Exercising and coping with increased body heat in pregnancy

Exercising and coping with increased body heat in pregnancy

By Eziaha Bolaji-Olojo,

If you think the weather is hot, you should get some perspectives from a pregnant woman, especially in the latter half of pregnancy. In addition to the other niggles and relative inconveniences it may bring, pregnancy also increases the amount of heat a woman feels internally and emits externally especially via her sweat glands. Simply put, a woman sweats more when she is pregnant especially if second and third trimester meets her in the hot seasons.
As pregnancy progresses, the rate of metabolism and fat burning in the body even without exercising also increases, manifesting in faster heat emission externally. Metabolic changes, how the body breaks down food to create energy for the growing and developing fetus, plays a role in increased sweating. Also in the extra blood volume and body fat which is needed to provide extra insulation for the woman’s changing body. The placenta which helps in the exchange of oxygen, blood, and nutrients between the mother and fetus generates heat as it carries out its vital functions. All of these, and more makes a pregnant woman even hotter.

And the sweating, is necessary because it provides a conduit for all that internally generated heat to find outward expression, guarding against internal body stress and possible shock. It is important to note that all these happen even when a pregnant woman is at rest. For a pregnant woman who exercises, the sweating is even more.

While there may not be much to be done against these biological processes within the body, a pregnant woman who is also exercising can help manage her body heat by putting a few measures in place both for her convenience and safety. The most important tip is to stay hydrated at all times, especially when working out.

An expectant mum needs to drink more water than a non-pregnant one. Always have a bottle of water with you and don’t stop drinking. The chore of having to pee is far less disturbing than dealing with increased internal body heat. Water, even at room temperature, cools the body from within. You probably understand why it is safe for a pregnant woman to drink cold water.

There is nothing wrong with cold water so long as there are no conditions that contraindicate it, and you can actually keep it down without feelings of nausea. On a personal note, I had no issues drinking cold water because that was what I preferred especially as I consistently worked out and felt hot most of the time.

Take frequent water breaks while working out. When not actively expending energy via physical activity and at rest, keep hydrating. When you wake up at night to use the bathroom, have a glass of water too. Another important way to manage body heat when working out is your location. Taking a walk outdoors in favourable weather is a great way to cool down as you sweat. Some pregnant women even love to work out in the rain. Take advantage of the cool breeze of the early mornings or late evenings.

If working out indoors, ensure the place is well aerated whether naturally by opening windows, or artificially with cooling devices like fans and air conditioners. If you use a gym, you can ask for a fan be stationed in a way that favors you primarily for the time you spend there.

Also, your workout clothing is very important. Except the weather is cold, avoid hoods and slacks made from thick cotton material. Shorts. A firm sports bra and a light and loose-fitting top will keep you comfortable through a workout. If at home and have some privacy, it is ok to dress as minimally as possible.

Finally, a couple of fruits help keep you feeling hydrated as their water content is very high. Fruits like watermelon, oranges (also a perfect post-workout snack), cucumbers, pineapples, and more. Most of them are low in sugar and calories and so make a great snack at any time of the day. Be generous in consumption while junk and sugary drinks should be minimal.Notwithstanding, the best source of information for a pregnant woman is her doctor who has her medical history, and should always be carried along before any extra information is implemented by her.

Credit: The Guardian

Top eight testosterone-boosting foods

Top eight testosterone-boosting foods

By Chukwuma Muanya

Fish

People with low testosterone may be able to raise their levels by eating certain foods, such as ginger, fatty fish, and some vegetables.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that plays a role in fertility, sexual function, bone health, and muscle mass.

A person’s testosterone level will fall naturally with age — by one to two percent per year — but some medical conditions, lifestyle choices, and other factors can influence the amount of this hormone in the body.

Some medical treatments can raise low testosterone levels, especially in younger men, but a person can also encourage the body to produce more by making some changes to the diet and lifestyle.

In this article, Medical News Today lists the best foods for increasing testosterone levels. We also describe products to avoid and other ways to increase testosterone production.

Top eight testosterone-boosting foods

A person with low testosterone may benefit from trying:

1. Ginger

Ginger may help increase testosterone levels and improve male fertility.

People have used ginger for medicinal and culinary purposes for centuries. Modern research indicates that this root may improve fertility in men.

According to the findings of a 2012 study, taking a daily ginger supplement for 3 months increased testosterone levels by 17.7 percent in a group of 75 adult male participants with fertility issues.

The authors suggested that ginger may also improve sperm health in other ways.

Authors of a study from 2013 report that ginger increased testosterone and antioxidant levels in a diabetic rat model in just 30 days.

2. Oysters

Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food — and zinc is important for sperm health and reproductive function.

Males with severe zinc deficiency may develop hypogonadism, in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. They may also experience impotence or delayed sexual maturation.

People can also find the mineral in: other shellfish; red meat; poultry; beans; and nuts.

It is important to note that zinc and copper compete for absorption. Take care when choosing supplements to avoid consuming too much of either mineral.

3. Pomegranates

The pomegranate is an age-old symbol of fertility and sexual function, and its antioxidant levels may support heart health and stress reduction.

