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Nigeria should host the next Super Bowl????

When I saw this post on CNN I couldn’t help but re-blog it. Guess Amanpour really wants President Jonathan to understand that the international community is aware that the situation in the power sector hasn’t improved like he boasted in his last interview on CNN.

The questions on my mind are, is this really true about us? How long are we going to condone this and more? Can we host the Super Bowl?

I can’t help laughing at the last question…..

Check this out!

http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/

While American waited 35 minutes for the Super Bowl’s lights to come on, Nigerians just chuckled.

They know all too well the problem of power outages: Nigeria has been plagued by rolling blackouts that last hours, sometimes even days.

So as the television audience worldwide waited for the power to come back on, Nigerians took to social media with wit.

“Power outage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Suddenly, Nigeria doesn’t look as dark anymore,” tweeted one Nigerian.

“If they had the Super Bowl in Nigeria, the power coming back on would be the real surprise,” another tweeted.

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, recently told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that his country’s electrical woes have been improving.

“That is one area that Nigerians are quite pleased with the government, that commitment to improve power. It’s working,” President Jonathan told the president.

Many Nigerian viewers tweeted messages to Christiane Amanpour to express their continued frustrations about having to rely on back-up generators for power.

In the video above, you can watch an “Open Mic” series CNN conducted after Amanpour’s interview with President Jonathan. We left a microphone in a public place and recorded Nigerians expressing their frustrations with their notoriously unreliable power supply.

Confusing but true!

Health & Family

The human genome is made up of about 23,000 genes. That’s a fairly impressive figure. Until you consider this: the number of non-human genes each of us carries around — from the bacteria, viruses and other pathogens living in and on us — totals 8 million.

Most of the cells in the human body aren’t even human. Indeed, bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1. Which is why the exploration of the human microbiome — the collective population of all the non-human cells and genes that inhabit us — is currently one of the fastest rising fields of medical research.

What scientists are discovering is that these microbes are not just freeloaders or invaders. Rather, they’re crucial facilitators of many of our basic bodily functions: from digesting food and producing vitamins to fending off harmful infection and recovering from illness. They not only keep people healthy, but they may…

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An avocado a day can keep the doctor away, researchers believe

 

Researchers in Mexico say avocado oil could be used to counteract the effects of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Avocado is already well known for its cholesterol-fighting properties but now, the scientists say it contains antioxidents that protect cells from damage caused by environmental factors like radiation of air pollution.

Mexico is the world’s largest producer of avocados. In 2010, Mexico produced 1.8 million tons of avocados, which were exported primarily to the United States, Japan, Canada and Europe, according to Mexico’s Secretariat of the Economy. Michoacan alone produces about 80 percent of the world’s avocados, and produces about 95 percent of Mexico’s avocados.

Christian Cortes Rojo a researcher with the University of Michoacan in San Nicolas Hidalgo, says there’s more to the avocado than its flavour, texture and known health benefits.

He and his team have discovered that avocado oil contains powerful antioxidants that could help counteract the effects of diseases in which mitochondrial cell functions are disrupted.

Mitochondria are the organelles within cells which generate energy for cell growth, and convert the energy from food molecules into adesonine triphoshate, which powers most cell functions including cell division. But mitochondria contain oxygen molecules that can be transformed into unstable molecules called “free radicals” after exposure to a number of environmental factors, including cigarette smoke, radiation and pollution. The free radicals can in turn, transform the neighbouring molecules that form cells into free radicals too, thereby damaging cell function.

The phenomenon is known to be associated with the aging process and with diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Cortes Rojo and his team experimented with yeast cells, like those used in wine and beer production, to examine avocado oil’s properties. He says yeast cells are simpler to study than other biological models but yield results than can be applied to other cells.

The team exposed the yeast cells treated with avocado oil to high concentrations of iron, which produces large numbers of free radicals. Their results showed that the avocado oil allowed the yeast cells to resist and survive the free radicals.

“The most important discovery so far is that avocado oil augments mitochondrial function of yeast cells during the reduction-oxidative period. This is important because avocado oil might be able to – in complex animals such as humans – have the same effect. In that case of illnesses in which the mitochondria is damaged, avocado oil could help organs withstand or be more resistant to oxidative stresses,” he said.

