6 Things We’re Psyched to See at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016: Britney Spears, Rihanna and More

britney-spears-rihanna-16fa61cd-1fdb-4b0e-b021-23c606f8c301Are you ready for the biggest night in music? Rihanna, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Kanye West and more A-list stars are set to appear at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28. Us Weekly rounds up six things we’re excited to see at this year’s highly anticipated ceremony.

PHOTOS: The Wildest, Most Iconic MTV VMAs Moments of All Time

  1. Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna!

The “Work” singer, 28, is set to take the stage at New York City’s Madison Square Garden multiple times at this year’s affair. Rihanna will be presented with the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in honor of her record-breaking career. She’s also scheduled to perform “several songs throughout the show,” a source previously confirmed to Us.

“It’s going to be one of those holy crap VMA moments,” VMA executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic told Entertainment Weekly of Rihanna’s performances earlier this week. “She’s not playing. She’s bringing it.”

  1. Britney Spears’ VMA Comeback

The pop princess, 34, will deliver her first VMA performance in nearly a decade on Sunday night. Spears will be joined on stage by rapper G-Eazy to perform their collaboration “Make Me…” from her recently released album Glory. The “I’m a Slave 4 U” songstress, who has been a VMA staple since kicking off her career in 1998, admitted earlier this week that she’s nervous to make her return.

“Every time I’ve performed [at the VMAs], it’s always been one of those really big, nerve-wracking experiences, and the people that come — those celebrities — are just so much fun and different,” she told 103.5 KTU on Friday, August 26. “I still get very nervous.”

  1. Beyoncé’s Big Surprise

Multiple sources previously confirmed to Us that Queen Bey, 34, is also scheduled to perform at the 2016 VMAs, but her plans have been kept under wraps thus far. MTV seemingly confirmed the inevitable performance via Instagram on Saturday, August 27, sharing a pic of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album cover displayed at Madison Square Garden.

Beyoncé has also reportedly been spotted hitting the rehearsal studio multiple times this week, preparing for what is likely to be another major pop culture moment. The entertainer is nominated for 11 Moonmen this year, including Video of the Year for “Sorry” and Best Female Video for “Hold Up.”

  1. What Will Kanye West Talk About?

The “Famous” rapper, 39, will reportedly have four minutes to freely speak his mind on stage Sunday night. Like Spears, West has been somewhat of a VMAs fixture throughout his career, often making headlines for his crazy antics and lengthy rants. (And just in case you’re wondering, Taylor Swift will not be attending this year’s ceremony.) West’s controversial “Famous” music video is up for two awards: Video of the Year and Best Male Video.

 

  1. britney-spears-rihanna-16fa61cd-1fdb-4b0e-b021-23c606f8c301britney-spears-rihanna-16fa61cd-1fdb-4b0e-b021-23c606f8c301Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Reunite

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj will join forces once again to perform their latest collaboration, “Side to Side,” which is Grande’s next single from her album Dangerous Woman. Grande and Minaj, who previously collaborated with Jessie J on the 2014 hit “Bang Bang,” are also set to debut the “Side to Side” music video on Sunday night, likely after their highly anticipated performance.

Last year, Minaj famously called out Miley Cyrus (“Miley, what’s good?”) during the VMAs days after the “Wrecking Ball” singer called the rapper “not too kind.”

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  1. Who Will Win Video of the Year?

This year’s Video of the Year nominees are arguably some of the strongest contenders in recent years — Adele’s “Hello,” Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Kanye West’s “Famous” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Twitter users seem to think Bey will take home the prize, but the competition is definitely tight!

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air on MTV on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

 

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Four Tips to Draw Traffic to your Web Site

Four Tips to Draw Traffic to your Web Site

Now that the Internet is used by roughly 70 percent of all Americans, just about everyone has a site or two they log on to regularly. Aside from search engines, some of the most popular sites on the Web today include eBay, Amazon.com, Google and MSNBC. Google, for example, generates millions of page views each month.