Also, results of a study from 2012 indicate that pomegranate may boost testosterone levels in men and women.

Sixty healthy participants drank pure pomegranate juice for 14 days, and researchers tested the levels of testosterone in their saliva three times a day.

At the end of the study period, both male and female participants displayed an average 24 percent increase in salivary testosterone levels. They also experienced improvements in mood and blood pressure.

4. Fortified plant milks

Fortified plant milk is a healthy source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, and results of a study from 2011 suggest that it may increase testosterone levels in men.

It is important to note that the dosage in this study was 3,332 international units (IU) of the vitamin per day, which far exceeds the 400 IU recommended daily for healthy people.

While sun exposure is one of the best ways to get vitamin D, not everyone can spend enough time outdoors in sunny weather. In the average American diet, fortified foods provide the majority of the vitamin D.

Many plant milks, such as those made from almonds, soy, hemp, and flax, contain 25 percent of a person’s vitamin D requirement per serving. However, it is always best to verify nutritional contents by checking labeling.

Research has put to rest the concern that soy lowers testosterone levels — the bulk of the evidence shows that soy does not have this effect.

Also, some manufacturers fortify the following with vitamin D: milk and other dairy products; orange juice; and cereals.

The medical community is not convinced that vitamin D boosts testosterone levels in healthy people. A study from 2017, for example, found that the vitamin had no such effect.

It is important to remember, however, that getting enough vitamin D every day is essential for overall health.

5. Leafy green vegetables

Vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard, and kale are rich in magnesium, a mineral that may increase the body’s level of testosterone.

Authors of a study from 2011 found that taking magnesium supplements for 4 weeks prompted an increase in testosterone levels of sedentary participants and those who were athletes. The testosterone increases were greater, however, in the active participants.

Other good dietary sources of magnesium are: beans and lentils; nuts and seeds; and whole grains.

6. Fatty fish and fish oil

The United States Department of Agriculture recommend that people eat seafood twice weekly.

Fatty fish may be especially beneficial because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. A person can also boost their fatty acid levels by taking fish oil or omega-3 supplements.

Results of an animal-based study from 2016 indicate that fish oil can increase the quality of semen and the serum testosterone levels in dogs by improving their fatty acid profiles. A study in mice reported similar findings.

Examples of fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: Atlantic mackerel; herring; salmon; sardines; and trout.

7. Extra-virgin olive oil

Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, which may have many health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

The oil is rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, an antioxidant. These factors likely contribute to the food’s health benefits.

Extra-virgin olive oil may also improve male reproductive health. Results of a small-scale study indicate that the oil may boost serum testosterone levels in healthy adult men.

Participants also experienced an increase in luteinizing hormone, which stimulates cells in the testes to produce testosterone.

8. Onions

Onions may provide many health benefits, from supporting the heart to slimming the waistline. They are also good sources of several nutrients and antioxidants.

In addition, onions may increase low levels of testosterone. In a 2012 study with a rat model, researchers found that a daily intake of fresh onion juice for four weeks significantly increased serum total testosterone levels.

However, determining the effects in humans will require further research.
Foods to avoid

Some foods can reduce a person’s testosterone levels. People looking to raise their levels may wish to avoid:
Processed foods

Many frozen or prepackaged meals and snacks are processed foods. They offer little nutritional value and tend to be high in calories, salt, fat, and sugar.

In particular, processed foods often contain high amounts of trans fats, which can reduce testosterone levels and impair testicular function, according to the results of a 2017 study.

Canned or plastic-packaged foods: Meal in plastic packaging in microwave

Chemicals in plastic packaging can affect testosterone levels. Foods and drinks that are canned or packaged in plastic can impact hormone levels.

For example, this can occur when people ingest chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S, from water in plastic bottles or reheated food in plastic containers.

Results of a study from 2013 suggest that men who work in environments with high levels of BPA have reduced levels of free testosterone and androstenedione, a hormone that can convert into testosterone or estrogen.

It is important to note that participants in this study worked in factory settings. In food packaging, BPA is present in much smaller quantities.

Nonetheless, the chemical does enter many people’s bodies. A study from 2011, for example, found BPA in the urine of 89 percent of men attending a fertility clinic.

Those with BPA in their urine also had lower levels of testosterone and thyroid stimulating hormone. When levels of this hormone are low, it can indicate hypothyroidism, a condition that can reduce testosterone in some men.

Alcohol

Moderate amounts of alcohol — such as the occasional glass of red wine — may provide some health benefits. However, drinking too much can reduce fertility in men and women.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the U.S. cautions that alcohol use is linked to low testosterone levels and changes in the amounts of other reproductive hormones.

Other ways to boost testosterone

Dietary changes may increase testosterone levels, and many lifestyle changes and medical treatments can help.

A person can also increase their testosterone levels by: losing weight, for people who are overweight; exercising regularly; building muscle through resistance training; getting enough sleep; reducing stress; and speaking to a doctor about testosterone therapy.

Summary

Testosterone naturally reduces with age, but levels may also be low because of medical conditions or medications. Anyone experiencing symptoms of low testosterone should speak to a doctor.

