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Monday, August 31, 2015

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde Wows in Ankara outfit

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The beautiful actress captioned the snaps:

love to promote African Fashion! We have the best and you stand out in formal settings with them. I found a patner in @Ndidinwuneli of #leapafricaThanks to my fabulous team. Makeup :- @bimpeonakoya ( you already know) 🌞 Styling :- @zinkata1 
👌. Designer :- @odiomimonet 👏. You like?😛
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Will there be a Global Polio Eradication? Vaccinated British man found shedding Polio for nearly 30 years

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New study by Scientists has revealed that a British man who was immunized with oral polio vaccine as a child and whose stool samples continued to contain live polio virus for 28 years for nearly 30 years.

UK's National Institute for Biological Standards and Control analyzed more than 100 stool samples collected between 1995 and 2015 from the man and have now confirmed that the subject has been suffering from an immunodeficiency, which affects the ability of the immune system to kill viruses in the digestive tract.

That's the longest period of excretion of live polio virus known to science. "In a healthy person, the virus is replicated and excreted for several days, and then stops," says Dr. Javier Martin, biologist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in the U.K. and author of the study.

To their horror, the researchers found high levels of type 2 polio virus in all the stool samples analyzed - each sample able to cause paralysis in transgenic mice that had a human poliovirus receptor.

The researchers concluded: “Enhanced surveillance including sewage sampling and stool surveys to search for the presence of iVDPV strains and the development of efficient anti-viral treatments to interrupt virus replication in immune-deficient individuals are needed to be able to identify and manage the possible risks of iVDPV strains spreading and causing disease in patients and the general population, particularly in the light of changes in vaccination strategies as part of the polio eradication endgame and the absence of an established outbreak response strategy.

“New polio vaccines such as those based on non-infectious virus-like particles or even new genetically designed stable live-attenuated versions with no associated risk of producing VDPVs, might be required to complete polio eradication.”

This is scary and strange.  Hoping for solution.


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Hero Son Kept His Dad Alive for Days After His Father was Hit by Boulder in Idaho Wilderness

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Hero Son Kept His Dad Alive for Days After His Father was Hit by Boulder in Idaho Wilderness

13-year-old Charlie Finlayson stepped up to save his dad's life after his father was hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder during their camping trip - all alone.  

On August 17, Charlie and his 52-year-old father, David Finlayson were enjoying a day of backpacking and climbing near Ship Island Lake in the Bighorn Grags in Idaho, an area known as "River of No Return Wilderness." Then the trip took a horrifying turn when a boulder rolled off the mountainside and struck David, sending him careening 30 feet down the mountain. He was briefly knocked unconscious, sustaining a broken back, left arm, and left heel, as well as a severe cut on his left leg that exposed bone.

With the nearest ranger station 13 miles away, it was up to Charlie to take care of his father. For two days, the 8th-grade Boy Scout kept his dad calm, fed, and hydrated. He also cleaned and dressed David's wounds, and used sleeping bags to help keep him warm.

After walking around Ship Island Lake every day looking for help, it became clear that Charlie would need to venture further. On the third day, he embarked on the 13-mile hike to the ranger station, carrying a 40-pound backpack and a note from his dad explaining what had happened and how to find him.

“He was just afraid to leave me because he didn’t know ... didn’t know if he’d see me again,”
"He was my savior," David told the Idaho Statesman. "He kept talking to me all night."

Hero Son Kept His Dad Alive for Days After His Father was Hit by Boulder in Idaho Wilderness

According to Charlie, leaving his father was the hardest part. "I was scared I wasn't going to find somebody," he said. "I prayed a lot." 

Fortunately after three miles he found a few men who offered to help, and ultimately his father was airlifted to a hospital.

"He did a good job," said David. "He's been climbing and backpacking with me for years … He had a lot of training."

As for David, he's doing better now — and apparently, it's not too soon for jokes.

"We had a pretty solid relationship with each other before this happened," he said, "but it's definitely concrete now… Or granite, maybe, is the way to put it."