So what is it about these sites that draw such huge crowds? One secret lies in constantly evolving content. Internet users feel the need to check back throughout the day because new auctions will be added to eBay; Amazon.com will offer new products and sales; and MSNBC will add and update news stories. Many local newspapers and television stations around the country are on the bandwagon too, staffed with online editors who keep their sites updated throughout the day.

But the majority of sites don’t have the luxury of extra staffing or content to update. So what can they do to draw traffic? Webmasters have four key strategies at their disposal: search engines, traffic networks, links and articles. The best webmasters incorporate all four of these methods to increase traffic to their sites.

Articles

Offering quality content on your site is one of the easiest ways to draw traffic, particularly because of the way Web searches work. For example, if your site’s purpose is to sell tools, don’t just post your items and hope they sell. Provide your users with articles that give them helpful tips on how to use your products, and valuable information on related topics within your industry. Original content is great, but you don’t have to generate the material yourself.

One popular option is to sign up for a free membership with Content Infusion, a syndicated feature article service that offers copyright-free articles on a variety of topics, including home improvement, business and careers, money and personal finance, gardening, food and entertainment and healthy living. All articles and photos are free of charge.

Interested webmasters can log onto http://www.contentinfusion.com and sign up for a free membership. After selecting the categories that best fit their site, they can customize the articles so that they match the look and feel of their existing site. Webmasters then can copy and paste the HTML, JavaScript or XML code into their site, and they’re all set. Fresh content will continually populate their site with no additional maintenance.

“We have hundreds of articles in more than a dozen topic areas available,” says Josh Madigan, product manager of Content Infusion. “The beauty of the service is you can pick and choose which categories are most appropriate for your site. Older articles are automatically removed, and new ones are added each week.”

Search Engines

Getting your site recognized by the major search engines is another good step to take. The first thing you should do is make sure your site is search engine optimized, meaning the pages contain keyword rich titles and text. A good title contains the most relevant keywords, describes what your site is about, and is less than 80 characters long. Keywords should also appear within the body of the text, but don’t overdo it. The search engines will penalize you for excessive key wording. Once you think your site is ready, submit your site address or URL to the top search engines and directories on the Web: Google, Yahoo and Netscape, and in no time, traffic will likely pick up.

Traffic Networks

Another way to bring people to your site is by joining a traffic network like Traffic Swarm. All you have to do to join is log on to http://www.trafficswarm.com , enter some basic information about the site or sites you want to promote — a Category, the URL, a Title, and a Description, and the information will be used to generate targeted links to your site, which are then displayed throughout the Traffic Swarm network. A basic listing on this network is free. The beauty of traffic networks is that they bring traffic that is targeted to your primary audience.

Adding Links

Adding links to your site is another way to grow your traffic. Some webmasters simply search the web and then e-mail related sites asking for a link swap, but this method can be time consuming. An easier way to do it is to search for web directories with similar businesses already onboard and join. Some sites will charge a fee for the privilege, but the majority of them are free.

“A Website’s ability to target and capture an audience is crucial to its success. It is audience retention that gives you a forum to further market, sell to and communicate with members of the community you’ve created,” adds Madigan.

Embrace Courage When Life seems Hard and Unfair

By Olabode Aderemi Temitayo

Embrace courage while sailing in a stormy sea.

I want courage to follow wisdom when I see it. If I lose my way, may it remain in me. With it I’ll always find my way back.

I’m always trying to do the right thing. Always on the quest for perfection. Sometimes I forget I am human, I try to push myself beyond what I know.

Everyday I look for ways to supersede my previous accomplishments and everyday I almost make it.

But the voices in my society have held me bound between moving forward and leaving behind everything I have been taught and embracing the new knowledge which I daily acquire.

If only I had others like me, I’d not feel so alone.

Certain qualities are lost in so many. Integrity, humility, truth, loyalty, fidelity, patience, courage, need I name more?

Everyone is looking for ways to take advantage of a vulnerable-another especially if they are in a place of power. That’s a narcissistic trait. Check that word out.

These attributes make life easy for the one possessing it. While it’d be hard for some to emulate, kudos to the pure hearts out there.

Staying true in a world, working steady to make you false is hard as hell. But being true to yourself is the greatest fear and courage any man can possess.

