FG targets solid minerals to boost economy

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Waziri Adio, NEITI By Edith Ike-Eboh

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, (NEITI), Mr. Waziri Adio, says the solid mineral sector, though not being tapped to its fullest, has the potential to grow Nigeria’s economy, create jobs and address a number of social issues.

Adio made this known at the launch of a report designed to enhance the contribution of the solid minerals sector to Nigeria’s revenue and Gross Domestic Product,( GDP) in Abuja on Thursday.

The report is tagged ‘Improving Transparency and Governance in Nigeria’s Mining Sector,’

According to him, NEITI, in launching the report, is seeing how it can bring on board, what needs to be done and how it should be done.

He added that NEITI wanted to go beyond audits and do things that would impact lives of the citizenry.

“There is no doubt that Nigeria has lot of potentials in the solid minerals sector, but having potentials is not enough.

” Potentials by itself would not translate to improve revenue for improved fortunes for countries and for its people.

“Our country definitely needs other streams of income, but we are not doing that.

” This sector is one that has all the potentials to generate more revenue for our country, create more jobs for our people, to even expand our industry base. Rather than continue to talk about the problems all the time, we want to do something that would build on ongoing reforms in the sector.

“The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development is doing enormous work to reposition the sector.

“To align with that, we want to see how we can bring certain perspectives, not just on the potentials and problems, which we all know, but what needs to be done and how.” he said.

Presenting the report, the Editorial Consultant and Professor of Geology, University of Ibadan, Mr Gbenga Okunlola, said that in comparison with other countries with similar potential, Nigeria’s mining sector was still largely underdeveloped.

The NEITI report , he said  until recently, when there had been a slight improvement, the mining sector’s contribution to the GDP had not been more than 0.5 per cent, a reversal from the historically higher percentages of about 4-5 per cent in the 1960s and 1970s.

“The misfortune of the solid minerals sector started with the Indigenisation Decree of 1972, which saw massive withdrawal of foreign investments in the mining industry from the country, leaving the bulk of private sector mining operations in the hands of small scale local miners.

“These factors were largely responsible for production decline in the sector, particularly in the metallic minerals sub-sectors, starting in the late 1970s.

“The report indicated that the mining industry had the potential to sharply contribute to the country’s GDP, but was currently under-performing, responsible for 0.33 per cent of employment in Nigeria, 0.02 per cent of the country’s exports and 0.3 per cent of the country’s GDP, ” he quoted the report.

He further noted that the report called for policy consistency in the sector, stating that this would help boost Nigeria’s score in the global Policy Perception Index, thereby, removing the barriers to investments in the sector.(NAN)



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Pollock settling in nicely with new Dodgers teammates

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hanging out in shallow left field with alpha teammate Justin Turner, young star Corey Seager and manager Dave Roberts, the assimilation of Los Angeles Dodgers newcomer A.J. Pollock continued Wednesday morning.

Amid Turner’s easygoing banter and Roberts’ warmth and wisdom, Pollock is increasingly comfortable in Dodger Blue after spending the past 10 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the only organization he’d ever known.

”It was weird in the beginning, just kind of getting used to it,” Pollock said. ”Yeah, this is the team I was playing against for so many years, and now I am a part of their team and meeting some of the guys I’ve played against for so long.”

”Now, it is starting to get a little more familiar and normal, and I am excited. This is a great team. They’ve been to the World Series two years in a row and it is something I am really excited to be a part of,” he said.

The Dodgers signed Pollock on Jan. 24 to a five-year, $60 million contract, gambling the outfielder’s frequent injury woes are behind him. The nature of the setbacks – primarily non-soft tissue – inspires optimism, along with the way the 31-year-old Pollock takes care of himself.

After hitting a career-high .315 with 20 home runs, 76 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 2015, Pollock sustained a broken elbow, which cost him all but 12 games in 2016.

In 2017, a groin strain limited him to 112 games. And in 2018, a broken thumb held him to 113 games, in which he hit .257 with 21 homers, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

”I know there’s been some injuries in the past,” Pollock said. ”I feel like a lot of them were kind of impact and fractures and bone stuff. I don’t know that I could control too much.”