Those oxidative stresses are associated with a range of diseases. Cortes Rojo says further experiments on animal models – rats in this case – could lead to new methods of prevention using the properties of avocado oil.

“We have planned to conduct these studies, and are already conducting them, to look into diabetes and hypertension. Those are diseases in which oxidative stresses clearly exist at a mitochondrial level, and that results in damage to cell functions,” Rojo added.

Other mitochondrial diseases include Leigh’s disease, a neurometabolic disorder and Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, which can cause vision loss.

Avocado oil, which contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, is known to contain powerful antioxidant properties which can serve to fortify blood vessels by removing cholesterol desposits, reducing the risk of blood vessel damage. The antioxidant binding also serves to strengthen vessel walls, making them better suited to sudden changes in blood pressure.

An estimated 2,000 tons of avocado oil are produced annually, of which Michoacan-based Avo Plus avocado company produces about 1,500 tons. Smaller quantities of avocado oil are also produced in Israel and South Africa.

Ana Lissete Miranda, the head researcher for Avo Plus, says that avocado consumers will benefit from knowing about the health benefits of the product.

“What’s missing is the diffusion of this information about the properties of the oil. With scientific backing, this could be beneficial to the consumer in that they will know that they are really consuming a product that benefits their health. It’s not just for salads. It can be used for cooking like any other oil,” she said.

Avocados are known as “green gold” in some parts of Michoacan because of the fortune they represent to the local economy. The price of a liter of avocado oil is approximately 100 pesos ($7.15), which is comparable to the price of olive oil.

Cortés-Rojo agrees that the findings could further enhance Mexico’s status as the world’s leading exporter of avocados. Noting the association between olive oil consumption in Mediterranean countries and the low incidences of chronic degenerative diseases there, he say he hopes that the avocado will one day become known as the “olive oil of the Americas.”

Despite claims by an official about the aircraft, Dana still Defends Fleet Safety After Crash

Despite a report by an anonymous Dana Air official that the airline forced them to fly a faulty plane, the airline is defending the safety of its aircraft after one of its planes crashed on approach to Lagos, the country’s largest city, killing all 153 people on board, including the airline’s chief engineer.

Francis Ogboro, an executive of Dana Airlines, told reporters Wednesday that the engineer would not have allowed the MD-83 to take off from Abuja Sunday if there had been a problem.  He said the planes are properly maintained and that “no airline crew would go on a suicide mission.”

Most of the passengers were Nigerian, but the United States says nine Americans were on the plane.  In addition, citizens of Britain, Canada, China, France, India and Lebanon were reported to have been on board.  A spokesman for Lloyds of London, the insurer of Dana Airlines, said Wednesday there will be compensation for families of the victims.

Authorities also say at least six others on the ground were killed when the plane plowed into a Lagos residential neighborhood nine kilometers from the airport.  Several houses were damaged.

Search crews have recovered the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders which may shed light on the cause of the crash.  Aviation officials say the pilot reported dual engine trouble as he prepared to land.  The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is assisting in the investigation.

Local news and bloggers reported Tuesday that the airline’s senior managers of Indian nationality have fled the country as Nigerian aviation officials investigate the cause of the crash.  Leadership news alleged that the management knew the equipment on the plane was faulty.  It also said residents at the crash site have complained about an odor emanating from the wreckage and cited health concerns of those who inhaled it.

The deadly crash is renewing concerns about aviation safety in Nigeria and the rest of West Africa.  Authorities say the airline’s license to fly has been suspended indefinitely.

Dana Airlines is a domestic air carrier that operates a fleet of Boeing MD-83 aircraft for the hour-long flight from Abuja to Lagos.

The official told Channels TV that they were forced to fly the aircraft in order to maximize profit.

Below is the video of the phone call between Deji Bademosi and the anonymous airline official.

Eyewitness reports- Pilot tried to avert crash, death toll now placed at 170

President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Fashola at the Dana Air crash site on Monday

Eyewitness accounts of the ill fated Dana Air plane crash on Sunday in Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos said the pilot made attempts to avoid the crash in the densely populated Iju-Ishaga area of the state.

Speaking to Journalist on Monday while rescue and cleanup was ongoing, eyewitnesses gave different accounts of what they saw on Sunday.

Eyewitnesses said the aircraft had attempted an emergency landing on a school field in Iju area but climbed out again before suddenly dropping out of the sky.