Certain foods, including oysters, leafy greens, fatty fish, and olive oil, may encourage the body to produce more testosterone. Foods that contain zinc, vitamin D, and magnesium may be key.

A person can ensure that they are receiving the right nutrients by following a balanced diet.

Exercising and reducing stress can also help boost low testosterone. To see results, most people require a combination of approaches.

Credit: The Guardian

F-SARS officer who murdered LASTMA personnel dies hours after – Police

LASTMA murder : F-SARS officer dies hours after – Police

Police Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja who was alleged to have shot a LASTMA official, Rotimi Adeyemi, dead in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos state yesterday November 28th, has died.

He died shortly after arriving at the hospital. He had been beaten by a mob after he shot Adeyemi.

A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, CSP Chike Oti, says the state commissioner of police, CP Edgal Imohimi, has ordered the FSARS officer be tried posthumously.

Read the statement below:

On 28/11/18, at about 1800hrs, the driver of a Toyota Highlander SUV, with registration number LSR 277 BJ, later identified as Police Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja while driving along Iyana-Ipaja road, was contravened for driving against traffic by a LASTMA official, one Rotimi Adeyemi, aged 46 years at Iyana-Ipaja roundabout.

The two men vehemently disagreed with each other. However, during the altercation, the said Inspector Olukunle Olonade allegedly shot the LASTMA officer to death.

Consequently, irate mob, who thought that the shooter was an armed hoodlum because he was in mufti, decended on him and beat him to stupor.

Although he was later rescued by teams of policemen drafted to the scene, he later gave up the ghost while being rushed to hospital for treatment.

The serial number of the pistol recovered at the scene was checked in the system and it revealed the bearer as Inspector Olukunle Olonade attached to FSARS Ikeja.

Corpses of the deceased have been evacuated to the morgue for autopsy.

The CP Lagos has directed that the late Inspector Olakunle Olonade be tried posthumously in Orderly room and be recommended for dismissal from the Force.

Credit: New Telegraph

Amosun’s candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, dumps APC for APM

Amosun’s candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, dumps APC for APM

By Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta

A House of Representatives member, Adekunle Akinlade, who is the preferred governorship candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State, on Thursday formally dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akinlade, who lost the APC gubernatorial ticket to Prince Dapo Abiodun, announced his defection to the Allied People’s Movement (APM) on the floor of the House.

He is billed to contest the 2019 governorship election on the platform of his new party.

In the same vein, the Majority Leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, and the Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, as well as two state legislators defected from the APC to APM.

The other two lawmakers are Tunde Sanusi, representing Obafemi-Owode state constituency, and Ganiyu Oyedeji, representing Ifo II state constituency.

The defection confirmed the exclusive report by New Telegraph on Tuesday that loyalists of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the Ogun APC will defect this week.

The governor is expected to stay back “tactically” in the APC to work for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The exit of Amosun’s loyalists was as a result of the alleged refusal of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC to uphold the candidacy of Akinlade for 2019 governorship election.

Credit: New Telegraph

Tragedy as Suspected F-SARS operative shoots LASTMA official dead

Suspected F-SARS operative shoots LASTMA official dead

Rotimi Adeyemo

Etim Ekpimah, Deji Lambo and Oluwatobi Akindele

An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, identified as Rotimi Adeyemo, was shot dead in the Iyana-Ipaja area of Alimosho Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Adeyemo, while controlling traffic at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout, stopped a motorist, who was alleged to be an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, for violating a traffic rule, but the motorist, who was apparently annoyed by the action of the LASTMA official, allegedly brought out a gun from his vehicle and shot the official dead.

An eyewitness, Uwem Okon, told PUNCH Metro that the motorist, who drove a Toyota Highlander SUV, brought out a gun and shot the traffic official, who had asked him to stop for violating the rule.

Okon added that onlookers first retreated after the motorist shot the LASTMA official, but later regrouped as the motorist was trying to make a quick escape and seized him.

Okon stated, “There was a heavy traffic at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout around 6:23pm. The LATSMA official was busy controlling vehicles in order to ease the traffic when he discovered that a motorist had violated a traffic rule. So, he stopped to caution the motorist, but the motorist suddenly brought out a gun and shot him on the head. The official died on the spot.

“People were surprised and scared of confronting the motorist, who had wanted to escape from the scene when he discovered that he had killed the official. But the bystanders and commercial bus drivers later summoned the courage and apprehended the motorist, who was then handed over to the police.”

Another eyewitness, who did not want his identity revealed, said the motorist had no reason to shoot the LASTMA official for performing his duty, adding that he took the law into his own hand by perpetrating such a crime.

He alleged that the motorist was later identified as an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The eyewitness said, “The LASTMA official had already told him to leave before the motorist decided to shoot him. He shot the man for performing his duty. This is wrong because he took the law into his own hands.

“The motorist was later discovered to be an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad. He was arrested and taken to the nearest police station at Iyana-Ipaja for interrogation.”

When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said he had not been briefed about the incident.

But the Public Relations Officer of LASTMA, Mr Mahmud Hassan, confirmed that an official was killed by a motorist on duty in Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos.

