Thursday, 24 December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS

To all Christians across the world and to everyone who will join in this celebration, I wish you a Merry
Christmas and a prosperous new year.






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Body care during harmattern

COMING earlier than expected this year, the cold winds from the Mediterranean hit us straight in the face this week, catching us unawares!
It is that time of the year again, characterised by cold, dust, dryness, extremely hot and harsh weather. The weather is usually cold in the mornings and can get extremely hot during the day.
Apart from finding it difficult to dress appropriately, harmattan poses a risk to our skins if it is not well protected. This period is usually associated with low humidity, which simply means there is very little amount of water in the atmosphere compared to other seasons of the year. As a result the weather appears harsh to our hair and skin. We can follow this few steps to keep our skin fresh and moisturized.
Skin
It’s important to use mild moisturizing soap or body bath creams during this period. Also invest in body oil to retain moisture on the skin after bath. Do not completely dry your skin after bathing; about 10 per cent of moisture is retained if you apply on damp skin. You can pour few drops of oil into your bath water if you prefer. Apply your moisturizing cream or lotion all over your body including under your feet and on your palms. Hydrating creams and lotion are advisable for all skin types this season. Apply hand cream during the day and night before going to bed. Applying nail polish can also help protect your nails from excessive drying and hardening.
The Face
Use mild soaps (even if you have oily or combination skin) to wash your face, as harsh soaps and cleansing bars will remove all the oil on your face. Limit the use of facial cleansers and toners that contain alcohol or astringents, use only mild facial cleansers and toners. In light of this, facial cleansers and toners with a neutral PH of 5.5 are best. Always moisturize your face after cleansing. Remember to invest in a lip balm or lip-gloss and use as often as possible throughout the day. Always moisturize your lips before going to bed. For women, always apply lip balm before lipstick or if you prefer lip-gloss, apply it after the lipstick. For guys, note that well kept lips makes you appear groomed, so invest in a lip balm for a non-glossy moisturized lip.
Hair
Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner as usual, but don’t dry hair completely to retain some moisture in the hair. Apply liberal amounts of hair oil, pink oil, lotions and creams to hair daily or every other day depending on hair type and severity of the weather. As much as possible, avoid using hair sprits, gels and strong hair hold, as they tend to break the hair. Mild styling mousse can be used for styling in their stead. You can use hair sprays to add shine to your hair if you desire. Scarves and hats are amazing accessories that can be used to protect the hair and still be fashionable.

CBN may devalue NAIRA in 2016

There are indications that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may devalue the naira next year after President Muhammadu Buhari hinted for the first time that he would accept a devaluation of the naira, spurring speculation it may take place early next year when the local market reopens for trading.
The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) is fine-tuning the management of foreign exchange and would introduce some flexibility that would encourage additional inflows, Buhari told lawmakers in Abuja, on Tuesday as he presented the country’s 2016 budget.
“I am aware of the problems many Nigerians currently have in accessing foreign exchange for their various purposes,” the president said. “These are clearly due to the current inadequacies in the supply of foreign exchange. We are carefully assessing our exchange-rate regime, keeping in mind our willingness to attract foreign investors, but at the same time managing and controlling inflation to a level that won’t harm average Nigerians.
“To the investors, business owners and industrialists, we are aware of your pain,” Buhari said. “To the farmers, traders and entrepreneurs, we also hear you. The status quo cannot continue.”
The currency of Africa’s biggest oil producer and economy has been all but fixed at N197-N199 per dollar since early March, with the central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, curbing foreign-exchange trading and introducing import controls after the naira fell to a record low as crude prices plunged.
That’s caused investors including Aberdeen Asset Management Plc and Morgan Stanley to sell naira bonds and stocks in anticipation of a devaluation, which would cause losses on their holdings, and hindered the country’s growth.
The president’s change of tone means a devaluation and loosening of currency-trading restrictions may take place about January 4, when the central bank reopens the interbank market, which has been shut since Dec. 18 for the Christmas holidays, according to Razia Khan, the London-based head of Africa research at Standard Chartered Plc, which predicts the naira will weaken to N220 per dollar in the first quarter and N228 by the end of 2016.
“There’s recognition that the current system isn’t working and they need to move to something better,” Khan said by phone

Over 6million for Grabs:Diamond bank promo

does winning Salary4life from Diamond Bank sound? Awesome right? We guessed as much. Well the Diamond Bank has launched its Diamond Xtra Season8 reward scheme this period and has already started giving away loads and loads of gifts and cash prizes to its customers. There’s over N600 million to be won!!
A total of 41 customers will be rewarded in each of the quarterly draws. This comprises 30 customers who will win N500, 000.00 each, 10 customers will take home N1, 000,000.00 and one grand lucky customer who will win a brand new SUV. Three special draws will also be held to celebrate various milestones during the year, in addition to the monthly and regional draws.

