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25.6.18

World Cup: Switzerland Players Under Investigation For Celebrating Their Goals Like This (Photos)

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 World Cup: Switzerland Players Under Investigation For Celebrating Their Goals Like This (Photos)
Granit Xhaka (L) and Xherdan Shaqiri pictured after scoring goals against Serbia
 
Two Switzerland players are being investigated by FIFA over their goal celebrations in the team's 2-1 World Cup win against Serbia.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri both made hand signals that appeared to imitate the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag.

The pair, who have ethnic Albanian heritage and whose roots are in Kosovo, put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched.

The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers.

Football's world governing body has begun disciplinary proceedings against the players over their apparent Albanian nationalist gestures.

It has also opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans. And it is reviewing statements that Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic made after the match.
Albanian flags in Kosovo
 
FIFA outlaws all political messages or symbols in stadiums and the two players could be banned for up to two games if they are found to have breached their rules.

Many people in the former Serbian province of Kosovo, which has an ethnic Albanian majority, identify with the red and black flag.

A Serbian crackdown on Kosovo Albanian rebels in 1998-1999 only ended when NATO intervened.

Kosovo declared independence in 2008 but Serbia does not recognise the status, and relations between the two countries remain tense.

The Serbian media called Shaqiri's goal gesture "shameful provocation".
The Kosovo flag is on one of Shaqiri's football boots
 
Shaqiri said his celebration in the Kaliningrad stadium was "just emotion" but added he was not allowed to talk about politics.

The Serbian football association reportedly complained to FIFA before the game about the Kosovo flag on one of Shaqiri's boots. The Swiss flag is on his other shoe.

"We sought that he change the boots. It was a provocation, we were playing against Switzerland, not Kosovo," team official Jovan Surbatovic told Serbian state-run broadcaster RTS

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, while Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo. His brother plays for Albania's national team.
 
Source: SkyNews

Is Placing A Phone Against Your Ear Hazardous?

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Is Placing A Phone Against Your Ear Hazardous?
Smartphones are one of the biggest inventions of the 20th century. With a smartphone, the electronic transaction is only a click away.
Yet, there are health implications that come with it. The radio frequency energy that is transmitted from it might be hazardous to the health.
There are suggestions that placing it close to the ear has long-term danger. People who have ear problems or headaches are sensitive to radiations that come from the phone emission.
US cancer epidemiologist, Dr Devra Davis, in her book, Disconnect (2010) linked longterm use to cancer and brain tumour such as glioma. She warned that children are twice exposed to the risk of radiation than adults. However, Dr Ken Karipidis, spokesperson for Australian Radiation Protection Nuclear and Safety Authority (ARPANSA) has said that “There is no established evidence that RF radiation from tablets and phones and Wi-Fi causes health effects”.
Regardless, medical practitioners recommend the six-inches rule.
To take caution, do the following:
  • Avoid a crowded place
  • Reduce time-spent on the phone especially when downloading or streaming.
  • Avoid placing a call when the signal is weak because the radiation might be stronger.
  • Heed the instructions of the manufacturer. Each product has a distance that should be kept.
  • Best still, use a headphone. If possible, always use the speaker. That way, the phone is not close to your ear.

Falana Wades Into The Arrest Of Senator Abaribe

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 Falana Wades Into The Arrest Of Senator Abaribe
Eyinnaya Abaribe
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday asked the Department of State Services to immediately charge the senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Eyinnaya Abaribe, to court or grant him bail if it has not completed its investigations.
 
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all security agencies in the country to respect the fundamental rights of every citizen, as he charged the human rights community to be prepared “to halt fascism which has continued to rear its ugly head in the land.”
 
Falana , who anchored his demands on the undertaking by the Buhari-led Federal Government to stop impunity and respect the human rights of every person living in Nigeria under the rule of law, noted that the arrest and detention of criminal suspects and law-abiding people without court orders had continued unabated.
 
Operatives of the DSS reportedly arrested Eyinnaya and raided his home in the Apo Legislative Quarters in Abuja, on Friday.
 
But Falana regretted on Sunday that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had been unable to end impunity which members of the then opposition including Buhari suffered in the hands of the then Peoples Democratic Party-led government.
 
He said if the DSS had any evidence of the alleged offences against Abaribe, it should arraign him in court, or grant him bail if it had yet to complete its investigations.
 
He said, “The Department of State Services has said that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is being detained on account of his links with the Indigenous People of Biafra.
 
“It is common knowledge that the Senator had stood surety for Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB.”

