Daily Newsbrief http://cameroon-concord.com Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:47:11 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Thieves dig tunnel under Kenyan bank, make away with over $482,000 http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/thieves-dig-tunnel-under-kenyan-bank-make-away-with-over-482-000 http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/thieves-dig-tunnel-under-kenyan-bank-make-away-with-over-482-000 Thieves dig tunnel under Kenyan bank, make away with over $482,000

Robbers in Kenya took a rather unconventional mode of entering a bank and making away with cash to the tune of 50 million Kenyan shillings (equivalent to $482,000).

The police confirmed the incident which happened on Monday at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in Thika – an industrial town in Kiambu County, located north east of the capital, Nairobi.

The bank manager told the police that he found that cash had been stolen from two of the bank’s vault early Monday morning. “They broke into two safes…it is believed they used oxy-acytelene flames to drill holes into them,” police said.{loadposition myposition}

Local media reports that the robbers had dug the tunnel which breaks off at a sewer line. Photos shared on social media show part of the tunnel leading into the bank. Some reports say they dug the tunnel over a period of six months. No arrests have so far been made.

Even though customers thronged the bank premises which had been cordoned off by police officers and investigators, the bank assured that depositors money was safe.

“There is no cause for alarm. Customers seeking to transact can do so at any other KCB branch or access services through our mobile and Internet banking platforms,” the bank said in a statement.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:08:31 +0000
Chinese built $12 million bridge collapses in Kenya http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/chinese-built-12-million-bridge-collapses-in-kenya http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/chinese-built-12-million-bridge-collapses-in-kenya Chinese built $12 million bridge collapses in Kenya

Under construction by a Chinese company, a bridge in Kenya has mysteriously collapsed less than a fortnight after President Uhuru Kenyatta  came to inspect it. Campaigning hard for re-election, the president visited Busia County on 14 June, saying the $11.5m Sigiri Bridge, expected to be complete next month, would transform people’s lives by making it easier to cross the treacherous River Nzoia.

But 12 days later on 26 June one end of the 50-m-long central span broke off from the landward span and crashed to the ground, injuring a number of workers, reports Kenya’s Daily Nation.

The contractor is reported to be China Overseas Construction and Engineering Company (COVEC). Work began in 2015.{loadposition myposition}

COVEC said it had done nothing wrong.

“We adhered to all the set standards before and during the construction of the bridge,” COVEC’s project manager told the newspaper, adding: “We have experienced engineers and we are equally baffled by what happened.”

The project manager also insisted 20 people were injured, not 27 as reported.

The government has now suspended construction of the bridge pending a probe into the cause of the collapse, and police are investigating the possibility of foul play.

Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik said that the Kenya Rural Roads Authority had “dispatched a team of top Engineers to site to investigate the cause of the failure”.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Tue, 04 Jul 2017 08:27:34 +0000
Nkem Says: The Wahala Of Dating Outside Your Social Class http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/nkem-says-the-wahala-of-dating-outside-your-social-class http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/nkem-says-the-wahala-of-dating-outside-your-social-class Nkem Says: The Wahala Of Dating Outside Your Social Class

We grew up watching classics like Cinderella, Coming to America, Pretty Woman, Nollywood’s Violated and a couple of other movies where love conquered the social class divide.

 

Fast forward to 2017, the Internet rules; anyone can meet anyone, and nobody kicks up a fuss about cross-class relationships or marriages anymore. It is not considered overtly scandalous. We no longer factor it in when considering the root of our relationship problems, and we look to psychology or gender norms instead when trying to figure out why our partner is being an ass. We pretend that we live in a classless society where background does not matter as much as present compatibility. Things are changing and people’s classes are no longer inscribed in stone.

 

Believe it or not though, social class or shall we say socio-economic differences, still pose a very difficult challenge in relationships today. Anyone who has dated someone outside their social class can affirm that there are strange tensions and inevitable speed bumps that come with these kinds of relationships. It can be fraught with complications.

 

For instance, your boyfriend could be from a high-class, wealthy family while you come from a working-class family with less money. He travels a lot and has been to all these places around the world just for fun, while you have never crossed the borders of Nigeria. You start to think you cannot keep up with him because you have to be extremely careful with money. Also, you know that the only way both of you could travel together on a regular basis is if he pays for you, and that just seems wrong.

