Nothing is working under Buhari – Northern Elders’ Forum

Nothing is working under Buhari – Northern Elders’ Forum

The group also said that Buhari has failed to deliver on the conditions given to him in 2015 when they rejected former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) have said that nothing is working under President Buhari’s government.

The group also said that it has withdrawn its support for the President ahead of the upcoming 2019 presidential election.

According to a statement issued to newsmen, NEF said that Buhari has failed to deliver on the conditions given to him in 2015 when they rejected former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The statement reads: “Two of the conditions we gave Buhari upon his assumption of office were that he should take concrete steps to address the abject poverty and underdevelopment in the North and he has woefully failed to marginally address any of them.

“Assuming that things are working in the North or in Nigeria as a whole, we would have taken a different position but everyone can see that things are not working under this government. Perhaps, as a prelude to where this government has taken this country, Buhari wasted six months before being able to set up his cabinet.

“And when he eventually formed the cabinet, he brought in persons who had not added any value to governance and his wife has vindicated us on this.

“As things stand today, we in the NEF do not believe that Nigeria’s cause will be helped by Buhari’s re-election in 2019. That is why we have decided to pick one of the other presidential candidates from the North for next year’s contest.

“It would be futile for anyone to blame anybody for the decision of the NEF against Buhari because his own wife has openly alluded to our position that some persons, who do not have the interest of Nigeria at heart, are running the Buhari administration without adding real value to the governance of Nigeria”.

Buhari has refused to talk

The NEF also stated that Buhari ignored several attempts to meet with him and discuss various concerns raised about his performance.

“Apart from his poor performance to the dissatisfaction of those who made him President, Buhari has deliberately rebuffed all attempts by the Northern Elders Forum to meet with him and discuss issues pertaining to the region and Nigeria.

“This is the reason we meticulous screened over 13 persons from the Nnorth and finally picked four out of the large number and our choice has also been endorsed by leaders of Southern Nigeria including Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt leaders.

“We believe that there is no need for us to be talking to Buhari again about what he needs since that will not change anything. We have moved and our votes will not be based on sentiment of tribe or religion but strictly on performance,” the statement added.

ALSO READ: Why Buhari refused to sign Electoral Amendment bill into law

Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made it clear that he does not have a preferred presidential candidate.

Obasanjo made this known in Osun state recently, where he urged Nigerians to vote for credible candidates.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the presidential election is slated to hold on February 16, 2019.

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Lifestyle: This is why it's dangerous to bottle up your emotions

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It's better to allow yourself to feel what you're feeling. Otherwise, emotions will boil over and show themselves later, with worse consequences.

  • Emotions shouldn't be pushed down.
  • It's better to allow yourself to feel what you're feeling.
  • Otherwise, they will boil over and show themselves later, with worse consequences.
  • If you hide your emotions, it makes you afraid of facing them.
  • In reality, they are useful for working out what we need to change.

If you put a lid on a boiling pot, eventually the contents will rise to the top and spill over. Human emotions are no different. If we push our feelings down and down and try to avoid them, eventually, they will explode out more fiercely than before.

This is one main reason people sometimes refuse to tap into their feelings, according to psychologist Perpetua Neo. She told INSIDER people can be over-rational, because they think the alternative is someone who cries all the time, is incredibly angry and erratic, and can't control themselves.

"When you ask somebody 'why can't you trust your feelings?' They'll tell you 'because last time I lost my temper, everything went to pot," Neo said. "Actually, it's this whole vicious cycle that happens when we oppress our feelings."

If we bottle things up, they don't just go away. Emotions will stay down until we physically can't contain them anymore, then they'll burst out fiercer than before. And it won't just be that one feeling, it will be everything else that's been thrown on top of it since. For some people, it can be years, or even decades, or repressed experiences.

"When it explodes you do things you regret," said Neo. "You spend too much money on things you don't like, you sleep with the wrong people you hate, things like that. And afterwards, you say it was your emotions that made you do it."

Read more: Being 'anti-fragile' in times of pain is just as important as being resilient — here's what that means

By blaming the emotions, we learn they are something to be scared of, and not to be trusted.

"The perspective shift would be working out how your emotions can play together with your rationality," said Neo. "That actually works much better."

Emotions shouldn't be terrifying in themselves. We evolved to have them for a reason. They're like our "first intel in a war," said Neo. If you listen to them, they can tell you exactly what you need to hear.

But you need to learn to respond rather than have a knee-jerk reaction, she added. You can do this by reframing the way you see emotions like anger, jealousy, and guilt, so you can identify areas of your life to change, instead of avoiding the pain. That way, you'll be able to have a hold over how you handle them much easier.

