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UNICEF spends N1.01bn on health initiatives in Jigawa

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said it spent N1.013 billion on the provision of health and nutrition services in Jigawa within four years.

The UNICEF Chief Field Officer for Bauchi Zone, Mr Abdulai Kaikai, said this during a courtesy call on Gov. Muhammad Badaru in Dutse.

Kaikai said that the programme covered immunisation, maternal and child health as well as the treatment of more than 40,000 severely malnourished children in the state.

He said that UNICEF was committed to any project that would guarantee the well-being of children and mothers.

Kaikai also disclosed that his organisation expended N980 million to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services to 300,000 rural women and school children in the state.

According to him, UNICEF has earmarked $18 million to be expended on health and nutrition projects in the rural areas of Taraba, Zamfara, Niger and Jigawa.

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In his remarks, Badaru thanked UNICEF for its support and pledged that his administration would cooperate with the organisation in the development of the state.

He also said his government would ensure that any project initiated by UNICEF in the state was sustained.

Breast Reduction Surgery

17 year old Ariel Winter, a teenage reality star, underwent surgery to reduce her ‘girls’ from 32F to 34D.

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She talked about the challenges of not getting age-appropriate red carpet gowns and been bullied by people who called her fat.

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Ariel Winter – January 12, 2014 – 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. Photo Credit: Vid Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com/Sipa USA

She feels better now that she has gotten some of it off her chest.

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Ariel Winter After her Reduction Surgery.

I trust Naija girls.They will flaunt what they’ve got instead of being bullied!!!Reduction ke!!!

Helicopter Crash leaves Four dead

Another body has been recovered from yet to be identified helicopter, which crashed Wednesday evening into the Lagoon at the Oworonshoki area of Lagos bringing to four so far found.

Earlier three dead bodies had been recovered while two other persons, who suffered various injuries, had been taken to Afolabi Hospital.

As at the time of filing this report, no one could emphatically ascertain the cause of the crash and the identity of the ill-fated helicopter, but officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA said the helicopter was seen nose diving before it crashed into the lagoon.

The  National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the crash.

In his text message, NEMA spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, said no distress call was sent to NEMA alert system from the chopper, but rescue agencies are at the scene of the incident.

“Four dead bodies recovered so far. Two injured have been taken to Afolabi Hospital. Another injured person is receiving treatment at the General Hospital. The identity of the helicopter is yet unknown,” Farinloye said.

Courtesy of New Telegraph News

Nigerian Fashion Industry to get 1 billion naira

The Bank of Industry (BoI), on Tuesday in Lagos launched N1billion for the fast-growing fashion industry in the country.

Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa, Managing Director of the bank, said the fund was to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and added that Nigerian fashion designers were one of the most creative in the world, having trained in most of the best fashion schools across the globe.

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He said the fund was an initiative under the Gender Unit of the bank, and also targeted toward women-owned businesses only. “There has been a lot of talk about SME funding, but with less actions. This is why BoI has decided to increase its funding initiatives to cluster creations.

“BoI has so far recognised 34 cluster creations nationwide to drive our funding initiatives. So, we are able to tailor each cluster based on its peculiarities. “We are excited about this fund because of the impact it is going to make in promoting job creation, especially among the youths because fashion business globally is worth about $1trillion.

“And with the growing population of over 170 million, increasing purchasing power of the middle class, it is obvious that fashion business is, and will be a money spinner for Nigeria’s economy in the next few years”, Olaoluwa said.

He decried the state of the textile industry, saying that it had not benefited enough from the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), due to poor competitiveness. This, he contended, had forced fashion designers to rely heavily on the use of imported fabrics.

“It is a pity that in a last study I did on our ailing textile industry, Nigeria is like 20 years behind in global competitiveness. “This is because about 150 companies have shut down in the last 10 years.

“We are just ensuring that we provide support for the stakeholders and see how we can contribute our quota to the sector’s revival’’, he said.

Joseph said the criteria for the loan would be a five per cent deposit of the loan sum, two reputable guarantors, a bank guarantee, and most importantly, a business with a consistent cash flow, a referral from standard, relevant association would also be needed to facilitate the loans, and a maximum of five million naira only would be given out to individuals.

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Mrs Funmi Ajila-Ladipo, President, Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), lauded BoI for the initiative. She said the loan would encourage more fashion entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, and urged the bank to provide training, build capacity and guidance for budding entrepreneurs in the industry “as funding is not the only challenge facing the industry.’’ She said there was a need for BoI to encourage the creation of more production hubs and vocational centres and not focus on the end products only.

Mrs Stella Awoh, representative of Yaba College of Technology Fashion School, appealed to BoI and the government to provide support for fashion interns and graduates to set up their businesses as the college churns out about 450 graduates annually, who mostly end up roaming the streets because they had no funds to establish businesses. (NAN)

Photos Of Africa Fashion Week London 2015


11324489_1650411791841992_1421720777_nThe 5th Edition of African Fashion Week London 2015 took place thisweekend,7th-8th of August, 2015 at the London, West Hall Olympia with 100 designers, 40 models, show casing African fabrics and fashion.