 

Likewise, it could be the other way round and you are the girl from an upper-middle-class family, while your man has a working class background. Of course, financial equality does not mean cultural equality, so you wonder why he attaches too much importance to simple things like good food or designer labels. He, on the other hand, gets exasperated by your easy-come-easy-go spending attitude.

 

A couple of days ago, while having drinks with some friends at Intercontinental hotel (which turned out to be a horrible experience, as the place is nothing like a 5 star hotel…or even a 4 star -the food is substandard and the roof of the bar leaks), a friend mentioned her recent experience on a date. She had gone out with a guy who, although was wealthy, obviously had a working-class background. Being a girl brought up in an upper-middle-class home, the first thing she noticed was the huge gap in their personalities. According to her, his mentality was very different from hers. While he had asked her to pick any venue -a way to let her know he could afford her tastes, he had hinted on the food being overpriced (although, he could clearly afford it) and exhibited terrible table manners. Also, he had felt the need to talk about his achievements and how he had risen above all …as though she made him feel insecure, and he needed a form of validation from her. Again, there was the fact that his diction was flawed, and their experiences growing up were very different.

 

Of course, her intention was not to ridicule the guy. She had shared her experience to find out if her declining a second date with the guy and refusing to speak to him again afterward portrayed her as being a snob. Another friend who was out with us, *Bisi, jumped in and assured her that she made the right call nipping it all in the bud – she was better off with someone in her class.{loadposition myposition}

 

Bisi spoke from experience, seeing as she had married into a super wealthy home despite being from a lower middle-class home. Prior to her marriage there had been endless disputes over her husband marrying down, and her family’s wealth being all too recently acquired. According to her, while cross-class pairings or relationships seemed egalitarian, it was complicated and required a lot of work. Bisi stated that stereotypical class prejudices are real – in any cross-social class relationship, both parties would have differing views, beliefs, attitudes, and practices on things such as child-rearing, money management, career advancement, how to spend leisure time e.t.c. This would go on to stir feelings of insecurity, resentment, usually in the partner on the “lower” side of this difference. And as a result, there will be a lot of negative pressure, tension, conflict as well as a sort of imbalance in the relationship, making it difficult for the couple to last long or even survive.

 

Bisi went on to share some of her experiences in marriage which all seemed a little incredible, and in between laughs, it dawned on me that I’d never dated anyone outside of my socioeconomic strata, which I’d describe as middle class. I have never been with any one of the glitterati nor have I been with a blue collar. Obviously, I have nothing against it, but it certainly would be quite a chore building a relationship with someone from a dramatically different social background, wouldn’t it? Sure, all relationships take work, but with a combination maturity and a willingness to healthily compromise, you can overcome any relationship problem. However, it is better to opt for one which isn’t already threatened by the boundaries of class at the initial point…don’t you think?

Have you ever dated someone with a richer or poorer background than yours? What were the issues? How did it work out?

 

About Nkem Ndem

Nkem Ndem is a dynamic freelance writer and editor who can be reached for online writing(web content and blog) and editing, screenwriting, ghost writing, copy proofreading and reviews. She has since worked with Jumia, SpiceTV Africa, and Bella Naija. Check out her Instagram: @kem_dem, twitter: @ndemv and snapchat:@ndemv. Email: nkemndemv@gmail.com.

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bogus@bogus.com (Nkem Ndem) Daily Newsbrief Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:02:57 +0000
Cameroon celebrates world Environment Day with Les Brasseries du Cameroun promising to plant 200 trees http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/cameroon-celebrates-world-environment-day-with-les-brasseries-du-cameroun-promising-to-plant-200-trees http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/cameroon-celebrates-world-environment-day-with-les-brasseries-du-cameroun-promising-to-plant-200-trees Cameroon celebrates world Environment Day with Les Brasseries du Cameroun promising to plant 200 trees

Les Brasseries du Cameroun took part in Douala’s celebration of the 44th edition of the World Environment Day and promised to plant 200 trees in the economic capital Douala.

