American Football player Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem

A US National Football League (NFL) quarterback has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest at what he sees as racial injustice.

Colin Kaepernick, who plays with the San Francisco 49ers, remained seated as the anthem was played.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” he explained.

Some fans booed the player when he took to the field.

But his team said they supported his right to protest, which took place as the 49ers hosted the Green Bay Packers in a pre-season game on Friday.

“We recognise the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the team said.

An NFL spokesman said players were “encouraged but not required” to stand during the anthem.

Colin Kaepernick is 28 years old, biracial, adopted and raised by white parents in Wisconsin

He joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. He was a Former starter who led the team to the NFL’s title game, the Super Bowl, in 2013, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Since demoted to back-up. His signature touchdown celebration known as kaepernicking, involving the flexing and kissing of his right bicep

He set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback (181) in the 2012 season play-offs

Kaepernick has been outspoken on social media about race relations and is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick told NFL Media.

“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He appeared to be referring to police use of deadly force which sparked the Black Lives Matter protests.

Twitter reactions are below… Personally, am just on the look out for what Mr Trump might have to tweet about this.

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HOW HOTDOGS ARE MADE

The average business man would do pretty much anything to maximize profit at short run. Basically, this is the goal of any successful business, or enterprise, or industry. Lets look at the sausage/hot dog industry for a bit. You would feel that hundreds of thousands of cattle get slaughtered daily to provide for the large and ever-growing market for these processed meat produce, right? Well, wrong!

These company’s sometimes use pretty much any animal, to produce their processed products and unfortunately, you just can’t tell. What I mean is that if for instance, you are a muslim and your religion forbids you from eating pork, but you love eating Sausages/Hotdogs, there is a high possibility that you have been eating pork without your knowledge.

The images below show the unhygienic conditions in which these processed meat foods are made, and the inhumane way these animals are treated before processing.

A cocktail of animals, which might include dead pigs and piglet, dead horses, dead donkeys and even dead dogs are being grounded whole, using the machine above. Then treated and processed to what we eat. I would have uploaded a video but these pictures pretty much speak for themselves, about the terrible process and steps involved in meat processed food types.

My Betting Tips – 23/08/2016

FC Flora Tallinn – FC Infonet (Home DNB)
Crystal Palace – Blackpool FC (Home Win)
Exeter City – Hull City (Away Win)
AFC Fylde – Salford City (Over 2.5)
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Cambridge Utd FC (Home Win)
Hapoel Beer Sheva – Celtic FC (Over 2.5)
Legia Warsaw – Dundalk FC (Home Win)
Peterborough Utd – Swansea City (Over 2.5)
Derby County – Carlisle Utd (Home Win)

EAT THAT ONION! The Health Benefits of Onions

Onions, like garlic, are members of the Allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects.

Onions are healthy whether they’re raw or cooked, though raw onions have higher levels of organic sulfur compounds that provide many benefits, according to the BBC. A 2005 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that there is a high concentration of flavonoids in the outer layers of onion flesh, so you’ll want to be careful to remove as little of the edible part of the onion as possible when peeling it. For example, a red onion can lose about 20% of its quercetin and almost 75% of its anthocyanins if it is “overpeeled.”

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Because of their use in cooking around the world, onions are among the most significant sources of antioxidants in the human diet, according to a 2002 report in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Their high levels of antioxidants give onions their distinctive sweetness and aroma. These antioxidants and flavonoids may help promote heart health, reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of cancer, in addition to a load of other good things.

Onions can help increase our bone density and may be of special benefit to women of menopausal age who are experiencing loss of bone density. In addition, there is evidence that women who have passed the age of menopause may be able to lower their risk of hip fracture through frequent consumption of onions. “Frequent” in this context means onion consumption on a daily basis!

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Onions’ sulfurs may be effective anti-inflammatory agents, according to a 1990 study in the journal International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology. Quercetin has been found to relax the airway muscles and may provide relief of asthma symptoms, according to a 2013 study in the American Journal of Physiology. Although, onion is not as well researched as garlic in terms of specific inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or allergic airway inflammation, this allium vegetable has nevertheless been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits.

Unlike the research on garlic and its cardiovascular benefits, research specifically focused on onion has mostly been conducted on animals rather than humans. In animal studies, there is evidence that onion’s sulfur compounds may work in an anti-clotting capacity and help prevent the unwanted clumping together of blood platelet cells. There is also evidence showing that sulfur compounds in onion can lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, and also improve cell membrane function in red blood cells.

Onion has repeatedly been shown to lower our risk of several cancers, even when we consume it in only moderate amounts. “Moderate” generally means 1-2 times per week, even though in some studies it has been used to mean up to 5-6 times per week. Colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer, and ovarian cancer are the cancer types for which risk is reduced along with moderate amounts of dietary onion. For other cancer types, however, moderate intake of onion has not been enough to show significant risk reduction. For these cancer types—including esophageal cancer and cancers of the mouth—daily intake of onion is required before research results show significant risk reduction.

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The fiber in onions promotes good digestion. Additionally, onions contain a special type of soluble fiber called oligofructose, which promotes good bacteria growth in your intestines. One 2005 study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that oligofructose may help prevent and treat types of diarrhea. The phytochemicals in onions that scavenge free radicals may also reduce your risk of developing gastric ulcers, according to the National Onion Association.