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Finance: Bad, unethical companies take note. You're going to soon cough up more for debt

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A number of companies across some of the world’s murkiest industries have tried to improve sustainability at the level it counts the most, the bottom line.

  • Commodity companies in cocoa, coffee, soy, and even oil have jumped into sustainability linked loans.
  • Companies can reduce the interest rate on their debt if they meet green criteria, and will be punished financially if they don't.
  • Sustainable finance has become more and more commonplace in the commodities industry.

Companies across some of the world’s murkiest industries have taken steps to save money, (and bonus: improve their less-than-squeaky clean images) by taking on "sustainability loans." A slew of commodities producers, users, and traders have joined the trend in the past 12 months across areas including the notoriously dirty palm oil industry.

Take Switzerland chocolate company Barry Callebaut, one of the world's largest cocoa producers. Last year the company, stung by an accusation of illegally purchasing cocao from protected parks in the Ivory Coast, linked one of its credit facilities (a form of loan) to sustainability rankings.

That means the interest rate on its loan can go lower if it performs well on sustainability criteria, which is determined by an independent ratings company called Sustainalytics. Callebaut's deal, previously unheard of, was the first of many. (Callebaut did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the cocoa purchases.)

“Market uptake has been high,” said Leonie Schreve, head of sustainable finance at ING. “Companies are realising that this is part of their transition towards a future economy aligned with the Paris Accords.”

Read more: The UN says curbing climate change would reap huge health benefits

Research by firms such as Nielsen has suggested that millennials, in particular, are more willing to spend larger amounts of money to buy products that are sustainable. Companies are taking note, with sustainable financing now regularly mentioned by banks, investors, and major businesses.

Major palm oil producer and trader Wilmar signed up to a similar loan last year — the first of its kind in the palm oil sector — an industry that has repeatedly drawn criticism from environmental groups.

Singaporean commodity trader Olam took similar steps this year with a $500 million bank loan linked to a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. Importantly, if the company performs well against the metrics the cost of its debt will decrease, saving money while winning brownie points from environmentalists.

Some players in the oil industry — the climate's biggest boogeyman — are even in on the act. Switzerland-based oil trader Gunvor, announced a sustainability linked bank loan, and will be punished financially if it fails to meet the targets set out in its loan agreement. It also said any savings from meeting those targets will go towards its recently launched Gunvor Foundation which works with aid groups in Africa.

"We reward companies which choose to use innovative sustainable investments," said Esther Berkelaar, head of trade and commodity finance, agriculture at Rabobank. "On the other hand, banks will increasingly require a higher interest rate from companies which are significantly falling behind on sustainability performance, because the bank runs a higher credit risk."

Another commodity trader, ECOM, also took the step of linking its financing to its social sustainability objectives in 2018.

The companies are motivated to clean up their act, but perhaps the bigger incentive in a world of cut-throat competition and thin trading margins. To be sure, it's an uphill battle. The commodities industry has struggled with reputational hits and an array of scandals ranging from modern slavery, child labor, and bribery.

"We have clear restrictions on what we don't do," said ING's Schreve, declining to elaborate. "But more importantly, we seek opportunities to support our clients in financing their sustainable transition."

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Police restore peace in Zamfara community

Suspected ritualist nabbed with 3 human skulls in Ibadan

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Gusau, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed that the command had deployed a combined team of mobile police and Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) to ascertain the incident.

The Police in Zamfara have restored peace in Dogon Maje in Tsafe Local Government Area in Zamfara where bandits struck.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Gusau, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed that the command had deployed a combined team of mobile police and Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) to ascertain the incident.

He said that peace had been restored in the area while details of what happened would be provided  as soon as the team returned.

He confirmed that some people lost their lives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the bandits might have come on a reprisal, following an alleged killing of three women earlier in the week.

NAN also gathered that the attackers, who invaded the village between 10.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday, opened fire on members of the community, leaving some casualties.

Rayyahi Abubakar, a son of one of the victims, Mallam Ibrahim Kuryan-Madaro told NAN that his father was killed by the bandits who severed his head.

Rayyahi said his late father, an Islamic scholar, was in the community on their invitation when he was killed.

According to him, one of the bandits called him on his father’s phone to tell him “we have just killed your father, come to Dogon Maje tomorrow and take his corpse”.

He said the deceased was buried in Zawuyya area of Gusau on Saturday. 

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Aisha Buhari inaugurates Nomadic School in Maiduguri

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The school, which was built and equipped by the Gov. Kashim Shettima, is meant to provide atmosphere conducive for learning to the children of nomads.

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has inaugurated the Aisha Buhari Integrated School for Nomadic Community in Maiduguri.

