‘I can’t date Nollywood actor’


imagesFast rising actress-turned-blogger, Judith Audu who has starred in several Nollywood flicks including Seekers, Burning Spears, Huzzel, 4 Walls, Comfort Zone, and Life is Beautiful, may have had some dates before she delved into acting.
She made this declaration while in an online interview with HVP. Audu, whose first love is acting, said, “ I have people I admire their acting skills and crave to work with. But I don’t have a crush on anyone and I am hardly attracted to fellow actors.”
The Edo State-born actress believe that her veering into acting was accidental. According to her, “I didn’t believe I could end up as an actress because I wasn’t so bold to stand and express myself if front of people. But I wished I could and was so happy when I was bold enough to take the step out.”
Describing her ideal man as one that “listens and motivates me, makes me laugh, brings out the best in me, a hardworking, and understanding man,” Audu said, even though she is still climbing the ladder of success in her chosen profession, she’s indeed living out her dreams.
Audu is combination of brain and beauty. Apart from acting, she’s also a model, blogger, voice-over artiste and a foodie as she likes to call herself. She has been around for quite sometime. A holder of B.A degree in French and Masters in Public and International Affairs, the actress admits that her heart is with the arts.

10 killed as Boko Haram raids villages near Chibok


KANO – At least 10 people were killed Saturday in
raids by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on two
villages near Chibok town where Islamists
abudcted more than 200 girls in April, residents
and local leaders said.
“We have picked up 10 corpses with bullet
wounds,” said Enoch Mark, a Christian Priest in
Chibok, 11 kilometres (six miles) from the
attacked villages.
“We believe several people were killed in the
attacks from accounts of residents who fled to
Chibok, but we have to wait for things to calm
down to go into the villages and pick (recover)
the bodies,”

World Cup: Argentina reach last 16


Lionel Messi scored an injury
time goal to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Iran at
the World Cup on Saturday and see them through
to the knockout stage.
Iran resisted Argentina’s heavyweight attack for
91 minutes and seemed destined for a famous
draw in the Group F encounter until Messi’s
second rescue goal in two matches.

‎I was under pressure to step down – Bamidele


Governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele has said that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC, had prevailed him to step down.
Bamidele refuted the claim that he has stepped down for either the APC or PDP candidate expressing optimism that he would win the race.
After accreditation, the Labour Party candidate said, “in the last five days, I have been under tremendous pressure from the All Progressives Congress, APC,as well as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and their candidates.
He said “the truth about it is that I consider it as the normal thing to do. It is a three horse race and I am sure every political party would strategise. I guess it’s been an attempt but by the grace of God, I am very much in the race. I am convinced that by the grace of God, I am the candidate to beat in this election.”

Kim Kardashian is a ‘strict mum’


Los Angeles – Kim Kardashian is a “strict mother”.

The 33-year-old reality TV star has certain routines she likes her 12-month-old daughter North, whom she has with her husband Kanye West, to follow every day and she doesn’t allow her to sleep in their bed, unlike her sister Kourtney and partner Scott Disick do with their kids Mason, four, and Penelope, 23 months.

She explained: “I am a strict mother. I’m really fun and playful, but I’m really strict on nap time, and sleeping in her own crib.

“Like Kourtney’s style is where her kids sleep in bed with her, so especially with the third baby coming – they’re going to need a bigger bed or they’re going to need some other rules.

“And maybe on weekends, North will come and sleep in the bed with us. But … I’m not crazy strict.”

Meanwhile, the brunette beauty admits she and Kanye, 37, who married in Italy last month, are planning to have at least one more child as they’d like to have a little sibling for North.

Asked whether she would like a brother or sister for North, Kim told the MailOnline: “I hope so.

“I grew up with a lot of siblings so I know what that’s like. I don’t know if I would really follow in my mum’s footsteps and have six; that’s a little crazy. I don’t know how they did it – they were in their 20s and they weren’t really thinking right! I like a big family and I would definitely like one more and see how that goes.”

APGA may not win Ekiti guber polls’


Lagos – The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said on Thursday that the party might not win Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti state.

