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British Pop star, Adele, confirms divorce with husband

By News Desk

Grammy award winner, Adkins Adele and her husband, Simon Konecki, have separated, three years after their marriage.

Konecki, who is the water charity executive, and the Adele met in 2011 and later married five years later; a courtship that produced a son.

The British singer has chattered several records in the industry which has made experts in the industry rate her as the most successful singer-songwriters of all time.

Adele’s representative disclosed their separation yesterday admitting that the 30 year old singer and her husband, before the breakup, agreed to raise the child together.

“Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment,” a spokesman for Adele said in a statement.

Adele shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album ’19’, lauded for its combination of soulful vocals and confessional lyrics.

Her last album, ’25’, released in 2015, broke U.S. and British records by becoming the fastest-selling album of all time. She became the first person in the history of the Grammy awards to win the top three awards twice.

U.S. media reported in March this year that Adele had visited a recording studio in New York, raising speculation that a new album would surface soon.

 

Why everyone sleep-Scientists

By News desk

Why do humans sleep? A new study by scientists at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, has unearthed a key factor that may lie at the center of sleep’s indispensability: its restorative effect on individual brain cells.

The team, which Prof. Lior Appelbaum led, reports its new findings in a study paper that appears in the journal Nature Communications.

In this study, the investigators turned to zebrafish, which scientists often use in research because they are surprisingly similar to humans. In fact, approximately 70 percent of human genes also occur in this freshwater species.

Using 3D time-lapse imaging, the scientists looked at the effects of sleep on a microscale and observed how it affected single neurons, or brain cells.

The high-resolution technology allowed Applebaum and team to follow the movement of DNA and proteins within brain cells.

They found that during sleep, individual neurons were able to perform maintenance work on the nucleus, the central element of each cell, which encloses most of that cell’s genetic material.

“Despite the risk of reduced awareness to the environment, animals — ranging from jellyfish to zebrafish to humans — have to sleep to allow their neurons to perform efficient DNA maintenance, and this is possibly the reason why sleep has evolved and is so conserved in the animal kingdom,” Applebaum said.

When the nucleus begins to deteriorate, the DNA information it contains also becomes damaged, and this can lead to aging, disease, and poor overall functioning in an organ or tissue.

During sleep, the researchers explain, the neurons have an opportunity to recover from the stress they accumulated during the day and “fix” any damage they may have sustained.

The scientists note that during wakefulness, levels of chromosome dynamics are lower than during sleep, meaning that brain cells are unable to perform proper DNA maintenance. Prof. Applebaum likens this situation to having “potholes in the road.”

“Roads accumulate wear and tear, especially during daytime rush hours, and it is most convenient and efficient to fix them at night, when there is light traffic,” he explains.

Since this process is so vital to ensuring that the brain stays healthy, this can explain why animals — humans included — are willing to invest so much time in sleep, despite the risks it may expose them to in nature.

“We’ve found a causal link between sleep, chromosome dynamics, neuronal activity, and DNA damage and repair with direct physiological relevance to the entire organism,” explains Prof. Appelbaum.

“Sleep,” he adds, “gives an opportunity to reduce DNA damage accumulated in the brain during wakefulness.”

Green tea linked with Type 2 Diabetes

By News desk

A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults.

A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study, according to a report by Xinhua.

The SWHS and SMHS are two large population-based studies initiated in 1996. Data from the studies have been used to investigate genetic and other biomarkers as well as lifestyle risk factors for cancers and other chronic diseases.

In the new study, none of the participants had diabetes when they were enrolled. Details of tea drinking, including types and amounts, were collected in the survey. Researchers from China’s Fudan University, Vanderbilt University in the United States and other research institutions reported that both female and male participants in the study have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes if they drink more green tea.

They noted that this positive and dose-response association between green tea intake and risk of type 2 diabetes did not vary by obesity or smoking.

The findings have been reported in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

The researchers called for further studies on the mechanisms underlying the association, suggesting that pesticide residue in tea leaves could play a possible role.

Green tea is a popular beverage consumed worldwide. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a health drink. But researchers have had inconsistent findings on the association between green tea drinking and risk of type 2 diabetes.

A Japanese study published on the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2006 said habitual green tea drinkers who drank at least six cups per day had a 33 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who drank one cup or less per week.

Study in the Republic of Korea published in the journal of BioFactors in 2007 said people with diabetes should drink less green tea as animal studies showed that high green tea intake may increase blood sugar levels in diabetic rats.

