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The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, while glamorous, also embodied simplicity. However, according to CNBC, the amount expended to pull of the wedding was no mean feat, well unless you’re royalty.

The Royal Wedding reportedly cost $2.7 Million with the bride’s dress, a Givenchy piece, is valued at $270,000. The bulk of the expenditure went on miscellaneous expenses like entertainment, wedding rings and the likes.

CNBC also reports that the security at the wedding was a totally different expenditure which cost about $40.1 Million.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has stated that Governor Ayo Fayose has become jittery over the emergence of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the party’s governorship candidate in the July 14 election in the state.

It also chided Fayose over his allegation that the party has colluded with the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, to recruit the students of the institution to act as presiding officers to rig the July 14 governorship election in favour of the APC.

DAILY POST recalls that Fayose had alleged that the vice-chancellor held a meeting with the governorship candidate of the APC, Fayemi, where the duo perfected strategies to recruit FUOYE students to work as presiding officers to help APC rig the poll. 

Reacting in a statement on Saturday, the state’s Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun said the party was not surprised by that “spurious allegation”.

He said Fayose’s current allegation was similar to his earlier blackmail of the professor when the governor alleged during the Ondo State governorship election that INEC had plotted to use Soremekun to announce a fake result declaring APC’s candidate, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, as the winner.

Olatunbosun faulted Fayose’s claim that Soremukun met with Fayemi in Abuja to plot the alleged recruitment of his students to be used during the election as presiding officers to help APC rig the poll.

According to him, “This is not the first time that Fayose would blackmail Prof Soremekun of a plot to help the APC win election.

“Fayose did it during Ondo State governorship election when he took to the media to accuse the professor of conspiracy to help announce a fake result in favour of the APC even when the innocent Professor was not anywhere near Nigeria at the time.

“Fayose is jittery and apprehensive after alleged reports of his illegal activities to coral INEC and corps members to help him rig election became public knowledge.”

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As part of the celebration of the Royal wedding today between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Youghurt shop where the Meghan worked has offered their customers 50% discount off the items they purchase today.

Meghan Markle’s humble beginnings haven’t been forgotten by those she left behind

Turns out Meghan worked at Humphrey Yogart around 1995 in the Beverly Connection, a WeHo shopping mall. The shop is long gone, but the H.Y. franchise in the San Fernando Valley is offering a strawberry and peanut butter frozen yogurt 50% … but only today, and only 1 per customer.

The yogurt shop boasts:

“Join us in celebrating our former employee Meghan Markle and her wedding to Prince Harry at Humphrey’s.”

Meghan Mackle herelf who had a very humble beginnimg has always been known to champion causes that cater for the needs of children across the world.

The Prince and Meghan Mackle had reportedly asked guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle in England, to donate to charities instead of giving them wedding gifts.

On Monday, Kensington Palace announced the royal couple is requesting people to donate to charities instead of sending or giving them wedding gifts.

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The couple has chosen seven charities and one of the charities is an Indian organisation, Myna Mahila Foundation.

The Palace in a statement said the seven chosen charities “represent a range of issues that they are passionate about,” including women’s empowerment, HIV, homelessness, and the environment.

“Many of these are small charities, and the couple is pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.”

Myna Mahila Foundation works with women in Mumbai’s urban slums, where they are supported professionally and personally to help them grow as individuals and businesswomen.

Myna offers women from these communities stable employment close to their homes and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low-cost sanitary pads and accurate information at their doorstep.

Providing mothers in the community with these products helps them equip their daughters to stay in school. The pads are manufactured and distributed by women from these communities. The organisation also empowers its staff through training in women’s health, English, Math, and life skills such as self-defence.

Ms. Markle visited the Foundation last year.

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Police IG fails to appear before Senate

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police (File Photo)

There is an indication that the Kano state police command instructed journalists not to make public, the video showing the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris making blunders.

According to Punch, a source said that the IGP’s blunders brought an abrupt end to the event which held in Kano state.