There are those who go through life with the mindset of struggling, hustling and just surviving.

You are as good as the knowledge you acquire. Words and terms you make synonymous with your life attracts the same situations.

Watch what words you identify yourself with.

Learning to be better intrinsically makes your whole life better as it puts people, situations and problems in perspective.

Take life easy, live with a free mind, love with a true heart, learn with a willing mind and watch your life blossom before you.

You always have a choice.  Choose to be brave and embrace the calmness in the stormy sea.

It is stormy to test your strength in the wind. Sail with courage.

Good-hearted people find it easier to live in this wicked world because they have learnt to rise above the world; the misery, the bad news, the deaths, and every form of depressing and heartbreaking situation eminent on earth.

There are a few who really want to help make life better for those around them, and they also have their fears too.

They fear the world will take away the goodness in them even before they get the chance to really use it.

These ones know and understand how easy it is to cross the thin line between good and bad, yet they sail the stormy seas of life in calm, clarity and confidence.

These few have learnt how to harness and channel fear into their courage.

I am afraid but fear can’t stop me. My courage supersedes.

So should yours.

Embrace Courage

Embrace Courage When Sailing Stormy Sea

Stop hating the life around you and start living the life within you which you desire.

Pick a path you love so you always have good reason to stay calm when the sea decides to get stormy.

Stop explaining yourself all the time. Stop complaining about everything. Learn mental-balance.

Integrity is everything. Be that person whose word is their bond. It’s not so hard.

Do not repeat one mistake more than three times. That should be enough to tell you, ‘Hey, You’re dulling!’.

Do your best. Not for them, but for you. You can proudly say ‘Yes I can’ because I did do my best.

Zero regrets. Learn the lesson and move on. Courage is about boldly facing any situation, despite how uncertain it may seem.

By Olabode Aderemi Temitayo

Which is the saviour and which is the mediocre?

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GEJ Handing over to PMB—–By OLABODE ADEREMI TEMITAYO

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By OLABODE ADEREMI TEMITAYO

The Mediocre Government or the Saviour?

The contagious CHANGE mantra that we all grow to embrace is already becoming sour in our mouth, but before we condemn and curse this administration, let us all critically analyse and compare with the past administration.

Here is a post compiled by Olabode Aderemi Temitayo comparing the achievement of the past administration in the first 100 year of office against the current regime

President Muahammadu Buhari Achievement so far vs President Goodluck Jonathan Achievement in his first 100 day

 

The presidency released President Muhammadu Buhari’s “achievements” during his one-year in office speech when they were marking the administration’s first year in office.

The list as published by the News Agency of Nigeria contains the following:

SECURITY:

*.The relocation of the Nigerian Military Command Centre to Maiduguri, since May 2015, contributed to the success in the fight against insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.

*.As at February 2016, the total number of persons rescued by the Nigerian troops during the ongoing operations in the North East came to 11,595

*.Since December 2015, the well-motivated and rejuvenated Nigerian Military have regained all Nigerian territories previously under Boko Haram control.

*.Prioritized regional cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and violent extremism, through the operations of the 8,500 strong Multi-National Joint Task Force in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, currently headed by a Nigeria military general.

*.Nigeria has provided $21million USD to the Task Force since June 2015 and is committed to an additional $79 million USD, bringing the total of Nigeria’s commitment to the Task Force to 100 million USD.

*.Cohesive international support in the fight against terrorism and assistance to victims and communities affected by terrorism, following President Buhari’s meeting with G7 leaders and other world powers.

*.In May 2016, Nigeria hosted a Regional Security Summit to boost military operations against Boko Haram and forge a global support for the rehabilitation of the IDPs and rebuilding of the North East.

*.In June 2015, the United States announced a 5-million-dollar support for the fight against the terrorists in the sub-region.

*.In April 2016, during the visit to Ms Samantha Power, the U.S Ambassador to the UN to Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, the U.S Government further announced an additional $40 million USD for humanitarian assistance in the sub-region

*.Recruitment of additional 10,000 persons into the Nigeria Police Force is ongoing. The recruitment will address the manpower gap which currently exists in the Nigeria Police

*.Overhaul of the dysfunctional topmost hierarchy of the Nigerian military which resulted in optimal result and degradation of the Boko Haram elements.

