care will begin to move into the palms of consumers' hands,".

Behavioral healthcare moves to the forefront: After years of being on the backburner, the industry will start to recognize that mental health is important to the well-being of employees and consumers, according to the report. Indeed, one out of five American adults experiences a mental illness every year. These conditions cost businesses more than $440 billion each year. Healthcare organizations and employers will look at behavioral care as "key to keeping costs down, productivity up and consumers healthy," the report said.

Care moves to community settings: Value-based payment models will prompt healthcare systems to "pursue lower-cost settings more aggressively than before while employing creative approaches to distributing care." This may mean eliminating inpatient care and creating more bedless hospitals and virtual care centers where clinicians oversee patients from a variety of locations. Such changes in care delivery will be "fueled by alternative payment models, technological advances and powerful new database tools," according to the report.

Consumers become "money managers." Higher deductibles and co-insurance mean consumers will need help managing health spending. And this will require the industry to create new tools and services, such as payment plans and pricing information, to help consumers pay for services.

High-tech databases: New database tools and the resulting deep data analysis of information on health consumers will provide valuable insights necessary to improve patient care and consumer health, according to the report.

Cost of care: Healthcare systems seeking value-based care will "dig in to calculate the true cost of services," in the process finding ways to improve efficiency as well as care.


Ten Traits of a Successful Business Woman
Which of Then Do You Have

Ten Traits Of a Successful Business Woman
Which Women Would Make it in Today's World


1. Successful women choose credibility over insecurity. Successful women do not hide behind their insecurities. Instead, they go out and earn credibility through their actions and attitude. .

2. Successful women are "thoughtful risk-takers." Women need an edge if they're going to enjoy exceptional success in a male-focused culture, and that edge often comes from taking calculated risks.

3. Successful women are passionate about their work. Often overlooked, passion is a crucial point for women who want to make it to the top.

4. Successful women know when to say no. Successful women know that setting and keeping their boundaries will have many more long-term benefits for them than doing every little project or task they are asked to do.

5. Successful women know how to provide strong support to their leaders. A major factor for successful women is knowing when to contribute versus when to take the backseat.

6. Successful women know when to ask for help. Confident women realize that asking for help does not mean they are incompetent.

7. Successful women put the "pro" in professional.When given an alternative project—even when it is something they may not necessarily have wanted—successful women always handle it like a pro.

8. Successful women build effective teams rather than seek the limelight. Women have a naturally participatory style. We tend to listen to ideas and acknowledge our colleagues.

9. Successful women have a "thick" skin.Take pride in your abilities and understand that while standing up for yourself and being decisive and authoritative may be viewed by some negatively, most people will view it as being competent and self-confident.

10. Successful women don't use being a woman as an excuse and they know how to earn the respect of their male peers.

By Roxanne Rivera:

Roxanne is the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Mexico. She also serves as New Mexico's liaison to the National Associated Builders and Contractors in Washington, DC.


Blake Shelton Secret To Rapid Weight Loss
By Suzanne Pischner

Gwen Stefani Shares Blake Shelton's Secret To Rapid Weight Loss (Pics Below)
by suzanne pischner

Gwen Stefani appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week and may have caused more of a stir than she may have liked. In a tongue and cheek moment with the show's host Ellen, Gwen opened up about her new boyfriend's incredible body transformation and how he did it exactly. "Blake is a busy guy, I mean he barely has enough time for me so to lose 30 or so lbs in a month... I couldn't believe it!"

Gwen went on to explain that Blake was and is using CLA Safflower Oil to promote his weight loss. "I did question him about his weight because he got so skinny so fast I was concerned he was doing something illegal. He showed me what he was taking and I was stunned. He doesn't even workout and he keeps losing the weight."


Whether Blake wanted the media and public to know of his weight loss secret is unknown. Gwen sure did the public a favor by telling the truth and revealing the benefits of the CLA Safflower Oil product. After some in depth digging we found out that Blake Shelton isn't the only celebrity to have reaped the benefits of CLA Safflower Oil.

Blake Shelton is't the only one who is seeing the positive effects of this new program. Hollywood star Khloe Kardashian shocked the world after losing 20 lbs in 20 days with the new CLA Safflower Oil Diet. "I Couldn't believe how quickly I saw the effects.. and the fact that I could eat whatever I want when I want and still lose weight!" said Khloe as we spoke with her after the VMA's. The combined effect is clinically proven to not just shred fat off your physique but flush out all the junk in your body and increase your metabolism without harming your immune system.