The 44th edition of the World Environment Day was celebrated on the 5th of June. This year's theme, "Bringing people closer to nature," was an opportunity to reflect on the issues of environmental protection and its impact on the quality of our planet's survival. Les Brasseries du Cameroun who took part in the celebration in Douala promised to plant 200 trees.{loadposition myposition}


The Day was dedicated to cleaning up, Douala III district. The goal of this initiative was to collect 200,000 empty plastic bottles and send them for recycling. At the end, the objectives sought by Les Brasseries du Cameroun were to share their new visions, values and missions with the public on the one hand; and raise public awareness of the dangers of pollution from plastic bottles and promote good practices.

 

The World Environment Day was initiated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The program is to combat the destruction of the ozone layer; the fight against deforestation; the preservation of the quality of water supplies and the fight against drought.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Ndi Modeste) Daily Newsbrief Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:02:03 +0000
Horrifying video shows man dropping from electricity pole after being electrocuted as he attempts to rescue http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/horrifying-video-shows-man-dropping-from-electricity-pole-after-being-electrocuted-as-he-attempts-to-rescue http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/horrifying-video-shows-man-dropping-from-electricity-pole-after-being-electrocuted-as-he-attempts-to-rescue Horrifying video shows man dropping from  electricity pole after being electrocuted as he attempts to rescue

A terrifying video shows a man dropping like a stone from an electric pole after being electrocuted.

The horrific footage, taken on a mobile phone, shows the man attempting to rescue seemingly lifeless individual who had been stock between cables.{loadposition myposition}

The video shows two little boys supporting from beneath a ladder that had been place on the pole.At the top of the ladder was a grown up man who had been trying to grasp the individual who was trapped between the cables. Seconds into the clip, the were sparks of electric 'thuds'  and huge flashes of lightening. The individual on top of the ladder had been stroke by high tension electricity.

As it does, the man can be seen dropping about 5 meters from the pole as people watching scream in terror.The video first emerged on Youtube on April 10th 2016.It was posted by a user who claims the tragedy happened in Lagos-Nigeria.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:32:00 +0000
Human Bones Sold for Heavy Cash In Africa http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/human-bones-sold-for-heavy-cash-in-africa http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/human-bones-sold-for-heavy-cash-in-africa Human Bones Sold for Heavy Cash In Africa

East African countries have witnessed an increase in the number of murder cases and assaults on albinos recently. Their bodies if found after a serious search is usually mutilated and those who survive end up  either losing their limbs or suffering deep scars on their body inflicted by their hunters seeking their body parts to sell which is a lucrative business for those seeking quick wealth in these east African countries.

Albinos in Malawi feel extremely insecure in their own homeland and prefer staying in mission premises or hospitals where it is difficult for men wanting them for their body parts for charms that bring fortune and good luck.

Rumours go that an arm of a live albino costs 3000 USD and that of an albino corps is 1500 USD; making it a highly lucrative business in this impoverished less developed country. {loadposition myposition} 

Beatrice Namvaleni lost her husband last year to this Albino killers who mutilated his body and went away with both his arms and legs, his body was later found six days after he was declared missing in neighbouring Mozambique. The government had to bury him under well mixed concrete block to avoid his corps being exhumed for his bones by the perpetrators of these acts.

“I could not recognize him again because his arms and legs were all gone and his body was already in an advanced stage of decomposition. I don’t know how I am going to manage with this four children, he was the father of the house and provided for their needs and fees. Now I can barely feed them and they have all dropped from school, I don’t know what their future will look like”

The government of Malawi is trying to bring this criminals to justice but some people say that some police officers who should be protecting the people are working with the criminals especially when an accused is arrested, they ask for heavy amounts of money from them to close the investigation and the poor people have no headway to bring this murderers to justice.

So is being an albino a curse? There is no peace while fighting to survive and even after death they still don’t have peace for men will still exhume their bones to sell. {loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Ivo Nsame) Daily Newsbrief Tue, 16 May 2017 10:20:57 +0000
USA: Maryland Police are investigating the stabbing to death of a Cameroonian http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/usa-maryland-police-are-investigating-the-stabbing-to-death-of-a-cameroonian http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/usa-maryland-police-are-investigating-the-stabbing-to-death-of-a-cameroonian USA: Maryland Police are investigating the stabbing to death of a Cameroonian

Police are investigating the stabbing death of Cameroonian youth, Jean Marie Acha, 19, of Greenbelt, He was killed  on May 5 2017.