He is such a BRAVO!

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/08/26/3955311_man-crushed-by-boulder-in-idaho.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
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7 Ways to Improve Your Health and Finances

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7 Ways to Improve Your Health and Finances

You know healthful habits can help you improve your physical and mental well-being, ward off chronic diseases and even prolong your life. But did you know they can also help you save money?

That’s right: Taking steps to improve your health can also improve your finances. In fact, the savings can be substantial and long term. Here are seven ways to improve your health — and finances.

1. Stop Sitting All Day

If you’re as sedentary as the average working American, then you’re spending more than half of your waking life sitting. Even if you do physical activity, prolonged sitting can increase your risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a medical journal.

To overcome inactivity, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends taking walks, using public transportation and even getting up from your desk at work to speak with colleagues — rather than emailing them — as ways to improve your health. Of course, walking rather than driving saves you money. But the real savings come from lower health care costs.

Average health care costs for someone who has one or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, is five times greater than for someone who doesn’t have a chronic condition, according to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. So take a break from work and walk around the block, or get a standing desk to help get your blood flowing.

Related: 30 Fast Tips for a More Frugal Life

2. Participate in Your Workplace Wellness Program

About half of employers have workplace wellness programs to encourage employees to be healthier, according to a study by Rand Corporation. The study found that employees who participated in programs saw an improvement in smoking behavior, weight control and exercise frequency.

The benefits go beyond better health, though. Your employer might offer financial incentives to participate in its program. More than one-third of large employers with at least 200 workers offer lower health insurance premiums, lower deductibles, gift cards or cash as incentives to workplace wellness program participants, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

3. Eat Less Meat

Another way to improve your finances and health: Cut back on meat. “Studies do show that people who eat less meat tend to be leaner and less likely to gain weight than people with higher meat intakes,” said Kristenn Gradney, director of nutrition and metabolic services at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and owner of a nutrition consulting firm. Numerous studies have also shown that switching to a vegetarian diet can lower cholesterol levels, she said.

Related: 10 ways to improve your finances in a single day

Plus, you can cut your grocery bill by replacing meat sources of protein with beans and vegetables, or chicken.

4. Quench Your Thirst With Water

You’ve probably heard on countless occasions that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but that rule isn’t supported by hard evidence. In fact, water needs vary person to person. And you also probably know that water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated – other beverages can do the trick, too.

But the truth is, water is your best bet for hydration because it’s calorie-free and inexpensive. Considering households spend an average of $850 a year on soda and drinking just one soda every day can add 10 pounds of extra weight in a year, according to Drink Water First, your wallet and waistline will thank you for sticking to water. Just skip bottled water, which costs 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

5. Drink Less Alcohol

Various studies have found that moderate consumption of alcohol actually helps your heart. However, if you drink too much, those benefits are outweighed by an increased risk for high blood pressure, liver damage, certain types of cancer and other problems, according to the Mayo Clinic. So what’s a moderate amount? One glass of wine a day for women and men older than 65 and two for men 65 and younger.

Limiting — or eliminating — your alcohol consumption will also save you money. 

6. Exercise With Friends

Exercise is an easy way to improve your health. Not only does physical activity help you control your weight and combat chronic health conditions, it can also make you feel happier, relieve stress and give you more energy. Exercise can also lead to higher wages because it boosts productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Labor Research.

You don’t have to join a pricey gym to exercise. Instead, join a running or biking club, or walk with friends. Research shows it is easier to stick with a plan when you have support, Gradney said. So by working out with others, “not only do you get exercise, but you also get free accountability,” she said.

7. Quit Smoking

You probably don’t need to be told that smoking is bad for you — it’s an accepted fact. But if the warnings that smoking can lead to lung disease, heart disease and cancer haven’t convinced you to quit, maybe the high cost of your habit will.

