Ondo Gubernatorial Election:Before The Curtain Is Drawn.

Ondo State Gubernatorial Election: Before The Curtain Is Drawn
[Femi Adefemiwa]

If there was a singular factor that played the most singular part in Dr. Olusegun Mimiko’s re-election, it was Dr. Olusegun Mimiko: his promise –performance nexus; his physical politics enunciated in his physical display of affection [PDA] that cuts across all barriers-religion, age bracket, ethnicity social and educational background; his intricate knowledge of the political terrain and barometer of the state; and his profound equitable political philosophy that no part of the state will be left behind have created a station of endearment to the people.

It was Barack Obama who said inter-alia that ‘we are not entitled to success; we must earn it’. Dr. Mimiko by no doubt earned his success, having labored for it tirelessly and relentlessly over time.

Note it, this is not in any way to denigrate the roles played by various individuals and organizations in the actualization of his second term bid. If nothing, they played a galvanizing and commendable feel-good effect which is always a plus in any political contest.

I wish to acknowledge the roles played by the two main political rivals, the PDP and ACN. They have helped to enhance dynamic political plurality in our democratic experience in Ondo State, nay Nigeria. Suffice also to say that the national leadership of the PDP was not a bad loser, albeit the discordant notes emanating from its local chapter. Kudos also must be given to the ACN leadership for finally ‘putting ‘ the election behind them. Its all a pointer to good omen in this political dispensation.

As the geo-political map has now shaped up, the principal players must settle down in a fashion concomitant with what George S. Patton put as ‘wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men’
No matter what side of the aisle one may currently stand, the only thing that is constant is enlightened self-interest which ,must be worn with some measure of decency, be subsumed for the general interest of the greatest number of our people in Ondo State. And that appears to have been the electoral verdict.

Should this be achieved in unison, I am afraid not; but in harmony, absolutely yes.

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Ondo Guber 2012: LET IT BE A REFERENDUM,

Politics in all climes from the ancient Greek city state to today’s jet-age politics is undisputably a means to an end.While that ‘end’ is usually altruistic noble and selfless,in our own clime such ‘end’ is more often than not a perverted avenue for self aggrandisement tending towards primitive acquisition tendencies and power perpetuitity.

However, to borrow from Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Letter to My Son’s Teacher’ “Teach him that for every scoundel there is a hero, that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader”

I do not pretend to be a politician for I write as a public analyst; as a bonafide stakeholder in Ondo State.

The present administration in Ondo State has shown to all and sundry that there is a government and there were governments. Governor Mimiko’s sanguine disposition and desire to serve to uplift the lot of the societal lowly; to take the commonwealth to the common man; to bring joy to the forlon faces of the generality of the citizenry; to minimize the ever present yoke of diseases, illteracy and its co-traducer poverty is monumentally obvious in the way he bestowed Ondo State’s socio-economic , political and infrastutural landscapes.

Are we looking for a governor who could walk on water or one that would not sink on his own gabbage?
Let Mimiko run on his own record for his re-election. Let this election be a referendum of his performance or lack of it.Let him continue to show his nack for performance over love for power, and discourage power for the sake of it.. Let him continue to demostrate his unquestionable understanding of the nexus between manifesto and performance. This is an arguement that , to borrow an old joke of Henry Kissinger’s is not only convincing but has an additional merit of being true.

I seldom wonder if politics is all about twisting and twinning of truth and falsehood. The achievement guy is surely more objectively impressive than the seemingly potential guy.

I bet some of us dont even know what we dont know! In his speech “Citizenship in a Republic,” Theodore Roosevelt famously said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I therefore submit thus: Let this election be a referendum!

‘Femi Adefemiwa.

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Diabetes Mellitus: What You Should know.

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Diabetes Mellitus: What You Should know

Diabetes mellitus (or diabetes) is a chronic, lifelong condition that affects your body’s ability to use the energy found in food. There are three major types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

All types of diabetes mellitus have something in common. Normally, your body breaks down the sugars and carbohydrates you eat into a special sugar called glucose. Glucose fuels the cells in your body. But the cells need insulin, a hormone, in your bloodstream in order to take in the glucose and use it for energy. With diabetes mellitus, either your body doesn’t make enough insulin, it can’t use the insulin it does produce, or a combination of both.

