Health Matters: Give Your Body The Rest It Needs Or It Will Take It

When the body needs rest, it will take it.
For the first time in like forever, I went to bed yesterday before 10pm and didn’t get up till 7am this morning!
My body gave me a chilling warning that I needed to rest and it wasn’t taking “no” for an  answer.
As a matter of cultivated habit and routine, I do not generally get to bed till about 2am and I’m usually up by 6.30.
Aside everything else I do, I also have a part time job with Royal Mail which sometimes entails me working night shifts from 10pm to 6pm. Unfortunately, I find it difficult to get back my sleep after such shifts so I could be walking around for 24 hours with no sleep at all!
 
My story is still better than many others here in the UK.
 
We have read of so many cases of folks who simply drop dead or fall asleep but fail to wake up..
 
And many of those are young people in their 50s or 40s and even 30s.
 
People are killing themselves with 2 maybe 3 stressful and physically draining jobs but not getting much sleep – if any at all. This is possibly on top of financial worries, health issues, family problems, problems at work and other emotional troubles.
Stress
 
A while ago, I did a story about a Ghanaian man who laid dead in his room for over 2 weeks before his wife from Ghana, worried that she hadn’t been receiving his habitual daily calls, alerted the UK police, who discovered his rotting body after forcing their way into his apartment.
 
These kind of stories abound and the narrative are always the same. Folks simply falling asleep and dying in their sleep from sheer exhaustion and brain shut-down. People are exhausting themselves and placing too much stress on their body by overworking and not getting enough rest or any sleep.
 
Regular bad night’s sleep raises the risk of potentially fatal heart attacks and strokes … or death from cardiovascular disease, including acute myocardial infarction.
 
An average of 6 to 8 hours sleep is recommended for adults but many regularly take less than 5 hours which is considered a high risk factor and contributor to heart diseases as well as other health problems such as obesity and diabetes.
 
Not having a good night’s sleep or rest when needed is placing a lot of strain on the body.
 
But the body has a way of fighting back and taking it’s much needed rest when necessary. This is why you find some folks falling asleep on the train or bus and sometimes missing their stops; in church or at work. Someone actually fell asleep at a dream job interview and didn’t hear when his name was called!
 
Others have caused serious and often fatal road traffic accidents and pile ups by falling asleep at the wheel. Research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep-related
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8 people were killed in this crash on the M1 caused by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel
 
Yesterday, I actually fell asleep in my car for over 30 minutes.
Many times after I have been out, I would sit in my car just to catch up with social media, chill out or listen to music, worship or even pray – but never have I fallen asleep!
But yesterday, was different.
 
I had done a night shift on Friday and only managed to get a couple of hour’s sleep before I had to go out again on Saturday morning. In the evening I had a full house with all the kids home (for the first time in many months) with their dad and his new kids visiting. At the end of the evening, I had to drop my daughter off at her place, get back home to prepare for Church and Sunday School which I was scheduled to teach the following day. As a minister, I had to be at for 7.30 which meant that I had to be up by 6 even though I did not get to bed till after 2.30 am!
exhausted
 
At church, I attended 1 (and a half) services, got back home, quick change and off out again to a meeting – while holding a very long and important phone call (throughout the drive and via my car speaker system)
 
After getting back home, I sat in my car – long enough to catch up on social media and post my last update at exactly 8pm. That’s all I remember cos the next thing I know, I opened my eyes at 8.35pm to the realisation that I had fallen asleep for 30 minutes – with my phone still in my hand and my music still playing!!!!
 
My body had taken over and simply shut down on its own accord!
 
How many people had fallen asleep like that out of sheer exhaustion but failed to wake up…..
 
And thank God I was not driving when I fell asleep……
 
 
Olajumoke Ariyo

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Every UK Citizen With Income, Savings And Assets Abroad Must Read This

Many UK citizens particularly diasporans residing in the UK need to be aware of this mostly unknown HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax on offshore income.

Under this, as stated on the HMRC website gov.uk, the focus is on taxpayers who own property abroad and the government is about to commence a crackdown on defaulters and offenders.

If you’re a UK resident, you’re breaking the law if you fail to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your taxable offshore income. HMRC is getting tougher on those who try to evade tax by hiding their assets or income offshore. We are increasing the size and range of penalties charged, and increasing the number of prosecutions of serious evaders.