*.Was able to bring back our hitherto military allies; which saw the United States and UK governments commit their resources to the fight against the insurgents after previously backing out of negotiations with the previous administration. The Israeli government has also indicated interest in the fight against insurgency.

*.Introduction of the motor cycle battalion (This is so that the Nigerian Army can travel to remote areas that were not accessible to cars/trucks)

*.Realigned our partnership with regional allies by embarking on foreign visits which resulted in bilateral and multilateral agreements to tackle insecurity back home.

*.No more roadblocks and curfews, which normally impeded free flow of movement.

*.Continuous monitoring of activities in the region of war through the use of satellite images and geographical information system is helping in fighting insurgency and strategizing against the enemy.

*.The trips to our neighbouring countries showed the resolve of the President to push Boko Haram elements out of existence by going for the jugular of the group, cutting their arms, food supply routes. Support has thus been mobilized through the Multinational Joint Task Force.

*.Another major stride is the Trans National Organized Crime (TNOC) where the president got partnership with regional allies in the fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.

*.As part of the reconfigured military partnership, the United States donated 24 mine-resistant armoured vehicles (MRAP) which had protected the Nigerian troops from the menace of Improvised Explosive Devices. Today we have less causalities.

*.Reached out to the G7 countries and achieved the following: intelligence sharing; technical military training; arms deals/donations

*.Overhauling of NIMASA. A reversed policy of the past administration where national infrastructural assets were given to militia leaders to protect as against established bodies like the Nigerian Navy was stopped.

*.The President Buhari government has drafted the army to partner with other security agencies in ensuring the security of our national infrastructure and this is already yielding the desired results.

*.A major ring of pipeline vandals in Lagos state were captured recently in a joint operation by security forces led by the army.

*.The government has renewed its fight against oil bunkering

*.The Nigerian Navy has recorded tremendous success lately in apprehending vessels used by oil thieves. This operation has improved security on our water ways and it has also helped improve the revenue of government.

*.Deployment of sophisticated weapons to ensure vandalism is contained by setting up a pipeline security force in stamping out the menace.

*.Effective Management of the Separatist Biafran Movement

*.Improving the technical capacity of Nigerian Police Force. We now have a forensic lab and GSM tracking device. We now have a more IT integrated Police force.

*.Restructuring of Nigerian Immigration to stop cross border crimes.

*.NSCDC has become more proactive in the prevention of pipeline vandalization, with arrest of several pipeline vandals.

*.Joint operations involving various security outfits in curbing the menace of the herdsmen in the country has been set up.

*.The use of surveys and updated mappings across the country as strategies for preventing threats among ethnic groups in Nigeria.

CORRUPTION

*.Right from the moment he won the Presidential Election in 2015, the impression of the President as a ‘‘no nonsense and incorruptible leader’’ sent a signal to looters of public funds, with many of them returning funds that had been stolen under the previous administration.

*.To create a frame work for prosecuting the war against corruption and institutionalize probity, President Buhari set up an Advisory Committee on War Against Corruption.

*.The anti-corruption battle is gaining ground with several high profile cases already in the courts. The administration is being guided by the rule of law in the prosecution of corruption cases.

*.President Buhari enlisted the support of multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF, security agencies, Western countries and other friendly nations to locate and repatriate stolen assets.

*.At a London summit on anti-corruption, President Buhari announced that Nigeria will begin the full implementation of the principles of the OPEN contracting data standards.

*.In the first quarter of 2016, President Buhari embarked on trips to the Middle East to sensitize the governments on the need to repatriate stolen assets and hand over the looters for trial in Nigeria. In January, Nigeria and UAE signed Judicial Agreements on Extradition, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters.

*.In March 2016, the Federal Government and the Swiss Government signed a Letter of Intent On the Restitution of Illegally-Acquired Assets forfeited in Switzerland. Under the agreement, Switzerland will repatriate $ 321 million USD illicitly acquired by the Gen. Sani Abacha family.