“I have just confirmed the sad news that a motorist killed our official while on duty at Iyana-Ipaja. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested. We have commenced investigation into the incident,” Hassan added.

Credit: The Punch

News Headlines Nov 29, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Nov 29, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

ACF asks Buhari to probe killing of ‘nearly 100 soldiers’ by Boko Haram
Senate okays higher institutions for President’s hometown, nine others
2019: Coalition of opposition parties begins assessment of presidential candidates
Metele attack: No army can have enough equipment for operations – Buratai
Fashola, and the engineer of Yoruba consent
Suspected F-SARS operative shoots LASTMA official dead
Brothers behead 10-year-old for N200,000 in Lagos
ACF asks Buhari to probe killing of ‘nearly 100 soldiers’ by Boko Haram
Senate okays higher institutions for President’s hometown, nine others
Bricklayer jailed for assaulting commercial sex worker
Newborn baby dumped near police station
2019: Coalition of opposition parties begins assessment of presidential candidates
No action against Mourinho over bizarre celebration
Arrest Aregbesola for forging police report, PDP tells IGP
Kogi lawmakers boycott sitting, Senate probes state’s $500m loan
Metele attack: No army can have enough equipment for operations – Buratai
Eliminate Boko Haram from the face of the earth, Buhari tells military
Anambra Assembly leadership crisis deepens
49-year-old guard hangs self over debt at Ekiti secretariat
EFCC hands over 116 cars, 20 houses to First Bank
Russia to cut dependency on dollars —Putin
Lawyer accuses Abia policemen of assault, petitions PSC, IG
ICPC arraigns ex-Ogun Rep for alleged contract fraud
Driver, guard remanded for unlawful possession of firearm
Accused faints in Osogbo high court
Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis: Senate orders probe, Uyo women protest against CP
APGA suffering from internal bleeding, says PDP
2019: Presidential candidates, parties’ chairmen to sign peace pact
My re-election is a done deal — Ayade
Nigeria’s GDP growth’ll be below 2% in 2018 – World Bank
Malabu: Nigeria loses over $10bn in one deal, say Reps, CSO
FMBN disburses N15.7bn home renovation loans
Diamond Bank drives financial inclusion through products, services
FG to collaborate with Saudi Arabia on refineries revamp
Baru signs performance contract with NNPC management staff
Ex-Eagles star, Etuhu, stands trial in Sweden over match-fixing
Dennerby shifts focus to AWCON title
Top seeds advance in Asoju Oba Cup
Supersand Eagles to camp in Lagos
Weah, Drogba for legends match in Lagos
AY, Omoni Oboli to make Hollywood debut
Tekno takes time off music
Financial sector professionals hangout in Lagos
The challenge of mental health policy in Nigeria
‘Access to contraceptives, information can check maternal mortality’
Maternal, perinatal deaths are recurring nightmares – Bayelsa
‘Expansion of diagnostic services can tackle medical tourism’
Low-carb diets best for weight loss, study says
Elevated scrotal temperature as major cause of male infertility
mproving regulation, enforcement of ECOWAS Brown Card
Visa-seeking Nigerian students lament sad experiences at US embassy
We studied hard not to beg for jobs – UI First Class twins in Law
Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones
Nigerians’ transactions on PoS hit N1.82tn in 10 months – Survey
StarTimes begins online video streaming service
Huawei plans cloud services in Nigeria, others
Editorial: Nation’s brand value and development
X-raying Ikeogu Oke’s thoughts on energy, politics and policy
The huge debt burden and how we got there (2)
Ending JAMB’s exploitation of hapless candidates

The Nation

Buhari orders troops to wipe out Boko Haram
N11.4b fraud: EFCC hands over 116 cars to First Bank
Fed Govt okays reduction in cost of JAMB, NECO forms
ICPC re-arraigns ex-IG Ehindero, ex-CP Obaniyi for alleged N16.4m fraud
2019 poll: EFCC to monitor donations to parties
Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis: APC vows to stop molestation of its lawmakers
2019: Our plan for free, fair elections, by Abubakar Panel
INEC to deploy one million personnel for poll
Obasanjo’s son: no rift with dad for supporting Buhari
Reps seek revocation of Malabu’s OPL 245 agreement
Senate probes Kogi govt’s $500m foreign loan
Igbinedion University student wins N100,000 in Spot Kick challenge
Demolition: ‘Fayose turned us to refugees in our land’
2019: Ezekwesili picks party chairman as running mate
ACF seeks emergency on education to eliminate 13m out of school, Almajiri
South Africa won’t be second time lucky — Oluehi
Wilder vs Fury: ‘Why Joshua won’t be at ringside’
The Match in Lagos Next Year: Weah, Drogba, 19 former African stars expected
50th Asoju Oba Cup: Fayele, Aregbesola claim mixed doubles title
Thomas Dennerby dreams AWCON title
Ogenyi Onazi visits, donates N500, 000 to Kano pillars
Qatar 2022: ‘Vagina Stadium’ to be ready in 2019
Arewa community backs APC, Sanwo-Olu
‘APGA will determine who wins presidency’
‘Why Nigerians should re-elect Buhari
’NNPC/Chevron JV donates to IDPs in Delta, Bayelsa
Bio-insecticides alternative to ‘sniper’, says Biotech agency
Nigeria to consume 2m metric tonnes LPG by 2025
AY, Omoni star in Hollywood Xmas film
‘Traditional medicine key to Nigeria’s future’
‘Go for fruit juice when you miss breakfast’
Mental illness …. How to defeat the storm (Part 1)
Suspected SARS officer ‘kills’ LASTMA official
NGO donates uniforms to indigent pupils
Ambode vows to contain ‘bad guys’ at Xmas
Airline, passengers trade words over missed flight
Air Travel is expensive in Africa but what can be done to make it affordable?
Operation collect your certificate at LASU
Port-Harcourt boy beats girls in Maths quiz
NCC donates 70 e-pads to FEDPOFFA
98% Corps members ready for election duty, says NYSC boss