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Source: AFWL on Instagram.

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Nine Kogi workers die due to non-payment of salaries.

Courtesy of Premium Times

Nine of the 142 staff placed on compulsory leave without pay since 2011 by the Kogi State Transport Company have died.

Two colleagues of the deceased persons, Ndakwo Mohammed and Anate Audu, made this known in a statement circulated to media houses in Lokoja on Sunday.

Messrs Mohammed and Audu said a number of their colleagues were also facing life-threatening situations .

They said that the workers who had put in years of services, ranging from 10  to 23 years, are facing untold hardship with their health failing because they neither have money to feed nor to pay for medical treatment.

“Many of us have been ejected out of our houses and our children chased out of schools due to our inability to pay rents and schools fees,” the statement said.

All efforts to seek redress through the intervention of the state house of assembly and several letters to the state governor, Idris Wada, were unsuccessful, the workers said.

The Kogi State Transport Company had, through a circular dated June 30, 2011 and signed by its General Manager, Augustine Tokula, directed all the 142 members of staff of the company to immediately proceed on compulsory leave without pay.

The fate of the workers have since then been hanging in the balance as the government has continued to remain silent on the matter.

Messrs Mohammed and Audu appealed to the state government to take a definite position on their matter, saying that they could no longer live with their present condition.

The workers also indicated their plans to embark on peaceful protests on major streets of Lokoja.

The State Security Service and the police have been notified of the plan, the workers said.

“Kimye” Wax Figures.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have joined the Madame Tussauds Celebrity Wax figures.They were taken on a tour on the streets of London.Check them out!!!

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Other celebrities with wax figures;

Naomi Campbell
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Betty White
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Ryan Reynolds
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Dwayne Johnson
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Gwen Stefani
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Dating Alert!!!

According to E! News, Kendall Jenner and Nick Jonas are dating. “It’s very new,” says a source. And although Kendall, 19, and Nick, 22, have spent plenty of time together thanks to mutual pals Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas, they’re not getting too serious too quickly. They are, after all, still in the very early stages of this relationship.

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Nick is really just getting back into the dating game – it’s only been two months since he and longtime girlfriend Olivia Culpo broke up.

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“I wish the best for her in the future and we had a great two years,” the former Disney star said shortly after the split.

Chimps detox?

Wild chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda are increasingly eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, according to a long-term international study published in the early version of the journal PLOS ONE.

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The paper led by the University of Oxford describes how the researchers observed wild chimpanzees in the Budongo forest eating and drinking from clay pits and termite mounds.

The paper concludes that this change in diet may be partly due to the widespread destruction of raffia palm trees that chimps relied on for their minerals in the past. However, the main reason seems to be the chimps have recently started to boost the minerals in their diet by eating the clay which also helps them ‘detox’ and digest their food.

The research was led by Emeritus Professor of Biological Anthropology at Oxford University, Vernon Reynolds, with a team of researchers from the universities of St Andrews, Brighton, Kent, Neuchatel, and Utrecht.

Researchers observed the chimps using leaves like clay ‘sponges’, dipping the leaves in the clay water and returning to their mouths where they squeezed the liquid out with their tongues.

They were also seen using their fingers to extract lumps of clay directly from the ground before eating it. Studies of wild chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Western Uganda, have been continuing uninterrupted since 1990, when Professor Reynolds set up the Budongo Conservation Field Station there.

An analysis of the clay and termite soils shows they are very high in a range of minerals, but the clay was particularly high in aluminium – a feature of kaolinite clays eaten by a range of species, including humans, to aid digestion and detoxification.

The chimps’ diet, which consists mainly of fruits and leaves, is very high in tannins and the researchers believe that the clay provides an important way for chimpanzees to neutralize these.

It is common practice for local women in Budongo to drink or eat forest clay mixed with water for stomach problems and during pregnancy.

Clays, such as kaolinite, also contain sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, says the paper, which the Budongo chimps seem to have discovered they can access with their leaf sponges.

Accessing the clay with the leaf sponges was also found to provide higher mineral concentrations than taking clay-water or clay directly from the ground. Before 2000 feeding on raffia palms was commonly observed among the Sonso chimps, but after 2005 it started to decline.

Meanwhile, after 2005, clay soil feeding in Budongo seems to have increased, possibly because of the scarcity of raffia-palm trees which are now used in the local tobacco industry with the leaf stems being used for tying and curing tobacco leaves.

The decaying pith of these palm trees was previously an important source of minerals for the chimpanzees. Lead author Professor Reynolds, from Oxford University, said: “Raffia is a key source of sodium, but to our surprise the sodium content was very low in the diet so this does not appear to be the main reason for the new clay-bingeing.

Instead the wide range of minerals present in their diet suggests that clay is eaten as a general mineral supplement

Courtesy of The Guardian News

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