The Chairman of the party, Campbell Umehnzekwe, said that APGA’s belief was influenced by the late entry of the party’s candidate into the race.

He said “we, the national body, did not go there for campaign because of the late arrival of our candidate; so, we cannot say that we have any good stand there now.

“The candidate came late because of the issue of who will bring the candidate.

“Maxi Okwu’s faction, which said it was going to court, went to say that it should be the one to produce the candidate.

“So, after due consideration, the main leadership of APGA produced the candidate of APGA in Ekiti and Osun states.

“So, in Ekiti State, we came late but we are working; but the chances of APGA there we cannot say it’s clear; APC had overtaken the race before others sprang up; but in Osun, we will showcase our system.”

Umehnzekwe charged INEC to guard against wrongful allocation of election materials.

He urged the commission to ensure that election materials were provided early enough for voting to begin.

18 political parties have shown interest to contest the Ekiti guber polls which would hold on June 21.

Kanye West slams Barack Obama


Los Angeles – Kanye West has slammed US President Barack Obama.

The Bound 2 rapper hit out at the Commander-in-Chief, insisting he can’t do anything to “effect change” without “money” – though he then went on to proclaim “genius” to be “extremely cheap”.

Asked about the president in an interview with Power106FM, he ranted: “You can’t effect change from inside the White House like that …You gotta have the money.

“Good ideas usually aren’t connected to money as much … Creativity and extreme genius are extremely cheap.”

Kanye – who has 12-month-old daughter North with wife Kim Kardashian – then went on to warn his critics not to slam him as he is on a “mission from God”.

Kanye said: “Don’t worry about how I’m saying what I’m saying. Look at what I’m saying and how I feel my intent is.

“You do not want to go against the power. I’m working on one mission, and that’s a mission from God.”

He went on to say, “I’m gonna make it very clear exactly what I’m here to do. I’m here to help. I’m going to apply all the blessings I’ve got.

“We’re moving to the future. And I’m gonna be the anchor.”

Just last November, Kanye vowed never to mention the president again as he felt the politician – who has criticised the rapper on a number of occasions – was using his name to be “down” with young people.

He said: “I just think that we’re pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down.

“People were fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years – ‘This is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that’s going on… just say you hate Kanye and there’s going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye.’

“I’m not going to mention him anymore, I’m past that, that’s out my thoughts. That’s lowering my priority of thinking at this point.”

Obama previously spoke out about the New Slaves hitmaker to urge young people not to look to the wealth of the rapper and his now-wife as an example of success, and branded him a “jackass” after he interrupted Taylor Swift’s 2009 MTV Music Awards acceptance speech.

Nigerians seek World Cup win to lift somber mood


Cuiba — Stephen Keshi’s Nigeria squad wants more than just three points against Bosnia-Herzegovina to revive its World Cup campaign on Saturday.
Saddened by a bomb blast that killed 14 people at a World Cup viewing site, he said the African champions also want to try to put a “smile on Nigerian faces” by producing a performance to be proud of in their second game in Brazil.
“Our heart goes out to these people,” Joseph Yobo, who is set to captain Nigeria in the Group F match, said Friday. “I think without fans, football would not be enjoyable.
“All we can do is do well for our country.”
The bomb blast occurred in Damaturu on Tuesday as fans watched the game between Brazil and Mexico. Witnesses said a suicide bomber drove a tricycle taxi packed with explosives into the area.
At least 26 people were wounded in the incident, which took place a day after Nigeria started the World Cup with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Iran. Nigerian authorities are now advising citizens to avoid watching World Cup matches in public places.