The average price for a pack of cigarettes is $6.24, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. So if you have a pack-a-day habit, you’re spending nearly $2,300 a year on cigarettes. Plus, smokers pay $35 for related health costs per pack they smoke, according to the A,erican Cancer Society — which adds up to almost $13,000 a year if you smoke a pack a day.

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Microsoft: Windows 10 runs on more than 75 Million Devices

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Windows 10, Microsoft: Windows 10 runs on more than 75 Million Devices

Microsoft has revealed that its new Windows 10 software is running on more than 75 million computers, tablets and other devices since the operating system was launched less than a month ago.

The free upgrades probably account for the bulk of the 75 million devices now using Windows 10, said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy, although he said more new models will likely be sold this fall.

Read: Here are 10 Things You Should Know About Windows 10 

Some of the machines getting Windows 10 are quite old. Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi, who released the new figures Monday, said in a Twitter post that:
"More than 75 million devices now run the software, with the number 'growing every day"
 "even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded to Windows 10."
Along with new features, the Redmond, Washington, software giant designed Windows 10 to fix some unpopular elements of Windows 8, the operating system's last version. It's intended to work on PCs, tablets, smartphones and other devices, although the company released it for PCs and tablets first.

Read also: Microsoft to launch Windows 10 in 111 languages, 190 countries on July 29 

The company is hoping the new system can help it gain traction in the mobile sector, where it lags behind Google Android and Apple iOS, and in emerging technologies for computing.
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Pictures from Tonto Dikeh's Dowry Price Payment

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Pictures from Tonto Dikeh's Dowry Price Payment
Tonto Dikeh's boo Oladunni Churchchill paid her bride price at her home town, Rumukani, Rumukuta in Rivers State on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Tonto shared some photos with the caption:
“29-08-15 My best friend paid my dowry and I traditionally now belong to him.. In my culture after this event you can now move in with him as a family.. Am super proud of his confidence Am super proud of his courage,believe me he heard a lot of trash but stood firm and believed in his God & cut off anyone who spoken ill of me,Now thats a real man ..One reason I will for ever love respect & serve him with my life… #MrsX”
Their traditional and white wedding will hold soon. Congrats to the couple.

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Seyi Shay looks beautiful on the cover of Blanck magazine’s September 2015 issue

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Seyi Shay looks beautiful on the cover of Blanck magazine’s September 2015 issue

Seyi Shay is beautiful as she covers September 2015 issue of Blanck digital magazine in three different poses. Stunning or not?

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EFCC sets up four-man panel on former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke

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EFCC sets up four-man panel on former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced a full investigation into the activities of the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

It was learnt on Sunday that the commission constituted a four-member committee of crack detectives to probe all the NNPC accounts which were supervised by the former minister.

It was learnt that the committee was led by a Superintendent of Police, who was seconded to the commission.

Investigations revealed that the other three members of the committee were pioneer civilian operatives of the commission with high capacity for investigation.

Sunday PUNCH had on Sunday reported that the ongoing probe of the immediate-past administration by President Muhammadu Buhari was to beam its searchlight on the alleged purchase of three mobile stages, costing $6.9m, by former President Goodluck Jonathan and two of his officials.

According to a document, which was obtained from the Presidency on Saturday, the deal, which is now a subject of investigation, was allegedly carried out by Jonathan; his Chief Security Officer, Mr. Gordon Obuah; and Alison-Madueke.

The fund was said to have been withdrawn from one of the numerous accounts of the NNPC.

The $6.9m (about N1.37bn) was said to have been withdrawn for the purpose of buying three pieces of 40-feet mobile stages for use by Jonathan during the campaign.

Besides the latest allegation, it will be recalled that a group, Crusader for Good Governance, had petitioned the EFCC accusing the former minister of squandering million of dollars of public funds to charter private jets.

The petitioners also accused her of spending $300,000 on an average international trip.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ebola kills 67-year old woman as Sierra Leone awaits 42-Day countdown

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Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital.

Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently in Kambia district in the country’s north came back positive for the deadly disease, said chief medical officer Dr. Brima Kargbo.

