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Newcastle Back in English Premier League

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Newcastle back in English Premier League
Newcastle players celebrate promotion in the dressing room
The Rafa Benitez boys, Newcastle United have clinched their return to the English Premier League after overcoming ten-man Preston North End 4-1 on a memorable night at St. James’ Park.

And for the players and coach, it has been celebration and excitement galore.

Isaac Hayden, a former Arsenal player, said winning promotion back to the Premier League with Newcastle United is the best moment of his career.

The 22-year-old helped the Magpies to the victory over Preston North End at St. James’ Park on Monday night – a result which confirmed United’s promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

It is the second time in as many years that Hayden has won promotion from the division, having been part of the Hull City side that won last season’s play-off final.

But the former Arsenal man said going up in his first campaign on Tyneside tops anything he’s experienced in the game to date.

“This genuinely feels like the start of something special. You don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, but I think the club – if I’m being honest – it’s the first time since I’ve been here that everything’s in line,” said Rob Elliot, a defender for the team.

Ayoze Perez struck a brace as United maintained their Indian sign over the Lilywhites, netting his first just five minutes in.

However, Simon Grayson’s side soon hit back through Jordan Hugill, and more than matched the Magpies for much of the first half.

But, from the moment Christian Atsu slotted United back in front just before the break, the visitors never looked like spoiling the party.

As the final half-hour began, Paul Gallagher saw red after handling Isaac Hayden’s close-range header, with Matt Ritchie lashing home from the spot before Perez grabbed his second.

With Preston dead and buried, the Magpies were able to ease over the line in the end, becoming just the second side out of the last 18 relegated from the Premier League to bounce straight back up automatically.

Rafa Benitez, the coach said: “I want to congratulate all players, staff and fans.

“We knew it was difficult at the beginning.

“They said: ‘Rafa doesn’t know about the Championship’.

“It was tough but the hard work of the players and support of the fans made it easier.

“It is not easy to go up first team. In the end 88 points you can’t argue, some games were better than others but we are there.

“We had a lot of episodes were decisions were special. We could be higher and have more points.

“We are we are and we are pleased to get up and enjoy.”

Newcastle’s qualification followed that of Championship leaders, Brighton and Hove Albion last week.

For Brighton, it was their first promotion to the Premier League in their history.

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US Senators Relocate to White House Over N/korea

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US Senators relocate to White House over N/korea
U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson: to brief US senators on North Korea
Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senators on the situation in North Korea.

The briefing will take place at 1900 GMT.

Aides said they were working with the White House to schedule a similar briefing for the House of Representatives.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

While administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy matters, it is unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, and for all four of those officials to be involved.

Wednesday’s briefing was originally scheduled for a secure room at the Capitol, but President Donald Trump suggested a shift to the White House, congressional aides said.

Washington has expressed mounting concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

Trump, who called the leaders of China and Japan during the weekend, told U.N. Security Council ambassadors on Monday that “the status quo” is not acceptable, and said the council must be ready to impose new sanctions.

Congressional aides suggested the briefing was being held at the White House to underscore the message to North Korea that Washington is serious about wanting a shift in policy.

A senior Trump administration official said the flurry of activity around North Korea was “not a part of something choreographed” and cautioned against over-interpretation.

Senators said they were happy to be hearing from the White House.

“It’s (the location) their choice,” said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I hope that we hear their policy as to what their objectives are, and how we can accomplish that hopefully without dropping bombs.”

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Obama Ignores Trump in Chicago

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Obama in Chicago: ignores Trump in talks with youths
Obama in Chicago: ignores Trump in talks with youths
Barack Obama, making his first major appearance since leaving the White House, made no mention on Monday of his successor, Donald Trump, but urged young people to get more involved in their communities at a time of stark political divides.

“What’s been going on since I’ve been gone?” joked the former Democratic president as he moderated an event at the University of Chicago in the city where he began his political career and which will be the site of his presidential library.

Obama, who once taught constitutional law at the school, recalled starting out as a young community organizer in the city and told a panel of six current and former students that he decided to focus his post-presidency on encouraging young people to engage with their communities.

“The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world,” he told an audience of several hundred people.

Obama has largely stayed out of the public eye since leaving office in January despite efforts by Trump and the Republican-led Congress to undo much of his legacy, including on healthcare and the environment.