DiamondXtra was launched in 2008 and has already had its first monthly draw of this new season where15 lucky customers have emerged winners.  Thirteen of the winners won a million Naira each while one of the Bank’s customers won N2 million. The star prize of Salary4Life was carted away by ImohUdoh in Akwa Ibom State, which entitles him to a monthly payment of N100, 000 for the next 20 years.
The DiamondXtra draw is a unique customer reward scheme tied to the DiamondXtra account proposition, which aims at stirring and promoting a saving culture among Nigerians, thereby deepening the financial inclusion initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
All you need to do is have a deposit balance of only five thousand naira, yes you heard right….. N5, 000 in your Diamond Xtra account, and YOU qualify to participate in the draws and multiples of that amount increases YOUR chances of winning.
Go on and open up a Diamond Xtra account to keep saving and winning.
Read more about this promo right HERE
Visit www.diamondbank.com
Diamond…Your Bank

Picture of Ronaldo and Obafemi Martins in Dubai club

Seattle Sounders player of the year and Nigerian striker Martins hooked up with Barcelona Legend and Multi Ballon D’or winner, Ronaldinho in a night club in Dubai on Tuesday night. Obafemi is spending his Christmas holiday in Dubai..

Mr President: A Christmas Message

Read the president's Christmas message below..
I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, on the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas. On this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, let us all rededicate ourselves to the virtues of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, piety, humility and service to others which he taught.
There can be no doubt that a greater manifestation of these virtues and ideals in our lives will immensely help us to become a more united, peaceful, secure and progressive nation.

Let us also reach out in love and compassion to fellow Nigerians who are in distress at this period of our nation’s history.

I particularly urge you all to remember victims of terrorism and insurgency in the country, especially Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Federal Government will continue to collaborate with state governments and other stakeholders to ease the harsh conditions in IDP camps, while the ultimate objective remains to quickly put an end to insurgency and return the IDPs to their homes.

We must never again allow any group to hold the nation to ransom under whatever guise.

Let us also not allow current socio-economic and security challenges to dampen our expectations for a better Nigeria.

This administration has taken a number of measures to restore hope to our people. The 2016 Budget defines our commitment to giving Nigeria a new lease of life.

Our change slogan is not a campaign gimmick but a promise that must be kept. We are determined to bring about tangible changes in the lives of our people.

In this regard, efforts will be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability.

Public office is a public trust that must be held to the highest ethical standards.

I wish all Nigerians a Merry Christmas.

Please drive carefully.

MUHAMMADU BUHARI

Femi falana and the call for persecution of army Chief

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has called on President Buhari to prosecute the Chief of Army staff Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai and the soldiers that partook in the shooting of Shiite members during a clash with the Islamic group in Zaria, Kaduna state on Saturday December 12th.

In a statement released yesterday December 23rd, Falana said the Nigerian military has refused the injured Shiite members access to their personal physicians and family members...

"Assuming that the Shi’ite members actually blocked the road, why was the nuisance not reported to the police? Are the authorities of the Nigerian Army above the law of the land? The army authorities have refused to release the bodies of those who were massacred to their families for burial while the personal physicians of the injured ones and their family members have been denied access to them. The suspects were refused bail by the Magistrate who ordered that they be remanded in prison custody. Although Sheik El-Zakzaky is reported to have been transferred from a military custody to a police station, he has been denied access to his personal physicians and lawyers".

Falana stressed that  "In Chief Gani Fawehinmi v. General Sani Abacha (1996) 5 NWLR (PT 447) 198 at 202, the Court of Appeal ordered the Attorney-General of Federation, Inspector-General of Police and the operatives of the State Security Services to allow the wife and personal physicians of the appellant, a political detainee, to have access to him in prison custody ‘at all reasonable times.’ In requesting the Inspector-General of Police to allow access to the detainees his attention ought to be drawn to Section 14(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act which provides as follows: A person who has the custody of an arrested suspect shall give the suspect reasonable facilities for obtaining legal advice, access to communication for taking steps to furnish bail, and otherwise making arrangements for his defence or release.'”

He called on the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase to allow the Shiite leader, his wife and members of his group, access to their families, personal physicians, and legal practitioners as empowered by the Law.
“Having undertaken to end impunity in the country, President Buhari should ensure that the Chief of Army Staff and all the soldiers who took part in the violent attack and arson in Zaria are brought to book without any further delay.”

Photos: Lagos state government's Christmas Carol service










The Lagos state government's Christmas Carol service held at the Lagos House, Ikeja on December 23rd.  photos.


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Photos: GEJ gives lecture at the USA

Former President Jonathan was a guest at the Presidential Precinct in Virginia USA where he gave a talk on Democratic leadership. Jonathan who conceded victory to Pres. Buhari after the presidential election, spent nearly a week, Nov. 8-13, at Precinct, having discussions with academic, government and business leaders and sharing his experiences with local experts.























SPECTRANET 4G LTE..... GET DOUBLE PROMO

The first internet service provider to launch 4G LTE internet service and the fastest growing ISP in Nigeria, Spectranet 4G LTE brings to you an awesome reward in this yuletide season. It is called "Renew and get double". Simply renew your data subscription and enjoy a 100% bonus, which means you get twice the data for the price of one. It is that simple.
This awesome reward runs throughout the month of December and trust you don't want to miss out in this amazing opportunity. Hurry Now! And for those who don't have the Spectranet 4G LTE and want to partake in this promo, We also have an amazing offer for you.