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Many Nigerians resident in the UK own choice properties in high brow areas and cities such as Lekki in Lagos, and in Abuja

Income is considered ‘offshore income’ if it comes from a territory outside the United Kingdom. It includes:

  • interest from overseas bank or building society accounts
  • dividends and interest from overseas companies
  • rent from overseas properties
  • wages, benefits or royalties earned outside the UK

Foreign income is anything from outside England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are classed as foreign.

This means that Africans with landed properties on which they charge and collect rent, bank accounts and businesses back home but are residents of the United Kingdom are liable to these taxes

Specifically, the HMRC statement, states: Wealthy tax cheats with overseas property are now being targeted by a new 200-strong team of investigators and specialists?.

Provided you have been correctly following the tax rules of both the UK and the country where the property is located you should not have any problems. However, there are people who do not declare their overseas property and income to HMRC, so it is understandable why the authorities have decided to start this investigation.

Whether you need to pay depends on if you’re classed as ‘resident’ in the UK for tax.

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If you’re not UK resident, you won’t have to pay UK tax on your foreign income.

If you’re UK resident, you’ll normally pay tax on your foreign income. But you may not have to if your permanent home (‘domicile’) is abroad.

Read more about UK taxes

A Word Of Advice To Today’s Young Celebrities And Pop Stars – By Tunde Alabi- Hundeyin

I saw this post on the facebook wall of Tunde Alabi-Hundeyi, whom I call Uncle T, a former senior colleague from my days at Ogun State Television (OGTV) Abeokuta, Nigeria – and I knew immidiately it had to appear on my Guest Bloggers’ segment.

It is Uncle T, saying out loud what many of us are thinking about our young stars and celebrities today, whose main preoccupation seems to be the acquisition of – or the opportunity to have ridden in a private jet, the champagne lifestyle with as much foreign cash and women as possible.

While many of the images we see might be simple PR stunts and photo ops, these stars need to remember that many youngsters look up to them as some kind of role model and unfortunately, see their lifestyles as one to emulate.

It also gives the wrong imppresdion to up and coming artistes who might wrongly assume that the jet and champagne lifestyle is the reward of every artiste. The truth couldn’t be any further from this because not every artiste is going to have the success of Davido or Wizkid – who are still in the hey days of their carreer.

The next 20 years will determine if they are true evergreens.

Read Tunde’s article:

Have you noticed ?

All these young music stars now competing on who can best pose in a private jet with a glass of wine in hand and legs thrown out like they own the world.

Fake. Fake.

Non and I mean non of you has earned in your entire career enough to buy 1/4 of the cost of the engine of a private jet.

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What you should concentrate on now is how to invest. Eg in top of the line studios, concert arenas and hospitality, real estate etc

You should also pay attention to charity and giving back to society.

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How many times you seen someone like FEMI KUTI pose in a private jet. His investment in Shrine is yielding global dividend now.

Same with his father Fela. Obey, Decross etc.

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The reality of celebrity life is sometimes the lights in the hall dim earlier than you think or your fingers can no longer strum the guitar as it used to (courtesy Ed Sheeran)

Stardom just like sports celebrity doesn’t last forever.

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Sunny Ade has the longest career in music at the top in Nigeria today but can you remember the thousands that have been forgotten. Yet they too had all those international record deals and concerts.

The images you should also use to inspire your generation should be different .

What you give back to the society also has a spiritual payday.

A word is enough for the …..

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Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin is a veteran broadcaster, producer and the MD/CEO of Dudu Productions



Oando PLC Ordered To Pay $680m Following Shareholding And Financial Mis-management Dispute

Nigerian oil executive Wale Tinubu and his deputy at Oando Plc, Mofe Boyo,  have been ordered by a London a court to pay $680 million in a dispute over corporate shareholdings.

The legal battle revolves around ownership of a holding company that ultimately controls a majority stake in Lagos-based oil and gas producer Oando, which is being investigated over claims of financial mismanagement and had its shares temporarily suspended last year.

The beneficiary of the payments is Ansbury Investment Inc., owned by the family of Nigerian-Italian businessman Gabriele Volpi, according to court documents.

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Oando sought to distance itself from the ruling, saying in a statement that the company isn’t part of the arbitration and hasn’t been ordered to pay anything. Even so, the stock traded 9.5 percent lower at close in Lagos on Tuesday, extending a two-day decline to 18 percent.

The London Court of International Arbitration ruled that Ocean and Oil Development Partners, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, owes Ansbury $600 million. OODP is a joint venture between Panama-based Ansbury and Whitmore Asset Management Ltd., owned by Oando Chief Executive Officer Tinubu and his deputy, Mofe Boyo.