Khloe Kardashian took CLA Safflower Oil and lost 20 lbs in just 20 days.

Losing weight often feels like an impossible challenge. We have evaluated numerous fad diets over the years. All too frequent the results are just shy of being painfully disappointing.

Participants in a Clinical Study Lost 16.5 Pounds
One thing people on both sides can agree on is that the controversial, new supplement drastically works. According to a new study from researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, men and women who took the CLA Safflower Oil supplement for 8 weeks lost an average of 16.5 pounds without additional diet or exercise. Another study published in the journal Nutrition Research found that people taking CLA Safflower Oil extract lost an average of 6.7 percent of their total body weight, including 12.3 percent of their total body fat - with zero side effects.

In fact, not only were there not any side effects, but people using the supplement actually experienced improved health measures across the board, including reductions in bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar.

And if all that weren’t reason enough to have desperate slimmers stocking up, researchers from the Department of Laboratory Medicine found that people taking CLA Safflower Oil extract experienced a significant decline in cravings for sweets and other foods high in carbohydrates - likely due to the nutrient’s positive effect on insulin and blood sugar counts.


It worked for Blake, but would it work for us? We put it to the test.
The reason why most diets fail, in our opinion, is that they impose unrealistic restrictions on how you live your life. Many dietitians say eat lots of protein others emphasize carbohydrates. In either case, you're left with having to make rather drastic changes to the types of food you eat, when you eat it. In this monthly issue, Our sponsors gave us a monthly supply of CLA Safflower Oil so we can take an in-depth look at an emerging and promising weight loss trend.


John Goodman took CLA Safflower Oil and lost 67 lbs in just 2 months.

CLA Safflower Oil has been clinically proven to:
Boosts Energy
Rich in Antioxidants
Help Eliminate Bad Toxins That Have Built Up Over the Years
Help Regulate the Metabolism

PUTTING THE DIET TO THE TEST

For the TMZ Test, a discounted bottle of CLA Safflower Oil was delivered in a few days. CLA Safflower Oil is one of the most concentrated and purest forms of organic CLA Safflower Oil products on the market. It was our shared opinion that this would give me the most accurate results for my test. Below you can see my results and read about them.

4-weeks-1
My Results - I lost 31 lbs of stomach fat in just one month using the CLA Safflower Oil - Suzanne (TMZ News)

1. Take one CLA Safflower Oil pill in the morning

2. Take one CLA Safflower Oil pill in the evening

Week One:

One week after the CLA Safflower Oil diet I was surprised at the dramatic results. My energy level was up, and I wasn't even hungry. A welcomed side effect of the CLA Safflower Oil diet is its power to curb the appetite.

Best of all, I didn’t even change anything about my daily routine. On Day 7, I got on the scale and couldn’t believe my eyes. I had lost 4.5 lbs. But I still wasn’t convinced, since they say you lose a lot of water weight at the beginning of any diet. I wanted to wait and see the results in the upcoming weeks.

Week Three:

After 3 weeks, all my doubts and skepticism had absolutely vanished! I am down, from a 10 to a 4 pant sizes after losing another 15.5 lbs. And I still have a ton of energy. Quite often, around the third week of other diets, you tend to run out of steam. But with the CLA Safflower Oil my energy levels don’t dip, instead they remain steady throughout the day.

Week Four:

After the fourth week, my final results were shocking. I lost an unbelievable 31 lbs since starting the CLA Safflower Oil diet! Actually everyone at TMZ News is kicking themselves for not having volunteered to be the guinea pig. Using the CLA Safflower Oil in week 4, I lost an additional 11 lbs.

Conclusion: Like us, here at "TMZ News", you might be a little doubtful about the effects of this diet, but you need to try it for yourself; the results are real. After conducting our own personal study we are pleased to see that people really are finding success with it (myself included). And you have nothing to lose. To order your bottle, follow the links I have provided and know that you are getting a quality product that works; no strings attached!
You can reach your weight loss goals with the CLA Safflower Oil diet,

Suzanne Pischner

EDITOR’S NOTE: For a limited time, the Official Suppliers of CLA Safflower Oil is ( shipping) but agreed to offer a discounted Monthly Supply to our readers!