Register to get a device and you receive free GB. We also be glad to deliver at your doorstep. Simply click the link to commence registration https://spectranet.com.ng/spectranetpromo/buy%20now.html to enjoy these offers. 

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RONALDO IN MIAMI

The Real Madrid star fresh from a 10-2 bashing of Rayo Vallecano in the weekend, traveled to Miami to watch the basket ball game between Miami Heats and Detroit Pistons and took some pictures with Heats player Luol Deng. The club even announced his presence to the crowd, saying: "Soccer superstar Ronaldo is in the crowd tonight!" The Portuguese wore a tie and suit jacket alongside a pair of designer jeans and took a few selfies with fans. See photos




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POWEDE'S SHOW OFF

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone steps out on the red carpet, putting on a dress made of  ATM cards! Yes, not cotton, satin, wool or Ankara. Supermodel Powede Lawrence wore a dress made out of Access Bank cards to the Music Meets Runway event that held two nights ago.

The ex-beauty queen and 2013 MBGN Tourism was the cynosure of all eyes when she arrived the venue of the biggest music cum fashion event in Nigeria yesterday.

Paparazzi couldn’t stop taking pictures of the 23-year-old certified nurse and her Access Bank Card dress. The surprisingly beautiful gown was designed by artistic fashion designer, Bola Yinka-Obebe, from Marayah O. She had designed dresses for Omawunmi, Bolanle Olukanni, Liz Awoniyi amongst other. Will you rock this dress?.

ADELES HELLO

Hello, it's me, I was wondering
If after all these years you'd like to meet to go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal, yeah
But I ain't done much healing

Hello, can you hear me?
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There's such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry, for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore


Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself, I'm sorry
I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened?

It's no secret
That the both of us are running out of time

So hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry, for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside

 At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore


Ooh, anymore
Ooh, anymore
Ooh, anymore
Anymore...


Hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry, for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

KNOW YOUR HEART

When the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs, and without treatment, within minutes a person is typically dead.
But, a new study has suggested that sudden cardiac arrest isn't so sudden as half of sufferers experience warning signs hours, days, sometimes even weeks before cardiac arrest strikes, doctors at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles discovered.


However, most people ignore those symptoms – and miss a chance to save their own lives, according to the study.

‘There’s this window of opportunity that we didn’t really know existed.’
 
The study offers the possibility of one day preventing sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest kills nearly 350,000 people in the US alone each year.
Though it’s commonly confused with a heart attack, cardiac arrest is different – and much worse.
It causes the heart’s electrical activity to be knocked out of rhythm, abruptly stopping it from beating.
CPR can buy time before an ambulance arrives, but few patients survive, an action that is highly unlikely in a rural community like Nigeria.
As a result it’s been hard for the medical community to tell whether cardiac arrest is a strike with little or no advance warning.

 
Chest pain was the most common symptom in men. While women were more likely to experience shortness of breath.
Other symptoms included fainting and heart palpitations.

University of Pittsburgh emergency medicine specialist Dr Clifton Callaway, who wasn’t involved in the study but chairs the American Heart Association’s emergency care committee, said: ‘Chest pain, shortness of breath – those are things you should come in the middle of the night to the emergency department and get checked out.‘We strongly recommend you don’t try to ride it out at home.’
 
A person’s chances of experiencing cardiac arrest is also increased if they’ve had previous heart attacks, coronary heart disease and certain inherited disorders that affect heartbeat.
People who know they are at a high risk may receive an implanted defibrillator to shock their heart back into rhythm.
 
But because cardiac arrest is such a public health problem, the Institute of Medicine kicked off a national campaign to teach CPR last summer, so that bystanders know how to help.
 
Dr Chugh and his team weren’t able to determine symptom severity.
 
The patients who called 911 about their symptoms were mostly already diagnosed with heart disease or had recurring symptoms.
Those patients’ survival rate was 32 per cent – compared to six per cent for other patients.
That’s because a fifth of the patients who called 911 had their cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital.
This study is just the start of more research to better predict the risk factors for cardiac arrest – and to figure out how to target them without panicking people – Dr Chugh said.
 
 

WELCOME

Starting to blog at this point in my life feels awkward and quite unpleasant; which will appeal to me if I really had something quite motivating to do. Being a Medical Student of Delta State University Abraka, and having just concluded my part 2 mbbs exams, I have a long way to go in the business of communication, archieving, and motivation both to the population at large and the world in general.
Medicine as a course of study is very interesting, quite tedious but in the end worth it- or as some might say, its not. I've had a rather brief relationship with the 'solitude' of depression and constant target at a big dream and random shots at success, much of which has turned in as a failure, others a little success and some others not so much.
To my long walk as a blogger and why I have decided to commit time to this , I'll simply say that I have a dream, I have a passion and I'm here to succeed , impart in lives and make a difference.
Having set a target for the year 2016, I believe I can work hard and someday share a testimony.
I wish you all compliments of the season and everyday of BLISS.
With Love. Shadrach

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