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Milk is one of the most widely consumed products in the world. There are many different types of milk available for consumption, including cow’s milk, goat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, and soy milk.

Today, cow’s milk is one of the most popular animal milk consumed by humans. The plant-based milks like soy, rice, and almond milk, are a good alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or experience discomfort after consuming animal milk. The plant based products don’t taste like cow’s milk and are often sweetened to increase palatability.

Milk can be consumed in many forms – cheese, yoghurt, creams, ice cream, flavored milk, and as a plain milk. Most milk sold in the market is pasteurized, which means the milk is heated with the purpose of killing potentially harmful micro organism that may lead to disease such as hepatitis and salmonella, and increases the shelf life of the beverage. Pasteurization has little effect on milk’s nutritive value.

Milk is one of the most nutrient-dense foods that are packed with many essential vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of calcium. In fact, an 240ml serving of milk provides about 30% of the daily value of calcium. Calcium helps maintain strong teeth and bones.

In addition to calcium, milk also provides high quality protein, vitamins and other minerals that can promote health and prevent disease. Here are somehealth benefits of milk.

  1. Strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis
    As a rich source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, milk is essential for healthy bone growth and development. An adequate intake of milk from early childhood can help strengthen bones and thus reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis in later life. 

    Most people should have about three cups of milk or dairy products each day to meet their daily calcium requirements. Teens and older people have the highest calcium requirements so they should get about four cups daily.

  2. Maintain teeth health
    The calcium and phosphorous in milk are also beneficial for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth. They helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.
  3. Reduce high blood pressure
    Several studies have shows that consuming three portions of milk or low-fat dairy products every day, along with five portions of fruit and vegetables, can reduce high blood pressure in both children and adults.
  4. Lowers diabetes risk
    Studies suggest that regular consumption of low fat dairy products such as milk can help to reduce the risk of diabetes. A study of men in 2005 found that those with the highest intake of milk had a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Similarly, a study of more than 37,000 middle aged women found a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes with an increased consumption of low fat dairy products. It is thought that this effect may be due to the fact that dairy foods have a low glycemic index, which helps to control blood sugar levels.
  5. Fight cancer
    A number of studies have shown that people who drank two or more glass of milk regularly had a lower risk of developing both colon and breast cancer. Calcium and natural fats in milk known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has been suggested as protective components against colon cancer.
  6. Aids in weight loss
    Research has also shown that women who drank low-fat or skim milk lose more weight than those who exclude milk from their daily diet. Although not fully understood, it appears that the use of milk and dairy products can help regulate body fat.
  7. Relieve stress
    Milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12. The protein lactium has a stress-relieving effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms caused by feeling tense. Have a glass of low-fat milk in the morning to start your day stress free.
  8. Promotes healthy skin
    Milk provides high amounts of vitamin A and several B-complex vitamins – all nutrients necessary for a healthy skin. Milk also contains lactic acid which is known to aid in removing the dead skin cells, thereby purifying the skin.

Milk and other dairy products are highly nutritious so you should consume them daily as a part of a healthy balanced diet.

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Job was the Godliest man of his time. He was also the richest man of his time. A combination of Bill Graham and Bill Gates in one package.

If you desire the type of blessings that God gave Job, ask yourself if you will be as Godly as Job if God blessed you with wealth. From The Bible we learn that both God and satan are constantly going from one end of the earth to the other seeking a man who can handle great wealth and power and still love God.

We see this in 2 Chronicles 16:9 “for the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him”.

We see this in Job 1:7 “The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it”.

God is scanning this world for great faith, Satan is scanning this world to bring people of such great faith down.

If you can resist Satan, like Job did, then God will unleash on you the abundant life that His Son Jesus talked about. But if you cannot, God loves you enough to keep wealth from you so that you will not gain the whole world and lose your soul!

Reno Omokri is the pastor of the Mind of Christ Christian Center and author of Shunpiking No Shortcuts To God. He can be reached on Twitter @renoomokri

Chinaemerem Ibezim, Chinaemerem Ibezim devotional, Spirit and Life Devotional

I John 2:6 NKJV “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

We risk being called deceivers when we claim to be born again but don’t live like Him. Being born again isn’t a title, it’s being dead to sin, to self and being raised up with a new life, the very life of God, that enables you to live like Him.

You know, preachers encourage us to remain in faith even when we sin; we are told that babies start crawling before they begin to walk; and that Jesus has paid the price for all the sins we would ever commit: yes, but for how long is a man supposed to be a babe? For how long are we going to keep preaching that message to the same man? For how long shall a man continue to walk in his old ways?