Coach Keshi said the needless deaths had cast a shadow over the team’s World Cup campaign.
“We will try to do everything possible to put a smile on Nigerian faces tomorrow,” he said.
The seven matches played so far in Brazil by the five African confederation teams have only netted one win — courtesy of Ivory Coast against Japan. Once again, Africa is expected to be under-represented in the last 16 in its elusive quest for a first world title.
With a game against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Porto Alegre to finish off group play, a win over Bosnia-Herzegovina is essential for the Nigerians.
“It’s not so good for the African continent,” Keshi said, “but I think we have one or two teams that are on course to do something,” good.
Keshi said with 2010 champion Spain and England already out of contention in the group stage, it’s not just the African teams struggling in Brazil.
“If you look around, it’s not just Africa — the champions of the world, two games they are out,” he said. “There are no more ‘little’ teams in the world.”
Keshi is no stranger to shaking up his lineup following a poor result — and he put the draw with Iran in that category.
Peter Odemwingie, who finished the season well with Stoke in the English Premier League, could start up front alongside Emmanuel Emenike.
Alternatively, John Obi Mikel — a defensive midfielder with Chelsea — could be thrust into a more forward role he used to hold when he was a precocious youth player.
“We know he is one of our key players,” Keshi said of Mikel. “We demand that he produces, and he gives his all.”
Yobo is likely to be recalled after Godfrey Oboabona came off against Iran with a foot injury. It would be Yobo’s 99th international appearance.

CERVICAL CANCER


Cervical cancer is a malignant neoplasm arising from cells originating in the cervix. One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding, but in some cases there may be no obvious symptoms until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection appears to be involved in the development of more than 90% of cases. HPV vaccines are effective against two to four of the high risk strains of this family of viruses. Since the vaccines only cover some types of HPV, guidelines still recommend that women have regular Pap smear screening, even after vaccination.
Most cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, arising in the squamous (flattened) epithelial cells that line the cervix. Adenocarcinoma, arising in glandular epithelial cells is the second most common type. Very rarely, cancer can arise in other types of cells.

Cancer screening using the Pap smear can identify precancerous changes in cervical cells. Treatment of high-grade changes can prevent the development of cancer in many cases. In developed countries, the widespread use of cervical screening programs has dramatically reduced the incidence of invasive cervical cancer.
Treatment usually consists of surgery (including local excision) in early stages, and chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy in more advanced stages of the disease. Five year survival rates in the United States are 68%.

Worldwide, cervical cancer is second most commom. and the fifth deadliest cancer in women.
Worldwide, in 2008, it was estimated that there were 473,000 cases of cervical cancer,[10] and in 2010 225,000 deaths. Approximately 80% of cervical cancers occur in developing countries.

Signs and symptoms

The early stages of cervical cancer may be completely asymptomatic.
Vaginal bleeding, contact bleeding, or (rarely) a vaginal mass may indicate the presence of malignancy. Also, moderate pain during sexual intercourse and vaginal discharge are symptoms of cervical cancer. In advanced disease, metastases may be present in the abdomen, lungs or elsewhere.

Symptoms of advanced cervical cancer may include: loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, swollen legs, heavy bleeding from the vagina, bone fractures, and/or (rarely) leakage of urine or faeces from the vagina.

Causes
Infection with some types of human papilloma virus (HPV) is the greatest risk factor for cervical cancer, followed by smoking.
Other risk factors include human immunodeficiency virus.
Not all of the causes of cervical cancer are known, however, and several other contributing factors have been implicated.

Human papillomavirus
Human papillomavirus type 16 and 18 are the cause of 75% of cervical cancer globally while 31 and 45 are the cause of another 10%.

Women who have many sexual partners (or who have sex with men who have had many other partners) have a greater risk.

Of the 150-200 types of HPV known,
15 are classified as high-risk types (16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 68, 73, and 82), 3 as probable high-risk (26, 53, and 66), and 12 as low-risk (6, 11, 40, 42, 43, 44, 54, 61, 70, 72, 81, and CP6108).

