Jay Z, Beyonce, & Solange: Beyonce’s Dad Thinks the Elevator Fight Was A Publicity Stunt

Mathew Knowles has some interesting theories.

We’re still pretty high off Beyoncé and her spectacular performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and now, here comes her (reportedly estranged) father, Mathew Knowles, sharing some really odd thoughts.

During a visit to the Roula and Ryan Show on 104.1 in Houston, Knowles (who formerly managed Bey and Destiny’s Child), told the hosts he’s pretty sure that whole elevator fight between Jay Z and Solange might’ve been a publicity stunt. What?

There have been hundreds of conspiracy theories around the now infamous footage, but I’ll say this is the first time I’ve heard someone take it there. And Bey and Solange’s father of all people.

“It’s called a Jedi mind trick,” he said, adding that it fueled sales for Jay and Bey’s On the Run Tour. “The Jedi mind tricks fools you a lot of times, so things you see sometimes are [makes noise that sounds like ‘poof’]. Everybody’s talking about it, ticket sales went up, and Solange’s album sales went up 200 percent.”

Related: Beyonce Silences Divorce Rumors With Tearful Jay Z, Blue Ivy Moment

The next part is even more, um, interesting considering that his previous statement will probably piss off his daughters.

“I still am the manager of Destiny’s Child,” he said. “And when you see Destiny’s Child on TV and see them doing songs together, slowly — now they’ve done two, they were recently on TV — I don’t know, [there] might be another Destiny’s Child album coming. There might be this tour that makes history, that’s Destiny Child featuring Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle. Can you imagine what that would be like?”

It sounds like someone will be watching from the sidelines if this does happen.

By Nadeska Alexis
Source: MTV News
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Joan Rivers on Life Support as Family decides if to Off the Switch or Not

Joan Rivers, who was put into a medically induced coma after she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during routine surgery on Thursday, has been placed on life support.

The comic’s family will have to decide in the next few days whether or not to turn the machines off.

Her celebrity friends and colleagues have taken to social media to ask for prayers and express their shock.

Guiliana Rancic wrote on twitter, ‘Praying for @Joan_Rivers and @MelRivers,’ ‘Even though Joan’s the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan.’

Kelly Osbourne who referred to Joan as grandma wrote: “4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight! I encourage U 2 do the same 4 @Joan_Rivers my grandma! #inconsolable”
Source: RADAR NG
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Kendall Jenner drops Surname, says it is of no Benefit

Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian’s half sister has dropped the surname that made her famous. She wants to be known simply as Kendall.

The change was first announced on the website of her modeling agency, The Society Management who advertised her as Kendall.

According to Kendall, her fans were just slow to realise that she’s been a single-namer for months.

“I did it last year at all the castings too!” she told US weekly. “I only go by my first name.”

As to why she dropped her surname, Kendall said, “It was just my choice.”

Kendall recently said that her famous last name has not benefitted her career. “People didn’t want to take a chance on me, I think because I was sort of known,” she told Teen Vogue. “They were a little bit on the fence about it. Some people might think that what I’ve done before made it easier for me to get jobs, but it was actually a disadvantage. I had to work even harder.”
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Train Your Brain to Thrive From 9 to 5

The majority of employers throughout the world are “strongly committed to creating a workplace culture of health” and are investing in programs to achieve these goals, according to Buck Consultants at Xerox, describing their newly released survey, “Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies.”

That’s welcome news. It’s hardly a surprise that employees are happier and more productive when they are feeling their best. But any truly effective workplace wellness strategy must focus not simply on physical health but also on brain health.

After all, the brain is the one indispensable tool workers need throughout their careers. From the first entry-level position until the retirement party, the brain is on the job and expected to function at peak capacity on a daily, hourly, even moment-by-moment basis.

Yet, while workers who spend time and energy doing aerobic exercises and weight-training, they probably rarely give a second thought to maintaining the health of their brains. Similarly, corporations may fail to consider aspects of the work environment that either add to or detract from their employees’ brain performance.