Persistent stress may lead to vision loss

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 Persistent stress may lead to vision loss
 Bernhard Sabel
A new analysis of clinical reports and existing research suggests that “stress is both consequence and cause of vision loss.” The findings indicate that clinicians should refrain from adding any unnecessary stress to their patients, and that reducing stress may help to restore vision.
Prolonged stress may lead to a range of eye health issues, as well as worsening existing ones, suggests a new study.When a person loses their eyesight, they may experience a high level of mental stress in the form of worries and anxiety about the situation.Sometimes, in more severe circumstances, depression and social isolation may ensue.
But does the reverse also occur? Can stress actually lead to a loss of vision? A new study, published in the EPMA Journal — the official publication of the European Association for Predictive, Preventive, and Personalized Medicine — suggests that it can.The new research was led by Prof. Bernhard Sabel, director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Magdeburg University in Germany.
In their paper, Prof. Sabel and colleagues explain that persistent stress, which raises levels of the hormone cortisol, can negatively affect our vascular and sympathetic nervous systems.This, in turn, affects our brain and eyes, which may lead to conditions such as glaucoma and optic neuropathy — ultimately resulting in complete vision loss.
Stress causes and worsens eye conditions.After analyzing hundreds of studies and clinical trials, Prof. Sabel and his colleagues conclude that stress is not only a consequence of vision loss, but that it may also aggravate eye conditions.
As he explains, “There is clear evidence of a psychosomatic component to vision loss, as stress is an important cause — not just a consequence — of progressive vision loss resulting from diseases such as glaucoma, optic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration.”Some of the studies reviewed in the new research even show that reducing stress can help to restore vision.
The authors also explain that patients have often communicated their suspicions that stress worsens their eye condition. However, the studies documenting this phenomenon of psychosomatic effects on eye health are insufficient.Such a psychosomatic approach to ophthalmology, explain Prof. Sabel and his team, has various consequences for clinical practice.
For one thing, stress reduction strategies such as meditation, stress management techniques, or psychological counseling may serve to restore vision and improve eye health.Such techniques should not just complement conventional medicine, write the authors, but they should also be used preventively.Secondly, the researchers continue, “doctors should try their best to inculcate positivity and optimism in their patients while giving them the information the patients are entitled to.”
Study co-author Muneeb Faiq, Ph.D. — a clinical researcher with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, as well as with the Department of Ophthalmology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City — echoes the same sentiments.He says, “The behavior and words of the treating physician can have far-reaching consequences for the prognosis of vision loss. Many patients are told that the prognosis is poor and that they should be prepared to become blind one day.”
“Even when this is far from certainty and full blindness almost never occurs, the ensuing fear and anxiety are a neurological and psychological double-burden with physiological consequences that often worsen the disease condition.”The authors admit that more clinical studies are necessary to confirm their findings and to assess the efficacy of various stress reduction strategies for slowing down the progressive loss of vision and for improving the chances of vision recovery.Such clinical trials are needed to provide a solid foundation for the field of psychosomatic ophthalmology, say the researchers.

Catholic Priest Spotted Rapping Inside Church To Preach The Gospel (Video)

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Catholic Priest Spotted Rapping Inside Church To Preach The Gospel
The rapping priest
 
It has been reported that Father Paul Ogola of St Monica Catholic Church in Rapogi, Migori County, south-west of Nairobi, Kenya, has been suspended for rapping in church as a way of preaching the gospel.
 
The 45-year-old priest was suspended on June 3 for alleged misconduct by the Homa Bay Diocese. Fr Charles Kochiel, the judicial vicar of the inter-diocesan tribunal of Kisumu, confirmed the priest's suspension.
 
The church officials took issue with Fr Ogalo’s style of preaching and suspended him for a year to "reconsider his manner of preaching."
 
It was revealed that Father Ogola liked entertaining his congregation with rap music, which he said he uses to urge the youth to abandon the “evil deeds of the world and turn to Christ."
 
"I use the rap music to bring … youths to the church. Thereafter, I bring them to Christ," Fr Ogalo said during a recent interview.
 
He also said he used rap music to persuade young people to shun drugs and turn their attention to environmental and social justice issues.
 
Bishop Philip Anyolo, who heads the Homa Bay Diocese, said the priest has been suspended from public liturgical activities.
 
"It is true the church has taken a disciplinary measure against him. He is suspended because the use of rap music in preaching is not allowed," said Bishop Anyolo on Sunday.
 
But the bishop said Fr Ogalo has not been barred from attending church services.
 
"We have just stopped him from preaching using rap to accord him time to change his ways," said Bishop Anyolo.
 
The priest's suspension has been met with mixed reaction on social media. Some social media users support the church's decision, but others argue it would drive young worshipers away from the church.
 Watch a video of him rapping in church below: 
 