He who says he abides in Christ ought to walk as Christ walked! It’s time to grow up! Time to get serious about our faith and walk with God; it’s time to follow Jesus wholeheartedly and learn His ways.

To do: Ask God for the power of the Holy Spirit to live and walk like Christ.

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Physics teacher has been sacked for accidentally shooting a 17-year-old pupil in the leg with an air gun during a classroom experiment.

The popular teacher was trying out a new experiment to measure the acceleration of a pellet as it passed through sheets of paper when the accident occurred. The pellet apparently deflected off a table, hitting 17-year-old AS-level pupil Ben Barlow in the leg.

Science teacher Richard West was sacked after he accidentally shot 17-year-old pupil Ben Barlow in the leg with a pellet gun during a classroom experiment
Science teacher Richard West was sacked after he accidentally shot 17-year-old pupil Ben Barlow in the leg with a pellet gun during a classroom experiment

After the teacher was sacked, the injured boy began a Facebook campaign calling for the school to re-instate the teacher.

Daily Mail reports:

But the boy he injured has begun a Facebook campaign calling for him to be given his job back.

Yesterday, as the Facebook page he set up in support of Mr West passed 2,170 ‘likes’, Ben said a safety pin could have caused him more harm.

He said he decided to study physics because of the 53-year-old teacher’s ability to ‘make the subject come alive’.

About 20 lower-sixth formers at St Peter’s Collegiate, Wolverhampton, volunteered to hold sheets of paper at arms-length over a line of desks, Ben said. He was about three-quarters of the way down the line when he was struck.

‘The bullet travelled through the first ten or 11 sheets, then it must have hit a desk below and cannoned into me,’ he said. ‘It was just a momentary pain, like when you walk into the corner of a table. I was left with just a scratch.’

Following the accident in November, Mr West was ‘extremely concerned and apologetic’ and the experiment was halted.

Ben mentioned the incident to his mother that night, and she spoke to the school.

Mr West was suspended soon afterwards and dismissed last week following a disciplinary hearing. It is understood that he was found guilty of gross misconduct.

Ben said he has written to school governors in protest at Mr West’s dismissal. A source said senior figures at the school were aware that head of science Mr West had sometimes used a pellet gun – which is legal for adults to buy and possess – in experiments.

Yesterday father-of-two Mr West, who lives with wife Marion, 54, in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, said he wanted his job back but refused to comment further for fear of jeopardising his appeal against dismissal.

Friends said the teacher was ‘devastated’ at the loss of his unblemished 20-year career at the school.

But one parent said: ‘I can’t believe a teacher thought it was appropriate to take a gun into a school. Surely there are safer ways to do this experiment than taking a deadly weapon into the classroom?’

Head teacher Adrian Richards said Mr West was sacked after a full investigation.

‘As we are still in the appeal phase of the process, it would be inappropriate to comment any further,’ he added.

Ben said pupils taught by Mr West in 1997 had offered support on his Facebook page, Bring Back Westy 2014.

Pupil Isabella Leadbeater, 17, said: ‘We’re infuriated about this and Mr West has been humiliated.’

Tim Cooper, a former English teacher at St Peter’s, said Mr West was ‘one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of teaching with’.

The House of Representatives Committee on Finance remains on a collision course with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy (CME) and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-iweala, as it has raised issues over her 100-page reply to the 50 questions on the state of the economy that were handed to her last December.

Chairman of the committee, Dr. Abdulmumini Jibrin, in a letter to the minister titled, “State of the Economy: Observations, Request for Additional Information and Invitation to investigative Hearing”, dated January 31, 2014, noted that the minister did not answer some questions, partially answered some, ignored some or failed to comprehend some.
According to him, there were “glaring missing gaps in the responses, absence of supporting proof to assertions and lack of relevant documents to back up the presentation as is the practice in any legislative oversight or investigation.”

Observing that a chunk of the data and statistics the CME provided did not fit the information she submitted while answering other questions, Jibrin also criticised the minister’s comparative analysis in answering some questions, noting that she “failed to apply the same in some cases that obviously require such approach”.

“In some instances, you abruptly referred the committee to relevant agencies for clarification. The committee is surprised at that because of its conviction that if all the questions raised are beyond the competence of the Minister of Finance, it is certainly not beyond the competence of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy to the extent of information you must have in your possession unless you say otherwise,” he added.

Giving a copious appraisal of the minister’s response to the 50 questions, the committee provided clarification of what was expected of her by stating, “Your responses this time and submission of the supporting document are expected to put issues in a clearer perspective to enable the committee conclude preparation for the hearing.”