”I just try to control what I can. I am pretty pro-active with stuff. I am always looking for ways to improve. One of the biggest things in baseball is to be able to stay healthy for 162 games,” he said.

Control for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound center fielder includes nutrition, flexibility, strength and conditioning.

”I make sure my diet is pretty on point,” he said. ”I try to be as disciplined as I can and not deviate from my plans. It is definitely a work-in-progress, but I take it really seriously.”

The Diamondbacks chose Pollock in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2009 draft out of Notre Dame, where he met his future wife, Kate Newall. The Australian-born, British-raised Newall started for three seasons on the Fighting Irish lacrosse team. The pair love cooking healthy meals together.

”We dig into it,” Pollock said. ”Is the meat grass fed? Is it grass finished? Where are the vegetables coming from? What you read about nutrition, there’s always a new thing, a new study. We just try to be up-to-date.”

”The stuff I ate in college, I wouldn’t even put in my body anymore, and at the time it seemed very healthy. It is always about learning and getting smarter,” he said.

In terms of strength, flexibility and cardio, Pollock said, ”It is a work in progress. Every year, it evolves. My philosophy has changed. I strive to get my body used to being explosive by simulating stuff on the field.”

”I used to do a lot of yoga. I still enjoy it, but as far as what I am asking my body to do, I will probably do a lot more yoga when I am done playing, because in baseball you have to be still for a while and then you are asked to sprint as fast as you can to run for a ball.”

Pollock’s swift bursts of speed are evident in covering the gaps in center field and on the basepaths, where he is a possible leadoff hitter.

”Well, he’s hit leadoff the last few years in Arizona, so obviously, we thought of him at the top of the order,” Roberts said. ”Right now, I like him at the top, but that doesn’t mean that can’t change, either.”

When Pollock scorched hits to left and center on Tuesday in a spring training loss to the Royals, Roberts was pleased.

”There’s a plan in place, and today he got rewarded,” Roberts said. ”He looked good up there, even the aggressive swings.”

Said Pollock, ”It is spring training, so it doesn’t mean anything, but you just kind of want to go up there and have some good at bats, and feel pretty good. And I feel pretty good.”

NOTES: LHP Julio Urias is under consideration for a spot in the starting rotation. He pitched an inning in his spring training debut, induced two groundouts to third base, and then struck out Oakland’s Matt Chapman, swinging. The 22-year-old had surgery on June 27, 2017, to repair the anterior capsule of his left shoulder, then returned to the Dodgers last Sept. 15 and made three appearances. ”He has been sharp all spring. His fastball was 95-97 (mph),” Roberts said.

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Maya Jama makes a trendy statement in double denim as she attends Wrangler fashion launch in London

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Maya Jama makes a trendy statement in double denim as she attends Wrangler fashion launch in London

Sean O’grady For Mailonline

She never fails to turn heads with her eye-catching sense of style.

And Maya Jama looked radiant as ever as she attended the Wrangler ICONS Pop Up to launch their new collection in Soho, London on Thursday. 

The TV presenter, 24, donned a denim jacket and matching jeans with a turned-up leg.

Style: Maya Jama, 24, looked radiant as ever as she attended the Wrangler ICONS Pop Up to launch their collection in Soho, London on Thursday

Style: Maya Jama, 24, looked radiant as ever as she attended the Wrangler ICONS Pop Up to launch their collection in Soho, London on Thursday

Style: Maya Jama, 24, looked radiant as ever as she attended the Wrangler ICONS Pop Up to launch their collection in Soho, London on Thursday

Maya added to her look with a light blue crop top with a peach bottom and sported box-fresh white trainers.

Styling her raven locks into loose curls, Maya wore a daring red lip and accessorised with hooped earrings.  

The TV star posed alongside rapper and singer IAMDDB who also went for a double denim look in a jacket with multi-coloured prints.

She added height to her frame with translucent heels and accessorised with a pair of shades. 