I have coined the term “brainomics” in an attempt to capture the connection between cognitive potential and economic performance. A healthy brain is a financial asset, with an impact on the bottom line, for both individuals and corporations. Creativity and productivity — key to individual and corporate success — flourish when the brain is at its best, and when the corporate culture supports workers’ ability to innovate and add new concepts and ideas to the organization.

But many of today’s work practices are more likely to harm, rather than help, brain health. Locating workers together in loud “cube farms” prevents employees from focusing on their own work, reducing productivity. Numerous meetings without focused agendas keep employees from spending time actually getting results. How many times do we stop and ask ourselves how much large meetings are costing the bottom-line? Drawing too many people into projects tricks us into believing we’re building a consensus, but in reality, the true issues are not addressed and the time and talent wasted are unnerving.

Individual habits also diminish brain health. Perpetuating a culture that cultivates the feeling that individuals must respond instantly to emails, texts and social media posts limits the ability to focus and think deeply. Similarly, multitasking actually reduces productivity and accuracy, creates stress, and taxes the brain. Other habits, such as constantly downloading information via technology and media, overload the brain’s preferential capacity to block out irrelevant information, decreasing performance.

Fortunately, we have discovered strategies that optimize brain performance on the job. Taking advantage of neuroplasticity, the brain’s inherent ability to adapt and change throughout life, workers can train their brains to be more productive. By eliminating toxic mental routines and engaging in the right mental exercises, anyone can think clearer and sharper at work.

Workers: Here are five scientifically proven tips you can adopt to make your brain smarter.

1) Brainpower of None

Step away from your desk and disengage for five minutes at least five times a day. Quieting your mind briefly will help improve decision-making, problem solving and productivity.

2) Brainpower of One

Stop multitasking and focus on one thing at a time. Once you are interrupted, it takes an average of 20 minutes to return to the original task, so silence those smartphone and e-mail alerts.

3) Brainpower of Two

Prioritize the two most important tasks on your to-do list each day. Dedicate uninterrupted brain time to accomplishing them before moving on to less significant items on the list.

4) Brainpower of Deep and Wide

The brain is bored by robotic repetitious facts. Instead it is built to dynamically shift between details and big picture. Train your brain to think in a more synthesized way by condensing large amounts of information into a few impactful messages, or by beginning meetings with a seven word unexpected thought or provocative question.

5) Brainpower of Innovative Thinking

The brain was wired to be inspired and thrives when facing new challenges. Exercise innovation by committing yourself to exploring new ways to build on your passions, broadening and deepening your knowledge, skills, and expertise. Or ask yourself how you could respond differently to personnel issues and operational challenges.

Employers, your role is to support your workers by creating a workplace that is conducive to the brainpower strategies above. Where possible, create a quiet work environment. Urge employees to keep distractions and interruptions to a minimum while working on important tasks.

Encourage your employees to innovate, constantly spurring them on to figure out ways to improve products and processes, and not get stuck in the same old routine. Incentivize your employees to take advantage of opportunities to master new mental challenges and learn new skills.

Remember that the brain, like the body, needs rest. Allow employees to take advantage of brief downtime several times a day so they return to their desks mentally refreshed. Respect their vacation time with their family and friends.

Using these strategies offers a profitable approach to “brainomics.” Both employers and employees will benefit from the increased productivity that results from higher brain energy and enhanced brain health.

Sandra Bond Chapman
Source: Huffington Post
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”I Never Went To University” – Africa’s Richest Woman Speaks

Africa’s Richest Woman, Folorunsho Alakija, has revealed that  she did not go to a University but that did not stop her from making it in life and achieving her goals.

63-year-old Folorunsho Alakija made this revelation, yesterday, August 27 while giving a motivational speech to the students of the University of Lagos during the 2014 UN International Youths Day in Lagos.

Alakija while motivating the students opened up about her background saying: “I come from Ikorodu, Lagos state. I am married to a dashing young lawyer of 70 years of age and we have four grown up gentlemen and grandchildren. It has not been a rag to riches fairytale. It has not been an overnight phenomenon like some cases which you find here and there all over the world. For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted my own business.

Hard work…am trying to tell you how I got to where I am if you want those billions. Hard work, diligence, persistence…days where you nearly gave up but I chose not to give up.”