For the umpteenth time, the House summoned the minister to appear before it and gave her a deadline of March 3 to do so. The committee also painstakingly catalogued the areas in which her response failed to answer questions posed to her. These comprised 39 out of all 50 questions.

However, while it did not fault 15 other questions, it pointed out that they would be subjected to additional scrutiny at the hearing.
Specifically, the committee wants the minister to give supporting documentary evidence of requisite facts and figures of government’s claims regarding its economic achievements, provide documentary evidence to support claims on the role of the manufacturing, real estate and housing sectors, answer the question on where exactly expenditure cuts were made in order to reduce recurrent expenditure for the years in question, specify why the economy is growing but not creating enough jobs and present  a comparative and alternate scenario of what the possible outcomes for the country might be of a higher debt-GDP ratio assuming a diligent focus on infrastructure development financing, using the borrowed funds.

On the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum for 2013-2014, the committee wants the minister to provide the probable economic consequences of the country’s ranking, provide the official figure of Nigerians in abject poverty, and the provisions of the repayment dates of loans collected for the execution of projects.

Other issues to which the committee sought clarifications are: the guidelines on which the borrowed funds were based upon; percentage of loanable funds that went to the agricultural sector,; the manufacturing sector and the capital market;  a detailed performance report, including disbursement schedule and levels of implementation for each of the projects for which external borrowings were made; the specific economic disadvantages of a much higher external debt vis-à-vis a much lower domestic debt; corresponding human development indices (such the UNDP’s HDIs) for Nigeria in comparison with these economic growth ratings as those of Fitch, Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s; and information about her conclusions based on these comparisons.

It also demanded to have names of persons/companies who benefited from exemptions and waivers, and an answer as to whether Nigeria needs the services of a foreign company to analyse and improve its tax system.

On the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), the committee also sought to know the present cumulative value of Nigeria’s pension fund, which is similar to Norway’s Government Pension Fund; required clarification on Mastercard; and the multiplicity of public funds being sunk into the establishment of different identification systems by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the National Population Commission (NPC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigerian Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Commission, etc.

It also asked for the minister’s assessment of the conditions of mass transit buses/ taxi cabs provided since 2012; government’s reason for the persistent poor implementation of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P); provide documentary evidence on the disbursements of the FGN’s N200 billion intervention fund to the SMEs she referred to with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

On crude oil sale, the committee demanded information on how much Nigeria had made in excess of the average benchmark price for the years 2011 to 2013, and wanted specific information on the management issues surrounding the Excess Crude Account (ECA), and all the other observations and requests it raised in the letter to the minister.

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The Publisher of Leadership Newspaper and chieftain of the All Progressives  Congress (APC), Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, has denied declaring for the forthcoming presidential race.

In a statement last night, Nda-Isaiah faulted media reports that suggested that he had already declared for the contest.

He explained that his tour of the 12 media houses in Lagos last week, was in furtherance of his consultations.

While appreciating the support and understanding he got during his consultation tour, he stressed the point that he and his team will play by the existing electoral rules.

“I am fully aware of existing electoral rules and timelines and will not jump the gun. I appreciate the support I have been receiving even before I started the media visit, but wish to restate that my team and I would play by the electoral rules”, the statement said.

He further clarified his relationship with Gen Muhammadu Buhari, whom he described as his political leader.

Media reports had quoted the publisher as saying that he was ready to contest against Buhari if the need arose during the primaries of the APC, since he (Nda-Isaiah) was keen on contesting the presidential ticket of the party.
But yesterday, he affirmed that he yet held Buhari in high esteem.

“I also wish to state that I value my existing relationships, including my deep relationship with my political leader and one of the leaders of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari.

“I think of the world of Buhari and hold him too much in high esteem, to be drawn into any entanglements with him, as suggested by one of the reports. I thought this should be obvious to those who know me. His sacrifices, commitment and passion for our country are beyond reproach”, he said in a statement he personally signed.

Nda-Isaiah, had in his published New Year message urged Nigerians to join him in a “hand-in-hand” walk through the year, which he said would be an “eventful year”, stressing that Nigeria was in the throes of a momentous change.

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has recently announced the introduction of 39 new subjects in its examination curriculum.

The announcement was made at the council’s monthly seminar in Lagos on Friday January 31th 2014 by Mrs. Olayinka Ajibade, Acting Head, Test Development Division, WAEC.