The school, which was built and equipped by the Gov. Kashim Shettima, is meant to provide atmosphere conducive for learning to the children of nomads.

The school was named after  Aisha Buhari by the Borno Government in appreciation of her efforts towards providing humanitarian services to the victims of insurgency in the State.

While inaugurating the school, the wife of the president expressed  optimism that the school would provide good atmosphere for learning.

Mrs Buhari also expressed the hope that the school would go a long way in ensuring better future for the girl child, especially the children of the nomadic families.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the school, which commenced operation on Oct. 15 2015. has 24 classrooms with 525 students.

NAN also reports that the nomadic school was established by the Borno Government to cater for the educational needs of children of Hanagamba, Mbororoji and Fulani ethnic groups who were displaced by the activities of insurgents in their various communities.

During the visit, the wife of the president also inaugurated the Model Orphanage integrated school built by the wife of Borno Governor, Mrs Nana Shettima, for orphans whose parents died due to the activities of insurgents in the state.

While in Maiduguri, Mrs Buhari also visited the Government Girls College where she commissioned a newly constructed two-storey building of eighteen classrooms.

Aisha has ended her working visit with the inspection of the  Orphanage Centre being built  by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.

She had  since returned to  Abuja.

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Lifestyle: Police think they have found the body of the missing 22-year-old British backpacker in New Zealand

A composite image shows a family photograph of Grace Millane, and a still from security footage showing her in Auckland, New Zealand, on the night she disappeared.

Police believe they have found the body of a missing British backpacker.

  • British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, went missing in Auckland, New Zealand, on December 1.
  • Police in Auckland say they believe they have found her body on the outskirts of the city.
  • The update comes hours after police charged a man with Millane's murder.
  • Millane had been travelling after finishing her studies at university.

Police say they believe they have found the body of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane in the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand.

The update comes hours after New Zealand police said the 22-year-old Millane was dead and charged a 26-year-old man with her murder. His name has been withheld, and he is due in court on Monday.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the body had been found around 10 metres off Scenic Drive, a road that runs through the western outskirts of Auckland. In a statement, Beard said that the body had not been formally identified but was believed to be Millane's.

Read more: Police are charging a man with murdering a 22-year-old backpacker who went missing in New Zealand

"Obviously, this brings the search for Grace to an end," he said in a statement. "It is an unbearable time for the Millane family and our hearts go out to them."

He added that Millane's family had been informed. "Any father, any parent in this situation would struggle."

Millane was from the British town of Wickford in south-eastern England. She had been travelling around the world after finishing her studies at the University of Lincoln.

She had not been seen since December, when she was last seen alive at a hotel with a man. It isn't clear if the same man is being held by police.

In a statement released by her family earlier this week, Millane was described as "a fun loving, outgoing and family-orientated person."

According to the BBC, Millane had been in New Zealand for around two weeks after finishing up a six-week group trip to South America.

In his statement, DI Beard appealed to anyone who might have seen a red Toyota Corolla hatchback car, which had been hired in Auckland.

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BON Awards 2018: 'We Don’t Live here Anymore' is the movie of the year

BON 2018: 'We Don’t Live here Anymore' wins 'movie of the year'

With 10 nominations in different categories of the award ceremony, the movie was awarded the Best Nollywood movie for 2018.

Tope Oshin Ogun's 'We don't live here anymore' has won the award for the Best Movie of the Year at the 2018 Best Of Nollywood awards in Ibadan, Oyo State.

With 10 nominations in different categories of the award ceremony, the movie was awarded the Best Nollywood movie for 2018.

In the same vein, Kabat Esosa Egbon's two movies, 'Ebomisi' and 'Queen of Queens' won four awards at the awards ceremony.

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The movies won awards for 'Best Special Effect,' 'Best Screenplay,' 'Best Costume in a movie,' and 'Best Soundtrack.'

 

While 'Ebomisi' won three of the awards, 'Queen of Queens' won the award for 'Best Soundtrack.'

Speaking on his wins at the 2018 BON awards, Kabat Esosa Egbon said, "Let me first of all congratulate Seun and the entire BON Team for 10years of greatness. It can only be God and I wish you guys many many more years ahead.

"I thank my Cast and Crew who our in everything to make these films _"QUEEN OF QUEENS and EBOMISI'.. It was a hard road to travel but we Bless God for His Grace. To all nominees and Winners. God Bless you all. Let's keep making movies and giving utmost entertainment to all out there. To our fans, friends and family…it couldn't have been possible without you."

The 2018 edition of the award ceremony held at the Kakanfo conference centre in Ibadan, Oyo state with Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the chief host.