ThisDay

End Boko Haram Threat, Buhari Orders Military
FG, States, LGs Share N788.139bn for October
Buhari Reaffirms Commitment to Troops’ Welfare
Umez Eronini Laments Decay in Public Service, Launches Book
End Boko Haram Threat, Buhari Orders Military
FG, States, LGs Share N788.139bn for October
South African Pension Fund Raises Stake in MTN to 23.6%
Ugwuanyi Awards Contracts for Road Projects
Ondo PDP Sets up Campaign Committee for Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency Candidate
2019 Election: Gen. Abdulsalami Committee Canvasses Support for INEC
Buhari Reaffirms Commitment to Troops’ Welfare
Niger Commences Implementation of 25% Salary Increase
Bamisedun among AABLA 2018 West Africa Finalists
Repair Abandoned Vehicles within Three Months, Katsina Gov Tells KTSTA
OPEC May Cut Output to Stabilise Prices
EFCC Arraigns Provost, Two Others over N52m Fraud
Boko Haram: Buhari Convenes Meeting of Lake Chad Basin Heads of State
PDP Senator Defects to APC
Group Urges Media to Project Women in Politics
Ezekwesili Expresses Readiness to Fight for Rights of Nigerians
The Man Who Wants to Lift Lagos Higher
Group Harps on Investing in Cooperative Ventures
Bad Road Threatens Completion of N3.5bn Baro River Port
CBN Injects Fresh $210m into Forex Market

The Sun

FG to recover $7bn CBN bailout to banks
2023: Forces against Igbo presidency at work – Okorocha
FG slashes cost of JAMB, NECO exams
FAAC: FG, states, LGAs share N788.139bn in October
We’ll end Boko Haram madness – Buhari
Peace committee raises fears over 2019 polls
2019: INEC to spend N85bn on logistics
Pilgrimage: We compelled service providers to patronize Nigeria, says NCPC
In Oyo, it’s rectangular race
2019: We’ll deliver Buhari but we can’t guarantee some states – Unagha, ex-youth leader
Imo 2019: Owerri zone should be allowed to produce governor – Ezeh, SDP candidate
Lagos guber: I’ve evolved strategies to kill PDP totally – Salvador, ex-party chairman
FG committed to disaster prevention, says Oke-Osanyintolu, presidential aide
DBN exceeds target, signs on 35,000 MSMEs
Guinness declares 184 kobo dividend
Our story on recent reduction to Edo State Power supply –BEDC
Women earn 20% less than men –ILO report
Coach Tiger Woods coming to your living room next year
NBA opens new training centre in Senegal
Doyin Amodu goes extra mile for ‘Imagination’
Now that campaign has started
What the Metele debacle threw up
Is President Buhari’s travel ban on Nigerians constitutional? (4)
Again, PDP flounders
On, not at, the occasion
What the people say….
Edo’s city of sin
Victor Moses suffers back injury
Celebration of excellence: Weah, Drogba to storm Lagos for Ambode
280 widows benefit in Total’s skills, financial support
FG partners Coderina to introduce robotics, coding in schools
Steve Ayorinde: Lagosians’ll celebrate Christmas with four new theatres
Salient issues before the 2019 polls
Ogbuoji and Ebonyi 2019
Taming the malaria scourge
2019: INEC to spend N85bn on logistics
Ways to survive, live with HIV
The essence of good rest
Firm vows new offensive against malaria with new drug
FG to recover $7bn CBN bailout to banks
LSMDA urges govt to help issuance of license to members
‘Corruption a universal ill, not peculiar to Nigeria’
FG slashes cost of JAMB, NECO exams