Ajibade, while delivering a paper titled “The New Senior Secondary Education Curriculum in Nigeria: Implications for Assessment”, said the fresh initiative was in accordance with the Nigerian Education Research and Development (NERDC)’s new secondary school curriculum.

The NERDC is the body responsible for reviewing primary and secondary schools’ curricula in the country.

According to her, “The implementation of the new SSCE curricula began in September 2011, meaning that the maiden public examinations based on the new/ revised curricula are expected to be held in May/ June 2014.

“Each WASSCE syllabus is derived from the senior secondary education curriculum. In addition to the 39 new subjects for which NERDC engaged in curriculum development, curriculum review was also carried out for 35 existing subjects.”

Changes in the new curriculum include the addition of four new subjects- Computer Studies, Insurance, Store Management and Office Practice- to the electives category, and another 35 new subjects to the Trades category.

New subjects in the trade category include Painting and Decorating, Photography, Salesmanship, Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, and Upholstery.

Ajibade explained that under the fresh directive, students would be required to take four core subjects, comprising English Language, General Mathematics, Civic Education and Trade/ Entrepreneurial Studies.

The candidates, she added, would be required to choose three or four subjects from Humanities, Science, Technology and Business Studies depending on their potential and interest

She also acknowledged that the implementation of the new directive would likely face a number of challenges, some of which she identified as inadequate teachers, appalling state of facilities in schools and large class size

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President Goodluck Jonathan | Jonathan Rebboah/Wostok Press/Maxppp France, Paris)

LAGOS— The governments of United States and the United Kingdom have advised the Federal Government to increase its use of non-military approach and regional collaboration to tackle the  menace of Boko Haram in parts of Nigeria.

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, and the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, disclosed this separately in Lagos and Abuja, where they said the incidences of Boko Haram attacks in parts of the North required new thinking and approaches beyond military diplomacy.

The US Ambassador who was at a media roundtable in Lagos said: “The Federal Government must look at the social and economic conditions that gave rise to the insurgency in the Northern parts of the country.

“The Federal Government must look at why did it start in the first place? What drew people to this organisation in the first place? Was it lack of employment opportunity? Was it education system? I am not sure what the reasons might be. Sometimes it is hard to do but we need to ask why is it happening in our country and what can we do better in our country to make sure that this type of thing does not happen again.

Challenge of counter-terrorism
“Part of the challenge of counter-terrorism is that you are fighting an enemy who mixes with the population and one of the most difficult things for the military is to go into a mixed setting like that and figure out who is a terrorist and who are the innocent civilians.”

“In my conversation with your government and military, I have expressed these points and I think there is a growing concern over finding an enemy who mixes with the civilian population.

“These are enormously difficult thing to do and that is why we are trying to help the Federal Government.”
He also advised Nigeria to strengthen its regional diplomacy.

According to Entwistle,”there is the need for your government to work closely with Cameroun and Chad because these guys cross the borders. The only way to deal with these guys is to collaborate with your neigbours and relevant international organisations.”

Britain to help with security challenges
In Abuja, the British High Commissioner, Mr. Andrew Pocock, who spoke in Abuja at the welcome ceremony for Nigerian Chevening scholars, said: “We have already been working closely with the Nigerian government on the security agenda. There is a lot that is going on and will continue to go on.

“The other thing we are doing is to help promote the view which I think the Nigerian government already has, that the conflict in the North-East, the kind that we see, is not going to be solved easily and purely by military means. There is need for a co-ordinated approach on the political and economic fronts.

“Our development programme is very much aimed in assisting in the two aspects in bringing new approaches to dealing with the drivers of conflict and secondly, by promoting some of the basic elements that people require, particularly in parts of the north, education, health care, sanitation, elements of infrastructure uplift, helping marginalised people to become small entrepreneurs and to have access to the form of financial systems in Nigeria.”

Pocock explained further that his government had plans to assist Nigeria in dealing with its security challenges but noted that it was actively engaged in providing training for the Nigerian military on Command and Staff College.

Nigeria’ll overcome B’Haram  challenges — Onaiyekan
Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, however, expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome the challenges of Boko Haram insurgents.
Onaiyekan expressed the optimism at a mass to conclude the 2014 Prayer Project of Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria, at Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja.

He said there was nothing like Boko Haram 10 years ago and it would soon become history by the grace of God.
He said: “Let us continue to pray that God will deliver us from this ‘terrible infection’ of Boko Haram. We do not know how God will do it, but as Christians, we need deep faith and believe that God will do it.”
The cleric urged Christians to continue to pray for the peace and unity of the country.

