P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Living http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 No monkey is missing – Wildlife official http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/no-monkey-is-missing-wildlife-official/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/no-monkey-is-missing-wildlife-official/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:01:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222794 11.4c1 Ad hoc DSC_0756

Mr John Doy, the General Manager (GM), Plateau Tourist Corporation, has denied rumours that two monkeys have escaped from the Wildlife Park in Jos.

Doy told NAN on Saturday in Jos that though monkeys were lower sapiens and always explored the exit routes of their caregivers for curiosity purposes, none has left the wildlife park because of the proper care they were getting.

Doy explained that the custodians of the park were well trained and the park was attached to a research team from the National Veterinary Research Institute where they give them the necessary advice.

He added that the park also had a veterinary unit where animals were given routine check-ups.

The General Manager disclosed that animals seen around the environs might be the mythical “Rikida” who transformed as beast in the night for hunting purposes.

Rikida is a Hausa word used to describe people in the occult world who change to beasts in the night to attack animals they desire.

“People mused at this but it still exist till date and the culprits are mostly hunters and butchers,” he said.

Doy said when these set of nocturnal people were transformed into animals they choose to be, they devour goats, sheep and cows and vomit them the next day for commercial purposes.

He said such animals when seen were alleged to come from the wild life park, adding that it was impossible for animals to leave their cages for hunting purposes and return the next day still caged.

“It is irrational to think locked animals wonder at night and locked themselves back when they return from their hunting expeditions,” he said.

Doy advised the public to select where they get their meat to avoid such animals.

The GM also said the animals at the park were safe from Ebola and were not carriers of the virus.

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Fidson Set to Transform Healthcare Sector with Biotech Plant http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/fidson-set-to-transform-healthcare-sector-with-biotech-plant/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/13/fidson-set-to-transform-healthcare-sector-with-biotech-plant/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:05:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222766 Dr Fidelis Ayebae

Dr Fidelis Ayebae

Nigeria’s leading pharmaceutical company, Fidson Healthcare Plc is set to transform the country’s pharmaceutical manufacturing industry with the construction of its new World Health Organization (WHO)-standard Biotech Plant, located in Sango Ota area of Ogun State.

The new plant will help Fidson accomplish a world-class pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity, that will in turn help it to compete healthily with its foreign counterparts, thereby placing the country’s healthcare manufacturing sector on a global pedestal.

The company’s Managing Director, Dr Fidelis Ayebae who made this known stated that presently, the company is almost exhausting its manufacturing capacity due to the volume of demands for its products by Nigerians, both at the institutional and individual level. This he said has called for a more massive manufacturing plant that can meet its growing demand.

Dr Ayebae also emphasised that when completed, the plant will be used for manufacturing large scale pharmaceutical products that will take care of the healthcare needs of Nigerians, thereby strengthening the company’s leadership position in Nigeria and global pharmaceutical sector.

The new Biotech plant construction is one of the ways Fidson Healthcare is demonstrating its commitment to the well-being of Nigerians and also fulfilling its corporate brand promise of providing excellent quality world-class healthcare solutions.

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Olive oil prices to shoot up http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/olive-oil-prices-to-shoot-up/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/08/olive-oil-prices-to-shoot-up/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:35:15 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=222132 New research from Harvard University suggests it could put years on your life. But a Mediterranean diet rich in pungent olive oil does not come cheap, and it is just about to get a lot more expensive.

Disastrous olive harvests in much of southern Europe have sent wholesale prices shooting up, meaning consumers around the world are going to have to get used to paying substantially more for a culinary staple prized equally by gourmets and physicians.

Nowhere has the impact of freakish summer weather been felt more painfully than in Tuscany and Umbria, where the subtly aromatic, extra-virgin oils reaped from timeless landscapes provide the industry’s global benchmark for quality.

Olive Oil

In Spain, which last year accounted for half the world’s production of all grades of olive oil, a toxic cocktail of scorching temperatures, drought and bacteria is expected to halve output this year.

A different bacteria threatens to decimate olive groves in southern Italy.

In the heartland of poshly-packaged oils that connoisseurs discuss like fine wines, it was a humble fly that wreaked havoc after being handed optimal breeding conditions by the erratic climate.

At Fiesole, in the heart of Tuscany’s “Chiantishire” — so called because of its rich British ex-patriates — Cesare Buonamici’s olive processing facilities should be whirring at full capacity.

Instead, thanks to the olive fly, the sophisticated presses and extraction machines lie dormant for lack of the organically-cultivated fruit that would normally keep them busy until nearly Christmas.

“Our production has been halved,” the former engineer says gloomily.

Figures from the International Olive Council suggest wholesale prices of Italian oil have risen 37 percent from 2013, but Buonamici warns the rise for top quality oils like his will be steeper.

“Those are the prices ex-press,” he told AFPTV. “For the final consumer the increase is likely to be more than 60 percent.”

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Miracle for six left blind by cataract surgery http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/06/miracle-for-six-left-blind-by-cataract-surgery/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/06/miracle-for-six-left-blind-by-cataract-surgery/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:40:18 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221938 An Indian doctor inspects the eye of a patient

An Indian doctor inspects the eye of a patient

Doctors may be able to restore the vision of at least six of the 20 people blinded by botched free cataract surgery in northern India, a government official said on Saturday.

Authorities have suggested poor surgical hygiene may be to blame for the loss of sight after what are normally considered low-risk operations, in the latest scandal to highlight poor medical care in parts of India.

Authorities in India’s Punjab state reported 20 confirmed cases of blindness after a medical charity conducted free cataract operations on 157 people in November in Amritsar.

But now a special team of doctors dispatched from New Delhi and Punjab state capital Chandigarh say “at least six of the victims could get their normal sight back after special treatment”, senior Punjab state government official Ravi Bhagat told AFP.

Local media reports, however, say the number of people blinded could range from 30 up to as much as 60.

The cases have raised fresh concerns about the hygiene standards in India’s severely stretched health-care services.