How To Face The Head Winds in a Bad Economy
Putting Tough Times on Reverse

All You Need To Face Bad Economy

With economic indicators fluctuating wildly, it’s impossible to know when the economy will recover; so many households are still struggling with the task of making ends meet. With the foreclosure rate in 2009 rising by 21 percent with nearly 4 million homes lost, the worries are very real.
However, one expert believes that the key to weathering the storm may already be in your possession. Donna Every, author of What Do You Have in Your House? from Tate Publishing (www.donnaevery.com) has learned that pulling from the hard assets already in your home and the often overlooked assets inside yourself can help keep the ship afloat.

“When times get tough, some people feel it is their lot to sit back and accept their ‘fate.’ However, I have seen the best that human potential has to offer, so I don’t accept that – and neither should anyone else,” said Every, an MBA who is also a former Ernst & Young chartered accountant. “We can make things happen because we all have some gift or ability, some skill or some resource that we can use to transform our financial situation. All we need is the faith and determination to make it happen.”
Every’s tips for getting through the tough times include:
Liquidate dormant assets – With the massive wealth accumulated in America, most people have possessions or property of value sitting in their attics or garages. With the advent of craigslist and eBay as online sales resources, many of these dormant assets can be turned into cash.


Mine overlooked assets – Everyone has something they do well, and if they do it well enough, it’s not much more difficult to market it. Some people can sew and cook, while others are artists or musicians. In most households, just making a little extra money every month can make all the difference, so part-time jobs doing something you do well can help fill the gap. For example, one woman I met in Barbados couldn’t make ends meet with her day job as a maid, so on the weekends, she opened a mini-restaurant off the side of her house. She’d prepare meals during her off time during the week, and sell them to her neighbors on Friday and Saturday.
Keep the faith – Belief in yourself, your motivation and your abilities is a far better path to tread than to give in to despair when the tables turn against you. Meeting challenges head on can not only save the day – they can also change your life.


“Our financial situation is a result of the choices we make,” she added. “Choices made out of fear and anxiety are never the right ones. We need to make sure that we are making the best possible choices.”



About Donna Every
Donna Every has a degree in Mathematics from the University of the West Indies and is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA. She worked with Ernst & Young Barbados as an auditor and then as a consultant for ten years before starting her own business in 1998. Donna is passionate about helping people improve their lives and has shared proven principles and practical steps to achieve this through her speaking engagements and through motivational workshops which she conducted over the years for the Ministry of Social Transformation and the Ministry of Education. She has been married for nineteen years and has two children.


McCain Calls For More Scrutiny
The Arizona Senator Making A Statement

McCain Calls For More Investigation on Russian US Election Probe
The Arizona Senator Making A Statement

McCain Calls For More Scrutiny

Arizona Senator John McCain said "there's a lot of shoes to drop" regarding more information about President Trump and his team's ties to Russia. He said several aspects related to Trump's connections with Russia required more questioning. More Shoes to drop on the matter, we have many questions yet unanswered on this matter the republican senator said on Sunday round national interview.


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Wars and Famine: Does Anybody Care Anymore or is Love now Waxing Cold
Yemen's Civil War, Rohingya Refugees and South Sudan’s Famine

With world headlines focused on North Korea’s nuclear tests, Russia’s ties to the Trump administration and landmark elections in France, it’s easy to forget about three ethnic conflicts that show no sign of going away in 2017.

The ongoing civil war in Yemen, the continuing massacre of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Myanmar and escalating bloodshed in South Sudan — the world’s newest country — add new dimensions of suffering to what the United Nations is already calling the worst humanitarian crisis it’s seen in decades.
YEMEN

Long overshadowed by the fighting in Syria and Iraq, Yemen’s ongoing civil war has killed 10,000 people and wounded another 40,000 in the last two years, according to the United Nations, although the actual figure may be even higher.

Yemen was already the poorest nation in the Arab world — even before March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government. That government, led by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, came to power in 2012 under a deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council after an Arab Spring uprising forced longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. But three years later, Hadi’s government was forced into exile by Houthi rebels, who have long chafed under Sunni majority rule. The military campaign has aligned the Saudis, other Sunni Gulf Arab countries and the United States against Houthi rebels backed by Shiite Iran and allied with Saleh’s ousted forces.

Peace talks have gone nowhere and extremist groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State have moved in to take advantage of the vacuum.

In January, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, met with Hadi and other top officials in Aden to address the dire humanitarian situation.