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Nigerian player, Russel Okung, won the Super Bowl (XLVIII) on Sunday night February 2nd 2014 in New Jersey with his team Seattle Seahawks.

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States.

Russel Okung
Russel Okung

The 26-year-old is an offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. He played college football for Oklahoma State University, and was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

The American champion was born in Texas to Nigerian parents, Dorothy Akpabio and Victor Okung, who are both from Akwa Ibom State.

Okung was raised by his mother, Akpabio, after his dad died when he as just five years old.

Russel Okung
Russel Okung

“Spectacular” That’s the word Tom Cable used to describe Russell Okung.

“A spectacular player, in my opinion,” Cable said. “When Russ has been healthy, he’s been exceptional.”

Okung, who is a devout Christian, has spoken about his faith saying, “Jesus is everything. And the great thing about Jesus is He’ll meet you right where you’re at. It’s free. You don’t have to earn it. You don’t have to work for it. He gives it because He loves us and He is full of grace.”Okung’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 4:20.

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Thinking about wearing that red tie to a meeting with the managing director today? You might want to think again.

Body language and nonverbal communication can have a big impact on your professional life and can ultimately make or break a deal, business relationship or even your financial success, according to a legion of body language books.

“In business, one of the most important things is the impression you give people,” Eliot Hoppe, an author and expert on body language, told CNBC.

Body language encompasses body movements, facial expressions and gestures as well as the tone of your voice. Here are Hoppe’s top tips to optimize your chances of business success.

7 Things Your Body Language Is Telling Your Boss

1) Posture: People make up their minds about others in just the first four seconds, Hoppe said. “In business, you’ve got to remember that when you walk into a boardroom, people have already made a decision about you by the time you sit down.”

To ensure you go into business meetings as equals walk in with a good posture. “Stand upright, have a brisk walk, you want to convey that you want to be there and are confident,” Hoppe said. “If you slump your shoulders–what message will that give?”

We all have “fronts” but you have to make that outward appearance of confidence believable–people can see through it easier than you think.

2) Handshake: Touch can be a big part of body language, get it wrong and you can end up with a black eye or dismissal–get it right and you can literally gain the “upper hand” in a business transaction.

“For most parts of the world, a handshake in business is the norm and just from that you can get an idea if the person is being dominant and aggressive or passive,” Hoppe said.

One word of warning: Watch out for the “power play” that can take place.

Simple observations such as a limp or firm handshake are easy. Watch out if when shaking someone’s hand the other person tries to turn the handshake so that their hand is on top. “This is a power play,” Hoppe said. Most handshake power plays are sub-conscious but occasionally you will find that in order to appear submissive someone will willingly give you “the upper hand.”

Also watch what the “free” hand does in a handshake. Does the other person use the second hand to shake your hand or to pat your other arm?

“The higher up [your shoulder] the free hand goes, the bigger the power play,” Hoppe said.

George Bush and Tony Blair were a classic case of touch power play, for instance. “Who would pat the other’s arm higher up or who would enter a door first was always an issue,” Hoppe said.

Just one more thing to remember. Don’t hold a drink in the hand you use to greet people. “All people will feel is a cold, wet hand,” Hoppe said. “That won’t give a good impression.”

3) Touch: Never touch your face. It conveys deceit, insincerity and mistrust, according to Hoppe, while touching one’s lips can indicate a lack of agreement.

“When you see someone touch their face you instantly distrust them or feel uneasy about them.”

4) Tonality: The tone of your voice make up a large part of nonverbal communication.

“If you’re trying to convince someone of something pay attention to your tonality. When you’re making a statement, command or directive, your voice goes down at the end of the sentence. So if you’re trying to convince someone of something, make sure it goes down.”

Also, watch out: A person who is trying to deceive someone will tend to raise the voice at the end of a sentence–trying to convince either himself or you.

5) Dress: Red and yellow are power colors. Be careful when choosing them. They can either convey confidence or come across as arrogant to your boss.

6) Feeling vulnerable: Look at items such as a your colleague or client’s pen or glasses–are they chewed at the ends? How do they hold a book or briefcase? Scrutinizing these behaviors indicates how that person approaches negotiations, as well as his thought processes and business confidence.

“When we feel vulnerable we protect our neck area. When another person feels vulnerable too they will try to protect themselves–holding a book or papers over their chest or touching their neck–these are all self-assurance techniques,” Hoppe said.

7) Standing position: If you want to have the best face-to-face rapport with someone, take a small step to your left so that your right eye is directly facing your colleague’s right eye. Hoppe said 75 percent of people surveyed feel more comfortable than when standing to someone’s right.

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