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Scientist Claims Local Remedy For Diabetes

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Prof. Chukwunonso Ejike, a researcher at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi, says he has developed a local remedy for diabetes mellitus.

Scientist claims local remedy for diabetes
Scientist claims local remedy for diabetes
He made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 holding in Enugu.

Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Organised yearly by Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to encourage interaction among researchers, inventors, innovators and investors, the Science and Technology Expo is to largely commercialise research results from the country’s tertiary institutions.

The theme for the 2019 expo is “Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth.”

Ejike said that the remedy product known as the VOG Tea was one of six products exhibited by the university at the Expo, invented in 2018 after four years of intensive research.

The don, who is the Dean, Basic Medical Sciences in the institution, said that the tea was produced from three culinary vegetables, noting that the process of patenting the product had already begun and would soon be in the market.

He added that “I thank the university authority for supporting every effort so far made to develop and produce the tea.

“I want to appeal to investors to partner with us to get it to the market place at the minimum best price.”

The researcher said that Nigerian scholars had the capacity to compete with their peers in developed economies, adding that to achieve this, however, they needed to be funded.

He added that he was motivated to go into the research due to increasing incidences of diabetes mellitus in the country, especially in urban areas.

He said “our interest in developing this tea was to find out how to help our people manage diabetes mellitus.

“We thought of local remedies that could be cheap and identified these vegetables. We did clinical tests and collected data on the vegetables and confirmed that making tea from the vegetables could be of great benefit to sufferers of diabetes mellitus.

“Constant consumption of the tea will ensure that the glucose concentration will not overshoot the normal level.”

The dean said that the product would also help people at risk of getting diabetes.

He said that the usage of the VOG Tea by those at risk would ensure that they never developped it.

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Females Now Taking ‘Best man’ Position at Weddings – Nigerians React

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The present trend by some grooms opting for their female friends taking up the best man duties at their weddings has elicited divergent reactions from some residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Couple left female Best Man and Maid of Honour Right
Traditionally, the role of a best man is usually for a male close confidante of the groom.

Most times, this female “best man’’ wear tuxedo, suit or the traditional attire “agbada’’ also known as “babanriga.’’

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that notable celebrities like Etinosa Idemudi was part of the groomsmen during Daniel K Daniel’s wedding and Kemi Adetiba at Banky W and Adesua Etomi’s traditional wedding in 2017.

Similarly, musician Simi was among the groomsmen during OAP Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi’s wedding, as well as Sameera Ahmed, Don Jazzy’s Personal Assistant was part of her brother’s groomsmen in 2016.

Mr Taiwo Micheal, a businessman said he picked his twin sister to play the role of his best man because they were close and she was most suited for the job among his friends.

“We are very close and who better to serve as my best man on that special day than her? Moreover, I met my wife through her’’ he said.

According to him, he sought for the consent of his then wife to-be and his twin before carrying out the act.

“I had to seek their opinion individually to ensure they will be comfortable with the idea to avoid any embarrassment,’’ he said.

Similarly, Emmanuel Sunday, a media practioner said he opted for a female best man during his wedding because of their friendship, loyalty and to honour her.

“There are some of us who have females as best mate, genuine friends without any string attached who have stood and supported us through thick and thin.

“I am so fortunate to have a female friend that is like a “brother to me, who supported us throughout our courtship, introduction and traditional marriage that was why I asked her to be my best man and she accepted.’’

Also, Reuben Sarki an artiste said though he was unmarried, he would prefer a female best man at the appropriate time to avoid any clashes or envy amongst his numerous male friends.

“I wouldn’t want a situation, where any of my friends might feel bad about my choice of best man over them, so I would prefer my long time female friend to take that role.

“Moreover, they said what a man can do, a woman can do it better, so would give it a try because women are good in planning and ensuring a hitch-free events without any mishap.

On her part, Miss Faith Samuel, a make-up artist said she was indifferent about the trend.

“I am indifferent to this trend because the female might be his best friend or a close relation, and as long as the bride is comfortable with it, I see nothing wrong with it,’’ Samuel said.

Deborah Joseph, editor of Brides magazine, said that the key for many people is to break with convention.

‘People are keen to have an individual, bespoke wedding,’ she says.

‘They hope people will remember the day by the fact that they have done something different. I have seen mums walking brides up the aisle.
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Arik Air Now Revitalized, AMCON’s Mandate Met – Manager

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The Management of Arik Air have described as malicious, reports in some media that the Airliner was not performing well and that the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) was delaying in selling the company.

Arik Air now revitalized, AMCON’s mandate met
Arik Air now revitalized, AMCON’s mandate met – Manager
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, signed by Oluseye Opasanya, SAN, Receiver Manager, Arik Air, he said that the report titled: “Two years After, AMCON Yet to Get Buyer for Arik”, was based on false claims.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vision of AMCON as contained in their website is “To be a key stabilizing and re-vitalizing tool in the Nigerian economy.

