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Cardiovascular Health Tips

Posted by on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 15:41

You’re never too young— or too old — to take care of your heart. Preventing heart disease (and all cardiovascular diseases) means making smart choices now that will pay off the rest of your life. Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Anyone at any age can benefit from simple steps to keep their heart healthy during each decade of life. Here’s how:

• Choose a healthy eating plan. The food you eat can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. Choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat( produced industrially from vegetable fats for use in margarine, snack foods, packaged baked goods and fried fast food), and sodium. As part of a healthy diet, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fibre-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish-at least twice per week), nuts, legumes and seeds and try eating some meals without meat. Select lower fat dairy products and poultry (skinless). Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meat. If you choose to eat meat, select the leanest cuts available. Eating smaller portions of nutrient-rich foods will help you maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight gain causes your heart to work harder and increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

• Be physically active. You can slowly work up to at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) every week or 1 hour and 15 minutes (...

Stimulus Packages to Counter Recession: Nigeria

Posted by on Sat, 09/10/2016 - 15:35

Politicians are expected to make promises they can fulfil but some make unrealistic promises that soothe the mind of voters. Some clearly do, partly because they have a tunnel vision of running the economy with revenue from crude oil only. While the current Government has been working assiduously to build a strong and virile economy with less dependency on crude oil revenue; achieving this lofty goal has been impeded by challenges posed by the sudden fall in the price of crude oil with attendant disruption in the country’s oil production by the raging militants in the Niger Delta region. Consequently, the economy plunged into recession as it aggregate output recorded two consecutive negative growth in first (GDP = -0.36% year-on-year) and second quarter (GDP = -2.1% year-on-year) of 2016 leading to massive job losses and significant economic stress.

As highlighted in our last edition that the country needs to analyse its strengths, weaknesses and focus on the opportunities that the current economic challenge presents (e.g. bolstering policies on importation, scaling up rice production, blocking fiscal leakages in the economy and reducing wastage to mention but a few). We are however optimistic that stimulus packages of the Federal Government would eventually help get the economy going. One of such is the welfare package (intervention fund) which is under current plans to transfer stipends to the poorest and vulnerable households (especially the caregivers, women...

Contemporary Governance Issues: Nigeria

Posted by on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 04:05

States are taking bold initiatives on governance as part of the critical components of sustainable economic growth and development. An example of this is the Integral Action Plan (IAP) of the State of Osun in Nigeria. The IAP comprising of 6 points, focuses on banishing poverty, hunger, unemployment, promoting functional education, restoring healthy living and enhancing communal peace and progress. These novel initiatives are still constrained by a number of critical challenges that must be addressed if development objectives are to be attained. Some of the challenges include low level of accountability of government institutions and diminished capacity to improve the quality of service to be delivered.

Respect for the Rule of Law: Disrespect and disregard by leaders and citizens for the Rule of Law and violation of human rights constitute limitation to good governance. Strict adherence to Rule of Law and leadership by example can guarantee a change of attitudes.

Government Effectiveness: 
There is an urgent need to enhance public service capacity through the provision of adequate incentives to public servants in order to retain highly motivated staff, to increase performance and accountability and to reduce corruption. Also, use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in governance requires further boost. The way forward is further improvement in public sector management and delivery. The financial, human resource, and ICT limitations in these areas...

Boost your Immune System – Disarm the Invader

Posted by on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 03:44

How do you boost your Immune System? Your body is an incredible regenerating organism that is constantly self-regulating and rejuvenating but without the right nutrients, this process becomes impaired. The immune system is one of the most remarkable and complex systems within the human body. When you realise that it has the ability to produce a million antibodies within a minute and to recognise and disarm a billion different invaders, the strategy of boosting immune power makes a lot of sense.
Our daily lifestyle and activities such as consumption of processed foods, exposure to radiation, smoking and other environmental factors predispose our immune system to attacks from foreign invaders. Medicine has focused on drugs designed to destroy the invader – antibiotics, anti-viral agents, chemotherapy and so on however these have their consequences.
With the seemingly endless onslaught of new infectious agents, attention has been drawn to strengthening the body rather than conquering the invading organism. Author of the bestselling New Optimum Nutrition Bible, Patrick Holford recommended the following Immune-boosting herbs and fruits.

Cat’s Claw: A powerful anti-viral, antioxidant and immune-boosting agent from the Peruvian rainforest. Cat's claw contains chemicals that might stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and fight viruses. It is available in supplements or as tea.

Echinacea: This great all-rounder has anti-viral and anti-...

HAVING ATTAINED MIDDLE-INCOME STATUS, VIETNAM AIMS HIGHER

Posted by on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 03:40

Foreign direct investment in Vietnam hit a record in 2015 and has surged again this year. Deals reached $11.3 billion in the first half of 2016, up by 105% from the same period last year, despite a sluggish global economy. Big free trade agreements explain some of the appeal. But something deeper is happening. Like South Korea, Taiwan and China before it, Vietnam is piecing together the right mix of ingredients for rapid, sustained growth.

