Career Bridesmaid, Done 150 Jobs

Kerstyn Walsh, 29, said she was working as a real estate agent in 2015, when she decided to become a ‘professional bridesmaid’

Kerstyn fell into the role after she was made the host for her friend Anna’s wedding and ended up coordinating many of the vendors and guests on the big day.

From brides who want to remove the organisational burden from their loved ones, to brides who simply don’t have enough friends, Kerstyn is available to stand in for up to $8,000 a ceremony.

Within weeks, she handed in her notice and set up her own business, Hire A Bridesmaid.

Kerstyn volunteered her services to several of her friends who were getting married that year for free to kick-start her business.

‘But word spread towards the end of 2015, and it wasn’t long before I was attending two or three weddings in a weekend and between 30 and 40 a year,’ she said.

Kerstyn estimates she has since been a bridesmaid at more than 150 ceremonies and has a closet of more than 70 dresses she has saved from ceremonies. She charges somewhere between $1,000 for on-the-day coordination and $8,000 for the average full bridesmaid package.

Kerstyn said women often employ her to do the running around so their closest friends and family can relax and take in the wedding day.

‘Brides often need someone who is willing to do all the jobs – whether it’s consult with the vendors or fix the speakers for the DJ,’ she said.

‘They want their friends and family to be fully present for the wedding, while I can help with chores.’Other times, she said that it’s simply a matter of numbers. Sometimes I’ve been hired when there are five groomsmen, but only four bridesmaids,’ she said.

Kerstyn said she typically meets with a bride several months out from the big day – in regular ‘bridal therapy’ sessions where she learns about their personality and what they want from their wedding.

Among her 150 weddings, there have been many highlights for Kerstyn, and a few disasters too. Kerstyn said once a bride didn’t show up for 45 minutes while other weddings have run out of alcohol.

‘There have also been countless times when the speakers haven’t worked and I’ve quickly had to help the DJs sort out the sound system,’ Kerstyn said.

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Corps Members Who Would Not Wear Trousers

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has expressed concern over  the dressing of  corps members and the controversy over the expulsion of two corps members for their refusal to wear trousers..

In a statement issued by Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Ibrahim urged corps members to always adhere to the dress code.

The statement read: “The DG notes with great concern the negative perception of the scheme’s dress code, arising mostly from some corps members’ disobedience to the dictates of the code.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the scheme has maintained one dress code since May 22, 1973 when it was established, devoid of ethnic, religious or gender bias.The code remains a pair of khaki trousers and shirt; crested vest; white vest; a pair of white shorts; a pair of zebra-striped socks; a pair of jungle boots; a pair of canvas; belt and fez cap.This depends on camp activity at any point in any time.”

Ibrahim added that the NYSC camp, predicated on discipline and decency, is a training ground for corps members.

“Any other dress code contrary to the officially-sanctioned one will not promote the course of decency,” he stated.

According to him, it will be reprehensible for a female corps member to embark on obstacle crossing and other physical training activities on camp, including parade, in skirt or gown.

“The scheme, therefore, considers the unwholesome act as an affront to decency on one hand and constituted authority on the other.

“It was for that reason that the scheme came up with the policy of having prospective corps members sign undertaking forms to the effect that they will not deface the NYSC uniform, but abide by the dress code for corps members,” the statement added.

The NYSC director-general clarified that organisation did not issue hijab as part of its dress code.

“Rather, the scheme permits the use of white hijab, which must not be more than shoulder length and must be tucked into the uniform. The policy of allowing hijab, which does not deface the NYSC uniform, is not new, as it has been there.

“The NYSC wishes to assure Nigerians and place on record that it will continue to be single-minded in pursuit of its core mandate of achieving a united, integrated, egalitarian and hate-free nation.It shall never do anything untoward to undermine or abridge gratuitously the rights of individuals or institutions based on parochial considerations,” he said

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Are Southpaws More Creative, Intelligent People?

In African mythologies, the left side of a thing connotes negativity and left handed people have to deal with the negative  sentiments concerning their biology.