The West African nation began a 42-day countdown toward being declared free of Ebola transmission by WHO after the last known Ebola patient was released last Monday.

Authorities were still trying to determine whether the woman in Kambia died before or after that countdown began, Kargbo said.
The National Ebola Response Center had deployed teams to conduct surveillance and trace people who were in contact with the woman, said OB Sisay, the center’s director.

“We should not despair as we have been expecting this,” Sisay said. “We need to stay focused and maintain our discipline.”

The worst Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 4,000 people in Sierra Leone out of more than 13,500 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, according to the World Health Organization. More than 11,300 people have died in the outbreak, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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Beyonce is pregnant with second child

Singer Beyonce is pregnant with her second baby. Her second pregnancy is through IVF according to a report. Now we know why Blue Ivy's mom has been covering her belly for the past few months. Congrats to Queen Bey and Jay Z.
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Rihanna flaunts new hair style in New York

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Rihanna flaunts new hair style in New York

Rihanna showed off her new hair stle as she stepped out in New York in a cute casual dress.  The 27-year-old polished her look with plenty of chunky gold jewellery and expertly-applied makeup.

Rihanna flaunts new hair style in New York

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tragedy! 14-yr-old boy kills brother with dad’s gun while ‘acting’ movie

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Tragedy! 14-yr-old boy kills brother with dad’s gun while ‘acting’ movie

The sleepy town of Umueze, Enugwu-Achi, Oji-River Local Government Area, Enugu State, was last Monday thrown into mourning, following the death of three-year-old Akachukwu in the hands of his 14-year-old brother Ebubechukwu,14, using their father’s gun.

The brothers were said to be re-enacting movie scenes, not knowing that the gun was loaded.

According to a source, their father, Christian Odika, had left for their village square at Obodo-Ukwu Enugwu-Akwu, for a meeting, when the tragic news reached him.

It was gathered that on getting to his house, he met his son, Akachukwu, in a pool of his own blood.

Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said: “Investigations into the tragic incident have commenced to ascertain the remote causes, so the law can take its course.”

This is avoidable. Parents should take good care of their wards.  The gun was not supposed to be accessible to those children.  Rest in peace Akachukwu!

Source: Vanguard
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2015 MTV Video Music Awards to honour Kanye West With Lifettime Video Vanguard Award

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Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, MTV, Kanye West

Kanye West will be honoured at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards holding on Sunday. He will receive show's highest honour known as the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  This is for the rapper's "ground-breaking videos, legendary perfromances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture".

Past winners include Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and The Rolling Stones.

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10 Tips For A Lasting, Loving Relationship

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10 Tips For A Lasting, Loving Relationship

How many of us have learned how to build loving relationships? Where did we learn? At home? At school? There is an art and science to building strong relationships. These are indispensable tips, written with romantic relationships in mind, but with a little modification you can apply them to your friendships, family, and even work relationships.

1. Create a safe environment where you can trust and share openly without fear.

Don't interrupt, even if you need to put your hand over your mouth to stop yourself. Learn to fight fairly. No name calling. Don't make threats. Apologize when you know you should. If you're too angry to really listen, stop! Go into another room, take space for yourself, breathe, and calm down. Remember: your partner is not the enemy.

2. Separate the facts from the feelings.

What beliefs and feelings get triggered in you during conflicts? Ask yourself: Is there something from my past that is influencing how I'm seeing the situation now? The critical question you want to ask: Is this about him or her, or is it really about me? What's the real truth?

Once you're able to differentiate facts from feelings, you'll see your partner more clearly and be able to resolve conflicts from clarity.

3. Connect with the different parts of yourself.

Each of us is not a solo instrument. We're more like a choir or an orchestra with several voices. What is your mind saying? What is your heart saying? What is your body saying? What is your "gut" saying?

For example: My mind is saying "definitely leave her," but my heart says "I really love her."

Let these different voices or parts of you co-exist and speak to one another. In this way, you will find an answer that comes from your whole self.