Daily Trust

Youths rally support for Buhari, Osinbajo re-election in Kogi
850 benefit from Lalong empowerment scheme
Sugarcane business booms in Plateau
PLASU VC urges maintenance of N16.6 million solar system
Plateau youth urge FG to open Zurak’s mining site
ACPN promises to lift 80m Nigerians out of poverty if elected
PDP inaugurates presidential campaign council today
FG, states, LGs share N788bn for October
EFCC arraigns Gombe college provost over alleged N52m fraud
Daily Trust bags most educative newspaper award
850 benefit from Lalong empowerment scheme
Saraki, Atiku move to pacify Ekweremadu
Why I’m supporting Buhari – Obasanjo’s son
200 aspirants attend APC reconciliation c’ttee in Bauchi
Solid defending was key to Super Falcons’ victory – Dennerby
Ronaldo hits 100 Champions League wins
N3.4b FIFA grant: Trial of 3 NFF staff suffers major setback
Oil price stability tops Nigeria, S/Arabia agenda ahead OPEC meeting
Passengers stranded as aircraft shortage hits aviation industry
Manufacturing, export to soar as commodity exchange starts trading
Bello lauds armed forces on FCT peace, security
God will expose killers of my deputy – Abaji chair
Property owners appeal to FCT minister to correct anomaly
Peter Obi, South East Leaders and 2019
2019: When Sen. Ogbuoji becomes Ebonyi governor
Ukraine demands immediate release of sailors detained by Russia
Russia to deploy new S-400 missiles on Crimea
Tunisians protest Saudi prince’s visit
Editorial: Mixed signals from oil and gas sector
Minimum wage: Onaiyekan wants reduction of National Assembly salaries
Minimun Wage: Catholic bishop says wage not best for low income earners
Governor Abubakar appoints new Accountant General
Bandits resume attacks on Katsina farming communities
Respite for farmers as NCX, commodity coy partner on produce trading
Tea, coffee farmers cry out over neglect
How varsity lecturers feed fat on postgraduate students
World Bank says Nigeria spends $200 per student annually
‘Gov’t needs more support to address education infrastructure deficit’

Vanguard

Minister, Osunkeye Emphasise Need To Build Resilience Against Oil Price
AWCON: Pinnick Charges Super Falcons To Beat Banyana Banyana
It’s Cheaper To Conduct All Elections In One Day—INEC
CONTROVERSY OVER DARKNESS: Edo Gets 40% Of Allocated Power, Says BEDC
EDO: Projections On The Ambode Treatment
Banyana Banyana Coach Plans To Beat Falcons Again
Navy Begins Exercise ANUM BUNENG
Entrepreneurship, Remedy For Unemployment — IDSA
LSHA Investigates Audit Reports Of Over 200 MDAs
AFCON 2019: North Africa Wants It Moved From Cameroon To Morocco
Netherlands Urges FG To Commence Ogoni Cleanup Before Elections
Why We Arrested Deji Adeyanju, 2 Others— Police
FAAC: FG, States, LGAs Share N788.139bn For October
Chibok Girls: USNLG Honours US Congresswoman, RCCG Pastors For Supporting Rescued Girls
My Death, Resurrection Testimony, By Gbenga Adefaye
Why Makanjuola Donated Lecture Theater To LASU
Warri Fed Constituency: SDP Candidate Alleges Plot To Substitute His Name
Boko Haram madness must end says Buhari as he vows to equip military better
Revoke $1.1 Malabu Oil deal, prosecute suspects, recover lost cash, Reps insist
Money laundering: SUBEB boss, Jengebe, bags 41-year jail term
LUTH resident doctors to embark on indefinite strike Thursday
Who’s politicising the killing of Nigerian soldiers?
EDO: Projections on the Ambode treatment
C’River makes case for inclusion as oil-producing state
Atunwa was called to bar, UK Bar Council confirms
AWCON: Pinnick charges Super Falcons to beat Banyana Banyana
Banyana Banyana coach plans to beat Falcons again
AFCON 2019: North Africa wants it moved from Cameroon to Morocco
Moses out of Europa League clash against PAOK
Lagos insures 300 athletes for National Sports Festival
LaLiga players with music careers
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Police dismiss Sergeant for killing 20-year-old undergraduate
Entrepreneurship, remedy for unemployment — IDSA
Ambode to set up Task Force to tackle street begging
Yahsat provides over 300 Nigerian rural schools with ICT services
Yellow fever: Medical practitioner harps on preventive measures
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Human rights report condemns use of manipulated videos, pictures of military fighting insurgents
Atiku commiserated with Rivers govt over collapsed building
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FG reduces JAMB, NECO exam fees
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EFCC docks three for alleged N52m fraud
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NIFES auditorium to cost N500m —National director
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Providing the needed leadership
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Mass sack looms in Apapa ports over rail project
Unregistered agents to lose access to ports — CRFFN

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Northern States Allocate More Funds To Education In 2018
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Still On The Massacre At Melete
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Tips To Counter Insurgency And Violent Extremism
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Air Peace Takes Delivery Of 6th Embraer Jet
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INEC, Political Parties To Sign MoU On Free Polls
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Tackling Severe Acute Malnutrition

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Buhari seeks review of strategy on Boko Haram
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FG reduces cost of JAMB, NECO forms

Buhari reduces cost of forms for JAMB, NECO

President Muhammadu Buhari

By Abisola Olasupo |

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of forms for the Joint Admissions Matriculation’s Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (JAMB UTME), National Examination Council’s Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (NECO SSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

“The Exam Agencies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they’re only supposed to cover costs/operating expenses,” Adamu said.

“The sharp increase in remittances by JAMB (from less than N60m in 2010–2016 to >N15 BILLION in 2017/18) have shown that the fees being charged could be reduced,” he added.

