Friday, July 06, 2018

China’s Organ Transplant System Feted Despite Transparency Doubts

The transplant society used to ban Chinese experts in the field from giving presentations at annual conferences
Just a few years ago, China was persona non grata in the transplantation world over its use of organs from executed inmates, some of them prisoners of conscience.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Japan Christian Sites Added To UNESCO World Heritage List

The former Nokubi church for Christians built on Nozakijima Island, part of the Goto islands off Nagasaki Prefecture
A dozen Christian locations in parts of southern Japan where members of the faith were once brutally persecuted were selected for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list on Saturday.
12 Japanese Christian site - The Asahi Shimbun. For Japanese converts, hiding their religion became a matter of life and death, with Christianity banned

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Consumer Pressure Urged Over Wild Plant Harvesting For Products

The African cherry yuniz
Consumers are being urged to question where wild plants in products from chocolate to cosmetics have come from as part of efforts to make them more sustainable.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

UK Gambling Operators ‘Should Be Forced To Pay 1% Of Their Profits To Help Tackle Addiction To Betting’

Jack Ritchie, from Sheffield, UK (pictured with his mother Liz) committed suicide at just 24 after battling a gambling addiction 
UK families of people who committed suicide over gambling addiction spoke out They want firms to donate 1% of profits and a introduce a £2 maximum stake The UK has an estimated 430,000 adult gambling addicts with 1.57m at risk  
Gambling operators should be forced to pay 1%of their profits to help tackle addiction to betting, a new campaign group has demanded.
Gambling operators should be forced to pay 1% of their profits to help tackle addiction to betting, a campaign group has said. Britain has an estimated 430,000 adult gambling addicts, with 1.57million more said to be 'at risk' of developing a real addiction, and experts have warned that a growing number of children are becoming hooked.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Science Says: What Makes Something Truly Addictive

In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, a college student plays a computer game at an Internet cafe in Seoul, South Korea. On Monday, 18, 2018, the World Health Organization said that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Unforgotten: Oil Company Preserves Hidden Slave Cemeteries

In this image taken from video, a sign for Bruslie Cemetery circa 1830s stands by a burial ground for slaves in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Shell Oil Company has spruced up, marked and blocked off tracts of its land in the Convent community west of New Orleans where archaeologists confirmed the presence of slave burial grounds in 2013. (AP Photo)
A major oil company is taking steps to honour once-forgotten slaves buried on its land west of New Orleans in an area where sugar plantations once abounded, an effort that some hope will grow into a larger movement to recognize and protect such cemeteries around the country.
In this image taken from video, burial grounds for slaves are located in the wooded area in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Shell Oil Company has spruced up, marked and blocked off tracts of its land in the Convent community west of New Orleans where archaeologists confirmed the presence of slave burial grounds in 2013. (AP Photo)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

It’s Difficult For African Nations To Win World Cup, Says Odemwingie As Rohr Rates Uzoho Ahead Of Akpeyi, Ezenwa

Nigeria's Super Eagles
Former Super Eagles winger, Peter Osaze Odemwingie has said that it would be difficult for Nigeria and other African teams heading to the 2018 World Cup to lift the trophy.
In this photo taken on November 14, 2017 Nigeria’s German coach Gernot Rohr looks on ahead of an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar. The 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14, 2018 until July 15, 2018. / AFP/ Mladen Antonov

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Plastic Wasteland: Asia’s Ocean Pollution Crisis

World Environment Day 2018
A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.
A mangrove forest in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa is festooned with plastic rubbish washed in with the tide

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Ghanaians Dream Of Migrating Despite Economic Optimism

A sign that is part of a campaign to stop illegal migration from Ghana to Libya and Europe and to promote safe migration reads 'It's okay to say no to irregular migration'.
Ernest Owusu wants to get his hands dirty. "I have nothing to work on," the Ghanaian mechanic complains, looking around at his roadside garage which is littered with rusted cars and vans.
Albert Oppong, 30, who graduated but has not found a qualified job for the past five years, says he's sceptical of talk of a brighter future in Ghana

Saturday, June 02, 2018

UK Scientists Find A Way That Could Help Regenerate Tooth Enamel

A dentist at work
Scientists say they have developed a material which could help regenerate tooth enamel – and prevent tooth decay or sensitivity in the future.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

President Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech (FULL TEXT)