Other eyewitnesses claimed that there were survivors from the initial impact who signalled for help as they banged on the aircraft windows but none came as the plane was already on fire.

The huge inferno engulfed some buildings and it took about 40 minutes after the crash for firemen from the Lagos State Fire Service and their counterparts from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, to get to the crash site.

Initial efforts were hampered by difficulties in accessing the site and huge crowd who converged on the site, many of them taking pictures and filming the accident.

Thousands of people trooped to the site of the crash while many of them violated the scene before the arrival of security agencies who later combed the area.

An eyewitness, who identified himself as Mr. Adewale Kazeem, said that he was around the area when he saw the aircraft hovering and eventually crashed at the site.

He said: “I saw the plane coming down in my presence. So many people scampered for safety, but there was nothing anybody could do to render any help. I will say the security people responded quickly as they came here less than 20 minutes after the crash.”

“For almost an hour nobody could move close to the scene as fire and thick smoke enveloped the plane. The pilot tried all his best dodging several buildings before the plane eventually crashed,” Chukwuma who live around the area said.

“It was God that saved our lives. It could have been our building but the pilot diverted the tragedy to another area. The plane came down as if it wanted to land in front of our house, then it went up again before it landed on Popoola Street in Toyin area,” another resident said.

“When we first saw it we ran inside. The pilot made attempt to land on the rail line but took off again. Its wings cut off trees along the area before it eventually crashed on Olaniyi/Poopola Street,” said Mrs. Tayo Kayode.

Following the crash on Sunday, the Lagos Medical Guild, the body of medical doctors in the service of Lagos State, called out its striking members to immediately resume at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, and Ifako Ijaye General Hospital to render emergency services to the victims of the crash.

In a message to the doctors, the General Secretary, Dr. Idris Durojaiye, members were asked to jettison the earlier directive instructing them to go to the hospitals to pick up their recall letters and attend the Nigeria Medical Association general meeting taking place at LASUTH today.

The doctors, according to Idris, are to get to the hospitals immediately to manage the cases.

As at the time of filing this report, the LASUTH Chief Medical Director, Prof. David Oke, said only about two had already shown up but hoped others would help out.

He confirmed that casualties were already being brought in and the hospital was trying all it could do within the available facilities to deal with the situation.

Also, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had visited the crash site on Monday, and expressed his readiness to ensure aviation safety in the country.

Speaking  to newsmen at the site, Jonathan said, “We have been working very hard to improve the aviation in this country,” Jonathan said after viewing the destruction caused by Sunday’s crash. “This particular incident is a major setback for us… By the end of the day, I will make sure that this will not repeat itself in the country.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, on Sunday night said the Dana Airlines McDouglass 83 plane, which crashed into a Lagos building with 153 people on board had sent out distress signals minutes before its disastrous crash.

Oduah, who arrived Lagos today from Abuja for a press briefing on the crash of the ill-fated flight, told reporters at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority headquarters, Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja that as at 9:20 p.m. no survivors had been rescued from the smoldering wreckage.

The Aviation Minister, already investigating the details of the crash, said that the Lagos-bound flight had declared emergency with the Lagos control tower at 3:43 p.m., at 11 nautical miles to Murtala Muhammed Airport.

Visibly tearful, Oduah added that “a minute later, the aircraft was found to have crashed into residential buildings at Iju area of Agege with 153 people on board”.

“At this time, no survivors have been found. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the passengers and the people on the ground who lost their lives in this tragedy.”

Oduah, reiterating President Jonathan’s initial directive, assured that the Federal Government will launch a thorough investigation to ascertain the exact cause of the deadly accident.

She also said that rescue efforts at the crash site were still ongoing and more rescue workers will be dispatched to the site to aid in relief effort.

Stakeholders are however worried that after consistent repairs and in spite of the reported emergency landing about two weeks ago, which engineer certified the aircraft airworthy for the ill-fated flight ?

According to them, the aircraft had given enough signals for it to be grounded before the tragedy which claimed the lives of innocent passengers.

At the moment, the management of Dana Air has grounded operations and passengers for its other flights were asked to come for the refund of their money both in Lagos and Abuja.

As at the time of filing this report, heavy Police presence as noticed at the Ikeja office of Dana airlines in Lagos and the blackbox of the ill fated flight has been found.

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