Outfit: The TV presenter donned a denim jacket and matching jeans with a turned-up leg

Outfit: The TV presenter donned a denim jacket and matching jeans with a turned-up leg

Outfit: The TV presenter donned a denim jacket and matching jeans with a turned-up leg

Beauty: Styling her raven locks into loose curls, Maya wore a daring red lip and accessorised with hooped earrings

Beauty: Styling her raven locks into loose curls, Maya wore a daring red lip and accessorised with hooped earrings

Beauty: Styling her raven locks into loose curls, Maya wore a daring red lip and accessorised with hooped earrings

Beauty: Styling her raven locks into loose curls, Maya wore a daring red lip and accessorised with hooped earrings

Beauty: Styling her raven locks into loose curls, Maya wore a daring red lip and accessorised with hooped earrings

Career: Maya was signed to Radio 1 a year ago as part of a major schedule shakeup and currently hosts shows on Saturday and Sunday 

Career: Maya was signed to Radio 1 a year ago as part of a major schedule shakeup and currently hosts shows on Saturday and Sunday 

Career: Maya was signed to Radio 1 a year ago as part of a major schedule shakeup and currently hosts shows on Saturday and Sunday 

Maya was signed to Radio 1 a year ago as part of a major schedule shakeup and currently hosts shows on Saturday and Sunday.

The busy star has also been working on her second self-designed clothing collection for online retailer PrettyLittleThing recently, alongside her TV presenting work.

Away from work, the rising star has been dating rapper and grime star Stormzy – real name Michael Omari Owuo, Jr – for coming up to four years.

The couple went public with their romance in 2016 after keeping things private for the first part of their relationship.

Pals: Maya posed alongside rapper and singer IAMDDB who also went for a double denim look in a jacket with multi-coloured prints 

Pals: Maya posed alongside rapper and singer IAMDDB who also went for a double denim look in a jacket with multi-coloured prints 

Pals: Maya posed alongside rapper and singer IAMDDB who also went for a double denim look in a jacket with multi-coloured prints 

Busy: Maya been working on her second self-designed clothing collection for online retailer PrettyLittleThing recently, alongside her TV presenting work

Busy: Maya been working on her second self-designed clothing collection for online retailer PrettyLittleThing recently, alongside her TV presenting work

Busy: Maya been working on her second self-designed clothing collection for online retailer PrettyLittleThing recently, alongside her TV presenting work

Busy: Maya been working on her second self-designed clothing collection for online retailer PrettyLittleThing recently, alongside her TV presenting work

Busy: Maya been working on her second self-designed clothing collection for online retailer PrettyLittleThing recently, alongside her TV presenting work

Ensemble: IAMDDB added height to her frame with translucent heels and accessorised with a pair of shades

Ensemble: IAMDDB added height to her frame with translucent heels and accessorised with a pair of shades

Ensemble: IAMDDB added height to her frame with translucent heels and accessorised with a pair of shades

Maya recently had a message for her Instagram followers, telling them in a post on her Stories that she’s been ‘struggling’ with her mental health.

‘Finally accepting that I’ve been struggling with my mental health for a while now, for ages I shrugged off feelings and would try to make excuses for why I felt low because I couldn’t explain what I was feeling or why,’ she wrote.

I feel like this is the first step of me moving forward though, Accepting myself even when I’m not the bubbly positive girl and taking any of these days as they come.’

Adding: ‘I’ve been wanting to cancel plans n shut off but I’m not going to today because something I have learnt is that as bad as it feels now it doesn’t last.

‘I’m always going on about how healthy transparency is online but always delete these kind of messages before posting because of the vulnerability that comes with it. But f**k it were all human.’