Since the cells can’t take in the glucose, it builds up in your blood. High levels of blood glucose can damage the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes, or nervous system.

Diabetes complications. can be deadly.Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems

The good news? With the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications. Diabetes — especially if left untreated — can eventually cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease (For example, kidney failure is the cause of death for 10-20% of diabetics) , blindness, amputation, and nerve damage to nerves in the feet.

Normal Glucose Level
Blood sugar or plasma glucose tests are used to determine the concentration of glucose in blood. These tests are used to detect an increased blood glucose (hyperglycemia) or a decreased blood glucose (hypoglycemia).

Normal blood glucose level is 70-140milligrams per deciliter (4-8mmols). Below 70 is hypoglycemia,and you will show symptoms of feeling,dizzy,sweaty,tired and eventually if it is not corrected by giving that person some sugar he or she will go into shock..above 140 and more is hyperglycemia and that’s being diabetic.

The global diabetes epidemic is continuing on a relentless upward trend, fueled by poor diet, sedentary activity and rising rates of overweight and obesity.

Type 2 diabetes (accounts for about 95% of cases in adults) is 100% reversible and preventable with the proper lifestyle changes
Conventional diabetes treatment focusing on lowering blood sugar levels with drugs may not at all address the root cause of the disease and could typically makes diabetics progressively worse
Replacing grains and sugars in your diet with high-quality protein and veggies, (Cruciferous veggies like broccoli,pumpkins (elegede) cabbage, mustard seeds and similar green leaf vegetables) contain sulforaphane, an organic sulfur compound that’s antidiabetic and antimicrobial and engaging in appropriately intense exercise, are two keys to preventing and reversing this disease

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America and World Peace: Is Drones the Answer?

America and World Peace: Is Drones the Answer?

“The war against terror is bound up in the war against poverty”
Gen. Colin Powel [Former Chairman, U.S. Joint Chief of Staff, Former U.S Secretary of State]

1. Since September 2011, the United States has launched a global war on terror. Has the U.S neglected     the deeper causes of global instability?
2. The United States spends over $.5 trillion annually on its military to buy peace. If a small fraction of this is spent to address the plight of the world’s poorest of the poor, whose societies are destabilized and devastated by extreme poverty and thereby become havens of unrest, violence, and global terrorism perhaps, and perhaps the world would have been a more peaceful planet.

África years ago was not a frontline in the war of terror. Today it is with huge activities in Mali, Algeria, Somalia, Libya and in deed Nigeria. While it is desirable to ‘bring terrorists to justice or take justice to them’ (Preident George W. Bush), it is equally perhaps more desirable to genuinely address the likely fundermental causes of terror out of which extreme poverty is one. Extreme poverty makes a people despondent, push a people over the brink.

A surely new ‘new world order’ is needed to address inequality, hunger, poverty, unemployment, diseases, illeteracy, and many more. The world can only enjoy relative peace when the developed world sincerely looks beyond their border.

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like to share this amazing story with you.

From a friend, I will like to share this with you.

 This is the story of a young boy whose parents were murdered during 2002 riots in Kaduna.

He was aged 11 yrs at the time this sad incident took place. His parents, Mr Austine and Mrs Josephine Moses, were missionaries until they met their untimely death, what a sad end. The boy left his house
to play football but returned home to see that all his parents had laboured for had been razed down and he would never see his mother and father again.

He was taken to London by his Uncle almost immediately after the incident. While in London, he began deploying his football skills. Though his parents were murdered, his passion for football was never killed. 
He played football for his school and later for a local Tandridge League club until Crystal Palace FC approached him. From that point, his career progressed in leaps and bounds.
This player played for England’s under 16, 17, 19 and 21 teams between 2005 and 2010 scoring
11 goals for England during this period. He later moved to Wigan Athletic and now he plays for Chelsea.
This footballer is called VICTOR MOSES.
His story is a touching one, I share his pains. I also share his courage. He had a choice not to step into Nigeria again but he didn’t take that option.