Breaking: Fire Outbreak In Shomolu, Lagos

There is a fire outbreak at Bolaji Omupo street, Pedro, Shomolu, Lagos state.

A pure water factory, Bamas water caught fire this evening , the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

There are emergency responders on ground trying to salvage the situation and stop it from spreading to a fuel station nearby .

 

Details later. .

Indians abandon Chicken for rats during Christmas

By News desk

While many globally were settling for Chicken and Pork meat to celebrate the yuletide, Indians have accepted to settle for Rats during the season.

Freshly-caught rat is at the top of the menu for crowds flocking to a market in northeastern India that specialises in rodents from local fields.

Destined to be boiled, skinned and then cooked in a spicy gravy, rat is more popular than chicken and pork with customers at the Sunday market in the village of Kumarikata in Assam state.

Shoppers buy hundreds of freshly caught and skinned rats that local farmers say are hunted to avoid damage to their fields in the state which borders Bhutan. The ready-roasted kind also goes down well.

Rat has become a valuable source of income for the poor “Adivasi” tribal people who struggle to make ends meet working in Assam’s famed tea gardens.

In the winter months when tea picking slumbers, the Adivasis go to rice paddies to trap rats for the market.

A kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of rat meat, which is considered a delicacy, sells for about $2.8— as much as for chicken and pork.

Farmers say the region has seen growing numbers of rats in recent years.

“We put traps in the fields as the rats eat people’s paddy,” Samba Soren, a rat vendor at Kumarikata said.

The rodents are hunted at night during the harvesting season with traps made from bamboo.

The traps are placed at the entrance of the rat-holes in the evening and the rodents are caught as they come out to scavenge.

The vendors have to work at night to make sure other predators do not get to the dead rats first. Some of the rats weigh more than a kilogramme and the market traders say they get between 10 and 20 kilogrammes a night.

Great news IGers: Select who can view your stories

 

Yes! Now you can get really personal on your Instagram social media, with the Close friend feature introduced by the application.

You can handpick people from your followers who will view your stories by using this feature, and it will be hidden room your other followers and the public. Awesome right!

Instagram is helping you achieve your privacy need as the social media world keeps expanding every second. For someone that has the mom or dad, or that nosy aunt or a stalker on your list, you can successfully keep your activities awa from him/her.

Here’s all you have to do;

Make sure your app is the most recent version,

  • Go to your Profile page by tapping the profile icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Tap the three lines icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Tap Close Friends and then tap Add next to the names of people who you want to add to your Close Friends list. You can also tap Search to search for a friend.
  • Once you’ve finished adding people to your list, tap Done.

You can easily add more or remove from this list using similar process.

 

And just like regular Instagram Stories posts, your story will be available to view for only 24 hours for your Close Friends list.

 

 

Here’s how to share a story to your close friends:

  • Tap the camera icon on the top left corner.
  • Choose an image or video you intend to share.
  • Once you do that, you will see two icons at the down left side of your screen with “your story” and “close friends” text underneath.
  • Tap close friends and voila done

Once you’ve posted an Instagram story to your Close Friends list, your profile image will appear with a green circle around it, both on your Profile page (which only you can see) and in your Close Friends’ feed.

The green circle helps it stand out from the other pink circles that usually highlight an account has live Instagram Stories posts you haven’t seen yet. Others that are not on your list can’t see it.

 

 

By Mariam Haruna

haroonmaream3@gmail.com

Things you can do on a Sunday to start a new week

Sunday is often the most challenging day of the week. As some people say, anticipation can be worse than the real thing—which, in this case, is the week ahead. On Saturday, you’re all gung ho about the weekend, but as the hours creep further and further into Sunday, you get a case of what’s been dubbed “the Sunday scaries.” What do you have going on this coming week? Are you ready? How can you prepare yourself for the five days of work ahead?

What we really should be doing with those Sunday hours is savouring them, not wishing them away. Since you don’t have to waste any more precious time, we’ve rounded up the 37 best things to do on a Sunday to start the week off right. Print out this list (or save it to your phone) and cross activities off as you go.

1. Give your hair a hot-oil treatment. Put any olive oil you have in the house in a mug, heat it up for 60 seconds at a time in the microwave, and leave on your strands for 15 minutes. Shampoo it out, and your locks will thank you.

2. Prep a frittata to have for breakfast all week long. We’re partial to this decadent recipe, courtesy of Athena Calderone.

3. Join book club. So get reading.

4. Browse pet-adoption websites. Even if you aren’t ready to get one (or you already have one), it’ll put a smile on your face.