*.In March 2016, the Presidential Committee set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from 2011 to 2015 announced the recovery of over N7 billion from indicted companies and individuals.

ECONOMY

*.Implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has provided greater visibility of government revenues and cash flows. Between June 2015 and April 2016, the Federal Government TSA collection clocked N3trillion.

*.To further instill fiscal discipline, President Buhari directed the closure of all multiple accounts in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, thereby plugging loopholes for leakages with new technology.

*.The opaque accounting structure of the NNPC has been reconstructed to be more transparent with the closure of more than 40 accounts. As a corporate entity, NNPC is now accountable and more transparent in operations, publishing its monthly financial reports.

*.The President also resolved the lingering shadowy oil swap deals that had cost the country billions of dollars and left it at the mercy of a few rich Nigerians.

*.To alleviate the suffering of Nigerians in September 2015, President Buhari directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to disburse N689.5 billion as bailout to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries.

*.To stimulate the economy and reduce poverty, in April, 2016, President Buhari approved deferment in the payment of the bailout as states were still reeling under the burden of the fall in commodity prices.

*.Records of more than 34,000 ghost workers draining the nation’s resources were expunged from the Federal Civil Service, saving N2.29 billion monthly.

*.In 2015, President Buhari ruled out the appointment of a government delegation for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. By this decision, the government saved about one million U.S dollars and N30m of local expenses

Enforcement of the Bank Verification Number: Also the BVN has ensured that the menace of “ghost workers” are being identified and dealt with, while looters with multiple accounts can no longer hide their loot undetected.

*.Social Protection: Groundwork for social intervention/palliatives for the poor is being put in place as data is being collated by the economic planning office of the VP in conjunction with the World Bank.

*.Reorganization/restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into a focused, accountable and transparent institution with autonomous Units (Upstream; Downstream, Gas & Power; Refineries; Ventures and lean Group Headquarters)

*.Reduction of operational deficits in NNPC by over 50% as at March 2016 as a result of Increased Transparency and Commercial focus

*.Conduct of NNPC outstanding Annual Audits from 2011 to 2014, and the publication of Monthly Financial and Operations Reports to ensure transparency

*.Introduction of third party financing in order to eliminate direct funding of cash calls by the Federal Government

*.Renegotiation of existing service contracts under Joint Venture and Production sharing contracts (PSC) Operations by about 30% leading to operational efficiency improvements and cost reductions

*.Elimination of the Offshore Processing Agreement (OPA) through the introduction of the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme with reputable off-shore refineries thereby yielding annual savings of US$1 billion

*.Resuscitation of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries presently producing about 7 million litres of products per/day

*.Repair of products pipe lines and the resuscitation of supply of products from Atlas Cove-Mosimi- Ibadan- Ilorin after a six year lull

*.Repairs of Escravos/ Warri and Bonny/Port Harcourt crude oil pipe lines

*.Introduction of a Price Modulation framework for downstream petroleum product pricing to encourage responsiveness to market dynamics

*.Guided deregulation of the downstream sector to allow market forces determine product price and eliminate subsidy payments

*.Introduction of the initiative on refinery co-location to increase domestic refining capacity and minimize the drain on scarce foreign exchange for product importation

*.Commenced policy reforms for gas monetization, flare out and infrastructure development, to fast track power supply and economic diversification.

POWER

*.Under President Buhari, the Federal Government agreed to a 50 million Euro (about N11.15 billion) loan agreement with French government for capacity-building and upgrade of power training facilities in Nigeria.

*.Nigeria signed a $237 million agreement with World Bank to improve power.

*.Chinese solar power manufacturers agreed with the Federal Government to set up solar panel manufacturing business in Nigeria.

*.President Buhari has signed an agreement with the Chinese government to improve Nigeria’s power infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT

*.Presidential approval for the Implementation of United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report 2010 for the clean-up of Ogoniland with regards to oil pollution and inclusion of stakeholders in the process of implementation.

*.Continuation of the implementation of the Great Green Wall project to fight and contain desertification in Northern Nigeria initiated by past administration.

JUDICIARY

*.Since assumption of office, President Buhari has maintained a clear stance on the rule of law and respect for separation of

powers.