Meanwhile, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, in August had said that there is no plan to review downward the fee of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) form from the current N7,500.

He said the UTME registration fee is one of the cheapest in the world and stated that remittances were made possible by the prudent management of resources by the board.

However, the minister, in his announcement stated that the president directed the Ministry to look into the reduction following the “significant improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education Agencies.”

The reduction will be implemented from January 2019 with the cost of JAMB UTME Form dropping from N5,000 to N3,500, NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850.

Credit: Guardian

Super Falcons beat Cameroun 4-2 on penalties, qualify for AWCON final, World Cup

Super Falcons beat resilient Lionesses, pick World Cup ticket

By Gowon Akpodonor

True to their pre match boast, the Super Falcons yesterday proved to their Cameroonian counterparts, Indomitable Lionesses, that Nigeria remains the commander-in-chief in African women’s football. The Falcons won their semifinal tie at the Accra Sports Stadium 4-2 on penalties to reach AWCON 2018 final. The victory also guaranteed the Super Falcons a place at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Lithe and sharp forward, Onguene came close in the 4th minute with a rasping shot, apparently from nowhere, which Falcons goalie, Tochukwu Oluehi diverted, and three minutes later, the Lionesses were on the prowl again with a firm header, but Oluehi again was alert. In the 10th minute, Gaelle Enganamouit tested the Nigeria goal with a snap shot, but could not penetrate.

In the closing stages of the first period, Nigeria pushed forward a bit, but an attempt by Francisca Ordega to steal the ball from two defenders was fruitless, and Asisat Oshoala’s crisp shot was well saved.

Nigeria had finished second in group B after two wins and a defeat, while Cameroun were top of group A with two wins and a draw. Super Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby made no changes to the starting line up for their previous two games that ended on victory against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea.

Incidentally, it was at the same Accra Sports Stadium the Super Falcons made history in 2004, beating the host, Ghana Black Queens 3-2 on penalties with former goalkeeper, Precious Dede, saving three kicks after conceding two in the qualifier to Athens Olympic Games.

Yesterday, the Super Falcons created very few chances in the first half, as the Indomitable Lionesses controlled possession and set the tone of the game. After a goalless halftime, both teams followed in the same pattern in the second stanza, as they were unable to get the breakthrough.

Thomas Dennerby introduced Falconets stars, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo, but the game ended goalless at 90 minutes. The extra time also ended goalless, taking the game into penalty shootout.

Falcons captain Onome Ebi, Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere all converted their spot kicks to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory. Goalkeeper Oluehi made one save in the penalty shootout.

The victory yesterday was the third time since 2014 the Super Falcons forced a bitter nut down the throat of the Lionesses in the African Women’s Nations Cup competition.

Cameroun star, Ajara Nchout, was voted Woman of the Match as she played a crucial role for the Indomitable Lioness, who pressed the Super Falcons.

The Super Falcons will face either the Banyana Banyana of South Africa or Mali in the final of the AWCON 2018. Cameroun on the other hand still have the chance of qualifying for France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, if they win the third place match on Friday.

Credit: The Guardian

My son in-law will contest Imo governorship in another party, Okorocha dares Oshiomhole

My son in-law will contest Imo gov’ship in another party – Okorocha

By Jude Aguguo Owuamanam, Owerri |

Governor Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, gave a hint that his son-in-law and former Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, will vie for the Imo State governorship on the platform of another party.

Nwosu, who is also a governorship contender of the APC, and others who did not make it during the recent primary elections, would most likely quit the ruling party for another to pursue their ambitions.

Okorocha said he would not stop any of his aggrieved loyalists from defecting.

Our correspondent gathered that no fewer than 27 members of the Imo State House of Assembly and National Assembly candidates, including Nwosu, who felt aggrieved from the conduct the APC primaries, may be heading to another party before the substitution window closes on December 1.

Okorocha said while he would support their aspirations elsewhere, he remained in APC and would contest the Orlu senatorial election under the party.

The governor, however, maintained that Nwosu and all the aggrieved candidates remained his choices and would get his support under any platform they chose to realise their ambitions.

Okorocha, speaking at a media parley in Owerri, said Nwosu under whatever platform remained his preferred governorship candidate, describing the emergence of the APC governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, as “the worst imposition in Nigerian political history.”

But the Imo governor reassured President Muhammadu Buhari that his followers would deliver him at the presidential election and vowed to deal with any of them who disobeyed him.

According to him, “What will happen is that while they move to realise their ambition under any other platform, I remain in APC and support them. Such parties will have no presidential candidate, but will adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate.

“What we saw in Imo APC was a clear case of injustice and the worst imposition in history. The party members are aggrieved and they will be moving to another party to pursue their ambitions and I am not going to stop them, but we are going to form alliance with whichever party they choose to deliver President Buhari.

“In the 2019 general elections, we are going to vote for candidates and not political parties. I am in the best position to assess the candidates and I know that among all the governorship candidates, Nwosu remains the best. I have told Imo people to check the records of those clamouring to govern the state before voting for them.