“The current political stalemate is causing death and destruction every day,” the U.N. official said in a statement. “The only way to stop this is through the renewal of the Cessation of Hostilities followed by consultations to develop a comprehensive agreement. Yemen’s political elites have a responsibility to shield people from further harm, protect their country’s future and commit to a peaceful settlement.”

Yet there’s no sign of any letup in the violence. In fact, the U.N. recently warned that 7 million Yemenis face the threat of famine in what has become “one of the worst hunger crises in the world.” The world body has appealed for $ 2.1 billion in 2017 to reach 12 million people with life-saving assistance in Yemen. Only 6 percent of that funding has been received. So many people are dying that the Red Cross is now donating morgues to Yemeni hospitals that couldn’t cope with the influx of corpses.

Hospitals themselves have come under increasing attack. After Saudi fighter jets bombed a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, the NGO withdrew its staffers from six Yemeni hospitals; that attack prompted the State Department to condemn such bombings for the first time.

While both sides have committed atrocities, Saudi Arabia in particular has been criticized by human rights groups, the U.N. and members of Congress for indiscriminately targeting civilians. Last October, following a Saudi airstrike that killed 140 people at a funeral in Sanaa, the Obama White House announced it would reconsider U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition. (In May, Obama quietly suspended the transfer of cluster munitions to Riyadh after reports of civilian shelling.)

Under President Donald Trump, however, the Pentagon will likely expand its cooperation with Saudi Arabia to fight the Houthis and, by extension, counter Iranian influence in the region.

On Jan. 29, eight days after taking office, Trump authorized a raid on a Yemeni village that he later proclaimed was “highly successful.” But eyewitnesses say it killed over two dozen people — including a Navy SEAL as well as women and children — and that the mission was anything but successful.

In fact, everything that could’ve gone wrong during the risky commando raid — which Trump reportedly approved over dinner — did. Locals were tipped off about the mission beforehand, a messy gunfight ensued and a $70 million Osprey aircraft had to be destroyed because of a crash landing.

Officials told NBC News that the trove of data retrieved by the raid has yielded no significant intelligence so far. Meanwhile, Trump promptly blamed the botched raid on his generals and his predecessor.

The controversy hasn’t deterred Trump from pressing ahead with a more aggressive military posture in the region, in contrast to Obama’s more deliberative, judicious use of force. Some defense officials complained that Obama took too long to scrutinize operations, allowing plans to languish for weeks or months. Trump is reviewing ways to hand more authority over to the CIA and military brass to speed up the use of drone strikes and other targeted-killing ops around the world. Already in March, the U.S. unleashed a punishing aerial blitz against al-Qaeda targets in Yemen that eclipsed the annual bombing total during any year of Obama’s presidency. Trump has also suggested loosening restrictions on Saudi arms sales.

Critics worry that Trump is rushing into a convoluted battlefield he doesn’t fully comprehend. On the one hand, Yemen has become a proxy war between Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and its Shiite rival Iran.

Cohen noted the huge amount of oil and petrochemical traffic in the region, and the importance of the southern port of Aden in controlling the Bab al-Mandab, a narrow strait through which millions of barrels of oil transit weekly.

“The fact that the alleged Houthi rebels fired anti-ship missiles against maritime traffic suggests that the Iranians provided those missiles, and trained and equipped the rebels to disrupt seaboard trade. But possibly it was the Iranians themselves. Therefore, we need to take this very seriously.”

Cohen added that this is not just about “supporting our Saudi allies” in their fight against Iranian proxies.

“There’s a war in Yemen against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and we need to engage them with drone strikes and special forces,” he warned. “Al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State] remain the principal radical Islamist enemies of the United States and the free world at large.”

Yet Mareike Transfeld, writing for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says claims of Iran’s influence over the Houthis have been overblown.

“Although Iran sees cooperation with non-state actors as an integral part of its foreign policy to protect and expand its influence in the region, its support for the Houthis has been marginal,” she wrote. “The military support Iran has provided to the Houthis since at least 2011 has largely been limited to training and mostly channeled through Lebanese Hezbollah.”


Story by Larry Luxner
TTimes World Subtitled






British Parlament Ok Bill on Brexit
All Set Now For Prime Minister to Exit European Union

Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union.

Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs.

The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday.

The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg said this would leave Theresa May free to push the button on withdrawal talks.
◾Parliament Live: Brexit bill debate
◾Brexit: all you need to know
◾How big is May's Brexit majority?
◾What is Article 50? What happens next?