The incident comes just weeks after the deaths of 13 women following sterilisation surgery at a camp in central India.

Government officials blamed tainted drugs for the deaths, but an independent report said the women had suffered septicaemia that could have been caused by lack of hygiene.

In the case of those having eye surgery, the organiser of the camp has been arrested on accusations of allegedly running the camp without government permission, police said, while the doctor who performed the cataract operations has been been held for questioning.

“Our preliminary enquiries have indicated the doctor performed more than 30 operations in a single day,” Manvinder Singh, a senior Punjab police official, told AFP.

“Technical teams are questioning him (the doctor) on different aspects,” Singh said.

Punjab police were seeking to trace every patient operated on at the camp to ascertain the total number of victims.

A government doctor who treated the latest victims on Friday said they had contracted infections after undergoing the cataract surgery on November 4.

“They came to us in a very bad condition… the infection had already spread,” Karanjeet Singh told India’s NDTV news channel, adding “chances of restoring their eyesight” are as a result much lower.

Volunteer groups and government authorities regularly hold medical camps to treat tens of thousands of poor Indians each year for various ailments.

Authorities said the problem first came to light when victims began coming forward earlier in the week.

Police said there could be more arrests in the cataract case.

“Our police team is leaving for Mathura in neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh, where the NGO (non-governmental organisation) has its headquarter,” Singh said.

“In Mathura, we hope to get the names of all the other people directly responsible for this illegal camp,” he said.

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Technology Is Our Hope, Say Nigerians With Disabilities http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/03/technology-is-our-hope-say-nigerians-with-disabilities/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/03/technology-is-our-hope-say-nigerians-with-disabilities/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:55:46 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221615 Simon Ateba/Lagos

Technology represents hope and unlimited possibilities for persons with disabilities, it was said on Wednesday, as Nigerians came together to celebrate the International Day for people living with disabilities. ‎‎

The United Nations Day for persons with disabilities is celebrated every year on 3 December and in Lagos, the event was organised by the Lagos State Office for Disabilities Affairs, LASODA.

The theme for ‎the year 2014 , “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology “, could not have come at a better time because technology can be used as a tool to break barriers and forge an inclusive and more equal society, said Mrs. Tolulope Animashaun, Chairperson, Governing Board of LASODA.

Animashaun said the day (3 December) is important as it reminds everyone of the progress made so far and the challenges ahead.

She said Lagos,  the first state to enact the Special People’s Law to champion the cause of people living with disabilities, has made tremendous progress but more still needs to be done, especially in the area of awareness creation.

Some persons with disabilities in Lagos on Wednesday. Photo: Simon Ateba.

Some persons with disabilities in Lagos on Wednesday. Photo: Simon Ateba.

The private sector for instance, she added, needs to be brought in and should go beyond corporate social responsibility which often looks like charity.

To Akinola Emmanuella of Heroes Media Nigeria who champions issues with people with disabilities, “for people without disabilities technology makes things easier but for people with disabilities technology makes things possible.”

She described technology for people with disabilities as a tool of implementation and possibilities.

“Technology provides hope for sustainability of the SDGs,” Akinola said.

She said Nigeria cannot meet its Millennium Development Goals because it has failed to include people with disabilities in almost all its policy formulations.

According to Dr. Segun Oshiyimika, Permanent Secretary, Office of Youth and Social Development of the Lagos State Government, the celebration is necessary because people with disabilities represent “a sizeable chunk of the world population”.

“Recognising them is important as we cannot afford to neglect such a huge number of people vis-a-vis‎ Nigeria’s population.

But even as the country celebrated the achievements made so far, especially in Lagos, elsewhere the situation looked gloomier.

Only about four to five out of 36 states have passed the Special People’s Law and in  Lagos where the law was passed in 2011, LASODA only got their office this year, two years after it was officially set up by the government in 2012.

Nigeria still does not have a national law for people with disabilities and this is a shame, said Adebowale Ademiluyi, a physically challenged person.

He said what Nigeria has achieved for persons with disabilities is “grossly inadequate” and implementation is also a problem.

To Oshilim Constance, some progress has been made in Lagos, but there is need for a more inclusive society.

Nigeria, she said, should empower the physically challenged, passed laws that will protect them and create jobs for those who are graduates.

According to Vweta Chadwick, Global Programmes Director, ASHA Initiative, ‎the government has not fully explored the use of technology towards promoting the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

She gave the example of the use of tablets and other technological tools that can be used to promote literacy for people with disabilities.

For Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase, National President Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, a lot needs to be done.

The government should empower people with disabilities and create and enabling environment for them.

As she spoke, many people with disabilities, especially those on wheelchairs struggled to access the ‎Adeyemi Bero Auditorium where the gathering took place because it was not accessible to them.

While some people on wheelchairs had to be carried others had to ride in the planks provided to make their movement easier and the shame less obvious.

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Its ‘I Do Day’ In Rio: Nearly 4,000 tie the knot http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/01/its-i-do-day-in-rio-nearly-4000-tie-the-knot/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/01/its-i-do-day-in-rio-nearly-4000-tie-the-knot/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:21:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221311 Rio Wedding

It was Rio’s biggest mass wedding: a total of 1,960 couples who exchanged vows Sunday in a hall next to the famous Maracana stadium.

The big event brought out a whopping 12,000 people, between brides and grooms, friends and family and authorities — including a pack of judges, a Catholic priest and an evangelical Christian pastor.

Dubbed “I Do Day,” the event was sponsored by authorities to encourage many people who might not be able to afford to marry if they had to pay for licenses and banquet halls.

The megacrowd gathered in the venue which is often used for major concerts, couples tied the knot and friends took in a concert by samba star Dudu Nobre.

Guests also got a free ride on local trains — nicknamed the “I Do Day Train” just for the occasion.