*.The President has focused on the strengthening of institutions with key appointment of professionals.

*.Appointment of 30 new Federal High Court Justices

NATIONAL IMAGE

*.On assumption of office, the President undertook some foreign trips both within and outside Africa to re-establish Nigeria’s position in the global arena and solicit support for Nigeria and Africa.

*.President Buhari has continually pushed the agenda for enhancing Nigeria’s global image by always demonstrating Nigeria’s credentials in the 2015 general elections, which saw the country scoring high on peaceful transition.

*.President Buhari strongly supported the emergence of a Nigerian, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, as President of the Africa Development Bank. (NAN)

Whereas, sometime ago when President Goodluck Jonathan mark his one year in office of his administration, the following achievements were announced

  1. Nigeria’s oil industry expanded by 20% and we reclaimed our position as Africa’s largest oil exporter which we’d hitherto was lost to Angola.
  2. Recognized by OPEC in July as the 2nd largest oil exporter 2nd only to Saudi Arabia. It is the first time Nigeria has recorded such a feat.
  3. Inflation rate had been reducing as the administration enforces tighter fiscal policies.
  4. In June the Consumer Price Index showed an inflation rate of 10.2% which dropped to 9.4% in July being the lowest rate in the past 4 years.
  5. Foreign Reserves rose by 10% to $35 billion.
  6. Nigeria’s GDP growth rate month-over-month had continued to grow from 6.7% in May to 6.9% in July of 2011.
  7. Nigeria declared top three investment destinations in Africa (number 2) by the independent Africa Business Panel in the Netherlands.
  8. Nigeria generated power at her highest level ever (4,000mw) which is still far from enough but which will improve monthly.
  9. Nigerian Railway Corporation commenced Mass Transit Services in 5 of 6 geo-political zones. Last zone will come on stream by year’s end (December 2011).
  10. With establishment of the NSIA, President facilitates direct investments into infrastructure with priority areas being Power and Roads.
  11. The Federal Government also awarded contracts for various road projects across the country whose impact was soon to be felt nationwide.
  12. Launch of NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X Satellites to expand Internet Bandwidth and provide early warning to prevent natural disasters.
  13. President introduced the policy of engaging the Private Sector on kerosine pricing and price reduced between May and September, 2011.
  14. Recognizing the sacrifices of youth corps members, President approved upward review of allowances from 9,700 to 19,800 Naira.
  15. Implementation of Minimum Wage Increase for Nigerian Workers to 18,900 Naira monthly.
  16. 35% Slot For Women in the cabinet.
  17. Deepening Security and expanding Peace in the Niger Delta.
  18. Reduced kidnapping in South East with implementation of President’s order establishing the 14 Brigade of the Army in Ohafia, Abia state.
  19. Maritime Safety has been ensured and stabilized in the last 100 days.
  20. A stellar cabinet comprising former MDs of the World Bank & Goldman Sachs, Chairperson Accenture andmultiple Ph.Ds.
  21. The National Automobile Council established an Automotive Development Fund to resuscitate the automobile industry and generate jobs.
  22. Approval for genuine foreign investors to obtain visas at the point of entry to facilitate FDI investments.
  23. Model Skills Training Centers in Abuja- collaboration between Industrial Training Fund & the Institute for Technical Education, Singapore.
  24. Establishment of the Nigerian Vehicle Credit Purchase scheme.

So, let’s look critically, if they are fooling us in this present administration or they are driving us in d right direction.

Please feel free to drop your comment in d comment section below

 

British Extremists to cool off in special jail

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Britain to jail extremists in special prison units. Prisoners who “seek to poison the minds of others” with extreme and radical ideas will be housed in special units within English and Welsh jails, the British government has said. This move follows the publication of a report that described institutional “complacency” with regards to the “growing problem” of Islamist extremism within correctional facilities. The review, which was led by former prison governor Ian Acheson, recommended that problem inmates be “incapacitated” by being severed off from the rest of the prison population.

8 Ways to Boost Your Fertility

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Compiled by Olabode Aderemi Temitayo

There are a lot of simple things such as diet, timing of sex, even your lubricant — may help you conceive faster.