“What is happening in Imo APC is interesting and strange, a party known for uprightness, justice and fairness as exemplified by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been dented by the actions of the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for whatever reasons he is yet to disclose.

“I have been trying to manage the situation but I have no moral justification to stop the aggrieved candidates who felt short-changed from realizing their ambitions in any other party but I have not left APC and do not intend to leave APC. But you must realize that in Imo we don’t play party politics but politics of individuals. People did not join APC because of anybody but because of me,” he said.

Okorocha expressed regret that Imo people were short-changed by the three major political parties – APC, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – in their choice of governorship candidates, saying that all of them were imposed on the people.

When Daily Trust sought the views of Nwosu on the comments of the governor, he was non-committal.

Nwosu, who was silent on his next line of action, however, gave assurance that he would mobilize all the aggrieved APC members to work for President Buhari’s victory in spite of any provocation.

He said the actions of the APC national chairman would not affect his support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Credit: Daily Trust

Two Witnesses Die After Giving Evidence In Nyako’s Trial

Two Witnesses Die After Giving Evidence In Nyako’s Trial’

By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has disclosed that two witnesses in the ongoing N29 billion fraud case against former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako mysteriously died in custody.

A detective with the commission, Adekunle Odofin, yesterday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, that two people who made crucial statements during the investigation into a N29billion fraud case died after giving their statements.

Odofin told the court that the two people were very vital to the prosecution of the case.

Nyako is being prosecuted by the Commission, alongside his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29billion.

Five companies that allegedly served as conduit pipes for the illegal diversion of the funds – Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited, were equally charged before the court as the 5th to 9th defendants.

According to a statement from EFCC, while testifying as the twentieth prosecution witness, Odofin, who had started his testimony in June 2018 and tendered documents which were admitted in evidence, told the court on November 26, 2018, that one Mohammad Maj Iro, who was the General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc, the Regional Manager in charge of North-East, and the Account Officer of Adamawa State 200 accounts, domiciled in Zenith bank, died after making “crucial statements”, at the time of filing the case in the court.

When led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, the detective told the court that the Commission also extended invitations to one Dalhatu Abdulmalik, who was the cousin to Nyako and the Director of Ameak Investment Limited, Kirkelly Investment Limited and Pilkola Engineering Limited, and that after giving his own statement, during the point of filing the case in court, he also died.

Referring to Maj Iro, Odofin said he pulled out over N800 million from the Adamawa State account, and credited same to Crust Energy Limited, the 9th defendant in the case, taking orders from the then governor of the state, Nyako.

He explained that the behaviour of two accounts belonging to the State (Special Service Department, SSD, and Secretary to the State Government, SSG) drew the attention of the EFCC.

According to him, “the behaviour of these accounts, showed how money was being withdrawn in multiple of Ten Million Naira on different dates, running into billions of naira, by late Mohammad Maj Iro”.

“The question is, why did Maj Iro withdraw money from Adamawa State account, without being a staff of the state government? Investigations revealed that memos were originated from permanent secretaries of the SSD, Mohammed Ibrahim Jidado and that of the SSG, Emmanuel Ibrahim.

“Having generated these memos, same were forwarded to SSG for transmission to the number one citizen of the State, the governor. Upon the approval of these memos, same came back to the SSG, “ he said.

Odofin further explained that vouchers were raised after the approval of the memos, in the name of the Permanent Secretary, the Accountant and cashier as the same and now taken to Maj Iro.

“Having received these cheques, Maj Iro, being a seasoned banker, pulled out these monies from the two accounts ( SSD and SSG) and he starts crediting various individuals and corporate accounts, most especially, without the knowledge of the account owners”, the witness added.

“Maj Iro credited Zenith Bank accounts of the 5th to the 9th defendants (Blue Opal Limited, Sebore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Tower Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited), out of the money he pulled out from Adamawa State accoun. Part of the money Maj Iro transferred to Tower Asset Management Limited, the sum of N678 million was transferred to Crust Energy on different dates.

“Maj Iro also transferred N160 million out of the money he pulled out from Adamawa State account to a company called Maxion Option Limited. Maxion Option Limited transferred same to Crust Energy Limited zenith bank account”.

The witness further told the court how Maj Iro disbursed millions of naira to the companies used to launder state funds.

“Maj Iro also transferred sums of money on different dates to Sabore Farms Limited. Out of the money transferred to the company by Maj Iro, the sum of N20 million was transferred to Mainstream Energy Limited. Another N20million was transferred from same Sabore Farms to one Sanni Hello of Mainstream Energy Limited. Another N10million was transferred to Crust Energy Limited”, Odofin said.

Statements made by Maj Iro at the Commission, were tendered and admitted in evidence by the court.

According to the court, “Statements made by Maj Iro on June 21, 2014; June 24, 2014; July 2, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 15, 2014; July 22, 2014; July 23, 2014; August 29, 2014 and October 22, 2014 admitted in evidence as LL40-1 to Ll40-9, respectively”. Also, statements made by Dalhatu Abdulmalik were tendered and admitted in evidence.

The matter was thereafter adjourned to November 29, 2018 for continuation of trial.

Credit: Leadership