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FG assures of total eradication of wild polio virus http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/28/fg-assures-of-total-eradication-of-wild-polio-virus/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/28/fg-assures-of-total-eradication-of-wild-polio-virus/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:02:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221008 Vice President Namadi Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo

The Federal Government has expressed optimism that with the impressive gains recorded in the fight against the wild polio virus disease, the virus will soon be completely eradicated from the country like the Ebola virus diseases.

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo stated this at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication held at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.

“Government will continue to give political support, ensure sustained funding of the programame, procurement of the polio vaccines and support the introduction of other new vaccines and work with the traditional, religious leaders, development partners and other community based organizations, to ensure that no polio case is recorded in Nigeria,” Sambo said.

He commended the Commissioners of Health in various States, Local Government Chairmen, traditional rulers, especially His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto and the Shehu of Barma for their commitment to polion eradication in Nigeria as demonstrated through the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care (NTLC).

He also commended bodies such as Aliko Dangote Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, the World Health Organisation and other partners for their unwavering support towards eradication of the virus.

Sambo expressed delight that in the last two years no new case of the virus has been recorded in Nigeria while immunization of 88 percent has been achieved in 2014, noting that the country has greatly improved this year compared to other parts of the world where polio is still a problem.

He also noted that the task is enormous but urged all stakeholders to continue to work collectively in order to achieve result especially in the areas where there is security challenge and other risk factors. The VP also urged partners to work together with Nigeria for the success of radication of other diseases such as measles, whooping cough and diarrhea.

Earlier, the Supervising Minister of State for Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan while giving an account of the efforts to eradicate polio and the challenges, noted that, the Wild Polio Virus is now confined to only five LGAs compared to the more generalized situation of the past. He added that Nigeria now have six cases of Wild Polio Virus while 96 per cent of the 774 local government areas have been polio free in the last one year.

The Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed, delivered a power point presentation where he expressed confidence in the efforts of the three tiers of governments to eradicate the polio virus.

Yobe State Commissioner of Health also said the only one virus identified in the state is confined to a ward and assured of its eradication. All stakeholders were encouraged to sustain the achievement by constantly immunizing children especially at the border towns to avoid the importation of same to the country.

Present at the meeting were Governor Alhaji Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Nuhu Bajoga and representatives of World Health Organisation and UNICEF.

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Video of maid savaging baby shocks Uganda, police step in http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/24/video-of-maid-savaging-baby-shocks-uganda-police-step-in/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/24/video-of-maid-savaging-baby-shocks-uganda-police-step-in/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:30:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220666 *Here is a video every parent who leaves his child in the care of a house maid must watch

Uganda maid savaging an 18month old baby

Uganda maid savaging an 18month old baby

Ugandan police have arrested a maid for attempted murder after she was seen on a film abusing a baby, reports said Monday, in a case that has shocked the country.

Worried parents, who installed a CCTV camera when they were at work, were shocked to see they had filmed the maid pushing the 18-month-old baby girl to the floor.

She then kicked the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back before dragging her out the room apparently unconscious, newspaper reports said.

The obviously mad maid slapped the baby when she rejected the food being offered her. Then the mad is seen forcing the baby to swallow several spoon-feeds at a go. Moments after, the baby vomited the food. That provoked the maid’s insanely brutal reaction, according to the video in circulation.

The disturbing video has been seen or shared tens of thousands of times on social media.

The Family of the Uganda baby

The Family of the Uganda baby

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the maid, named as 22-year-old Jolly Tumuhiirwe, had been charged with attempted murder. She is due in court on December 8.

The parents told Uganda’s New Vision newspaper the baby was traumatised and bruised.

“The video of this baby being beaten is shocking,” UN children’s agency chief in Uganda Aida Girma said.

“Any such act of abuse and violence against children is completely unacceptable.”

The baby’s father is Erick Kamanzi, a staff at a reputable NGO in Kampala.

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90% of Nigerians with mental disorders don’t go to hospital http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/22/90-of-nigerians-with-mental-disorders-dont-go-to-hospital/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/22/90-of-nigerians-with-mental-disorders-dont-go-to-hospital/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:07:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220505 A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Femi Olugbile, on Friday said 90 per cent of Nigerians with mental disorders did not visit their healthcare providers for attention.

Olugbile, who is also a former Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, said this in an interview with NAN in Lagos.

According to him, such attitude will have detrimental effects on both the individual and the society at large.

“Ninety per cent of people, who have mental disorders in our country, whether major or minor, do not get to see any healthcare provider at all for relief of their symptoms.

“So, they are not diagnosed or treated which is a shame, because they have a detrimental effect, not just on the individuals, but on our society.

“Most people who have mental illnesses carry them about; it is like they are working wounded. So, they go to work and live their lives.

“They are not disturbing other people, but they are under-performing at their tasks or they are making wrong decisions as a result of the illness.

“So, untreated mental illness, whether major or minor, carries a cost both for the individual and the society.”

Olugbile said that, at least, one in five people would some time in life experience one or other types of mental illness.

According to him, most of the illnesses that people have are not psychotic such as hallucinations, schizophrenia, they are anxiety and depression.

“They are very common and often missed, because people do not even recognise them as mental illnesses, and they do not present themselves to healthcare providers.

•Dr. Femi Olugbile

•Dr. Femi Olugbile

“They do not present, sometimes, out of ignorance or just because the facilities for intervention are not available or within their easy reach.

“This constitute the overwhelming majority of mental illnesses,” he said.

Olugbile said that there were approximately 100 psychiatrists in Nigeria due to brain drain which had continued to be a challenge.

“Many Nigerian psychiatrists practiced abroad because conditions of work in many Western countries are obviously more attractive than locally.

“Also, many young doctors prefer to specialise in areas they consider more ‘lucrative’ such as obstetrics and gynaecology rather than psychiatry.

“Efforts are ongoing to get more young doctors to show interest in psychiatry as a career.”

Olugbile said that it was a challenge and the country has to think of how to creatively provide mental health services to substantial number of the people.