If you’re like most couples who are trying to conceive, you want to get pregnant sooner rather than later.

Having intercourse as close as possible to ovulation definitely helps. But fertility experts say there are other ways couples can boost their fertility. A few simple measures may make the next month the month you’ll squeal: “We’re pregnant!”

  1. Her Fertility Booster: Weight Control

Being underweight or overweight can delay the time it takes a woman to conceive.

William Gibbons, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Baylor College of Medicine, says weight before getting pregnant is often an overlooked factor in fertility. Keeping a healthy weight can help with conception.

In one study, researchers evaluated the body mass index (BMI) of 2,112 pregnant women. Women in the study who had a pre-pregnancy BMI of 25-39 – considered overweight or obese — had a twofold increase in the time it took to get pregnant. A BMI less than 19 (18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal) is even worse, the researchers found. Time to conception was increased fourfold in women with a BMI below 19.

Gibbons tells women to stay at a healthy weight when trying to conceive.

  1. His Fertility Booster: Protect Those Sperm
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According to Dale McClure, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the idea that changing to boxers instead of briefs will boost fertility by keeping genital temperatures down is basically an old wives’ tale. Earlier studies seemed to point to boxers as the better choice, McClure says. But more recent studies haven’t shown a major difference.

What about exposing the testicles to other sources of heat? The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says controlling temperature doesn’t play much of role in boosting fertility. Some doctors, though, recommend staying away from certain sources. For instance, sitting in a hot tub day after day should be avoided, McClure says, even if a man has no known fertility problems. In at least one study, repeated exposure to high water temperatures through hot tubs or hot baths was shown to affect men’s fertility.

Still, no research has clearly shown a link between exposure to other sources of heat and a man’s fertility. One study did show that scrotal temperatures went up in laptop users who held the computer on their laps and warned that long-term exposures to high temperatures could harm sperm. Another study found that exposure to radiation from cell phones could adversely affect sperm that had been collected from participants. Researchers in that study speculated that keeping a cell phone in a pants pocket could affect the health of a man’s sperm.

While neither study was sufficient to prove that exposure to sources of heat could harm sperm enough to affect fertility, McClure still says a man who wants to be a father probably shouldn’t keep his laptop on his lap for extended periods of time. But even considering the above findings, McClure says he is “more concerned about hot tubbing.”

  1. Her Fertility Booster: Watch the Beverages and alcohol

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Drinking too much coffee or too much alcohol can impair a woman’s fertility.

Experts say that drinking more than five cups of coffee a day — the equivalent of about 500 milligrams of caffeine — is associated with lower fertility. But don’t give up your daily cup of coffee just yet. Moderate caffeine consumption, Gibbons says, seems to be OK. Having one or two cups a day is fine. His advice for women who are coffee or soda drinkers: “Stay under 200 to 250 milligrams of caffeine a day.”

Studies on alcohol intake and women’s fertility have produced mixed findings. But Swedish researchers have found that women who drank two alcoholic beverages a day decreased their fertility by nearly 60%. Once again, moderation is key. Although higher levels of alcohol — two drinks or more a day — should be avoided when trying to get pregnant, there is no evidence to show that moderate alcohol consumption adversely affects fertility.

You will, though, want to cut out alcohol completely once you are pregnant. Drinking while pregnant increases the risk of serious birth defects.

  1. Couple’s Fertility Booster: Stop Smoking

Smoking cigarettes can impair both a woman’s and a man’s fertility. Smoking affects how receptive the uterus is to the egg. And in men, smoking can reduce sperm production and damage DNA. Experts also strongly suggest quitting smoking before you’re pregnant. Smoking while pregnant boosts the risk of miscarriage.

  1. Couple’s Fertility Booster: The Fertile Window

Taking advantage of what doctors call the “fertile window” can boost your chances of pregnancy. The fertile window is the six-days that end on the day of ovulation. Pregnancy is most likely to occur with intercourse within the three days before ovulation.

Richard Paulson, chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, says that couples often wait until the day of ovulation or later to have intercourse. But if you really want to get pregnant, “Err on the early side,” he says.

