The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies

Source: iStock/jorubaYou’re never too young for books. Reading to babies as young as six months of age leads to stronger vocabularies and better early literacy skills four years later, just as the children are getting ready to go to school.That’s the finding being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting on May 8. How often…

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Jubilation as Chile Votes to Rewrite Constitution

Jubilation as Chile Votes to Rewrite Constitution

There have been jubilant scenes in Chile after an overwhelming majority voted in support of rewriting Chile’s constitution, which dates to the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet. With almost all the ballots counted, 78% had voted “yes” in a referendum that was called after mass protests against inequality. President Sebastián Piñera praised the peaceful vote. He said it was “the beginning of a path that we must all walk together”. How Did We Get Here? Right-wing President Piñera agreed in November 2019 to hold the referendum after a month…

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Ohanaeze condemns attack on Oba of Lagos palace

Ohanaeze condemns attack on Oba of Lagos palace

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Worldwide on Sunday condemned the attack on the palace of Oba of Lagos, taking away his staff of office. In a statement by the National Deputy, President, Dr Kingsley Dozie and National Publicity Secretary, Osmond Nkeoma, the organization regretted that the genuine #EndSARS protest was hijacked by miscreants. “It is equally regrettable and condemnable that inappropriate use of force was applied against the genuine protesting youths on October 20 at Lekki Toll Gate Lagos with the unfortunate results of fatalities and gunshot injuries. May the souls of…

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Papi Luwe’s son, Sukanmi, angry as protests get chaotic

Papi Luwe’s son, Sukanmi, angry as protests get chaotic

Sukanmi Omobolanle, one of the sons of veteran actor, Sunday Papi Luwe Omobolanle, has expressed anger over the peaceful protest that has turned chaotic in Lagos. Omobolanle took to his Instagram account to chide hoodlums and arsonists that have taken over the peaceful protest to create chaos in the Lagos metropolis. He said, “Many struggles have been betrayed. Anyone, I repeat anyone that is trying it (or) has been betraying this peaceful protest of the Nigerian youths/Nigerian as a whole for his/her selfish reasons, he/she will never experience peace… the…

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Nsikan Isaac explains support for protest

Nsikan Isaac explains support for protest

Nollywood actress, Nsikan Isaac, has revealed the reasons for supporting the protest by the Nigerian youths against police brutality. Isaac narrated how she lost some of her family members to stray bullets fired by officers of the Nigerian Police Force. Nsikan made this revelation while showing support for the ongoing protest to end police brutality in the country. “22 years ago I lost my dad to a stray bullet from a police officer. 20 years later I lost my brother to a gunshot in front of my parents’ house from…

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Wunmi Toriola slams Lekki Tollgate shooting

The actress had taken to her Instagram page to express her emotions over the shooting spree.

Nollywood actress, Wunmi Toriola has heaped curses on the individuals behind the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night, October 20. The actress had taken to her Instagram page to express her emotions over the shooting spree. Wunmi wrote, “ Tears Tears Tears. For all the tears they have caused us, they will cry in folds… My heart bleeds, we are in pains, they killed us and they are still killing us…We need help,” she wrote. In another post, she wrote, “RIP to everyone who lost…

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One killed, Inspector hacked as hoodlums attack Mokola station

One killed, Inspector hacked as hoodlums attack Mokola station

Crisis was averted by the swift intervention of men of Operation Burst and resolve of youths and residents of Mokola area on Sunday as hoodlums attacked the Mokola Police station. The hoodlums under the pretence of activism, despite pleas and persuasions made frantic efforts to set the Police station ablaze and attack the officers attached to the station. Although, some parts of the station were torched, the main building remains intact as at the time of filing this report. Also, a police Inspector attached to the station was hacked while…

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Pakistan’s PM Asks Facebook to Ban Islamophobic Content

Pakistan's PM Asks Facebook to Ban Islamophobic Content

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, asking him to put a ban on Islamophobic content. In a letter, Mr Khan said “growing Islamophobia” was encouraging “hate, extremism and violence… especially through the use of social media”. It comes a day after Mr Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of “attacking Islam”. Facebook already has a policy of removing hate speech on its platforms. It defines hate speech as “a direct attack on people” based on protected characteristics including race, ethnicity, national…

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Victims of #EndSARS Protests will get Justice, Buhari Assures

Buhari praises Bauchi youths for shunning EndSARS protest

Victims of the #EndSARS protests would get justice, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured. Those who lost loved ones and properties in the mayhem that trailed the protests would also be served justice, the President said. He urged Nigerians to maintain peace and order to avoid the dire consequences of vandalism on economy. “Looting and vandalism will hurt trade and investment growth in our country – both large and small industries, as well as our hardworking people in the informal sectors of the economy,” the President said. The justice system, he…

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