The manager in the statement stressed that the core mandate of AMCON was to intervene and ensure the revitalization of companies, adding that Arik had made significant progress in the last two years with AMCON.

Throwing light on the condition in which the airline was in before the intervention, he said that Arik Air was headed for doom with poor management, non-payment of staff salaries and many abandoned facilities, even as regulatory agencies were owed a lot of money.

“The fleet was down to only eight serviceable aircraft, many of its assets were abandoned in different parts of the world and the maintenance hangar littered with unserviceable aircraft and related equipment. Even some of the serviceable aircraft were due for various checks.

“Fleet insurance was due and the airline basically struggled to pay the premium. Vendors were being owed colossal amount of trade debts to the extent that no oil marketer was willing to advance trade credit to the airline.

“The former management found it extremely difficult to pay for fuel and as a result flight cancellation was rife, on-time performance (OTP), which is a measure of an airline’s ability to meet scheduled flight time plummeted leading to significant customer attrition and loss of confidence,” he said.

The manager argued that in the two years that AMCON had taken over Arik and appointed a Receiver Manager, the company had returned to solvency and was now making profits.

He said that at the time AMCON intervened, the Airline was down to only eight operational flights, stressing that the company had now increased its operational flights to 13.

“On Time Performance which had fallen abysmally to 19 % a month before AMCON’s intervention, climbed up steadily and currently averages 63.5%.

“Cancellations which were as high as 40 per cent as at January 2017, has been significantly reduced to less than 4 per cent, average load factor is currently over 73% whilst aircraft utilization has also increased by about 50%.

“There has been a gradual increase in the number of serviceable aircraft as a result of huge investments in fleet maintenance. In the first and second quarter of 2018, the fleet serviceable planes increased to 13. The claim that the fleet of serviceable planes fell to three is patently false,” he said.

The manager went on to disclose that prior to the intervention by AMCON, Arik Air owed over N300 billion and had lost confidence of creditors, ventors, part suppliers and was at risk of having its air crafts arrested.

He therefore disclosed that currently, critical vendor relationships had been revamped and trade lines restored as Arik now enjoys the confidence of partners while also paying all staff salaries.

“The airline is being run under unique governance arrangements that has ensured that costs are prudently optimized and that all departments of the company function in an orderly and professional manner.

“It is gratifying to report that the airline’s Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) was negative in 2017 but in 2018 was significantly positive. The financial trajectory has been positive, proving that a professionally run airline has a future in Nigeria.

“Following the impressive performance of Arik Air in Receivership, local and foreign investors are showing keen interest in the airline,” he said.

He therefore assured the flying public that Arik in receivership is operationally sound, professionally run and safe and will continue to be a major and dominant carrier in the aviation industry.
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Netanyahu to Visit Chad For Resumption of Diplomatic Ties

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Chad on Jan. 20, where he is expected to announce the resumption of diplomatic ties with the African country, his office said Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelves plans to deport African migrants
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu : shelves plans to deport African migrants
Netanyahu will depart for a “historic visit” to Chad on Sunday and will meet Chadian President Idriss Deby, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

The visit follows a trip by Deby, who was in Jerusalem for a two-day official visit, last November.

The two leaders held meetings in which they discussed the fight against terrorism and bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, solar energy and water.

Netanyahu had said he would fly to Chad, where he and Deby “will announce the resumption of diplomatic relations.’’

Chad, a Muslim-majority country in Central Africa, and Israel severed their diplomatic relations in 1972.

Most Muslim or Arab countries do not have formal ties with Israel.

Netanyahu praised the warming ties with Chad as an example of how Israel can form relations in Africa and the Middle East regardless of the continuing conflict with the Palestinians.

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Buhari to Inaugurate New Baro Port on Saturday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday, Jan. 19, inaugurate the new Baro River Port in Niger, which has just been completed by the Federal Government at a cost of N6 billion.

Baro Inland water port completed set for inauguration in August
Mr Tayo Fadile, General Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), made this known in Lokoja on Thursday.

Fadile said that the port was built by CGCC Global Project Nigeria Ltd.

According to him, the new port is fitted with a Mobile Harbour Crane, Transit shed and an Administrative block.

“It is also equipped with facilities such as water hydrant system, water treatment plant, reach stacker, 100KVA power generating set and three forklifts of various tonnages, among others.

“Baro Port is one of the river ports being built by the Federal Government to support the dredging of the Lower River Niger project.

“The Baro river port is expected to create at least 2,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands indirect jobs.

“It will help keep off the road several heavy duty trailers and trucks, thereby extending the life span of our roads,’’ Fadile said in a statement.

He said that NIWA had started upgrading the road network linking the port.
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