5. Look at your friends’ (and friends of friends’) wedding registries. Why? Because it’s pure fun.

6. Make a list of special things you want to treat yourself to this yearKeep this saved for motivation the next time you want to quit your side gig or you have a bad day at work.

7. Download the Shapr app. This program connects you with people in your business field, so go in with the goal of networking with two new individuals this month. It’s kind of like a dating app, but for work!

8. Take an online calligraphy class. We’re partial to Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Those swirls!

9. Download the soundtrack from your favorite show, movie, or musical. Then sing along to the whole thing. Is anyone else on Assurance by Davido?

10. Soak your feet in the tub. If you want to be fancy, throw in some bubbles, bath salts, or even a bath bomb for some fizz.

11. Hang those pictures you never got around to. Who else has several stacked under their bed for an aspirational gallery wall?

12. Do an edit of your closet. You’ll feel so much better knowing what you have and what you may need. And don’t be shy—toss/donate anything that’s worn, doesn’t fit, or that you won’t ever wear again.

13. Write some snail mail to a friend—just because. We love these chic notecards with sweet sayings.

14. Buy tickets to a charity event. Browse Facebook to find fun fundraisers coming up. Then pick out which dress you’ll wear/rent. Now you’ve got something to look forward to while giving back.

15. Explore a personalized daily vitamin plan, These custom, premade vitamin/supplement packs are perfect for people on the go.

16. Browse Thumbtack to find a new hobby. From voice lessons to dance instruction to the basics of tennis, you’ll find an expert to teach you anything that interests you (be sure to read the reviews).

17. Download a new book from the public library database onto your e-reader. Did you know that most public libraries let you borrow e-books free of charge (with a library card, of course)? Be sure to see if there is a section of librarians’ picks; it usually has some great under-the-radar selections.

18. Look up volunteer opportunities near you. Find something that interests you like tutoring local kids or helping at a soup kitchen. Then enlist a friend to join you!

19. Put on some teeth-whitening strips. Who doesn’t want more of a reason to smile? Distract yourself from the weird feeling by watching some aspiring musicians do celebrity covers on YouTube.

20. Dance around to get in the last few steps of the day on your fitness tracker. Let loose.

21. Do some guided imagery meditation. It will put you in a good place as you cruise into Monday. Take a peek at some of our favorites.

22. Get your taxes together. Remember how rushed you were this year? Quickly gather any receipts, bills, or expenses and make a spreadsheet of anything you need to keep track of. Prepping early will eliminate any guesswork for next year.

23. Clean your jewelry. Did you know dish soap makes rings squeaky clean?

24. Make a five-year plan. Who else has received the dreaded interview question, What is your five-year plan? Make one list that’s career-focused and another that revolves around your personal life.

25. Gather your change and roll it. Or just gather it! Some banks like Bank of America will actually send it out unrolled and deposit it in your account with no fees (if you’re a cardholder, of course).

26. Scroll through Pinterest for travel-destination. Japan? Hawaii? Panama? Which destination will you save for your next trip?

27. Go on OpenTable and snag a coveted reservation weeks in advance. Use Zagat to get some fun ideas.

28. Clean your makeup brushes. Do you know how dirty they actually get? If you’re not a fan of cleaning them by hand, this cool contraption cleans up to 12 brushes at once.

29. Whip up some fruit-infused water for the week. Simply cut up your favorites and put them at the bottom of a pitcher. Pour water over the slices, and let it sit for at least an hour in the fridge. A good combo is strawberries, cucumbers, and mint.

30. Search for a friend’s birthday gift months in advance. It will guarantee you’ll get them something just as special as they are.

31. Stretch. Lay out your yoga mat and just do some light stretching. You’ll instantly feel more zen.

32. Treat yourself to fro-yo at your favorite local spot. Splurge on some extra toppings, because you’re worth it.

33. Arrange a pretty bouquet. Plus, here’s how to do it with flowers from the grocery store.

34. Try bullet journaling for the week. It may take some time to familiarize yourself with the symbols, but this method will be so good for your time management.

35. Scroll through old pictures of you and your friends. Is there anything better than a trip down memory lane? You’ll be occupied for hours, plus you may even be inspired to print some photos!

36. Write yourself inspirational notes to scatter throughout your home. Everyone can use some words of encouragement!

This story was originally published on April 16, 2017 by M. Guerrere, and has since been updated.

Charlyboy’s first daughter marries

By NewsDesk,

Ace showbiz maestro and activist, Charles Oputa, called Charlyboy, has given out his first daughter, Adaeze, in marriage, to Metu Anu,

Adaeze and Matu tied knot during their traditional wedding held at Bride father’s home, CharlyBoy Boulevard in Gwarimpa Abuja.