Psychologists are far from a consensus on how to measure vague concepts like creativity and intelligence. Any declared correlation between those attributes and handedness will have to wait on a better understanding of the notions themselves.

So raise an eyebrow (right or left) at any labcoat making sweeping statements about the smarts of a potentially arbitrary 10 percent of the world’s population. However, a few earnest studies have proposed interesting links between primary hand and cognitive skills.

It appears that righties may perform slightly better academically than lefties. Research also suggests that left-handers more often suffer learning disabilities and dyslexia.

On the other hand, southpaws dominate in tasks involving the mental manipulation of objects, which might explain the high proportion of left-handed chess players. More general claims, especially concerning “right-brained” versus “left-brained” people, are more pseudo- than science.

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Eulogies, As Prof David-West, Philosopher Departs At 83

President Muhammadu Buhari, and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, are among eminent Nigerians who have paid tributes to a former minister of Petroleum and Energy, and former commissioner for Education in Rivers State,  Prof. Tam David-West, who died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan at the age of 83.

In his condolence message, Buhari expressed deep sorrow at the passage of his ally and friend, a man he usually called “the indomitable Tam David-West.”

According to presidential spokesmen, Mr. Femi Adesina, the late David-West was a consultant virologist of national and international standing. He served as Commissioner of Education in the old Rivers State, Minister of Petroleum and Energy under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.

“He had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own,” the president said of the academic, author of many books and social critic. 

Also, Gov. Nyesom Wike commiserated with the family of David-West over his passing.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the death of Professor David-West was a huge loss to the people of Rivers State, adding that the late David-West was an accomplished academician who served the country well in various capacities,” he said.

He prayed that God would grant his soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has described the late Prof. Tam David-West as the custodian and repository of university culture.

  Chairman ASUU University of Ibadan, Prof. Deji Omole said this in Ibadan on Monday while reacting to the death of Prof Tam David-West  described the late don as a great struggler who believed in one Nigeria and also a supporter of the union.

Omole noted that the late don knew and articulated a clear vision of what a University ought to be.

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Mother Finds Stranger Bathing Her Baby

A mother in Ohio, US said she was “horrified” to wake up in the middle of the night to find a complete stranger bathing her two-year-old son.

Areica Hill said she had never heard of a home invasion like this before and she told NBC4 she woke up to the sound of dog, that wasn’t hers, barking from inside the house.

 “I thought this was a nightmare,” she told NBC4.

She added saying waking up to find a stranger in her house, bathing her child was a “nightmare”.

Ms Hill said she got out of bed and looked outside her door, where she could see all the way down the hall.

“I get up and I walk to my door and the way my house is set up, I can look down the hall,” Ms Hill told NBC4.

“I see a white lady, bent over the tub, with my two-year-old in the tub.”

The woman giving Ms Hill’s son a bath was 22-year-old Elizabeth Hixon. Ms Hill managed to fight Ms Hixon off and Ms Hill’s boyfriend managed to restrain Ms Hixon until police arrived, according to NBC4.

Ms Hill said she had never met Ms Hixon before and she would like to see charges laid against her.

Elizabeth Hixon was charged with burglary after she broke into a home in Ohio and bathed another woman’s child. Source: NBC4.

According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, Ms Hixon was arrested for burglary on October 16 and she did make bond, on the condition she stayed away from Ms Hill’s home.

Ms Hixon will have a preliminary hearing on October 25.

“Ms Hixon stated that she entered the residence, to provide care to a juvenile, which was outside the residence,” an affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court states, according to NBC4.

Speaking to NBC4, Ms Hixon’s mother said her daughter had “good intentions”..

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Heavy Rains Aid 228 Escape From Prison

No fewer than 228 prisoners have reportedly escaped from the Medium Federal Correctional Centre located in Koton Karfe, Kogi State.

Heavy downpour on Monday aided the escape of 228 prisoners from the Medium Federal Correctional Centre located in Koton Karfe, Kogi State.after the collapse of some parts of the Federal medium prison building while many houses were submerged by the flood in the community.