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Empower Your Self-Healing Body http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/21/empower-your-self-healing-body/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/21/empower-your-self-healing-body/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:03:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=220472 Natural Fruits

Natural Fruits

The Western diet is having dire consequences on our current and future generations. Today’s food environment is adversely affecting our health and setting us up for health concerns, chronic diseases, and shorter life spans. As a result of our poor dietary lifestyles, we’re indirectly encouraging different types of diseases.

Let’s face it, nothing that is artificial; be it a sweetener, flavor, colour or enhancer; is going to be recognized as food by our bodies and such additives have the potential to cause all kinds of unexpected damage at a cellular level.

However, God provides us with a better way to recover and restore our health. God built self-healing into each of our bodies. When we rectify nutritional deficiency through enzymatically active foods and vital nutrients; the body is brought back into balance and the process of healing automatically occurs. Under right conditions, the body can heal itself. 

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” Psalm 139:14.

Jovana Farms

Dr. John Knowles, president of the Rockerfeller Foundation says: “The next major advance is the assumption of individual’s responsibility for one’s own health and a necessary change in lifestyle’’.

With knowledge, people would then be able to intelligently choose between a system that promotes wellness through proper diet and lifestyle versus a system that promotes disease.
True healing is self-healing; as we give the body the nutrients it needs to rebuild its immune system and self-healing mechanisms so that the body can do what God designed it to do, which is heal itself.

Surprisingly, we’re destroying this internal doctor’s ability to heal us and keep us in health through improper diet and lifestyle. ‘’Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7.

What I am saying is that almost all physical problems are caused by putting into our body substances they were never biologically designed to handle…substances that are actually dangerous to the body.

Just as our car will not perform well if the wrong fuel is filled in the gas tank, neither will our bodies function properly if the wrong foods are put into them.

According to my mentor, Rev. George Malkmus, LIT.D. The founder of Hallelujah Acres and Hallelujah Diet “Let’s shift our emphasis to the prevention of disease rather than the current goal of merely trying to treat disease after it has occurred. The public must be told how to alter their diet and lifestyle so that disease is not created in the first place’’. 

In order words, disease prevention and cure is not outside what we eat and how we live! God didn’t create our bodies to run on drugs. Any treatment that doesn’t address the causes of disease is time wasting. Otherwise, why does your disease persist despite years of treatment with drugs? Your food and lifestyle make healing impossible.

According to Dr Everett Koop MD, former Surgeon-General, United States. “All killer diseases are caused by diet related factors.” 
Almost all physical problems (other than accidents of course), can be eliminated and perfect health maintained by proper diet and lifestyle! My experience has even shown that when people adopt the diet and lifestyle we promote, most mental and emotional problem also disappear.

Since we’re all concerned with the cost of medical care, I am amazed so little is known by the public about the effectiveness of God’s original diet, Genesis 1-29 approaches to health and longevity, the reversal of disease processes and the prevention of degenerative diseases. Add to the fact that consumption of living foods are relatively low-cost and are very effective and safe. And my wonder continues….

At Living Food Conservation and Utilization, we’re promoting plant-based lifestyle; thereby helping people to stay in good health. 
We explore the efficacy of God’s original diet in preventing and reversing illnesses by showing people how simple diet and lifestyle changes can, in most cases, help a person restore their health.

Our staff has experience that can help you begin a healthy eating lifestyle; so come by for a visit, bring your questions and your shopping list. We’ll help you find the answers and make the best choices for your personal needs. If you want vibrant health, come see us-together we can empower your self-healing body.

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Over 6m Nigerians live with diabetes, say Experts http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-6m-nigerians-live-with-diabetes-say-experts/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-6m-nigerians-live-with-diabetes-say-experts/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:58:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219806 Diabetes

Mr Peter Ujomu, Executive Director, Health Matters Inc, on Friday said that an estimated six million people were living with diabetes in Nigeria.

Ujomu made the assertion in an interview with NAN on the sidelines of activities marking the 2014 World Diabetes Day (WDD) in Lagos.

NAN reports WDD is a day set aside by the International Federation for Diabetes to increase the awareness about diabetes.

WDD is marked annually on 14 November, and the 2014 campaign marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.

Ujomu said: “The number of people with diabetes may be on the increase because there are so many predisposing factors that are all over the place.

“Like every other statistics in Nigeria, there is always controversy about the number but right now, we believe about six million people are living with diabetes in this country.

“Some of the factors are the kind of foods we eat; culture, lifestyle and other things that happen to us.

“These are all signposts of an imminent danger in the increase of the number of people living with diabetes”.

According to Ujomu, there is need to expand the message horizon by talking to communities as almost half of the people with diabetes remain undiagnosed.

“For this year’s WDD, we had a walk, which is about sensitisation and awareness creation and over 500 people were screened.

“At our level, all we are doing is education, testing, making sure that people know their status and encouraging early treatment.

“Internationally, stem cells are being developed for all kinds of ailments but we do not have any proof of that yet in the country,” he said.

Dr Afoke Isiavwe, Medical Director, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lekki, Lagos, said, that “Diabetes often times has no symptoms and by the time most people realise it, the cost of treatment and management becomes high.

“Majority of people who have diabetes are between the ages of 40 and 59 years. But again, the younger age groups are getting diabetes now, especially as a result of feeding habits and lifestyles.

“Eating healthy breakfast will help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Healthy breakfast should consist of water, green vegetables, fruits, nuts and cereal.”

Dr Paul Amaze, a Consultant Endocrinologist, said that there were different types of diabetes.

“There are different types of diabetes such as Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes and a few others. The Type 2 Diabetes is common and affects the older people.

“The predisposing factors to Type 2 Diabetes include obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, advancing age, strong family history, hypertension and western diet.

“Younger children usually have the Type 1 Diabetes. We also have Gestational Diabetes, which is found in some women during pregnancy. Constant exercise and healthy diet are the only ways to prevent and manage diabetes,” he said.