Whitmore itself owes a further $80 million.

‘Owes Itself’

Oando emphasized that the $600 million is owed by the joint venture between Ansbury and Whitmore, which means that in a sense the former “owes itself.”

Oando is the largest listed energy company in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, after Seplat Petroleum Development Co. Plc. It has interests in gas pipelines and fuel-retailing as well as oil and gas, according to its website.

“The company should continue on its part to educate investors and bring out more information about what exactly is happening,” Olalekan Olabode, equity analyst at Lagos-based Vetiva Capital Management, said by phone.

Separately to the ownership dispute, Ansbury last year made allegations of financial misconduct against Oando to Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission, which in turn ordered a probe and suspended the stock. While the Abuja-based regulator lifted the trading ban in April, it continued with the investigation into the company.

A forensic audit of Oando officially started in March, the oil firm said in a separate statement. The company will cooperate with the SEC and update investors on any findings that could affect the share price, Oando said. The company stands accused of a range of offences, including insider trading and conducting related-party transactions that were not done at arm’s length.

Ansbury confirmed the court ruling in its own statement.

Bloomberg

New Nigeria Air Launched At Farnborough Air Show UK

The colours and livery of the new national carrier Nigeria Air were today unveiled by the Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika

According to the Minister, the new national carrier will create economic opportunities and jobs as it will be private sector-led and driven.

“This is an important day for Nigeria. Largest economy in Africa, largest population, GDP of around half a billion dollars, and the only true aviation player in West and Central Africa.

“Nigeria has unfortunately not been a serious player in Aviation for a long time. We used to be a dominant player, through Nigeria Airways, but sadly not anymore.

“This will be a National Carrier that is Private sector led and driven. It is a business, not a social service. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it. The investors will have full responsibility for this.

“The Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new National Carrier. Government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it.

Tha airline, according to the minister will commence full operation in Decembet 2018 serving 81 domestic, regional and international routes to begin with.

More Confusion: Now Scientists Say Carbs Do Not Cause Weight Gain

As if we have not been confused enough by all kind of conflicting reports and information over the years, scientists have come out with yet another conflicting study that says fatty foods is the ONLY cause of weight gain and carbs or protein play no part in our extra inches and pounds.

 Eating fatty food is the only cause of weight gain - scientists have found

A story published in The Sun today claims that in a huge experiment, mice were fed varying diets over three months – the equivalent of nine human years.

They only piled on the pounds during the course of the fatty diets.

This is because the fatty food stimulated the reward centres in their brains.

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences undertook the largest study of its kind.

Since food consists of fat, protein and carbs, it has proven difficult to pinpoint exactly what aspect of the typical diet leads to weight gain.

 Mice started piling on the pounds when they were fed high fat diets

Mice started piling on the pounds when they were fed high fat diets
 The study has let carbs and protein off the hook for our extra inches

Part of the problem is that it is very difficult to do studies on humans where what they eat is controlled for long enough periods to work out what are the most important factors.

But studies on animals that are similar to us can help point in the right direction.

The study, published today in the journal Cell Metabolism includes 30 different diets that vary in their fat, carbohydrate (sugar) and protein contents.

Professor John Speakman, who led the study, said: “The result of this enormous study was unequivocal – the only thing that made the mice get fat was eating more fat in their diets.

“Carbohydrates including up to 30 per cent of calories coming from sugar had no effect.

“Combining sugar with fat had no more impact than fat alone.”

He added: “There was no evidence that low protein, down to 5 per cent, stimulated greater intake, suggesting there is no protein target.”

And he said mice were ideal test subjects as they are similar to humans in the physiology and metabolism.

Current UK guidelines say men should eat less than 30g of saturated fat, and women 20g, each day.

Christian, Beware Of Fake Preachers

Christ did not send us out to extort, manipulate, blackmail or instill fear.

Sadly & unfortunately, there is so much of those in our churches today. 😟😟😟

But Jesus already knew this would happen therefore it is not suprising that many eloquent, finely dressed scripture quoting preachers are out there.
Read what He said:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”.
Matthew 7:15

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”.
Matthew 24:11

But it is the duty and responsibility of every Christian to be able to discern and distinguish the FAKE from the FAITHFUL.
As we are told:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”
1 John 4:1

CHRISTIAN, BE WISE!

Min Elder Olajumoke Ariyo
RCCG Good News Haven