Honest: Maya recently had a message for her Instagram followers, telling them in a post on her Stories that she's been 'struggling' with her mental health

Honest: Maya recently had a message for her Instagram followers, telling them in a post on her Stories that she's been 'struggling' with her mental health

Honest: Maya recently had a message for her Instagram followers, telling them in a post on her Stories that she’s been ‘struggling’ with her mental health

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Money Leeches and the Easy Target

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A Money Leech

Dictionary.com defines a leech as “a person who clings to another for personal gain, especially without giving anything in return, and usually with the implication or effect of exhausting the other’s resources; also known as a parasite.” A money leech attacks the financial resources of unknown victims by making them feel sorry for their situation. It is a cold calculated and manipulative act when a person is more concerned about what its victims can do for them, than what they can do for others. This sense of entitlement is what controls the leech’s’ relationship. They do not care about building valuable relationships with others, but more concerned about what other can do for them. This irrational belief system attacks how leeches communicate with friends and family, how often they communicate, and the rewards gained from making contact with them.

The characteristics of leeches span gender biases, ethnic groups and culture. We work with them, live with them, and are related to them. Leeches usually have poor financial management skills that affect their ability to keep monies in their pocket. They like the finer things in life and usually live above their means. A leech would do whatever it takes to maintain a specific lifestyle even if it risks depleting their personal finances and those of others. A leech would spend money on frivolous items before paying bills. They lack tact and are rarely embarrassed to ask people at work, family, friend, and even strangers for money. Leeches have creative stories they tell to attract the attention of others. The ultimate goal is to manipulate the conversation to convince the listener to open their wallets and contribute monies to the leech’s personal needs. When a leech takes advantage of an individual, they will continue to cling and feed off a person’s financial resources until they bleed them dry. Once the finances are exhausted, the leech moves onto its next victim.

The Easy Target

People tricked or con into believing that their financial help is needed are called targets. They are made to feel guilty if they are unable to make contributions to a leech financial situation. The target believes that they are helping someone in need and that divine spiritual intervention will reward them for helping others. This may be true depending on many religious opinions on the matter, but financial ignorance will eventually lead the target to an empty wallet. This lopsided relationship between the leech and the target is dysfunctional and creates an imbalance that can be infested with discord and guilt. The target feels that if they do not help the leech, then no one will. The leech becomes the financial ward of the target, hence reaping the benefits of the target’s hard earned money.

Reality Check

When a target supports the financial obligations of a leech, they are only training the leech to seek financial assistance whenever they want their bills paid. At first, the target is not aware of how financially draining and dependent the leech has become until it’s too late. If a target chooses to give to a leech, they are only encouraging the leech to depend on them to meet financial obligations. The target hampers the financial growth and maturity of the leech and trains them that their behaviors are acceptable.

Do you know someone who is a leech or a target? Is it OK to bleed someone of their hard earned money if you do not have the resources to pay your bills? Leave a comment and share your story.

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Milan, Piatek to Lazio: ‘We will now have the San Siro support…’ – pics | English News

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28 February at 23:37

AC Milan are doing well of late as Rino Gattuso’s team would like to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions league. The team is now getting ready to face off against Sassuolo this coming week-end as this will be a big game for AC Milan. The rossoneri are coming off a 0-0 draw against Lazio in the Coppa Italia as the return leg will be played at the San Siro. Milan striker Piatek had this to say on the matter: ‘Return leg against Lazio? We will now have the support of the San Siro’. You can view the original message bellow right here right now on Calciomercato.com.
 




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Rakitic: Barca ‘perfect’ for me

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Ivan Rakitic has played down talk of a potential move to Inter, insisting that Barcelona are ‘perfect’ for him.

Inter were reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Rakitic for next season, but the midfielder made it clear he would not leave Barca unless he was pushed. 

“Are you Italian?” asked the 30-year-old in his interview with DAZN.

“I like living in Spain. Unfortunately I can’t ask for another passport because I already have two, otherwise I’d also ask for a Spanish one because I’m fine here and I’m happy.

“My family are happy here too and my daughters are doing well in Barcelona because we’re close to Seville. Therefore, staying here is perfect for me.”

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Best guard in NFL? Patriots’ Shaq Mason earns impressive Pro Football Focus grade

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Best guard in NFL? PatriotsShaq Mason earns impressive Pro Football Focus grade originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

The New England Patriots offensive line played very well during the 2018 regular season and throughout their run to Super Bowl LIII, and guard Shaq Mason was a huge reason for that success.

Mason was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded guard of the 2018 campaign, besting all of his peers across the NFL with an 82.7 overall grade.