Trump, a Republican, has said he “inherited a mess” and accused Obama in March, without providing evidence, of wiretapping his 2016 presidential campaign. Obama has denied the charge and FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing he had seen no evidence to support the allegation.

Obama was not asked about Trump by the students and he took no questions from reporters.

Saying it had long been his goal to bridge the country’s deep political divide, Obama said: “It’s harder and harder to find common ground because of the money in politics.”

“Special interests dominate the debates in Washington in ways that don’t match up with what the broad majority of Americans feel,” he said.

Obama added that changes in the way people use media allow them to converse just with those who agree with their own points of view.

On Sunday, as part of a program to help at-risk young people, Obama met privately with men from Chicago’s troubled South Side to discuss solutions for the violence and joblessness that have marked that neighbourhood.

The former president, who together with his wife, Michelle, recently struck a two-book, $65 million memoir deal, is expected to travel to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel next month.

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6 Simple Practices to Protect Yourself From Meningitis

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6 Simple Practices to Protect Yourself from Meningitis

Meningitis has affected 16 states in Nigeria and over 300 people have lost their lives to this outbreak which started in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria. It is, therefore, paramount for you to protect yourself and your family from this outbreak. In line with this, we share some of these practices.

1. Wash your hands

This is the ultimate way you can protect yourself from any diseases including meningitis. After we tackled Ebola, some Nigerians have abandoned washing their hands and the use sanitizers. So, whenever you go to the toilet, you should never forget to wash your hands and sanitize it.

2. Be healthy

Protect your immune system by getting enough rest, exercising and eating a balanced diet containing a lot of fruits, and vegetables.

3. Practice good hygiene

If you share spoons, drinks, foods, and toothbrushes with your friend, you have to stop immediately. This is one of the ways to spread meningitis. This is much more important for children.

4. Cover your mouth and nose

When you cough or sneeze, ensure that you cover your mouth and nose.

5. Be conscious of what you eat If you are pregnant

Pregnant women are also susceptible to meningitis because they are carrying a baby. They should be conscious of what they eat and they should also take care of themselves. You do want to protect yourself and your baby.

6. Immunization

If you have babies or infants who are yet to be immunized, this is perhaps the best time for you to take them to the hospital to immunize them against infant diseases.

Signs and symptoms of Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges. The meninges are the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can occur when fluid surrounding the meninges becomes infected.

The possible signs and symptoms of meningitis include 
  • Sudden high fever
  • stiff neck
  • severe headache that seems different than normal
  • headache with nausea or vomiting
  • confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures, sleepiness or difficulty waking
  • skin rash
  • sensitivity to light
  • lack of appetite or thirst.
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Unripe Fruits Hazardous, Says Biochemist

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Unripe fruits hazardous

Dr Ochuko Erukainure, a nutritional biochemist, on Friday appealed to health bodies to enlighten the public on health hazard of consuming unripe fruits widely sold in Lagos markets.

Erukainure told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the trend could lead to high concentration of anti-nutrients such as tannins, phytate and oxalic acids in consumers.

He said that research had shown that anti-nutrients could prevent the human body from absorbing nutrients, especially micro-nutrients, leading to their poor utilisation by the human body.

A check in many markets in Lagos showed large volumes of unripe farm produce like fruits and plantain displayed by traders for sale.

These fruits, in spite of days of preservation to ripen, often decayed instead of ripening, thereby denying the consumer of the economic and nutritional gains.

“Mature fruits also contain secondary metabolites produced as a chemical defensive system to drive natural enemies, but they become toxic when immature fruits are consumed, leading to serious health complications.”

Erukainure said that professional bodies like the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) and the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) should be actively involved in the enlightening programme.

According to him, the creation of such awareness through primary and secondary school subjects like Home Economics and Nutrition will spread early awareness among children.

The expert advised NAFDAC to collaborate with local market leaders to ensure that fruit sellers sold only mature fruits.

“Offenders should be made to face the law,” Erukainure advised.

Erukainure, a Senior Research Officer in the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), said public enlightenment on the implications could be the solution.

He, however, blamed lack of perseveration and poor processing of agricultural produce as major challenges to operators in the food value chain.

“Most times, fruits are harvested before maturity or forcefully ripened to prevent losses.

“Some of these fruits are often kept to ripen, but eventually end up getting spoilt owing to poor storage and processing facilities and access to bigger market due to bad roads,” he said.

The expert said that until government addressed the issues of storage facility and bad roads, losses on the part of the consumers and the traders would continue.

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