Vietnam already has a strong, often underappreciated, record. Since 1990 its growth has averaged nearly 6% a year per person, second only to China. That has lifted it from among the world’s poorest countries to middle-income status. If Vietnam can deliver 7% growth for another decade, its trajectory would be similar to those of China and the Asian tigers (see chart).

But that is no sure thing. Should growth fall back to 4%, it would end up in the same underwhelming orbit as Thailand and Brazil.
Perhaps the biggest factor in Vietnam’s favour is geography. Its border with China, a military flashpoint in the past, is now a competitive advantage. No other country is closer to the manufacturing heartland of southern China, with connections by land and sea. As Chinese wages rise, that makes Vietnam the obvious substitute for firms moving to lower-cost production hubs, especially if they want to maintain links back China’ swell-stocked supply chains.
A relatively young population adds to Vietnam’s appeal. Whereas...

OSUN MARKS SILVER JUBILEE WITH RENEWED DETERMINATION

Posted by on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 19:32

In a radical departure from the tradition of having weeklong activities marking the anniversary of State creation, OSUN chose to hold one single event! Delivering his address at the Osogbo Stadium to a mammoth crowd that witnessed the spectacular calisthenics performance, the Tate Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the assurance that in OSUN we are not sprinters, but " marathoners". All the programs, policies and projects show all the indices of steady progress signposting growth.
The OSUN Calisthenics program engaging 4000 pupils of ages 10 to 14 years is not a mere out- of- class activity. It is a lifestyle changing project designed to engender the emergence of a new generation of students who are physically fit, mentally sound and socially responsible. One of the motives behind the program is to take the students away from potentially harmful out- Of-school activities, and provide a platform for activating the attributes of teamwork, endurance, creativity and self discipline. It was an awesome performance.
The struggle for the creation of Osun started as early as 1950. At that time, the present senatorial districts namely Osun West, Central and part of Osun East were subordinate towns under the administration of Ibadan District Native Authority. The demand of the founding fathers was granted on March 17th 1951, thus recommending autonomy for Osun District Towns on April 1st 1951. The resilience and doggedness of the founding fathers and crusaders for...

OSUN INTENSIFIES EFFORTS TO COMPLETE OBA ADESOJI ADEREMI EAST-BY PASS

Posted by on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:24

The 18km road project handled by SlavaYeditepe is a circumferential highway starting from the roundabout on Iwo Road, passing through Ofatedo to Ataoja Grammar School, through Ilesa Road and ending at Osogbo township stadium roundabout. The road is constructed to serve as alternative routes to facilitate easy movement of goods and services around the State capital and reduce travel time in and out of the State. The first and second bridges have been launched.

SOCIAL PROTECTION: HOW OSUN YESSO INTRODUCED ENUMERATORS’ MANUAL TO AID FIELD WORK

Posted by on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 17:16

The State of Osun Youth Employment and Social Support Operation
(YESSO) proved itself a trendsetter after the developed Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households (SRPVH) was certified error free by the World Bank. The introduction of the Enumerators’ manual is an innovation by OSUN YESSO for the use of data collection personnel. This novelty was commended at the Extended Management Meeting involving teams from Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Bauchi, Cross River States and the Federal Operation Coordinating Unit (FOCU) held in Ibadan between 3rd and 5th August 2016. The acting National Coordinator, Andrew David Adejo advised other YESSO states to take a cue from the innovation, adopt and domesticate the manual in their respective States.

OSUN LAUNCHES JOB CENTRE

Posted by on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 17:01

Osun is set to launch Job Centre to address unemployment as part of Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola’s Six Point Integral Action Plan to banish unemployment from the State.
The Job Centre located at the State capital is established as a State Government of Osun-funded one-stop employment agency with desk offices located at each of the 30 Local Government Areas of the State and the Area Office. The Centres will act as a facilitator between job seekers and employers by providing employment information and services to a wide range of people, from the unemployed looking for employment, the underemployed looking for a better job, to employers advertising job openings. It is aimed at eradicating barriers to employment by promoting education, training and business enterprise. This will contribute to the personal development of the labour force through the creation of opportunities for their productive engagement and utilisation.

State of Osun keys into National Social Safety Nets Programme (NASSP)

Posted by on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 14:18

With recent economic downturn brought about by global decrease in price of crude oil, a major revenue earner for the country, statistics showed that more and more Nigerians are becoming poor. Apart from this, inequality in Nigeria has increased, implying that the little that accrues to the Federation purse has not translated into diversification of the sources of labour income for poor families. Therefore, there is obvious need to ensure resources are spread more evenly across the country. Social protection is one of such ways of bridging the inequality gap.

Despite having several past Social Protection programs, ability to measure large scale impact of the various programs have been fraught with lack of coordination and duplication of efforts. Coverage of programs specifically targeted at poor and vulnerable households (HHs) was therefore limited and addresses only a small fraction of national need, with weak synergy between Federal and States, there are therefore improper targeting of the poor and vulnerable, weak monitoring and evaluations systems and lack of proper accounting of impact of Social Safety Nets interventions.

The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has thus instituted a National Social Safety Nets Programme with the main objective of establishing the building blocks of a national social safety net system for effective targeting and delivering cash transfers and livelihoods support to extreme poor and...

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