The Patriots offensive line was PFF’s fourth-highest graded unit for the regular season, and the group improved its performance in the playoffs by allowing only one sack of quarterback Tom Brady through three postseason games. New England’s offensive line also played a leading role in the team crushing opponents on the ground with 485 rushing yards in the playoffs.

The whole league passed on Mason in the 2015 NFL Draft before the Patriots finally selected the Georgia Tech product in the fourth round (131st overall). The Patriots also picked defensive end Trey Flowers in the fourth round of that draft, helping make the 2015 class one of the team’s best in recent years.

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Colon cancer often misdiagnosed in younger patients and disease is discovered at an advanced stage

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Young patients with colon cancer are often misdiagnosed at first, leading to the disease being detected when it’s at an advanced stage, a new survey finds. 

In fact, more than 70 percent of patients aged 49 and younger are diagnosed when the cancer is at stage III or stage IV.

Previous studies have suggested that those diagnosed with colon cancer before age 50 are delayed in receiving treatment and have poor survival rates.

The team, from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, says it hopes the findings lead to an awareness of colorectal cancer among young people and that they recognize the signs so they can get tested before it’s too late.

A new survey has found that more than 70 percent of patients aged 49 or younger were diagnosed with colon cancer at stage III or stage IV, while most patients above age 50 are diagnosed at stage I or stage II (file image)

A new survey has found that more than 70 percent of patients aged 49 or younger were diagnosed with colon cancer at stage III or stage IV, while most patients above age 50 are diagnosed at stage I or stage II (file image)

A new survey has found that more than 70 percent of patients aged 49 or younger were diagnosed with colon cancer at stage III or stage IV, while most patients above age 50 are diagnosed at stage I or stage II (file image)

‘Despite declining incidence in older adults, there has been a rapid and alarming rise in colorectal cancer incidence among young adults in recent decades,’ said lead author Dr Ronit Yarden, director of medical affairs at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.  

‘We do not yet know the cause of the rising incidence in younger patients, and there is little awareness of this trend among health care providers.’

Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine, which is the part of the digestive tract where the body separates water and salt from solid waste.

The cancer usually begins with growths called polyps. They are located on the innermost lining of the colon and become cancerous over many years.

A study published in 2017 found that colon cancer cases diagnosed in adults younger than age 55 doubled from 1990 to 2013, although no one is sure why.

In response, the American Cancer Society updated its screening guidelines for colorectal cancer, lowering the age that people at average risk begin regular screenings from 50 to 45.   

For the new survey, the team reached out via social media to recruit young colon cancer patients and survivors.

They received about 1,200 responses. Of those, 57 percent were diagnosed from ages 40 to 49, about 33 percent were diagnosed from 30 to 39, and approximately 10 percent were diagnosed below age 30.

Results showed that about 63 percent waited anywhere from three to 12 months to see a doctor after their symptoms began, often because they didn’t associate them with colon cancer. 

Additionally, more than 70 percent of patients were diagnosed at stage III or stage IV, compared to those above age 50 who were mostly diagnosed at stage I or stage II. 

The five-year relative survival rate for those with stage I colon cancer is 92 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database.

However, once the cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as the liver, it dramatically drops. The five-year relative survival rate for stage IV is about 12 percent.     

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the US, among both men and women.

It is also the third leading cause of cancer deaths in both American men and women and is estimated to cause more than 51,000 deaths in 2019. 

Researchers also found that 67 percent of patients saw at least two doctors before getting a correct diagnosis, and some saw up to four doctors.

Dr Yarden said getting the right diagnosis can be delayed because symptoms, including constipation, fatigue and abdominal pain, can resemble other health issues such as hemorrhoids or inflammatory bowel syndrome.

But she says that many young people are also unaware that they can be at risk for the life-threatening disease.

‘Young people need to be aware that colorectal cancer can happen at any age and it is not a disease of old people,’ she said. ‘Everybody should listen to their body and, if it doesn’t feel right, go to the doctor to be tested.’

The findings will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, which will be held between March 29 and April 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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