It would have been easy to compromise but I chose not to and I stayed focus. I could have stayed a secretary as my father desired according to his plan for me but I had bigger aspirations. I dreamt big. God strengthened me and gave me wisdom. I had a passion and burning desire to succeed. Being a secretary, a banker, a fashion icon, a cooperate promoter and printer, a real estate owner, an oil magnate, that I can assure you was no easy feat. Firm belief that what is worth doing is what doing well or not doing at all.

I took charge of my life with the tools I have shared with you. I chose to become born again at the age of 40.
I chose to make a covenant with God that if he would bless me I would work for him all the days of my life. I chose to hold on to the cross and look up to him every step of the way. Today additional accomplishment includes a wife of almost 40 years, a mother, grandmother, ministry, counseling, outreach, NGO Rose of Sharon Foundation for widows and Author, writer, author of several inspirational books.

All I say to the glory of God. So I am 63 and I am not yet done. So what is your excuse? I never went to a University and I am proud to say so because I don’t think I have done too badly. You do not have to have a University education to be able to make it so count yourselves privileged to have that education as part of the feather in your cap” she said.

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Ebola: How It All Began With Late Justina & How I Survived The Ebola Virus – Fiancé (Full Story)

The fiancé of late 29-year old nurse who died of Ebola, Dennis Akagba has explained to Vanguard all you will like to know about how Justina started work at First Consultant hospital, and how being pregnant made her easily contract the virus despite working at the hospital for just one day. He also spoke about how he tested positive and how God healed him. In all he is a man any woman would pray to have.

His story again;

He and his wife-to-be had lofty dreams of living fulfilled lives and raising wonderful children together. The fiance was two months pregnant and their traditional marriage had been fixed for October.

His fiancee, a graduate nurse, had just secured a job at First Consultant Hospital, Lagos. He too also just got a marketing job with an oil and gas company. She was reluctant to go to work on the first day she was expected to resume on account of ‘morning sickness’ (pregnancy symptoms) and he encouraged her. Continue below.

She did! Lo and behold, her first duty and first patient to nurse on her first day at work was the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, who brought the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria. And that decision put a full stop to the lofty dreams of a promising family. Welcome to the world of Mr. Dennis Akagha, the husband-to-be of late Miss Justina Ejelonu, the nurse, who contacted and died of the Ebola disease from Mr. Sawyer.

His thoughts on Ebola and late Justina:

The truth is that Justina and I were not legally married, we were planning for our traditional marriage in October and she just got this job. She was a qualified graduate nurse and got the job at the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos. She resumed duty at the hospital on the 21st of July, while Patrick Sawyer was admitted at the hospital on the 20th.
He was her first patient. She was one of the nurses that nursed him. She was pregnant and so her immune system was weak, which made it easy for her to contract the disease. On that first day which was a Monday, she was having some pregnancy symptoms, but I just encouraged her to go because it was her first day at work. Sawyer was her first patient.
The next day, Tuesday, she didn’t work on Sawyer. Wednesday and Thursday, she was off. Then on Friday, Patrick Sawyer died. They didn’t know he had Ebola, it was three days later that they realized it was Ebola.

Questions and Anwers

• When did you know that she had contacted the Ebola virus?

– It was after Sawyer died that she told me she nursed him but that she was on gloves. She even thanked God that she didn’t have direct contact with him. The fever continued and we thought it was just pregnancy symptoms and even when she went to her hospital, they confirmed the same thing. She took drugs and ran tests, yet it persisted. At night, she was usually cold and feverish and her body temperature was usually very high. At a point, I began to suspect that she had contacted the virus. I did some research on the disease and realised that she was having similar symptoms.
On the 14th of August, it became serious, she started stooling and vomiting. I had to clean up everything. All of a sudden, she started bleeding and she started crying that she had lost the pregnancy. I had to call her relatives and other people. The bleeding persisted and I had to clean up everything.

• While you were attending to her did you wear gloves?

