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FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA OVERVIEW OF THE 2016 BUDGETAND THE STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR 2016 BUDGET OF CHANGE SENATOR UDOMA UDO UDOMA Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning 12THMAY 2016 PROTOCOLS 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this presentation on the 2016 Federal Government Budget – the first full year Budget of this administration which was recently signed into law by the President. My profound appreciation goes to President Muhammadu Buhariand the Vice President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajounder whose leadership the 2016Budgetwas prepared.I also thank the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the leadership…
Paracetamol may be a more powerful painkiller than we realise. Research shows that the popular pills don’t just ease our pain, they also stop us from feeling others’ pain. It is thought by dulling the part of the brain that feels pain, we also find it harder to imagine what others are going through. With previous research crediting paracetamol, which is known as acetaminophen in the US, with blunting joy, the researchers say we have a lot to learn about the drug. Popular pills don’t just ease our pain, they stop us from feeling that suffered by others, a study…
Indulging in a diet rich in fatty, sugary junk foods can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, experts have warned. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity and the number of cases across the world are rising at an alarming rate. In type 2 diabetes, the body fails to produce enough insulin, or does not react to the hormone produced. This causes an accumulation of sugar - or glucose - in the blood, which can have severe long-term consequences for organs including the kidneys, where it can lead to diabetic kidney disease. A new study has…
Scientists have warned that social pressures are forcing people to cut back on their sleep, contributing to a 'global sleep crisis'. The new study by scientists from the University of Michigan was based on research collected through a smartphone app which enabled them to track sleep patterns around the world. The app gathered data about how age, gender and the amount of natural light to which people are exposed affect sleep patterns in 100 countries to help better understand how cultural pressures can override biological rhythms. The study by scientists from the University of Michigan was based on research collected…
There is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer, a landmark study has revealed. Researchers found no increase in tumours over the last 29 years, despite an enormous increase in the use of the devices. In Australia, where the study was conducted, 9 per cent of people had a mobile phone in 1993 - a number which has shot up to 90 per cent today. But in the same period, cancer rates in people aged 20 - 84 rose only slightly in men and remained stable in women. There were 'significant' rises in tumours in the elderly, but the…
Drinking cherry juice is as good as taking drugs at reducing blood pressure, researchers have found. People who drank 60ml of cherry concentrate, diluted with water, saw their blood pressure drop by 7 per cent within three hours. This was enough to slash the risk of a stroke by 38 per cent or heart disease by 23 per cent. Patients who take blood pressure medication see a similar impact, scientists at Northumbria University said. Scientists believe cherry juice has such a strong impact on blood pressure because it is rich in phenolic acids – a type of naturally-occuring antioxidant High…
Friday, 06 May 2016 00:42

Five reasons why buildings collapse

After a building collapsed in Kenya last week, killing at least 33 people, experts look at some reasons why such incidents occur in Africa. The six-storey residence in Kenya's capital Nairobi came down in heavy rain, with more than 80 people still missing. While investigations are still underway into the cause of this collapse, we look at some common problems. 1. The foundations are too weak Adequate foundations can be costly. They can cost up to half the price of a building, observes professor of civil engineering Anthony Ede at Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria. He says two things should…
Does this sentence read OK to you? It's the way I'm wired, I'm not about to change. If you said no, you're right. It's a kind of run-on sentence or "run-together sentence." It's an example of a comma splice. That's when you join two sentences with a comma. And that's wrong, at least in standard English. Each of those two independent clauses can stand alone because each has a subject and a verb: It's the way I'm wired. I'm not about to change. In standard English, instead of using a comma to join those two sentences, it's better to use…
Listening to traffic reports on the radio can be bad for your driving - so much so it could cause you to miss an elephant standing by the side of the road. Researchers studying people's driving ability while listening to traffic reports found that almost three quarters missed hazards when distracted by the radio. The experts said road safety campaigns are so focused on telling people to keep their eyes on the road, and this research reveals that this isn't enough. Researchers studying people's driving ability while listening to traffic reports found that almost a quarter missed hazards when distracted…
Whether it's snorted, smoked, or injected, cocaine enters the bloodstream and starts affecting the brain in a matter of seconds. Once there, it interferes with the brain's normal process of absorbing and recycling certain hormones, including those that play key roles in pleasure, desire, and drive. Users feel this excess as intense euphoria. But the high is short-lived, and in most cases lasts anywhere from five to 30 minutes. Regular, heavy use can have negative consequences, from nose bleeds to permanent lung damage and even death. One part of the brain that appears to be most acutely affected by cocaine…
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Nigeria’s Super Falcons qualify for 2024 Olympics at South Africa’s expense

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