Oil majors take lion’s share of N84trilion proceeds in five years

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Oil majors take lion’s share of N84tr proceeds in five years
Although oil has always been described as Nigeria’s core mineral wealth, fresh statistics show that industry operators might be the main beneficiaries from the sector. The petroleum industry earned $276.642 billion (N84.6 trillion) in the last five years. Only N8.41 trillion of the sum, however, was spent on budget from 2013 to 2017.The disclosure was contained in the recent 2018 Statistical Bulletin released by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Petroleum export, on the decrease in the last five years, has negatively affected the country’s revenue generation. A breakdown of the country’s crude oil revenue, for instance, showed a drop from $90.546 billion in 2013 to $78.053 billion in 2014; $41.818 billion in 2015; $27.788 billion in 2016 and $38.607 billion by the end of 2017.The Federal Government’s actual share of oil-related revenue was N1.99 trillion in 2013; N1.98 trillion in 2014; N1.64 trillion in 2015; N820 billion in 2016 and N1.98 trillion in 2017.Nigeria’s total budget within the period under review was N28.147 trillion.
This shows that a little proportion of Nigeria’s oil earnings was actually spent on budget funding, while a larger chunk went to the operators.There is growing concern over challenges of sustainability, transparency, and accountability of transactions in the oil industry.Nigeria, for example, is still beset by lack of a comprehensive and independently verifiable metering infrastructure. As a result, it relies only on information provided by International Oil Companies (IOCs) or indigenous operators for production figures.
But experts, who believe Nigeria is being shortchanged, have questioned the operators’ figures, which the country has relied on since the advent of crude oil production. Besides, there have always been discrepancies between what vessels declare to Nigerian authorities and what they proclaim as originating from Nigeria at the international market.According to the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Waziri Adio, ensuring the installation of adequate metering infrastructure in oil and gas sector operations is top on the agency’s agenda.He said due to an inadequate metering system, an accurate measurement of crude production and lifting and appropriate computation of taxes and royalties have been difficult, leading to a huge revenue loss to Nigeria.
“Metering is an issue that is very dear to us. NEITI has long established this in its first audit of the sector. Since then, we have been pushing. And we will continue to push, until the issue is addressed,” he added.A former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, questioned the authenticity of data provided in the country’s oil sector, especially on production levels and reserves.He believed this problem could be solved if recommendations such as the use of multi-phased, calibrated meters at oil well heads and flow stations, and export terminals are adhered to.He insisted on the need to invest, not only in metering infrastructure, but also in digital command centres where regulatory agencies could monitor the status of the oil assets in real time.
For Adeola Adenikinju, Professor of Energy Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, the Federal Government needs to integrate the oil sector with the rest of the economy, ensuring that energy resources are used to meet local domestic demands first.He stressed the need to apply economic principles for efficient management of the energy sector and for pricing policy. Government should also take care of the sector through adequate investment and provision of an environment conducive to public investment.
Adenikinju noted that government has to develop strong institutions and governance structure as important agents of restraint, to contain the excesses of oil sector operators.“There is the need to ensure that host communities where oil is found, explored and produced become partakers of the oil profit. You shall not allow foreigners to dominate your oil sector, because of divergence of economic interests,” he warned.He further described Nigeria’s oil resources as Dutch disease, which brought along economic distortions, corruption and weakening of state institutions. These, he said, should be prevented or kept at a level where their damaging impacts on economic development would be minimal.
He added that there is no link between the country’s energy resource endowments and exploitation and its global ranking on key economic, social and institutional indicators. Emphasising the need to diversify the economy, the Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Muda Yusuf, said he expects the nation’s economy to rise in world rankings to top 10 by 2050, with a projected GDP of $6.4 trillion, surpassing Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Saudi Arabia.
Nigeria’s intrinsic potential lies beyond oil, he said, stressing that harnessing it has become imperative. He said that based on recent trends, the report reviews the impact of low oil prices on key economic indicators and the real sector through an industry survey. He identified agriculture, petroleum (petrochemical and refining), retail, and ICT as priority sectors with the most dominant transmission links to the overall economy.
“These sectors in the medium-to-long term are key to boosting other sectors like manufacturing. Forward linkages to agro-processing and other services such as logistics, as well as backward integration to input supply sectors, could improve farm incomes, increase employment and improve domestic food security. Potentially, Nigeria’s global agriculture exports could take off at a rate similar to Brazil’s, with $59 billion in export revenues by 2030,” he added.

Condolences Pour As DBanj Loses Son, Daniel

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Condolences Pour As DBanj Loses Son, Daniel
Dbanj and his son, Daniel
 
A torrent of condolences has been pouring for Nigerian singer DBanj and his wife Didi, over the loss of their one year-old son Didi.
 
The toddler drowned in a pool on Sunday at the couple’s Ikoyi residence in Lagos. He was one year-old in May.
 
Davido who bagged BETaward  Best International Artist paid his condolence in his acceptance speech.
 
Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt‏ wrote: "Stay strong dbanj, using a black square image to drive home his sympathy."
 
Peter Okoye(PSquare) said: "Heartfelt condolences to Dbanj and his family. Words can never be enough. Stay strong."
 
Aramide, another Nigerian singer tweeted: "I pray for strength for dbanj and his wife and family in general duringthis very difficult period. God knows best. It is well."
 
Toyin Saraki, wife of Nigeria’s Senate President also joined in the outpouring of sympathy: “Heartbreaking. May Almighty God be with @iambangalee Dbanj and his wife at this tragic time and always. May their beautiful little one rest in peace. Amen.
 
Dbanj and wife recently celebrated their son's birthday
 
Lami Apejoye, PR Girl comforted the couple: "DiDi has always been a strong woman, God will see her through this one too, this too shall pass!! And Dbanj, Joy will definitely come again! Soon! Sighhhh! I’m stressed!!! God keep the family!"
 
Daniel The Third was born in the United States last year. And reportedly died Sunday afternoon, just a month after his first anniversary.
 
The father, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, known by his stage name D’banj or Kokomaster, is a  musician, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and television personality.
 
He is 38 years old.
 
He married his wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow  in 2016.

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