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Tech: This graph shows 90% political donations from big tech workers went to the Democrats, with Googlers leading the charge

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Staff at Google's parent company Alphabet were the biggest funders of Democratic candidates and causes, according to the data from GovPredict.

  • More than 90% of the political donations made by Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google staff went to the Democrats, figures dating from 2004 show.
  • Staff at Google's parent company Alphabet were the biggest benefactors to Democratic candidates and causes, according to the data from GovPredict.
  • The findings come at a delicate time for Silicon Valley.
  • US President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans have criticized what they see as bias at powerful tech firms and are threatening anti-trust probes.

The political donations made by staff at the world's biggest tech firms have been revealed in data seen by Business Insider.

BI worked with GovPredict, the political data firm backed by prestigious Silicon Valley tech incubator Y Combinator, to uncover donations made by employees at the FAANG firms: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.

The data is drawn from campaign filings and covers a 14-year period. It only measures political contributions made by employees and doesn't reflect company-level donations to candidates. Facebook, for example, donates to candidates at a company level through its own Political Action Committee (PAC.)

GovPredict found that workers at these tech giants have backed the Democrats to the tune of millions of dollars, while donations to the Republicans have been paltry in comparison.

In fact, more than 90% of the $40 million donated by big tech employees to political causes since 2004 has gone to the Democrats.

Staff at Google's parent company Alphabet were collectively the biggest funders of Democratic candidates and causes. Employees donated $16.3 million to the party, which was nearly $10 million more than employees from the next biggest funder, Amazon.

Democrats had a near-monopoly on donations from staff at Netflix, accounting for 98% of worker contributions to political parties.

The findings come at a delicate time for Silicon Valley. US President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans have criticized what they see as bias at powerful tech firms. Trump is also looking at anti-trust proceedings against Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

The president said in August that Google search results were "RIGGED" against him, while last month, he asked his Twitter followers to "check out how biased Facebook, Google and Twitter are in favor of the Democrats."

Google, in particular, has been a lightning rod for anger. Trump has repeatedly targeted the company, as have Republicans, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Read more: A report on Alphabet employee political donations could light a fire under Trump's war on Google

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will appear before Congress for the first time next week, when he gives evidence to the House Judiciary Committee on December 11. He is expected to face tough questions about search results, potential antitrust issues, and Google's plans to launch a censored search engine in China.

The biggest year of donations from Alphabet staffers to the Democrats came in 2016, when staff spent $6 million trying to keep Trump out of office. In fact, all of the tech firm employee donations hit a high in 2016, except Amazon, GovPredict found. Workers at Jeff Bezos' company donated their peak of $3 million to liberal causes in 2012 when Barack Obama secured a second term.

Ari Ezra Waldman, director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at the New York Law School, said there is "zero" evidence to support the theory that Google is fixing search results against the Republicans — and donation patterns do not change that.

"What comes up on search results on Google, for example, is the product of Google's highly complex and proprietary algorithm, which is sensitive to what other people click on, share, and so forth," he said. "So, if critical articles about Donald Trump are coming up first, that just means that critical articles about Donald Trump are being shared more, clicked on more, and searched for more."

Google, Apple, Facebook, and Netflix declined to comment. Amazon did not respond to requests for comment.

GovPredict analyzed Federal Election Commission filings, state and city campaign finance portals, and the Internal Revenue Service. It examined election contributions made by tech staff by tracking the various subsidiary names of their companies used in the filings.

GovPredict then categorized, as Democrat or Republican, the unique committees to which employees made donations. Most were labelled by the Federal Election Commission, while on others GovPredict had to make its own call.

Former Harvard graduate Emil Pitkin launched GovPredict at the Y Combinator demo day in 2015. The company is also said to have $120,000 in seed funding from Y Combinator, which has backed startups such as Airbnb, Reddit, and Stripe.

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BON Awards 2018: Mawuli Gavor, Olivia Orji win Best Kiss category

BON 2018: Mawuli Gavor, Olivia Orji win 'Best Kiss' category

Mawuli and Olivia's kiss in 'Obsession' defeated three other pairs that were nominated for the category.

Ghanaian actor, Mawuli Gavor and Nollywood actress, Odera Olivia Orji have emerged winner of the 'Best Kiss' category at the 2018 Best Of Nollywood awards.

ALSO READ: Seun Akindele and Roseanne Marcel celebrate "Best Kiss in a Movie" award

Mawuli and Olivia's kiss in 'Obsession' defeated three other pairs that were nominated for the category.

Also nominated in the same category were, Bimbo Ademoye and Shawn Faqua in 'Personal Assistant,' Yemi Blaq and Ifu Ennada in 'Obsession,' and Eddy Watson and Victoria Egbuchere in 'Blame.'