When the call to serve his fatherland came, Moses chose and embraced Nigeria… That is patriotism!

Today, we see a Victor Moses bringing joy to every Nigerian including those who may
have inspired his parent’s death… That is Love!

Today Sunday, Moses would stand for the Nigerian National Anthem and pledge allegiance to a country
that couldn’t defend his parents… That is faith! 

Moses would deliver the “African Cup of Nations” trophy to Nigeria not minding what had happened in the past… That is forgiveness!

 Moses rose through bitterness and despair to the limelight of hope and courage.
He never gave up on his country. He persevered… That is purpose!

If someone like Victor Moses, despite the bitter past, never gave up on Nigeria, then why should we?…………ONE NIGERIA!
Best of Luck to the Nigeria,s Super Eagles today!!!

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The Best Anti-Aging Therapy

You are never too old to start exercising; in fact, exercise only gets more important with advancing age
Research shows no matter what your age, you stand to gain significant improvements in strength, range of motion, balance, bone density and mental clarity through exercise
Exercise reduces your risk of about two dozen health conditions, ranging from cancer and heart disease to type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression
Exercise is a key to remaining steady on your feet as you get older, can keep your sense of balance strong, and even restore what’s already been lost
Longevity is the new normal; increasing numbers of people in their 80s and 90s are accomplishing stunning physical accomplishments

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Health Series: High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force exerted by blood on the walls of the arteries when the heart beats.

What is high blood pressure?
Symptoms of high blood pressure
Causes of high blood pressure
Diagnosing high blood pressure
Treatment of high blood pressure
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What is high blood pressure?

It causes the heart to work harder than normal putting both the heart and arteries at greater risk of damage. High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, damage to the eyes, congestive heart failure and atherosclerosis.

Hypertension exists where the pressure at which blood is pushing against blood vessel walls is consistently above average.

Blood pressure changes throughout the day. In particular, it increases during exercise and decreases during sleep.

Untreated high blood pressure can cause the heart to become abnormally large and less efficient (ventricular hypertrophy) causing heart failure and increased risk of heart attack.

Symptoms of high blood pressure

Although high blood pressure can cause headaches, dizziness and problems with vision, the majority of people suffer no symptoms at all. As a result many people with hypertension remain undiagnosed because they have no symptoms to motivate them to see a doctor or get their blood pressure checked.

However, despite the lack of symptoms hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and many other medical problems

Causes of high blood pressure

In over 90 per cent of cases, the cause is unknown. In the remaining cases, high blood pressure is a symptom of a recognisable underlying problem such as a kidney abnormality, tumour of the adrenal gland or congenital defect of the aorta (in these cases when the root cause is corrected, blood pressure usually returns to norma).

This type of high blood pressure is called secondary hypertension.

If high blood pressure isn’t treated and is combined with obesity, smoking, high blood cholesterol levels or diabetes, the risk of heart attack is several times higher.

Arteries also suffer the effects of high blood pressure, becoming scarred, hardened and less elastic. Though this hardening of the arteries often occurs with age, high blood pressure accelerates the process. The hardened or narrowed arteries are unable to supply the amount of blood the body’s organs need, preventing them working effectively. Another risk is that a blood clot may lodge in an artery narrowed by atherosclerosis, blocking blood supply.

Diagnosing high blood pressure

The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. A doctor or other qualified health professional should check a patient’s blood pressure at least once every two years.

It’s measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) and is defined in an adult by the recording of two readings:

Systolic pressure – represents the force of the blood as the heart contracts (beats) to pump it around the body. This is the higher of the two readings and records blood pressure at or above 140mm Hg.
Diastolic pressure – the pressure while the heart is relaxed and filling with blood again in preparation for the next contraction or heart beat. This value is lower than the systolic pressure and records blood pressure at or above 90mm Hg.
What is considered to be an acceptable blood pressure and what is hypertension (and then what needs treatment) depends on several factors. A single high reading isn’t enough to warrant a diagnosis of hypertension as blood pressure can be raised in all of us now and then – even the sight of a doctor can be enough to put it up. So there must be at least three high readings to cause concern.