It was reliably gathered that the rain started at about 2 am on Monday, which created havoc leading to the destruction of some parts the prison building, which gave way for the inmates to escape.

The acting Chief Imam of Koton-Karfi Karfi central mosque, Saidu Suleiman Nuhu, who also spoke with our reporter, said river Osugu over flooded its bank and destroyed so many houses including the prison, which led to the escape of some inmates.

However, effort to speak with Prison officers, who visited the scene proved abortive as every where was flooded but source close to the Prison service disclosed that about 228 of the inmates who escaped only 100 have been rearrested by the security agents.

The source added that the Deputy Controller General of Correctional Service Ahmed Jafaru had visited the place saying government will put everything in place to re-arrest some inmate who are still at large.

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Pilot Reveals Where Loo Waste Go

FLIGHTS can leave many travellers flummoxed by how things really work onboard as there are plenty of myths around air travel which can add further confusion. One intriguing question is what happens to plane toilet waste.

Flights will inevitably see many passengers visit the bathroom during the course of the flight. Some fliers may wonder, when the toilet is flushed – where does all the toilet waste disappear to? Clearly the loos cannot function the same as they do on land but does the aircraft dump the waste en route?

To answer the question “Are the contents of airplane toilets jettisoned during flight?” in the aviation oeuvre. Pilot Patrick Smith has revealed the truth about what happens.

In his book Cockpit Confidential, Smith wrote: “Several years back, I was o a train going from Malaysia into Thailand when I stepped into restroom and lifted the toilet seat.I was presented with a mesmerising view of gravel, dirt and railroad ties all passing rapidly beneath me.

“Those who travel will encounters this now and again, and maybe it’s people like us who get these nutty myths off and running.The answer is no. There is no way to jettison the contents of the lavatories during flight.”

So what does happen? A combination of the vacuum, a small amount of blue sanitation liquid and non-stick coating are what helps wash waste away.

Tony King, Sales Director at SkyKem, which supplies hygiene technology to the aircraft industry, told “There is an airtight flap at the bottom of the toilet bowl to hold the vacuum. When you flush the toilet this flap is released and the sudden aggressive noise is made by the vacuum sucking out waste. The toilet systems are emptied by vacuum to a large waste holding tank shared by many toilets. The vacuum is generated inside the waste tank so that waste and foul odours are all sucked into the tank.”

Smith explained the next step in Cockpit Confidential. He penned: At the end of a flight, the blue fluid, along with your contributions to it, are vacuumed into a tank on the back of a truck.”

The pilot added, tongue in cheek: “The driver then wheels around to the back of the airport and furtively off-loads the waste in a ditch behind a parking lot. In truth, I don’t know what he does with it. Time to start a new legend.”

However, although aircraft do not intentionally jettison plane waste, it has been known to happen accidentally.

According to Smith: “ A man in California once won a lawsuit after a piece of ‘blue ice’ fell from a plane and came crashing through the skylight of his sailboat. A leak, extending from a lavatory’s exterior vent sitting, caused runoff to freeze, build, and then drop like a neon ice bomb.If you think that’s bad, a 727 once suffered an engine separation after ingesting a frozen chunk of its own leaked toilet waste, inspiring the line ‘when the shit hits the turbofan.’

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Nigerian Heads Uk’s House Of Commons As Sergeant At Arms

Queen Elizabeth II Has Appointed Nigerian-Born Ugbana Oyet, 43, As The Uk House Of Common Sergeant At Arms.

The appointment was announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow on Tuesday.

According to the announcement shared on the website of the House of Commons, Oyet is a chartered engineer and he was appointed following the retirement of Mohammed Kamal El-Hajji in July.

With this appointment, Oyet has become the new ceremonial head of security and the only person legally allowed to carry a sword in the House of Commons.

It was reported that Ugbana was already well known to many members of the House through his role as Parliament’s Principal Electrical Engineer and Programme Director for the Estate-wide Engineering

Infrastructure and Resilience (EWEIR) Programme – which aims to make the parliamentary estate carbon neutral by 2050.