The marriage rite was followed by a grand reception at the popular Evelyn Event Centre,which hosted Celebrities both from within and outside the entertainment Industry.

However, CharlyBoy expressed delight and just as wished the couple prosperous life .

“It is a thing of joy and pride for a father to see his daughter get married, and I wish them well as they begin a new journey together.

“I advise them to build friendship and deeper love for each other as husband and wife,”he said.

The weeding was attended by government functionaries and heads of organisations, including a former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who was in attendance.

Veteran Nollywood actors Francis Duru and Nkem Owoh were the Masters of Ceremony.

 

Could ‘The Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubia’ make another history at the cinema?

By Abimbola Adebayo

‘The wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai’ a film by Elfike Collectives, had its grand world premiere at the Eko Hotel & Suites on December 10, 2017.

The Arabian themed event which was attended by celebrities as well as members of the public in different arrays of Arabian outfits including the old and new cast of the movie like Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Shobowale among others.

Yesterday, December 15, the movie which continued with another wedding, this time held in Dubai, was had it official opening at the in the cinemas in Nigeria.

Movie critics are however of the opinion whether ‘The Wedding Party 2-Destination Dubia’ make or surpass ‘The Wedding Party 1’ which was released in 2016, in term of revenue.

‘Though, ‘‘The Wedding Party 2-Destination Dubia’ is said to have been a sold out a month before it was premiere in Nigeria, the question however is if the part 2 can break the ground record of its part one of N453,050,000 (Four hundred and Fifty Three million) which, is currently the highest grossing movie in Nigeria.

The Wedding Party 2- Destination Dubai, as an addition of new cast while still retaining it previous cast.

The sequel to the previous movies tells the love story of the romance between Nonso Onwuka (Enyinna Nwigwe ) and Deirdre (Daniella Down).

Nonso while on a date with Dierdre proposed by accident and this set a chain of event between the families.

The family of the bride, who are upper-crust British family were against the match as well as the Nigerian parent of Nonso.

But through, determination especially on the part of the bride a wedding date was fixed but there was a disagreement on the venue, hence the destination was moved to Dubai after a near- disastrious introduction ceremony in Nigeria

How to make delicious bitterleaf soup

Bitterleaf soup is one of the most traditional soups in Nigeria. It is native to the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria.

The name is quite misleading in that a well prepared Bitterleaf Soup should not have even the slightest bitterness. This is achieved by washing and squeezing the bitter leaves (and changing the water at intervals) till all traces of bitterness has been washed off.

One will be deemed a bad cook if his/her Bitterleaf soup tastes bitter!

Ingredients

  • Washed and squeezed bitterleaf – A handful
  • 10 small corms cocoyam
  • 3 cooking spoons Red Palm Oil
  • Assorted Beef: Includes best cut, shaki (Cow tripe)
  • Assorted Fish: Dry Fish and Stock Fish
  • Pepper, salt and ground  crayfish (to taste)
  • 3 stock cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Ogiri Igbo (traditional seasoning)

Before cooking your bitter leaf soup

  • Make sure that the bitter leaves are well washed, such that there is no trace of bitterness left. If not, wash and squeeze it more. If the bitterness cannot be completely washed off (which is usually the case with most washed bitter leaves sold in the market), boil it for about 15 minutes and wash in cold water.how to pound cocoyam
  • Wash and cook the cocoyam till soft. Remove the peels and use a mortar and pestle to pound the corms to a smooth paste (as shown).
  • Cooking directions
  • Boil the shaki (cow tripe), stock fish and dry fish in 1 litre of water till they are well done. First sign of a done shaki is that the cuts will start curling on itself.

 

  • Wash the beef and add to the pot of shaki etc. and continue cooking. When the meat is done, add 3 cubes of Maggi/Knorr and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add pepper, ground crayfish, bitter leaves (if they have not been parboiled) and cook for 10 minutes. Then add the cocoyam paste (in small lumps) and the palm oil then go to step 5.
  • Note: If the bitter leaves were parboiled to remove the bitterness, then for step 3; add pepper, ground crayfish, the cocoyam paste (in small lumps), the bitter leaves and the palm oil. In other words, add all the ingredients at this stage.
  • Cover the pot and leave to cook on high heat till all the cocoyam lumps have dissolved. You can add more water if you feel that the soup is too thick.
  • Add salt to taste and the soup is ready

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