When high blood pressure is first diagnosed, tests may be done for an underlying cause (i.e. secondary hypertension) especially if the person is young or has very high blood pressure. If an underlying cause is found it should be treated.

Treatment of high blood pressure

There’s no cure as such for essential hypertension, but following a healthy lifestyle can be enough to bring blood pressure down to a normal level. This is one reason why drug treatment may not be offered for healthy individuals with only mild hypertension (above 140/90 mmHg but below 160/100 mmHg).

Medication is used if lifestyle changes alone fail to lower blood pressure sufficiently. It’s generally recommend that drug treatment is offered to those with:

Blood pressure above 160/100 mmHg
Isolated systolic hypertension of more than 160 mmHg
Blood pressure of more than 140/90 mmHg (ie, mild hypertension) but who also have cardiovascular disease or significant risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or damage to the heart, kidney or eyes as a result of high blood pressure
Current guidelines also recommend that blood pressure levels need to be even lower for certain people and say treatment should aim to lower blood pressure to below 130/80 if a person has:

A complication of diabetes, especially kidney problems
Had a serious cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, TIA or stroke
Has certain chronic kidney diseases
All medicines can have side effects and sometimes it’s necessary to try different drugs if initial treatments cause problems.

Reseached/also from Dr Jeni Worden

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Can You Do This? Simple Sitting-Standing Test May Help Predict Longevity

*How well you can sit and rise from the floor, without using assistance form your hands, knees or other body parts, may predict your risk of dying prematurely in the next six years.
*Those who scored the lowest, requiring the most assistance to sit and rise from the floor, were 6.5 times more likely to die during the study period than those who scored the highest.
*The “sitting-rising test” measures your fitness at the most basic level, testing not only muscular strength but also flexibility, balance and motor coordination. All of these attributes are essential for day-to-day living, and for maintaining your independence as you age.
*You can extend not only the quantity of your years, but also the quality, by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle, involving diet, exercise, stress reduction and more.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend.

(From studies/research)

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Nigeria: The Slide That Must Stop (By Femi Adefemiwa)

China, the second largest economy in the world recently banned lavish state banquets including ones for visiting foreign dignitaries.

Conversely, Nigeria ranking 30th in world economies order by GDP has for 2013 a budget of about NGN3b ($20m) for Aso Rock’s food and entertainment . As if that was not enough, a new banquet hall of multi billions Naira is about to take off.

Perhaps one could not but marvel at the economic wizardry of our Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Finance Minister even when politics are politics.

A cursory look at the following comparative economic indices between China and Nigeria would speak volumes.

Item China Nigeria
*GDP. $ 7.3 tn. $247.1 bn
*GDP/Capita. $8,500. $2,600
*Unemployment 4.2%. 24%
*Populatn below 13.1%. 45%
Poverty line
*Average gross $452. $135*
*Export. $1.9 tn. $92.8 bn
*Life expectancy 78.83. 48.4

Ascribe a significant pride of place to behemoth corruption in the land, misapplication of public funds on grandiose projects that have no bearing whatsoever to the well being of the citizenry is another malaise millitating against us as a people. Granted that the rate of growth of economies of developing world in general and Africa in particular is at about 6%, it is debatable how much of this in concrete terms is actually developmental.

Today, we have all it takes to emerge as a major world economic.. However, it will not continue to be like this ad infinitum because our oil and gas which account for over $91bn of a total export revenue of less than $93bn will sooner or later dry up or push to the backwaters with the daily devoting taking place in the more envinroment-friendly energy technologies.

And then where would our infrastructures , our industrialization,, our agriculture, our education, and our health be by then is almost a no-brainer if this drift is sustained.

If Newton’s law is anything to go by, every action (or in-at ion) has an equal and opposite reaction.

God bless Nigeria.

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