Amaze urged Nigerians to be careful with their feeding pattern.

“We should watch what we eat. Avoid too much intake of fatty and oily foods, smoking, alcohol, carbonated drinks as well as sugary food and drinks.

“Exercise regularly to burn calories and keep fit always; by so doing the rate of diabetes would be reduced.

“ Nigerians should be conscious of regular checkup to enable early treatment and management of positive cases.

“The rapid test for the check takes less than five minutes to be done,’’ he said.

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Over 500, 000 visitors expected at the Port Harcourt Carnival 2014 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-500-000-visitors-expected-at-the-port-harcourt-carnival-2014/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/over-500-000-visitors-expected-at-the-port-harcourt-carnival-2014/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:24:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219751 L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo during Carniriv 2014 unveiling

L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo during Carniriv 2014 unveiling

An estimated number of over Five Hundred Thousand carnival lovers and participants are expected in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, for the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival, making it the biggest carnival brands in Africa.

Speaking during an interaction with journalists in Port Harcourt, the Director General of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Dr Sam Dede announced that the 2014 edition of the carnival, set to hold from 14–20 December, will outstrip other carnivals both in scope and size with participants and tourists drawn from Europe, Americas and the Caribbean joining their African counterparts for the one-week fiesta.

Dr. Dede assured that security will be top on the agenda of the Rivers State Government while stressing that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, also known as the Port Harcourt Carnival, will go down in history as one of the best organised with new innovations such as the introduction of the Miss Carniriv Beauty Pageant, the launch and deployment of the biggest state-of-the-art performance stage; and increased exposure for local artists to perform on the same stage with international stars.

Dr. Dede also told journalists about the value-added marketing opportunities that companies and corporate bodies can avail themselves as participants in the carnival. “We have opened up the carnival for commercial exploitation from interested corporate bodies by packaging at lease twelve signature carnival events into stand-alone brands for category sponsorships. Each category sponsor is entitled to multiple levels of commercial and non-commercial exploitations such as publicity, speaking opportunities, branding, the distribution of company literatures/souvenirs and other levels of corporate canvassing. The carnival is also up for headline sponsorship with innumerable value propositions already lined up for the sponsoring brand,” he added.

Dr. Dede, an award winning Actor and Theatre Arts lecturer also said that a cocktail of incentives await carnival lovers this year as His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has insisted that the carnival is deployed as an empowerment platform for local artists and Micro, Small and Medium scale enterprises to connect with their fan base and clients alike and improve their business fortunes ahead of the Xmas and New Year seasons.

Chairman of the Board of Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, RSTDA, Deacon Vincent Erinwo, assured that the RSTDA will judiciously expend every fund released by the government for the purpose of the carnival while reiterating that the carnival is a project that is dear to the heart of the people of the state.

“We at the RSTDA, have being given a matching order not only to put the scare funds to the best use but to also seek for sponsorship and collaboration from both corporate and non-corporate organisations to make the carnival a self sustaining annual exercise in line with the vision of the state government,” he said.

Deacon Erinwo also promised that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival, which is themed as the One Love, One People edition, will be remembered for its organisation, audience management and satisfaction. “We will exceed the expectation of our guests and indigenes alike with the quality of world class performers and chart toppers that will grace our events for one week. I will urge interested carnival lovers from both far and near to make early preparations in terms of visa secure and other travel arrangements in order to witness the world-class fiesta that awaits them from the 14th to 20th of December this year,” he said.

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Nigerian Sex Workers Explore Social Media http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/14/nigerian-sex-workers-explore-social-media/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/14/nigerian-sex-workers-explore-social-media/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:08:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219647 Eromosele Ebhomele

For many commercial sex workers in Nigeria, the internet has become a blessing as it is increasingly becoming a major avenue for them to meet clients and patrons.

P.M.NEWS findings show that the prostitutes majorly use social media including Twitter, Facebook, Eskimi, Twoo, Tango, Blackberry Messenger and 4clique to advertise themselves to likely patrons either directly or through agents.

While some of these media like Eskimi, Twoo forbid members from uploading and displaying nude photographs, others including Facebook, BBM and Twitter do not really give their members such restrictions apart from emphasising its rule against infringement of privacy.

“Some of these social media afford us the opportunity to display some of our assets to attract guys like you,” one of the girls on Twitter, who later gave her name simply as Bisi, a resident of Egbeda, told our correspondent, who had posed as a client.

“The use of social media is even better because some men are very shy to approach a lady physically. Some are also very scared of going to brothels. But on social media, they are bolder and encouraged to speak their minds because it is just like a blind date where they are not physically with the woman,” the 30-year old Bisi added.

File Photo: Sex workers protesting against discrimination

File Photo: Sex workers protesting against discrimination

She, like many of her colleagues, have adopted a strategy to make it easy for them to meet with a client for sex over an agreed fee.

“What we do now is to come together-maybe three of us-and rent an accommodation where men visit us and have fun. But before then, we would have agreed on a fee.

“We fix the appointment after making sure it would not clash with those of our roommates. We either also give the impression that we are sisters or friends when our customers visit,” she said, adding that in the alternative, they would visit the “customer” at home after his assurances that it is safe to do so “or hang out somewhere else if the customer has enough money for entertainment and getting a room.

“I think it is more economical that the customers visit us, do what they want and pay rather than getting a venue and spending more for short time,” she said asking our correspondent which of the options he wanted.

On Eskimi and Twoo, the ladies are free to give details about themselves, their stature, marital status, number of children where applicable, and what they want from their likely catch.

P.M.NEWS finding showed that while some on these media are genuinely searching for love, others are there to date and flirt as found on some profile messages.

A 32-year old mother of two, who registered her profile as Victoria, told P.M.NEWS in an online chat that her husband left her and the children for another woman.

“Since then, I have been made to cater for the children and their education. He does not care and I can’t just allow the children suffer.

“You also know that it is difficult to find a man that would marry a woman who has two children when single ladies are even finding it increasingly difficult to get a husband.