President Muhammadu Buhari

My Dear Nigerians!
Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration. I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far. This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed Change, the Change we promised and the Change we continue to deliver. We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely; Security, Corruption and the Economy.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Malian ‘Spiderman’ Who Scaled Four Storeys To Save A Child Dangling From A Balcony Meets President Macron And Is Awarded French Citizenship And A Job In The Fire Brigade

The four-year-old was filmed hanging on for his life outside an apartment on Rue Marx-Dormoy on Saturday afternoon, having been apparently left home alone while his father was out shopping
Child seen outside apartment on Rue Marx-Dormoy while 'father was shopping' Neighbour tried to reach child from adjacent balcony in 18th arrondissement Mamoudou Gassama, 22, then scaled the block in 30 seconds to rescue boy He has now met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace Gassama to be made a French citizen and will be handed a job in the fire brigade
A Malian immigrant dubbed Spiderman for scaling four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony in Paris will be made a French citizen after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron this morning.
Malian immigrant Mamoudou Gassama (right), dubbed Spiderman for scaling four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony in Paris, has met French President Emmanuel Macron (left) this morning

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kenyan Dam Bursts Causing “Huge Destruction”, Deaths — Official; Nakuru Dam Tragedy Toll Hits 20 (PHOTOS)

Kenya Red Cross officials and and Nakuru County Disaster Management unit evacuate families after Patel Dam burst its banks on May 9, 2018. PHOTO | MAGDALENE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
A dam burst overnight in a Kenyan town after heavy rain, causing “huge destruction” and deaths, a government official said on Thursday.
Ambulances rush survivors of the tragedy to hospital on May 9, 2018. PHOTO | MAGDALENE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Why Nigeria Cannot End Gas Flaring In 2020 — Experts

Nigeria's flared gas volume recently rose from 244.84 billion Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) in 2016, to 287.59 billion SCF in 2017
Experts have cautioned against undue optimism over the three-point strategy unfolded by the Federal Government to end gas flare by 2020, insisting that elusive strategies and other inherent challenges, would ensure that the desire remains a pipe dream.
Nigeria is one of the world’s top gas flaring nations

Friday, May 04, 2018

Junior UK Doctor Makes Life-Changing Prostate Discovery... In Her Spare Time

Anna Rose, 31, has made a critical breakthrough that could help in the early identification of children at high risk of developing prostate and breast cancer later in life; All dressed up in her nurse’s outfit at three years old, it was clear from a very early age that she was planning a career in medicine
Anna Rose, 31, has made breakthrough in identifying children at risk of cancer She carried out research on so-called junk DNA while working as junior doctor Blood test, mouth swab or hair exam could show if someone is high-risk patient
All dressed up in her nurse’s outfit at three years old, it was clear from a very early age that Anna Rose was planning a career in medicine.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Blood Group O Raises Risk Of Death From Traumatic Injury, Research Shows

Blood type is determined by proteins on the surfaces of red blood cells (NHS Blood and Transplant/PA)
Having type O blood can more than double the risk of dying from serious injuries, a study has found.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

International Workers' Day (May Day) - Brief History, History From Antiquity, And May Day Start In Nigeria

May Day parade banners

May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May. It is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. 

Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. 
Nigerian journalists celebrate May Day

Monday, April 30, 2018

FIFA Threatens Worldwide Ban On Nigeria Without Further Notice

Ominous threat to Super Eagles presence at the world’s greatest football event, the World Cup
World football governing body, FIFA at the weekend warned that it would not consult with any of the parties fighting for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) before throwing the country out of the game if it found that a third party had been meddling in the nation’s football affairs.
Nigeria Football Federation has entered into a five-year partnership with Aiteo, which is aimed at enhancing the growth of football in the country.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Guardiola Challenges Manchester City To Become ‘Best Team In English History’

Pep Guardiola has challenged Manchester City to carry on breaking records (John Walton/Empics)
Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to prove they are the best team in English history.
100 – Man City have now scored 100 goals in 35 games this season, the quickest an English top-flight side has reached this milestone in a single campaign since Everton in 1931-32 (32 games). Relentless. Source: OptaJoe on Twitter

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Japan’s ‘First African University Dean’ On Being An Outsider

Oussouby Sacko is believed to be the first African-born president of a Japanese university Image credit: Oussouby Sacko
Oussouby Sacko, who was appointed dean of Japan's Kyoto Seika University earlier this month, has shared his experience as one of the few foreign nationals in Japan to reach a high post with BBC Newsday.