– Initially I was not wearing gloves because I felt I had already been exposed to the virus. But later I cautioned myself and started wearing nylon on my hands. But I couldn’t stay away from her. I kept consoling her. Even when I took her to the hospital, she wanted to hold me and I told her to also consider my safety. She managed to hold herself and was able to find her way out in a pool of her blood. We chartered a taxi to the hospital, but first, I took her to First Consultant Hospital because I felt they should know more. When we got there, I was directed to IGH, Yaba. I told the taxi driver to take us there. The driver wasn’t even aware of what was going on as he took us to Yaba.
Justina was on the floor for 30 minutes before she was attended to. She was screaming that she was going to die. She was seriously bleeding, she had to come out of the taxi and lay on the floor. I ran around, trying to get doctors to attend to her. After everything, they took her in, took her blood samples and the following day, the result came out that it was Ebola. They washed the taxi with chlorine and also bathed the taxi driver and I with chlorine spray.
At that point, the taxi driver knew what was going on, he couldn’t even take me home because he was so scared. I had to look for somewhere to pass the night in the hospital. Early the next morning, I left the Hospital. The taxi driver is alive today, nothing happened to him. We have been checking on him and the last time we spoke he told me, he was fine.

• So what happened after you got exposed to the virus?

– 14 days after I was exposed to Ebola, my temperature rose from the usual 35.2 degrees centigrade to 37.2. The Lagos State government gave me a thermometer the day I dropped Justina off at the centre. It took them two straight weeks to visit my home and
to disinfect it. Before they came, I had already done the much I could do.
I used bleach and detergent to clean the whole house, furniture and clothes inclusive.

• After that, what happened?

– We should be reminded and educated that a healthy person with Ebola virus cannot get anybody infected, except if the person is sick and totally down with the virus like what happened to Sawyer and to my late wife-to-be, Justina.
I contacted the virus because Justina was very sick and I was taking care of her without any appropriate protection. When we knew what we were dealing with it was almost too late for me as I had already contacted the virus.

• Since you had already visited the centre what else was done for you by the state?

– The Lagos State government sent health professionals to check on me regularly to know how l was doing or if l had the signs of the virus manifesting. So they used to come around to check on me. At some point they created scenes with their visits. I was embarrassed and I was stigmatized.
I complained severely to them that I didn’t like what they were doing.
Then, one Saturday they visited again, I complained about the pains I was beginning to experience; excruciating pains around my waist. I started praying and asking people to pray for me.
Before this time, I believed in the Holy Communion, so I usually take it daily and do feet washing. I was going to the hospital daily to see late Justina. Initially, I was seeing her through the window and she would say I should take her out of the hospital. She complained of lack of care.
Perhaps, Justina would have survived the virus, if not for the state she was in. Her immune system was down because she was pregnant. Along the line, she had a miscarriage and lost the baby due to the Ebola virus disease.
The doctors, who were supposed to do an evacuation on her couldn’t do it because they claimed that an evacuation was too risky as she was heavily infected and may pass on the virus to another person.
Since nothing was done even after the bleeding had stopped, it led to more complications for her because the already dead foetus somehow got rotten in the womb and started a damaging process which led to further complication. Meanwhile, she was still stooling and vomiting and since nobody could dare to touch her, she was left on top of her excretions even when she couldn’t do much for herself due to her weak state. She was given her incisions and other drugs. I believe if some people survived Justina should have been one of them. 
At a point, I wished I was a doctor myself; I would have taken the risk of doing the evacuation because it really affected her.

• When was the last day you saw Justina?

– The last day I saw her, I had to go inside the ward because she was so unkempt as nobody attended to her.
At that time, the quarantined patients were in the former facility where there was no water and she had messed up herself again. I had to look for water to clean her up, change her pampers and arrange her bedding. Since I was aware of what I was dealing with, I got myself protected while cleaning up the place. I made sure she looked better than when I saw her. Justina was shivering the last day I saw her, one side of her stomach was already swollen, and her legs were also swollen. I prayed for her. At a point, she needed oxygen and the hospital couldn’t provide it. Her friends had to provide it. That was the last day I saw her. On Sunday Morning, I called her line like I usually did before visiting her, but she didn’t pick her calls. When I got to the hospital, I was told that she was dead.

• Was she taking your calls while she was at the facility?