“Instead of going about the streets to beg, the best thing is to make myself available to men who can afford it. That could help me take care of myself, the children and my rent,” she confided in P.M.NEWS.

Abuja-based Chidinma, who plies her trade on Twoo said she is not cut out for men lesser that 30 years, stressing that many of them are still children who do not know how the “sex business” operates.

“I can only date you if you are married. I go out with only married men and on exceptional cases, with spoilt children of wealthy men in Abuja,” she said.

She told our correspondent that she lives with two other ladies in a two-bedroom flat and that through the business, she now has a car and has been sponsoring two of her younger brothers through school.

Philomena, a 28-year old woman from Akwa-Ibom, who does ‘business’ majorly on Twitter explained that she had come to Lagos at the age of 15 to serve as a house help. She then graduated into prostitution at age 20, adding that since then, the business has paid off.

“I ran away from my the family I was serving as house help after the woman’s husband continuously tormented me with sex till the day my madam caught us.

“I then joined a group of girls in a brothel in Iyana-Ipaja and after a year, I was not meeting my expectations. So I started joining girls to seek customers around major streets.

“But since someone introduced me to Twitter, things have changed. I have been getting more clients than when I was at the brothel. I now live in a rented apartment, but I select the type of people I bring into my apartment,” she said, adding “I am just giving you details of myself because I like you and I believe you are a serious person.”

P.M.NEWS finding revealed that women are not the only ones who pass through agents. Men are also part of the group.

However, those who seek to be linked up through agents include men in search of sugar mummies, adult women in search of younger men for sexual relationships and men in need of young ladies.

These agents demand particular amounts for the different services.

For example, to register for a sugar mummy on Mature And Rich Sugar Moms And Dads Hookups, one is expected to pay the sum of N3,000 while belonging to the BBM group costs just N500 through recharge cards.

While defending this business strategy, one of those who told P.M.NEWS that he had patronised some of the women through social media, said it was more economical and “it brings the two of you close even before you finally meet each other and it affords you the opportunity to know more about the kind of woman you want at that particular period.”

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Navy School Bans Students From Solat http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/08/navy-school-bans-students-from-solat/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/08/navy-school-bans-students-from-solat/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 10:36:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218963 Harrison Iyoha

File Photo: Nigeria Navy School

File Photo: Nigeria Navy School

Barely weeks after a court in Lagos upheld the ban of Hijab in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos, the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State has banned Muslim students from observing solat (prayers).

The affected prayers are solatul magrib and Ishai, which the school Commandant, Lieutenant Arukwe claims falls during the evening prep. Not only that, we were reliably told that the ban, which has been described as a violation of Muslims’ right to worship by the parents, has extended to other prayers (subh, zuhr and asri).

Some of the Muslim students, we learnt, are no longer praying since the Commandant issued the directive weeks ago.
According to one of the students who pleaded not to be named, “our Commandant has stopped us from praying in the school Mosque. She said our school is a military and not a missionary school. If she must allow us to pray, it’ll only be on Fridays, just as the Christians pray on Sundays. She said praying five times everyday affects the school activities.

“The school is over 20 years old and such a thing has never happened, until this woman came with her anti-Islam policy. The school built the mosque for us to worship at the appropriate time. The Directorate of Islamic Affairs recognises mosque, that’s why they appointed an Imam for us.”

When contacted an official of the school who also pleaded not to be quoted because he was not authorised to speak to the media said: “Nobody was been banned from praying in the mosque. They pray four times a day and their chaplain (Imam) said that the fifth one, which falls within the time of prep, is just an admonition and not compulsory. That’s why the students were stopped from attending admonition since it affects the activities of the school slated for that period.”

Another official of the school told our reporter on phone that the matter has been resolved.

“We are even the ones pushing them to go and pray because we believe nobody can achieve anything in this life without backing it with prayers.

“We’ve invited the Imam, and we’ve agreed to shift the last prayer (ishai) time till after prep, which ends by 9:30pm. By then, they can observe their prayers.”

Meanwhile, some aggrieved parents dismissed the claim that the matter has been resolved, saying it’s far from the truth. In a chat with P.M.NEWS Campus Square, a parent lamented: “This is wickedness! What kind of directive is that? My son has not prayed for five days, in a school that has a big mosque.

If she claims that the night prayers clash with prep times, what about morning and afternoon prayers? This is a violation of our right, and the Directorate of Naval Education must hear about it.”

Another parent told our reporter that “Everybody knows that Muslims pray five times a day, even Christians too are aware. Why would the Imam tell her that solatul ishai is not compulsory? Obviously, she’s lying. The truth is, she ordered the ban because it falls within the time of prep.”

The Secondary School was founded in 1990, and it is a full boarding school for boys only.

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Murray becomes ambassador for WWF http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/06/murray-becomes-ambassador-for-wwf/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/06/murray-becomes-ambassador-for-wwf/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:35:34 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218762 Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was announced as a global ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday.

Murray has lent his support to the WWF’s fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade and will help to raise awareness through an initiative in Nepal that trains dogs to track down poaching activity within Chitwan National Park.

Tigers, rhino and elephants are all under threat in Nepal due to poaching for animal parts.

In honour of Murray’s support, a puppy which is part of the sniffer dog training programme, has been named after the 27-year-old Scot.

Murray, who is well known for his love of dogs, said: “I’ve followed WWF’s work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and have been looking for a way to support the campaign.

“I think it’s incredibly important that this trade is prevented and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect venture for me to get behind.

“I know from my own dogs how clever they can be and it’s fascinating how these sniffer dogs communicate with their handlers.”

Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is currently preparing for the ATP Tour Finals, which get underway at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday.