His body was found in the 7200 block of South Ora Court, a street of townhouses. He was lying in front of a house, the police said.{loadposition myposition}An autopsy revealed Acha was stabbed multiple times.

Officers found his remains with multiple stab wounds on Friday.

Washingtonpost

 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Mon, 08 May 2017 11:09:23 +0000
FBI places bounty on Nigerian scammer Kelechi Declan James http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/fbi-places-bounty-on-nigerian-scammer-kelechi-declan-james http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/fbi-places-bounty-on-nigerian-scammer-kelechi-declan-james FBI places bounty on Nigerian scammer Kelechi Declan James

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States has offered a $1000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of a Nigerian national suspected of defrauding victims of over $5 million through an email scam.

32-year-old Kelechi Declan James, suspected to be in New York City, is alleged to have run a business e-mail compromise scheme that resulted in victims losing more than $5 million.{loadposition myposition2}

“As part of scheme, James and his co-conspirators defrauded victims across the U.S. by tricking them into wiring money to bank accounts the victims believed were owned by family members, friends, or business associates,” the FBI said in a statement last week.

They explained that the scheme was run in two ways: “by overtaking an e-mail account of an individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a bank account; or by developing a relationship of trust with victim like an Internet romance and then asking the victim to wire money.”{loadposition myposition}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:32:40 +0000
Bat hunting, a new form of employment for the Bamenda boys http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/bat-hunting-a-new-form-of-employment-for-the-bamenda-boys http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/bat-hunting-a-new-form-of-employment-for-the-bamenda-boys Bat hunting, a new form of employment for the Bamenda boys

Bat hunting is the new occupation that keeps the Bamenda boys busy during this tempting period. The abakwa boys now spend time at up station shooting down bats for sale with their locally fabricated catapults.

They recount, ever since they abandoned school, nature has provided them with new ways of passing their time; hunting bats they say has been great as they are sometimes able to shoot as many as 50 per day.

"I shoot averagely 50 bats per day if I stay here for the whole day and I can shoot even more if I start early" says a young bat hunter.{loadposition myposition} 

Bats have also been a new source of income for the boys as the hundreds of people visiting or leaving Bamenda stop to buy one or two of the delicacy.

“Averagely we make between 10,000frs to 15,000frs CFA each from bat hunting every day” confirms a hunter.

"It is been long since I ate this. I cannot go back to Douala without getting some for my children. My children have never seen this and will be very happy when I show them" says a traveller.

Although the flying animals are plentiful now, hunters say they will soon disappear as the rains will increase. Nevertheless the hunters have vowed to wait until their prey returns again next season.

"When this batch will disappear, we will take appointment with them again next year, same time" says an overzealous young hunter.

Reports say, council officials may soon consider levying taxes on these bat hunters in view of the amounts of money they make on a daily basis.

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bogus@bogus.com (Ndi Derek Giyoh) Daily Newsbrief Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:30:31 +0000
Cameroonian arrested in Kenya with suitcase full of Fake currency http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/cameroonian-arrested-in-kenya-with-suitcase-full-of-fake-currency http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/cameroonian-arrested-in-kenya-with-suitcase-full-of-fake-currency Cameroonian arrested in Kenya with suitcase full of Fake currency

A Cameroonian citizen  believed to be linked to a transnational counterfeit hard currency ring has been arrested alongside an accomplice and arraigned in a court in Nairobi -Kenya.Kenyan authorities say, the Cameroonian citizen by name Ousman Bako and a certain Mohammed Sani alias Mustafa from Niger, had been fleecing people in and outside Kenya of "colossal sums of money".{loadposition myposition}
"We believe these are the kingpins behind printing money in exchange of dollars which turn out to be fake," Joseph Boinnet, a spokesperson for the Kenyan police said in a statement on Monday.
Boinnet said the arrest followed the receipt of an intelligence report indicating several people had been conned of more than Sh40 million in exchange of foreign currency shipped from Syria.He said CID officers carried out operations that led to the recovery of $693 million (Sh71 billion) and 369 million Euros (Sh41 billion).

"Money-printing machines, money cutters, scanners, five safes, two computers, chemicals, masks and foil paper were also found," he said.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:51:18 +0000