– Yes, in fact she called me that last day and I knew she was going to give up, because she was saying some funny things. She said I should tell my people to go and meet her father so as to finalize our marriage plans, that she’s leaving that place.

• From what you have said, were you not scared that you may die as well from the disease?

– I personally don’t believe in taking medications. I had the mentality that I wasn’t sick. I told the government what I was experiencing. On the day they came to pick me up for treatment, all of a sudden, my temperature went back to normal. The shivering and pains were all gone. So they decided that they would be checking on me. But it got to a point people stopped selling things to me. It was as if the government got a report that I shouldn’t be around. So, they came and said I should go with them that they wanted to take my blood sample. I went with them and they took my blood sample, I was kept in a ward known as the ‘suspected ward.’
The result came out and it was positive. I was then taken to a confined ward. One of the doctors from UNICEF, a white lady told me that they were having issues with the results and that they would have to re-run the tests. They did the tests again and it was still positive. I told them that it wasn’t my result and that I was healthy. I was even doing my usual exercises (press-ups) every morning. I kept telling them that I wasn’t sick. They took my blood sample the third time. That night, they told me that I tested negative in the last result and that I don’t have any reason to remain there. That was how I was discharged.

• While you were going through all these at the facility what happened to your job?

– I was a marketer in an oil and gas company. I worked on commission basis, but at a point, I realized that people were not calling me and when I called they won’t pick my calls. Even the person that I report directly refused to pick my calls and also refused to associate with me. Justina and I just got our jobs, she got hers at First Consultant Hospital and I got mine as a marketer with the oil and gas company.

• Do you think that the government or First Consultant Hospital should compensate Justina’s family?

– Although, no amount of money they give to the family will bring her back I think the government owes Justina’s family a lot because she died trying to save a situation. Justina died in active service as her death wasn’t natural.

• So how did your status change from positive to negative?

– I was reading a book on healing and taking of the Holy Communion. So I learnt to take Holy Communion morning, afternoon and night. I also engaged myself in feet-washing every day before going to bed. The Almighty God saved me; the Holy Spirit healed me. It wasn’t as though l didn’t fall sick as l had direct contact with Justina but the Almighty God healed me. When I was discharged, I got to my house on Saturday evening and spent two hours the next day, Sunday, thanking God on my own. I didn’t go to church or anywhere because of the already established stigma but today I can confidently attend church activities because I guess they all know I’m free now. I know my faith and belief healed me. God also worked for me apart from the fact that my immune system is also working. I believe I got healed also because friends prayed for me.

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3 Female Thieves Who Hid Rolex Watches In Their VAGINAS After Luring Men With Booze And SEX

Arrested: From left, Trinity Kennard, Bryanna Warren and Charmella Triggs 
3 women have been arrested in America after a honey trap where thieves stashed luxury Rolex watches in their VAGINAS.

Officers said they flirted their way into the room of two Las Vegas hotel guests, plied them with booze and performed sex acts on them before attempting to flee with the wallet-busting watches inside their bodies.
But Bryanna Warren, 23, Trinity Kennard, 23; and Charmella Triggs were arrested after CCTV cameras in the lifts of the Encore hotel-casino captured footage of two of the women hiding the sought-after timepieces.
A police arrest report said the sting began when Warren and Triggs flirted with a tourist from India at a hotel bar at about 3:30am.

The three had drinks inside his room and were then joined by the man’s friend. The women then invited Kennard to the room.

Cops say one of the women undressed one of the men and performed a s ex ual act on him in a separate part of the room.

During the act, the man removed his £7,500 Rolex watch. Another woman also began to get physical with the other guest at the same time, prompting him to remove his £2,500 Rolex.

Police said one of the men noticed his watch being taken and the women then ran towards a lift with one of the men following.

One of the thieves then pulled out a stun gun and threatened the victim to secure their escape.

Later in the report, police say two of the women were captured on surveillance video hiking up their dresses inside the lift, squatting and then inserting the watches in their va ginas.

Officers nicked the women outside the hotel after security was alerted by the victims and recovered a stun gun and one of the watches.

Kennard produced the other watch during a strip search, according to the report.

The three women were charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and conspiracy to commit robbery.

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