The world number six has been drawn in the same group as Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

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Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/01/hello-kitty-celebrates-40th-birthday/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/01/hello-kitty-celebrates-40th-birthday/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:53:43 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218146 Hello Kitty (L) and her twin sister Mimmy (R) celebrate in the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary parade

Hello Kitty (L) and her twin sister Mimmy (R) celebrate in the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary parade

Hello Kitty, Japan’s global icon of cute, marked her 40th anniversary on Saturday with a human-size version of the feline character regaling fans at an upscale Tokyo department store and a theme park.

The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over, began her birthday as a one-day manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district.

Clad in pink from head to toe — including a child-like bow — a human-size Kitty showed up at an in-house meeting at the store, drawing cheers and applause from a horde of employees.

As she bowed, the employees bowed.

The mouthless character did not speak but waved and struck poses, sending many on the floor blurting out “kawaii!” (Japanese word for cute).

As the store opened, she greeted the first wave of customers, many of whom hugged the character and posed for pictures.

Kitty, dubbed the eternal “girl” by her creator, also celebrated her birthday with fans at Sanrio Puroland, a theme park west of Tokyo.

Surrounded by hundreds of fans, she made dance performances with other characters including her twin sister Mimmy.

On the other side of the Pacific, a Hello Kitty Convention in the Little Tokyo district near downtown Los Angeles has opened for a four-day run through the weekend, expecting to draw some 25,000 fans.

The first merchandise with Kitty was a coin purse launched in Japan in 1975.

She now appears on more than 50,000 products in 130 countries and territories — including a dress made for pop diva Lady Gaga.

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What You Are Eating, Could Be Killing You http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/what-you-are-eating-could-be-killing-you/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/what-you-are-eating-could-be-killing-you/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:47:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218110 Every one of us make life critical decisions each day. With each meal, we are determining our short term and long term mental and physical health. With every single mouthful of food, our health is going in one of two ways. Either getting closer or further away from good health. “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health,” says Hippocrates.

Our food menu these days is so exotic that one would think we do not have local natural dishes anymore. We now feed our children on junk food. Yet, we have grains like beans, maize and guinea-corn with which we can make a delicacy. We also have rice, yam, potato, plantain, fruits and vegetables which can be grown with organic manure.

Unfortunately, Western diets and lifestyle is what most people prefer nowadays and that is what is gradually destroying us. Let’s join hands to bring back living food for our people and jettison this modern diet that consists mainly of no substantial nutritional element, they are processed foods that are often laden with refined-sugar and artery-clogging fats. Is it any wonder that the serious diseases that plague the country today can be prevented and reversed by simply eating the right food?

By replacing artificial food with natural food, you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to renew its living cells. And that means your body will be healthier, and more powerful, no matter your age.

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true it is? Simply put, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. Food affects all of our cells, and by extension, every aspect of our being: mood, energy levels, food cravings, thinking capacity, sex drive, sleeping habits and our general health. If you feed your body junk food it will simply lay down sick, lower your energy, even your brain power.

The continuous use of chemicals such as growth hormones, drugs and steroids in livestock production is risky. Instead, we should strive to use natural food ingredients to raise healthy and safe farm animals for eating.

Prince Arinze: grasscutters are also natural nourishing source for meat

Prince Arinze: grasscutters are also natural nourishing source for meat

Organic products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic plant-based food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or bioengineering. They are free of additives, chemicals or genetic manipulation.

Processed food has a bad reputation as a fake and diet saboteur. It’s blamed for our nation’s obesity epidemic, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Processed food refers to foods that are packaged in containers, boxes, cans, bottles or bags. In addition to going through many complex processing steps, processed foods often contain additives, artificial flavourings and other chemical ingredients.

Diseases prevention and cure is not outside what we eat and how we live. Personal responsibility for personal health, that’s the 21st century way. Proactive for health rather than reactive to disease. Disease is painful, activity limiting, and costly. That’s why eating the right food will become as routine as checking your credit card balance. Why? Because it can help you be an active participant in your personal health process.

God has already given us the right food to nourish our bodies in Gen: 1-29. People that follow diet consisting of organic-based food, which are the basis of any healthy diet, will find it easier to maintain a healthy body, and will live a healthier life due to their food choices.They are more likely to buy and consume local, organic food, which is significant for many people worried about the rise of genetically modified organisms present in a lot of the mass produced food now found in the local food market.

At Living Foods Conservation and Utilization we expose the growing body of scientific evidence proving that nutritional therapy can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than most conventional treatment. 
We are dedicated to conserving living foods endangered by continuous use of chemicals in the production of food.

By promoting living food consumption, we help people stay in good health and preserve our environment. 
We utilize the efficacy of enzymatically alive God’s original diet in preventing and reversing illnesses. By showing people how simple diet and lifestyle changes can, in most cases, help a person restore their health and stop future sicknesses, while extending their years.

Fortunately, God made the body in such a way that when we stop the transgression and initiate the solution, the body will almost always heal itself.

For more details contact us at: E-mail: godsoriginalfood@gmail.com TEL: 08179629250, 08123134218 www.godsoriginalfood.com

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Carniriv 2014 will be best carnival ever, says Sam Dede http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/carniriv-2014-will-be-best-carnival-ever-says-sam-dede/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/carniriv-2014-will-be-best-carnival-ever-says-sam-dede/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217888 L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo all of RSTDA

L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo all of RSTDA

The Director General and CEO of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Dr Sam Dede has said that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival is set to go down in history as the most colourful and memorable carnival event ever witnessed on the African continent in recent times.

Dede, an award winning actor and lecturer, gave the hint at a media interactive forum held in Port Harcourt to announce the 2014 edition of the carnival which is scheduled to hold from the 14 to 20 of December in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to him, an estimated number of over five hundred thousand participants made up of residents, tourists, fun lovers and representatives of corporate bodies will converge in Port Harcourt during the one-week long carnival, with daily business exchanges running into several millions. He also revealed that the carnival is repackaged to deliver value and cement Port Harcourt’s reputation as a foremost tourist city in Africa.