The result came as Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that she intended to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence at a time when Brexit negotiations are expected to be reaching a conclusion.

Ms Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year.

The prime minister could theoretically invoke Article 50, which formally starts the Brexit process, as early as Tuesday.

However, Downing Street sources have said this will not happen this week and the PM is expected to wait until the end of the month to officially notify the EU of the UK's intention to leave, thus beginning what is expected to be a two-year process.

"Parliament has today backed the government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU," Brexit Secretary David Davis said. "We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation."


Outright control in DA's sight
Outright control in DA's sight

Outright control in DA's sight
GLYNNIS UNDERHILL CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - May 19 2011 18:56
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The Democratic Alliance believes it will win its first overall majority in the Cape Town metropolitan council with party strategist Ryan Coetzee predicting that it will take "somewhere between 57% and 60%".

"We expected a majority but not such a large one," he said on Thursday. "This is an endorsement of our record of service delivery. I think Patricia [de Lille] was a strong mayoral candidate. The ANC paid the price for having no substance and no manifesto."

Between them, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha account for most of the city's voters and in the former, Coetzee said the party expected to win about 80% of the vote, meaning that more coloured voters had swung towards it.

Preliminary results indicated that the ANC's strategy of naming popular Cosatu unionist Tony Ehrenreich as its mayoral candidate had not had the desired effect of winning over significant numbers of coloured voters.

Violent protests and clashes with police involving residents and backyard dwellers erupted this week in Tafelsig, a coloured ward of Mitchells Plain. However, while many residents said they would not vote, others streamed to the four polling stations in the area.

By mid-afternoon on Thursday results had come in from 19 of the city's 111 wards. Seventeen had gone to the DA, including Kensington, Edgemead, Bellville and Plattekloof, and two to the ANC. However, no results had been received from Khayelitsha, an ANC stronghold. The Independent Electoral Commission said that by early afternoon it had captured 60% of the votes in Cape Town.

De Lille said that if the DA won an overall majority in the city, as seemed to be on the cards, her mayoral term would focus on economic growth. "I want to build on what the party has already built up and to make this city an inclusive one for all," she said.

Another area of discontent has been the Hangberg fishing village in Hout Bay, where violent clashes between residents and police took place over shack removals in September last year. Many people blamed the DA-run city council, which ordered police to remove the shacks along a firebreak.

Hundreds of people waited in long queues to vote in Makhaza in Khayelitsha, where a Cape High Court judgment three weeks ago slammed the DA-controlled city for erecting unenclosed toilets. This prompted an all-out ANC attack on the DA's delivery of services in poor areas, but the strategy backfired when news surfaced that there were about 1 600 unenclosed toilets in the ANC-controlled municipality of Moqhaka in the Free State.

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The DA's key election document, "The Cape Town Story", says the 2009-2010 budget allocations for free water, subsidised housing and electricity have almost doubled, to R776-million.

In the 2006 local-government election the DA was the largest single party, taking 90 of the 210 seats on the council, ahead of the ANC's 81 seats. However, because no single party held an overall majority, the African Christian Democratic Party, with seven councillors, forged an alliance with five smaller political parties to form a king-making bloc of 16 councillors that eventually agreed to work with the DA in a multiparty ruling coalition.

Helen Zille was elected executive mayor in 2006 by a three-vote majority over the ANC's former mayor, Nomaindia Mfeketo. The ruling coalition narrowly survived a series of ANC attacks, including a challenge from the then ANC-controlled ­provincial government. Outright control of the city has, therefore, been one of the DA's key aims in this municipal poll.

High noon on the Cape Flats
While other Capetonians were flocking to polling stations on Wednesday, 50-year-old grandmother Sumaya Davids faced police in a tense stand-off over the invasion of a littered sportsfield in Tafelsig on the Cape Flats.

One of the many backyard dwellers who staked out a plot on the city-owned field last weekend, Davids said she was tired of waiting for a home for her three daughters and dis­abled granddaughter. The municipal elections held little interest for her and she, like many other backyard dwellers in Mitchells Plain, said she had no intention of voting.

Her 22-year-old daughter Faziela was hit when police fired rubber bullets and teargas at backyard dwellers, residents and journalists who had gathered near the field on Tuesday, but her mother seemed unfazed by this. "I've got to have a home for all of us," said Davids. "It is just too crowded in the tiny room we rent. I've been on the local government housing list for eight years and I don't see any other way." One resident said she had been on the housing list for 38 years.

