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Social isolation can be a killer, and not just figuratively. Loneliness may actually cause premature death by damaging the heart, according to a new study. The research suggested that feeling loneliness may double a person’s risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. “Loneliness is more common today than ever before, and more people live alone,” Anne Vinggaard Christensen, study author and a Ph.D. student at The Heart Centre at the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, said in Not surprisingl…

Kingsley Moghalu, THE PROMISE OF HOPE

Dear friends, 25 years ago, Nigerians came out in large numbers to send the military back to their barracks. They came together across tribe and tongue to make a clear statement in the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history. Briefly, the heavens opened, and we got a glimpse of what Nigeria could be. Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola’s campaign was about hope—hope that Nigeria could live up to its promise. Hope that at last, the most populous black nation on earth could take i…

Buhari arrives in Morocco

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday arrived in Morocco, on a two-day working visit to the country. According to a statement on Saturday by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the visit, which is at the invitation of His Royal Majesty, King Mohammed VI, will see the two leaders discuss socio-economic matters affecting their countries. It follows prior engagements in December 2016, during the official visit of His Majesty to Nigeria. In Rabat, discussions will focus on strengthening existing agr…

After a long time in the witing Italy finally has new government.

Giuseppe Conti’s predicted success in Wednesday’s confidence vote meant he could be sworn in and try to carry out the government’s commitment to bringing radical change to Italy. It has taken weeks to put together the cabinet team, made up of ministers from the Five Star Movement and the League parties. Leader of the Five Star movement, Luigi Di Maio, becomes Deputy Prime Minister and Labour Minister. League Party, leader Matteo Salvini, who is also a Deputy Prime Minister takes on the role of I…

Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia

The new Spanish government minister tasked with managing the Catalonia region's secession movement said Saturday that constitutional reform would help end the country's worst political crisis in nearly four decades. Meritxell Batet, a Catalan lawmaker sworn in Thursday as Spain's minister of public administration, said the ruling Socialists want to amend the Spanish Constitution to move toward a "federal model." Batet said at a Socialist party event in Barcelona that Spain's current structure of…

State of the Union: New governments in Spain and Italy - what a difference in tone!

In this edition of State of the Union, our weekly review with Stefan Grobe: Spain’s remarkable new government – in sharp contrast to the new leadership in Italy. Sebastian Kurz is one of Trump’s favorites, Putin’s last friend in western Europa and takes over the EU presidency on July 1st. What to expect? And finally: the blessings of top-level politicians for their national squads awaiting the World Cup opening.

African Prostitutes From Nigeria And Senegal Said To Be Causing Problems In Spain

Women, shipped in from Nigeria and Senegal, are reported to be preying on drunk tourists with promise of sex. Many of them are owned by people trafficker gang masters who have moved them to Magaluf ( a resort town on the Spanish island of Majorca) where they must work to pay off their debt. The women – who patrol the Magaluf strip – lure drunk men offering sex only to then rob them, the locals say. The gang masters also work as pickpockets as footage has emerged of them stealing from two British…

264,269 loans disbursed under GEEP –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday disclosed that 264,269 loans have been disbursed to 4,822 Cooperative societies in 36 states and the FCT under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP). The President, who made the disclosure Tuesday morning in a broadcast to mark the 2018 Democracy Day and his administration’s third anniversary, added that another 370,635 beneficiaries were awaiting release of funds. Buhari also spoke about N-Power, another scheme targeted at providing jobs fo…

2019: PDP can’t return to power –Kalu, former Abia governor

Former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has said the rancour in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was essential part of every democracy that would make the party stronger. He called for a probe of the $16 billion power project funds under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, just as he dismissed Obasanjo’s Nigerian Coalition Movement, saying that Obasanjo does things for himself, not for Nigeria. The fo…

APC Clears Nasarawa LG Polls

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared all the 13 local government areas and 147 electoral wards of Nasarawa State in the just concluded council polls conducted by the state Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) at the weekend. Chairman of NASIEC, Henry Omaku, announced results of the election to journalists yesterday at the headquarters of the state electoral body in Lafia, stating further that only two registered political parties, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Alliance Democr…

Russians to take no part in World Cup drug testing - FIFA

Russians will not be involved in drug testing procedures at the World Cup as FIFAlooks to reassure teams that samples cannot be tampered with, the governing body’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe has told the Times newspaper. A 2016 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and compiled by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren found more than 1,000 Russian competitors were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive tests over a five-year period. Soccer was among th…

Israel plans 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank - defence minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s defence minister said on Thursday he plans to seek approval next week for the construction of some 2,500 new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Avigdor Lieberman, writing on Twitter, said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 1,400 of the housing units for immediate construction. Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014. Palestinians want the West Bank…

My problem with Obasanjo, says Buhari

1. He submitted ministerial appointment lists two times i rejected them. 2. He nominated a replacement for the sacked NIA boss. I considered it inappropriate hence rejected it. 3. He finally brought a company to handle the Mambila power project worth $5.8billion with lots of irregularities and I rejected it. 4. I also learnt that the Ota farm staff had been on government's payroll, till I came into power and I stopped it. 5. I came to realize that he was using federal govt registered vehicles fo…

Talk to the mind

In line with the visit and the heartbeat of Bill Gate, It is pertinent to appreciate him for not giving up on a nation as frustrating as Nigeria, well known for intentional philanthropism, rich in love for humanity, a non racist to the core. Thank you for your kind gesture and your contribution to our great country Nigeria. Fellow Nigerians, we cannot put the new wine in the old wine skin says the Holy Bible. We have to put new wine into a new wine skin. What did I mean by this? A sizeable facti…

Delta State; The right man for a new dawn

With the wave of change cutting across the wide and narrows of the nation today, every state not only want to share in the success story, but also is desperate to partake of the long due fresh air of true liberty and economic betterment. The emergence of his Excellency, steered the wheels of course of the country from its path of hopeless destruction to a sky of assured possibilities.Policies, investments, actions and other too many to mention steps of this present administration has indeed give…