Paulson also advises keeping close track of ovulation — either by the calendar method, figuring ovulation occurs about 14 days before the menstrual period is due, or by using an ovulation predictor kit, widely sold online and in drugstores.

  1. Couple’s Fertility Booster: Have Frequent Sex

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Delaying lovemaking — or as some couples say, ”saving up” — isn’t going to boost the chances of pregnancy, McClure says.

“After about a week, the [sperm] count goes up a bit, but the motility decreases,” he says. Not having sex for more than five days may affect sperm counts adversely. But intervals as short as two days don’t harm sperm density.

Although daily intercourse produced the highest pregnancy rate in one study, it may pose too much stress for some couples. The same study showed that having sex every other day produced nearly as good a pregnancy rate.

  1. Couples Fertility Booster: Choose Lubricants Wisely

With more frequent intercourse, couples may turn more to vaginal lubricants. That’s OK, doctors say, if the lubes are picked wisely. Some lubricants can actually decrease fertility. When you’re trying to get pregnant, be sure to avoid products that have spermicidal agents.

So what is a good lubricant to use? “Canola oil,” Gibbons says.

“Even peanut oil is good,” McClure says. But impromptu household lubes may not be good. “I had a patient yesterday with a great sperm count and no motility [swimming ability],” McClure says. When he asked a few more questions, he got to the root of the problem. “He was using soap for a lubricant,” and soap was killing the sperm.

You also want to avoid commercially available water-based lubricants. Water-based lubricants, such as Astroglide, KY Jelly, and Touch, may inhibit sperm motility by 60% to 100%.

  1. Couple’s Fertility Booster: Avoid Pesticides and Other Harmful Exposures

Exposures to pesticide, especially agricultural pesticides, may harm both men and women’s fertility. And exposure to some solvents and toxins — including those used in printing businesses and dry cleaning establishments — can adversely affect women’s fertility.

 

 

Tips for staying safe and healthy during a cold-weather workout

By Olabode Aderemi Temitayo From Jo Zimmerman, a trainer and instructor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, here are a few ways to stay comfortable and safe while exercising in the cold: …

Source: Tips for staying safe and healthy during a cold-weather workout

Tips for staying safe and healthy during a cold-weather workout

skating imagesBy Olabode Aderemi Temitayo
From Jo Zimmerman, a trainer and instructor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, here are a few ways to stay comfortable and safe while exercising in the cold:
● Dress appropriately
Layer your clothing so you can remove items as you warm up. Ideally, the outer layer would be windproof (check the label to make sure it still “breathes” to let moisture out) and the inner layer would wick moisture away from your body. Cover your head, hands and feet. Mittens are warmer than gloves. For longer runs or windy bike rides, try layering thin gloves under some larger mittens. Wool or wool-blend socks will feel warmer than cotton when damp. Hats are great, but a headband or earmuffs might be more comfortable for some people.
● Stay hydrated
Drinking throughout the day is the best strategy in any season, but especially in winter because cold-weather exercise might make it harder to think about drinking cold water.
● Apply sunscreen

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You can still get a burn in winter if you are outside long enough. Also wear UV-protective sunglasses in strong daylight and in snowy conditions.
● Make yourself visible
Shorter days mean more workouts in the dark. Wear reflectors or LED blinkers on your clothing or equipment. Brightly colored clothing can also enhance visibility during low-light or nighttime workouts.
● Beware of ice
Roads, trails, sidewalks and even grassy areas can have icy patches, so try to think about those surfaces if the temperature is below freezing.
● Warm up and cool down
In cold temperatures it is especially important to take time for the transition from low- to high-level activity and back again, but work quickly enough to avoid becoming chilled and uncomfortable. Five minutes of a low level of activity is usually enough, but for more intense exercise, a two-step warm-up might be smart.
When you’re finished, remove your cold, wet clothes in exchange for something warm and dry as soon as possible. A hot shower might be tempting, but a warm shower is a better idea. If your skin is chilled and a bit numb, you might not know that the shower is actually too hot.
final skate● Be safe
In any extreme conditions, tell someone where you’re going, what you’re planning to do and when you expect to be back.