The source said that Idris’ handlers had to whisk him away following the embarrassment which his inability to properly read the speech caused.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Voice of Liberty published a video of the police boss struggling to read.

The incident took place in Kano state on Monday, May 14, 2018, where he went to commission the Force Technical Intelligence Unit.

The video of the IG went viral on social media, prompting many people to give different interpretations and angles to the video.

Meanwhile, The Nigerian Police, in an exclusive chat with Pulse said that the video of the IGP’s blunder was manipulated just to make him look bad.

Also, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora & Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that an editor used special effects to repeat the Police boss’ blunder.

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Police IG fails to appear before Senate

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police (File Photo)

A video emerged online Wednesday, showing a scene where Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), was struggling to read his speech at an event.

The video recording was done on Monday in Kano where Idris went to commission the Nigeria Police Force Technical Intelligence Unit.

The video was released by Voice of Liberty, an online media outfit with office in Abuja.

Idris was inarticulate and mumbling in the video: “I mean, transmission, I mean effort, that the transmission cooperation to transmission, I mean transmission to have effect, ehm, apprehend, I mean, apprehensive towards the recommendation, recommended formation effective and effect, I mean, apprehensive at the transmission of…and transmission and transmission for the effective in the police command.”

The widely circulating video on social media caused mixed reactions – disbelief, outrage, hilarity and absurdity.

POLICE CLAIMED VIDEO WAS DOCTORED

The only official reaction to the video by the police authority was a single replied tweet that the video was doctored when a Twitter user sought to ascertain the authenticity of the video.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora & Foreign Affairs also claimed that the video was doctored with special effect technique used to repeat a mistake made by the police chief.

“This video is definitely doctored, the error was made once, then special effects used to repeat it. What I don’t understand is why anyone would believe. Well, it’s a SM [Social Media] world,” she tweeted in reaction to Joe Abah who suggested that IGP might have a medical problem called dyslexic.

This particular tweet was no longer on her timeline when the ICIR checked on Saturday evening, suggesting that she has deleted it.

Since the video emerged, opinions have been divided on whether the video was manipulated or not. The police could have cleared the confusion by presenting the original video since they claimed the video was doctored.

FACT CHECKING VIDEO

The most available tools for fact-checking a video are mostly to check if a video is original. For example, reverse image search can be used to find out if there has been an original version of a video online. Another useful online tool to verify a video is the Amnesty International’s YouTube DataViewer which generates the thumbnails used by a video on YouTube and gives room to conduct a reverse image search on them.

In the case of IGP’s video, the online fact-checking tools cannot apply because it has been established that the video is not fake.  Rather the contention is that it was manipulated.

The claim by Dabiri-Erewa that the IGP made the mistake once which gave the manipulators the chance to use special effect technique to repeat the mistake is not plausible. For this claim to realistic, the repetition could have been uniform since he made the mistake once.

In video editing, the voice and image can be separated. The separated voice can be superimposed on the motion picture at any point. Therefore, the first mistake made by Idris can be separated and superimposed on the motion picture repeatedly. That is, the video will be showing changing scenes but the voice is superimposed from an earlier mistake.

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If the mistake was made once and subsequently superimposed on the rest of the video, the repetition will be uniformed voice of that earlier mistake.

YES, VIDEO WAS EDITED

The ICIR reached out to the Voice of Liberty to find out whether the video was originally captured by the organisation or whether the video was sent to the media platform. The lady who answered the phone call said she was in the marketing department of the organisation but promised to get the appropriate person to respond to the ICIR’s inquiry. She never did.

In its website, Voice of Liberty says one of its principles include: “what we write, publish or broadcast shall not be divisive, hurtful, libelous or defamatory. We should be aware of the impact of our words and images on the lives of others and the peace of the Nation.”

The website is run by ATAR Communications Limited with an office address in Abuja.

An examination of the IGP’S video showed that the video was edited but was not manipulated. The only editing technique used in the video was cutting. The video was split and joined shortly before a man appeared to help Idris. Probably, this was done to reduce the duration of the video for easy sharing online.