The chromium in onions assists in regulating blood sugar. The sulfur in onions helps lower blood sugar by triggering increased insulin production. One 2010 study in the journal Environmental Health Insights revealed that this might be especially helpful to people with people with diabetes. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who ate red onions showed lower glucose levels for up to four hours.

In addition, Onions are assumed to be able to lower your risk of cataract formation, diminish replication of HIV, antimicrobial properties that may help reduce the rate of food-borne illness, Reduced risk of neurodegenerative disorders.

On the downside, although, not especially serious, eating onions can cause problems for some people. The carbohydrates in onions may cause gas and bloating, according to National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Onions, especially if consumed raw, can worsen heartburn in people who suffer from chronic heartburn or gastric reflux disease, according to one 1990 study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Eating a large amount of green onions or rapidly increasing your consumption of green onions may interfere with blood thinning drugs, according to the University of Georgia. Green onions contain a high amount of vitamin K, which can decrease blood thinner functioning.

It is also possible to have a food intolerance or an allergy to onions, but cases are rare, according to an article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. People with onion allergies may experience red, itchy eyes and rashes if an onion comes into contact with the skin. People with an intolerance to onions may experience nausea, vomiting and other gastric discomfort.

Inspite of these few minor allergic issues, why not grab an onion today guys and enjoy all these positive health benefits.

World Jollof Rice Day – How To Prepare Jollof Rice

So yesterday was World Jollof Rice Day; yes, you read right. People may wonder why we need a special day to celebrate a dish that is like pure water to some who eat it several times a week. But if it’s been a while since you tasted the orange stuff, then here’s a simple recipe to get your lips oily and your tummy satisfied.

Ingredients:
• 10 tomatoes
• 5 tatase
• 5 pieces rodo
• 1 cooking spoon tinned tomato puree
• 1 kg beef
• 2 red onion
• 5 cloves garlic,minced – optional
• 4 bay leaves
• 1 tbsp. Dry Thyme
• 1 tbsp. Curry powder
• 4 Seasoning cubes
• 5 cups rice
• Salt to taste
• Canola oil
• 1 cup green peas and carrots
• 2 cubes Maggi

Directions:

  1. Wash the rice thoroughly and place in a pot. Add enough water just enough to cover the rice and par boil for 10 mins. Wash the parboiled rice with cold water, drain and set aside.

  2. Wash and blend the tatase, rodo, tomatoes and 1 onion. Add the tomato puree. Set aside.

  3. Wash, season and boil the beef for about 15 – 20 minutes or until soft (make sure you have enough beef stock to cook the rice)

  4. Slice the remaining onions and garlic. Pour the canola oil into a pot, fry the onions and garlic for one minute and then add the pepper mix. Stir fry for about 5 minutes.

  5. Pour in the beef stock and mix well. Add the remaining seasoning (Maggi, curry, thyme and salt).

  6. Add the rice to the pot containing the pepper mix. Turn with a wooden spoon and allow to cook until water dries up. If water dries up and it is still hard, add some more water and allow to cook until soft

  7. Leave the rice to burn underneath till you begin to smell it. Once it completely dries up at the top, turn off the burner and open the pot slightly for the vapor to evaporate. Your jollof is ready…serve!
    Photo credit: Ingredient Matcher
    Recipe credit: Dobby’s signature

Man On Trial For Attempting ATM Fraud

Fifty-four-year-old Emmanuel Oti, who allegedly attempted to defraud a first generation bank in Ibadan of N7.1 million with an ATM card, is standing trial before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Oti, a resident of Gbwom, Jos, was arraigned for attempt to commit fraud.

The accused and a man still at large allegedly conspired to commit the offence on August 15 at 4.00 p.m. at a branch of Union Bank at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

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Prosecutor Sunday Ojeleye told the court that the accused and his accomplice went to the bank to demand for an Automated Teller Machine card.

He said, “It was discovered by a bank official that the account for which Oti was requesting ATM card belongs to another customer of the bank.

“The account owner (name withheld) had in his account about N7.1 million.

“The bank official discovered that the picture and signature of the account owner were different from Oti’s.’’

He said Oti requested for the ATM card to enable to him to have access to the account and withdraw all the money in it.

He said, “The official alerted bank’s security guards, who arrested him and handed over to the police.”

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The offence contravened Section 422 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

The accused, if convicted, may be sentenced to seven years imprisonment according to the Criminal Code.

Chief Magistrate Abdulateef Adebisi granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adebisi said one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused and adjourned the case to September 21 for hearing.

Teenager Jailed For Allegedly Raping His 5 Year-Old Niece

A Kano Magistrates’ court on Monday remanded Musa Abdullahi, 17, in prison custody for allegedly raping his 5-year-old niece. Abdullahi was charged for rape, an offence which contravened section 283 of the penal code.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Suleiman Danladi, told the court that Jamilu Zaki from Kazaure LGA in Jigawa reported the case at Danbatta Police Division Kano, on July 2. Danladi said that on July 1, at about 5 p.m., the accused, who resides in Birnin Kara Village, Danbatta LGA, decieved and lured his 5-year-old niece into a room at their family house in Birnin Kara village.

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He said that the accused had unlawful sexual intercourse with the 5-year-old girl on different occasions and gave her N10. The prosecutor said that the victim was rushed to Danbatta General Hospital for treatment. The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till Aug. 25 for mention.

Credit: The Vanguard