Davids said she did not believe the ANC or the Democratic Alliance had "done right by the growing community of backyard people in Cape Town". Her two-year old granddaughter, Labeeqah, who is blind, need full-time care. "Nobody else can cope with her. I have to look after her and my daughters and we need a home. I pay R500 a month for my room and we cram in," she said.

As voting got under way, the Cape Town council was awarded an urgent interdict by the Western Cape High Court barring people from illegally occupying land in Tafelsig. The eviction order application will be heard on June 1.

For Davids the news was devastating -- she had handed in notice on her room after members of an informal group claiming to represent backyard residents told her that the land had been given to them. Many others had also forfeited their backyard dwellings, she said.

"We were told the land now belongs to us, but this morning they had another story. Now we're stranded," said Davids. By Wednesday lunchtime the field had been cleared and only the pieces of wood and ribbons the invaders had used to stake out their claims remained. Police continued to maintain a strong presence.


"Put Nigeria First" Movement
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"PUT NIGERIA FIRST" MOVEMENT begins their campaign in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria: The Group Put Nigeria First (PNF) released today their Nigerian Leadership, Excellence and Voice in Nigeria's Democracy, to encourage all Nigerians to COMMIT TO NIGERIA BY PUTTING NIGERIA FIRST. In a statement release today by Adams Unaji the National secretary for PNF and James Atah Asst. National Secretary for Mobilization, the group unveiled their their Citizens agenda in thier 12 Points Pledge to the Nation.

1. Believe in Nigeria as a Nation
2. 24 hours of uninterrupted Power (Electricity) supply.
3. Clean, portable water supply to all Nigerians
4. Produce sufficient food supply for our nation
5. Effective Police Security, Law and Order
6. Accept our diversity: Religious tolerance and disdain tribalism
7. Jobs, Social Security and Unemployment Benefit for all Nigerians
8. Health care for all Nigerians
9. Provide quality Education at all levels of Nigerian institutions
10. Comprehensive and integrated infrastructural development in Transportation, adequate Housing, Waste Disposal, Urban and Rural development for Nigeria.
11. Eliminate Corruption, reduce National waste with accountability and effective management of our National resources.
12. Eradicate poverty in Nigeria, create a vibrant middleclass, improve the dignity and image of every Nigerian.

Lets Put our Nation First. Yes, We can do it.


PNF is a non-partisan grassroots movement representing the collective interest of Nigerians worldwide in all their social, economic and political interest. It is a generated bottom up call for real economic management of the nation's abundant resources through good governance. Put Nigeria First has a collective voice that is heard at the local, state and federal government levels on multiple issues pertaining to overall interest of Nigerians worldwide. Through the Put Nigeria First movement, you can put your opinions and ideas into action, and count yourself in the affairs of your country Nigeria. Our platform addresses issues of vital importance to millions of Nigerians worldwide. Expanding opportunities and increasing access to all.

Speaking for the group from Lagos, Mr. James Atah affirmed that the organization will monitor the performance of all persons seeking political offices in Nigeria in accordance with the 12 points pledges of PNF and will publish their performance when they get elected into office, every month and such result will be made available of www.putnigeriafirst.com the official website of PNF as well as to other media houses who will seek such information.

The collective views of all of us which we will be accountable to you will help in our efforts to bring meaningful changes and lasting results nationwide that addresses the critical issue of building a strong nation based on the rule of law and respect for each other. During the months to come in 2011, the politicking of selecting a president , his vice, 36 governors and their deputies, 109 Senators, and 360 House of reps members, 774 local government chairmen, and their deputies that will govern Nigeria, will commence in earnest. It is expected that Nigerians worldwide will choose a leader to address important issues that have an impact on them, their future and dependents.

As a Citizen of Nigeria, your input is needed as delegates deliberate on choosing their leaders. We ask of you to register yourself and your input by participating fully in the electoral process. Please go to www.putnigeriafirst.com and register. Together we are stronger. Please help shape Nigeria's decisions by sharing your input today. By participating in the process as a member of "Put Nigeria First Movement" you will help shape our advocacy agenda and activities on the issues you care about. The more we are engaged or involved, the more we can do. Please go to www.putnigeriafirst.com and register now.
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