In 2015, Seun Akindele and Roseanne Marcel won the "Best Kiss in a Movie" award and to celebrate the win, the duo shared a kiss on stage of the awards ceremony.

In the last ten years, organisers of the Best Of Nollywood Awards have consistently rewarded the best kiss in a Nollywood movie.

The 2018 edition of the award ceremony held at the Kakanfo conference centre in Ibadan, Oyo state with Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the chief host.

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Lifestyle: 'The Walking Dead' star says another actor almost lost their arm on the show years ago

Aaron lost his arm, but he has a pretty good fix.

At New Jersey's Walker Stalker Con, Ross Marquand said another character almost lost their arm on the show back on season seven of the AMC zombie drama.

  • Ross Marquand's Aaron had his arm amputated on "The Walking Dead" early on season nine.
  • At a panel during New Jersey's Walker Stalker Con on Saturday, Marquand said it was almost another character which received that fate back on season seven.
  • He didn't name anyone, but it's likely it could have been Carl or Rick Grimes.

Aaron lost his arm early on season nine of "The Walking Dead" when his arm was crushed by a tree log. But actor Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron on the AMC zombie drama, says we could have seen a very different character meet the same fate years ago.

"Originally, they had been proposing that for another character in season seven," said Marquand at a Walker Stalker Con panel in Edison, NJ Saturday morning. "And then it didn't come to fruition for various reasons."

He first learned Aaron would lose his arm on the show back in April and it was a detail he was surprised to learn.

"I had a meeting with Angela, the new showrunner, and she says, 'So, we're thinking about cutting off your arm.' I was like, 'Oh, OK.' Usually, those meetings are a little vague and you get a general idea of where your character might go, nothing really that specific," said Marquand. "So when she said, 'We're thinking about cutting off your arm,' that's very specific. That's a lot of information to digest."

Marquand first noted on an episode of "Talking Dead" earlier this season that another character nearly lost their arm instead of him. The actor didn't say who the character was or why the idea from season seven was scrapped Saturday, but we have some ideas.

What other characters could have lost an arm on "The Walking Dead"

Andrew Lincoln told press in 2017 he had asked the show for years to get rid of his arm, an iconic moment that happens early on in the comics.

"That is the one thing that I have been campaigning for for a long time, for them to chop my arm off," Lincoln told press at New York Comic Con in 2017.

The main reason why it wasn't done? Lincoln said it was about money.

"All that happens is the special effects department just starts sucking their teeth [like], 'That's gonna cost a lot of money to do,'" said Lincoln of one reason we haven't seen Rick lose his hand on the show.

Clearly, the show found a way around that with Marquand. His character wears a giant sheath-like gauntlet over his arm that is made out of multiple materials in addition to the metal on the outside.

"They basically took a cast of my entire arm," said Marquand at Walker Stalker NJ. "It's like a clamshell. It unlocks on one side.. There are four different parts and it's like rubber and plastic throughout. It iitches like crazy and it's impossible to take off."

Marquand estimated wearing the glove for as many as 10 hours at a time.

While Lincoln campaigned to lose his arm on the show, it's likely Rick's son Carl could have lost his arm. As a reminder, Negan almost forced Rick to chop off his son's arm during season seven. That fits in with the timeline Marquand mentioned Saturday.

Chandler Riggs has even said he previously thought Carl may lose his arm on the show.

"I had no idea it wasn't going to happen," Riggs said at a Walker Stalker Con in 2017. "When I was reading the script, I was like 'Are they seriously going to cut my arm off?' I was scared to death."

Marquand noted during the panel that every time he puts on his gear that he thinks of another TV show.

"Every time I put it on, I think of 'Ash Vs. Evil Dead. 'Groovy' every time I put it on," Marquand said referencing Bruce Campbell's character, who also has an arm replacement with a chainsaw.

That would be quite useful in the zombie apocalypse. Marquand says he's not promising a chainsaw addition for Aaron's arm, but he's not ruling it out.

"Season 10, it's gonna be great," he joked when asked if he would get a similar modification.

If he doesn't get the chainsaw, the actor may be more likely to grow out a longer beard as Aaron.

When Aaron lost his arm on the show many noted that the character started to more resemble comic-book Rick Grimes because of his addition of a long beard but Marquand said the beard was his idea and something he fought for on the show.


"That's why I fought for the beard, too," Marquand said. "I thought, he loses so many people in the last few seasons, and I thought, 'Why would you be shaving? You'd be letting it go. The beard's going to get longer, hopefully. I hope."

You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here.

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