A subsequently video shared by Voice of Liberty showed that the IGP struggled with his speech from the beginning by making unwarranted mistakes but got worse when he started reading from the written speech.  Another video purportedly released by the police showed that he eventually discarded the written speech; nevertheless, he was struggling and repeating words but not as bad as when he was reading.

BASIS FOR DOUBTING THE VIDEO

If the video was released about a decade ago, nobody would have doubted the authenticity of the video. The emergence of reality-altering technologies has made it possible that videos can no longer be accepted on face value.

Supasorn Suwajanakorn, a researcher and his team from the University of Washington shocked the world last year by creating a fake video of Barrack Obama, former US President, by using a computer-generated version of Obama mapped to fit an audio recording.

In a paper published last year, Susajanakorn and his team described how they developed an algorithm that took audio and transposed it on to a 3D model of the president’s face.

The task was completed by a neural network, using 14 hours of Obama speeches and layering that data on top of a basic mouth shape.

Another fake video involving Jacob Zuma, former South African President, also circulated online last year.  Zuma was made to look like he was trying to say the phrase “in the beginning” correctly.

While there are available technologies to create fake videos, none of these were used in the IGP’s video.

Apart from technologies, the fact that IGP has university degree and has been seen reading fluently in the past have made people to believe that the video was doctored.

CONCLUSION: The discernible editing done on the IGP’s video was “cut and join”. This does not in any way suggest that the video was doctored as claimed by the police and the presidency.

This post was culled from ICIR Nigeria

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Would you like to download an Mp3 version of the song performed at Meghan and Prince Harry royal wedding.

Look no further, we have you covered.

The beautiful  song ‘Stand By Me’ was originally recorded in 1961 by Ben E. King and performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir.

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Lyrics

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, No I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Refrão:
So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me,
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Refrão

Whenever you’re in trouble, won’t you stand by me
Oh stand by me,
Oh won’t you stand now?
Stand by me

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now officially husband and wife.

Oprah, Serena Williams, James Blunt, Elton George, David Beckham and other top personalities watched as the lovebirds exchanged vows on Saturday.

Markle was escorted by her mother, Doria Ragland. Prince Charles walked the former actress down the aisle as her father, Thomas Markle, was too ill to attend the ceremony.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 08: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Millennium Point on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

After the wedding, Harry and Meghan stepped out to acknowledge the 200 representatives in attendance and later took a carriage ride around Windsor Town for some minutes.

The new couple will head to a reception at St. George’s Hall, where the 600 wedding guests are expected to enjoy a standing-only meal with light bites.

Only 200 guests are invited to the next reception at Frogmore House. Hosted by Prince Charles, it’s for selected family members and friends of the bride and groom. That’s where Markle is expected to break with tradition and possibly give a speech.

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Afia Efere Recipe

Afia Efere, also known as Calabar white soup is a delicious delicacy that should be on every woman’s meal plan. Try out this sumptuous recipe below.

Ingredients

-1 small to medium stewing chicken cut into stew sizes
-1 Uyayak Pod(divided)
-3 tbsps. dry pepper(divided)
-3 tbsps dry grounded crayfish(divided)
-1 large dry fish(wash and soak to soften)
-4 pieces of boiled yam pieces mashed with a mortar and set aside
-1 bouillon
-salt to taste

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How to prepare

1. Break the Uyayak pod into two and grind half into fine powder then pour in some water. Pour the mix through a finemesh sieve and set aside.

2. Place chicken into a soup pot with two tablespoons of the crayfish, two tablespoons of the dry pepper, salt and the bouillon cube. Let the meat cook in its own juices.

3. Once the stock starts to dry up, pour some water to the level of the meat and check for seasonings. Once the meat is tender, pour in the sieved liquid from the Uyayak pod into the meat stock and drop the other half into the pot. Add in the dry fish and the yam mash and stir to combine.

4. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Once the soup thickens to your desire, add the remaining dry pepper and grounded crayfish, stir and set aside

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