Genital warts, which are a form of benign tumor of epithelial cells, are also caused by various strains of HPV. However, these serotypes are usually not related to cervical cancer. It is common to have multiple strains at the same time, including those that can cause cervical cancer along with those that cause warts. The medically accepted paradigm, officially endorsed by the American Cancer Society and other organizations, is that a patient must have been infected with HPV to develop cervical cancer, and is hence viewed as a sexually transmitted disease (although many dispute that, technically, it is the causative agent, not the cancer, that is a sexually transmitted disease), but most women infected with high risk HPV will not develop cervical cancer.Use of condoms reduces, but does not always prevent transmission. Likewise, HPV can be transmitted by skin-to-skin-contact with infected areas. In males, there is no commercially available test for HPV, although HPV is thought to grow preferentially in the epithelium of the glans penis, and cleaning of this area may be preventative.[citation needed]

Smoking
Smoking has also been linked to the development of cervical cancer.
There are a few different ways that smoking can increase the risk of cervical cancer in women which can be by direct and indirect methods of inducing cervical cancer.A direct way of contracting this cancer is a female smoker has a higher chance of CIN3 occurring which has the potential of forming cervical cancer.
When CIN3 lesions lead to cancer, most of them have the assistance of the HPV virus, but that is not always the case which is why it can be considered a direct link to cervical cancer.
An indirect means of developing this cancer by smoking is that it can lead to human papillomavirus which can result in cervical cancer. Heavy smoking and long term smoking seem to have more of a risk of getting the CIN3 lesions than lighter smoking or not smoking at all.
Although smoking has been linked to cervical cancer, it aids in the development of HPV which is the leading cause of this type of cancer.
Also, not only does it aid in the development of HPV, but if the woman is already HPV-positive she is at an even greater likelihood of contracting cervical cancer.

Valencia double gives Ecuador new life


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Ecuador moved into second place in World Cup Group E as two goals from Enner Valencia handed them a 2-1 win over Honduras in Curitiba on Friday.

Honduras had looked on course for their first ever World Cup win when Carlo Costly fired them in front on 31 minutes, but Valencia levelled from close range just three minutes later.

And the Pachuca striker moved alongside Karim Benzema, Robin Van Persie, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben as the tournament’s joint top scorer on three goals when he headed home the winner from Walter Ayovi’s free-kick 25 minutes from time.

“Scoring at a World Cup has been something I have dreamed of since I was a child and thanks to the coaching staff and my teammates that has come true,” said Valencia.

“The golden boot is not something I am thinking about. The most important thing is qualifying from the group and if that comes thanks to more goals from me then all the better.”

Ecuador now lead Switzerland on goal difference with both sides locked on three points after two games behind group leaders France on six.
However, Honduras can also still qualify despite losing both their games so far should they heavily defeat the Swiss and Ecuador lose to France.

And Honduras boss Luis Suarez insisted they have to believe anything is possible against Switzerland.

“It would be worse if we were eliminated and this game didn’t mean anything. This chance still exists and we have to try,” he said.

“Now more than ever we have to fight for the country. If a victory means qualification then great, but if it doesn’t at least we have given everything until the end.”

After a nervy opening from both sides the game began to open up midway through the half and Honduras felt they had a strong penalty appeal waved away by Australian referee Benjamin Williams when Costly went down under pressure from Juan Paredes.

Moments later it was Ecuador who should have taken the lead as Valencia timed his run onto Frickson Erazo’s long ball forward perfectly but couldn’t find the target when left with just Noel Valladares to beat.
– Honduras’s first clear chance of the game came just before the half hour mark when Victor Bernardez headed wide when unmarked at the far post.

Four minutes later, though, Costly did net his country’s first World Cup goal in five games stretching back to their inaugural appearance at the finals in 1982 as he beat Jorge Guagua to a high ball before slamming home left footed.

The Hondurans’ lead was short-lived as within three minutes Juan Paredes’ deflected effort fell perfectly for Valencia to bundle home his second goal of the tournament.

Honduras ended the half the stronger side as Bernardez’s powerful free-kick was turned behind by Alexander Dominguez and Jerry Bengston rightly had a goal ruled out for handball after Costly’s initial header had come back off the post.

After the break it was Ecuador’s turn to feel aggrieved with referee Williams as he again was unmoved when Felipe Caicedo tumbled under a challenge from Maynor Figueroa.

However, that decision mattered little in the end as Valencia netted the winner when he rose highest to meet Ayovi’s sweet delivery.

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