With his new appointment, Oyet would become even more visible as the carrier of the House of Commons mace during the Speaker’s procession, and into the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament.

Reacting to his appointment, Oyet said, “It is a great honour to serve in such a historic role, which combines the needs and challenges of the modern era, while also maintaining the dignity and essential traditions that have helped Parliament endure.

“I’m a real people-person and love working closely with MPs, staff and members of the public, so I will do my best to enhance morale and improve the excellent service already provided by the Serjeant’s office.”

For his part, Speaker Bercow said, “I have known Ugbana for several years and have always been impressed by his ability, his attitude and his approach to other people. My longstanding impression of him was confirmed when he won a diversity and inclusion award for being an ‘an inspiring role model’.”

Born in Nigeria, Ugbana moved to the UK with his family in 1991. He is married to Claire, his childhood sweetheart. The couple has four children – three sons and a daughter aged between 14 and 23.

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‘94% Nigerians Do Not Wash Hands Properly’

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says 94 per cent Nigerians do not practice proper hand washing in the country.

Oumar Doumbouya, a UNICEF representative said this on Tuesday in Abuja during the 2019 Global Handwashing Day Celebration with the theme: “Clean Hands for All’’.

He said that the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Nigeria was facing an interesting time with the recent declaration of a state of emergency in the sector, the target to end open defecation by 2025 and government commitment’s to revitalise the sector.

 “Handwashing has been proven by several studies to be the most cost-effective intervention in the prevention of communicable diseases. However, the facts and figures do not show that Nigeria is taking advantage of this.

The finding from the 2018 WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH-NORM) conducted by the Ministry of Water Resources and National Bureau of Statistics with support from UNICEF, revealed that only 21 per cent of households have access to basic hand hygiene services

“The report also revealed that while only 12.5 per cent of households demonstrated proper handwashing with soap under running water. Also only six per cent of all households in Nigeria are likely to practice proper handwashing with water and soap at critical times. For the remaining estimated 94 per cent, who would be less likely to practice handwashing, their poor hygiene practice affects the rest of us, ‘’ he said.

He also noted that more than 100, 000 children under five die each year due to diarrhoea, of which 90 per cent were directly attributed to unsafe water and sanitation. Doumbouya said that Nigeria has a national strategy for the promotion of hygiene, which prioritises hand washing before eating, after using the toilet, and after cleaning a child who defecated.

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Hunger, Weight Put 700m Children At Risk

A third of the world’s nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday.

“If children eat poorly, they live poorly,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, unveiling the Fund’s first State of the World’s Children report since 1999.

“We are losing ground in the fight for healthy diets.”

Problems that once existed at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum have today converged in poor and middle-income countries, the report showed.

Despite a nearly 40 percent drop from 1990 to 2015 of stunting in poor countries, 149 million children four or younger are today still too short for their age, a clinical condition that impairs both brain and body development.

Another 50 million are afflicted by wasting, a chronic and debilitating thinness also born of poverty.

At the same time, half of youngsters across the globe under five are not getting essential vitamins and minerals, a long-standing problem UNICEF has dubbed “hidden hunger.”

Over the last three decades, however, another form of child malnutrition has surged across the developing world: excess weight.

“This triple burden undernutrition, a lack of crucial micronutrients, obesity  is increasingly found in the same country, sometimes in the same neighbourhood, and often in the same household. A mother who is overweight or obese can have children who are stunted or wasted.” Victor Aguayo, head of UNICEF’s nutrition programme, said.

Across all age groups, more than 800 million people in the world are constantly hungry and another two billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, driving epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

A single degree Celsius of warming since the late-19th century has amplified droughts responsible for more than 80 percent of damage and losses in agriculture.

Earth’s average surface temperature is set to rise another two or three degrees by 2100.

Research by scientists at Harvard University, meanwhile, have shown that the increased concentration of CO2 in the air is sapping staple food crops of those essential nutrients and vitamins, including zinc, iron and vitamin B.

“The impacts of climate change are completely transforming the food that is available and that can be consumed,” Aguayo said.

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