“Because of the traditional high influx of carnival lovers to our city during our annual showpiece event, we have put in place adequate security measures to ensure the protection of lives and property during the entire duration of the carnival. We are also working with other stakeholders in the health and other key sectors to ensure that we create a conducive environment for our visitors,” Dede said.

Deacon Vincent Erinwo, Mandy Stewart of the Treasure Base Band and Chris Anani of the RSTDA at Carniriv press briefing

Deacon Vincent Erinwo, Mandy Stewart of the Treasure Base Band and Chris Anani of the RSTDA at Carniriv press briefing

He also spoke about the technical innovation of the 2014 edition of the carnival. “This year, we are set to introduce our state-of-the-art performance stage spanning 140 feet and reputed as the biggest of its kind in Africa. The stage has the capacity to hold a large collection of performers at once and withstand heavy duty
equipments and stage accessories. The stage will also be deployed for the first time for the benefit of sponsors in the areas of branding and related purposes,” he explained.

In response to media enquiry, Dede provided insights to the commercial opportunities available for the 2014 edition of the Port Harcourt carnival. “We have opened up the carnival for commercial exploitation from interested corporate bodies by packaging at least 12 signature carnival events into stand-alone brands for category
sponsorships. Each category sponsor is entitled to multiple levels of commercial and non-commercial exploitations such as publicity, speaking opportunities, branding, the distribution of company mementos and other forms of corporate canvassing,” he said.

Chairman of the Board of Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, RSTDA, Deacon Vincent Erinwo assured that the RSTDA will judiciously expend every fund released by the government for the purpose of the carnival, reiterating that the carnival is a project that is dear to the heart of the government and people of the state.

“We at the RSTDA have being given a matching order not only to put the scare funds to the best use but to also seek for sponsorship and collaboration from both corporate and non-corporate organisations to make the carnival a self sustaining annual exercise in line with the vision of the state government,’ he said.

Deacon Erinwo also promised that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, which is themed as the ‘One Love, One People’ edition will be remembered for its organisation, audience management and satisfaction.

“We will exceed the expectation of our guests and indigenes alike with the quality of world class performers and chart toppers that will grace our events for one week. I will urge interested carnival lovers from both far and near to make early preparations in terms of visa secure and other travel arrangements in order to witness the world-class fiesta that awaits them from the 14th to 20th of December this year,” he said.

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Health benefits of milk under scrutiny http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/217754/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/29/217754/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:09:01 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217754 Milk: still beneficial?

Milk: still beneficial?

For centuries doctors and nutritionists have recommended drinking lots of milk to strengthen one’s bones and boosting one’s health. Now, the centuries-old beliefs are being challenged in a new study.

A study in The BMJ medical journal Wednesday said Swedes with a high intake of cow’s milk died younger — and women suffered more fractures.

The findings may warrant questions about recommendations for milk consumption, although further research is needed, its authors said, as the association may be purely coincidental.

A Swedish team used data taken from 61,000 women aged 39-74 and monitored for about 20 years, and more than 45,000 men aged 45-79 followed for 11 years.

The volunteers gave details about diet and lifestyle, body weight, smoking habits, exercise frequency, education level and marital status.

By the end of this long study period, 25,500 of the group had died and 22,000 had suffered a fracture.

Higher milk intake was not accompanied by a lower risk of fractures but “may be associated with a higher rate of death”, the study said.

Among the women, 180 per 1,000 in the group which drank three glasses of milk or more a day died during a 10-year period, compared to the group average, independent of milk consumption, of 126 per 1,000.

Among those who drank a glass or less per day, the rate was 110 per 1,000, co-author Karl Michaelsson of Uppsala University told AFP.

The figures for hip fracture was 42 out of 1,000 women who drank a lot of milk, 35 per 1,000 on average, and 31 per 1,000 of women who drank the least milk.

“Women who consumed three glasses or more per day had a 90 percent higher risk of death, 60 percent higher risk of hip fracture and 15 percent higher risk of any fracture compared to those who drank less than a glass,” said Michaelsson.

For men, the difference in death rate was less pronounced: 207 per 1,000 among the three-glasses-a-day group over 10 years, 189 per 1,000 on average, and 182 per 1,000 among low consumers. There was no difference in fracture rates.

“The higher risk of mortality was evident with all types of milk: full-fat, half-fat and skimmed milk,” Michaelsson added — and started from a daily intake of about two glasses of milk.

At a lower consumption of half a glass to one glass per day, “there was a tendency of slightly reduced hip fracture risk” compared to zero intake, but the same was not true for mortality risk.

The team found that fermented milk products like cheese or yoghurt were associated with lower mortality and fracture rates, particularly in women.

One reason, the authors speculated, is that milk, but not cheese, is high in D-galactose, a type of sugar that in animal studies was shown to hasten ageing and shorten lifespan.

The researchers said it was impossible to draw any conclusions or make recommendations on milk consumption until further work is carried out.

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In Pictures: Fayose showcases Glitzy life of ex-governor Fayemi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/24/in-pictures-fayose-showcases-glitzy-life-of-ex-governor-fayemi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/24/in-pictures-fayose-showcases-glitzy-life-of-ex-governor-fayemi/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:56 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217242 Governor Ayodele Fayose has opened the interior of the new Ekiti Government House to the cameras, to show the world the ‘expensive’ taste of his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi.

Among the items on show were the beds for the ex-governor and his wife that the new governor said cost the state N50million.

The governor also complained about the overall cost of the lodge, which he put at N3.3 billion.

You be the judge yourself whether the old governor went overboard in furnishing the state house.

Outside: the government house in Ado Ekiti

Outside: the government house in Ado Ekiti

ex-governor Fayemi's bedroom

ex-governor Fayemi’s bedroom

Erelu Fayemi's bedroom

Erelu Fayemi’s bedroom

A wardrobe area

A wardrobe area

A wine shelve

A wine shelve

an inner sitting room

an inner sitting room

A main sitting area

A main sitting area

.Photos: Courtesy of Premium Times

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