4. Develop compassion.

Practice observing yourself and your partner without judging. Part of you might judge, but you don't have to identify with it. Judging closes a door. The opposite of judging is compassion. When you are compassionate, you are open, connected, and more available to dialoguing respectfully with your partner. As you increasingly learn to see your partner compassionately, you will have more power to choose your response rather than just reacting.

5. Create a "we" that can house two "I's."

The foundation for a thriving, growing, mutually supportive relationship is being separate, yet connected. In co-dependent relationships, each person sacrifices part of him or herself -- compromising the relationship as a whole. When you are separate and connected, each individual "I" contributes to creating a "we" that is stronger than the sum of its parts.

6. Partner, heal thyself.

Don't expect your partner to fill your emotional holes, and don't try to fill theirs. Ultimately, each of us can only heal ourselves. Your partner, however, can support the journey as you work with yourself, and vice versa. In fact, living in a loving relationship is healing in and of itself.

7. Relish the differences between you.

The differences between you and your partner are not negatives. You don't need a relationship with someone who shares all of your interests and views. We may sometimes fear that these differences are incompatibilities, but in fact, they're often what keeps a relationship exciting and full of good fire.

8. Ask questions.

All too often, we make up our own stories or interpretations about what our partners' behavior means. For example: "She doesn't want to cuddle; she must not really love me anymore." We can never err on the side of asking too many questions, and then listen to the answers from your whole self -- heart, gut, mind and body. Equally important is to hear what's not being said -- the facts and feeling that you sense might be unspoken.

9. Make time for your relationship. No matter who you are or what your work is, you need to nurture your relationship.

Make sure you schedule time for the well-being of your relationship. That includes making "play dates" and also taking downtime together. Frequently create a sacred space together by shutting off all things technological and digital. Like a garden, the more you tend to your relationship, the more it will grow.

10. Say the "hard things" from love.

Become aware of the hard things that you're not talking about. How does that feel? No matter what you're feeling in a situation, channel the energy of your emotions so that you say what you need to say in a constructive manner.

There you have it. Be kind to yourselves. Remember: change takes time and every step counts.

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6 Retirement Tips for Millennials

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Retirement, Tips for Retirement

If you are a millennial, retirement planning is probably at the bottom of your financial priority list at this point in life. Finding steady employment, paying off student loans, mortgage payments and kids are all likely front and center when it comes to your finances. However, just because you have other more immediate financial needs, don't neglect planning for your retirement. The early steps that you take in your twenties and early thirties can have huge benefits 30 to 40 years later in life.

Here are six retirement tips for millennials as you start your retirement planning.

1. Live well below your means. Many financial experts will tell you to live within your means when it comes to your personal finances. While living within your means will keep you from going into debt, it won't help you build wealth or fund your retirement. Instead of just getting by every month and living within your means, try to live below your means. Living well below your means can accelerate your wealth and help you to build your retirement savings.

2. Take the free money. Don't ever pass up employer matching programs for retirement savings at your workplace. Whether it is a 401(k), 403(b), Thrift Savings Plan or other retirement plan, many employers offer some type of retirement plan matching, usually up to a percentage of your contributions. This is basically free money that you cannot afford to pass up. In order to get a head start on your retirement, you need to take advantage of any employer sponsored plans while you can.

Read: 3 Tips to getting Retirement Right in your 20s

3. Use a free budgeting tool. In order to properly plan for your retirement, you will need to have a budget. If you don't know how much income you are bringing in and how much you are spending every month, it's very difficult to figure out how much you can and should be saving for retirement. There are several great free tools that can help you set up a budget. For example, Personal Capital will let you link all of your financial accounts, including savings, credit cards, checking and investment, into one central place. This is a powerful tool that lets you see your overall spending, savings and investments on a single screen.

6 Retirement Tips for Millennials

4. Start saving (or investing) as soon as possible. Take advantage of compound interest, and let your investment dollars do most of the work for you. Time to let your savings grow is the most powerful tool at your disposal. Even if you invest small amounts of money early on, they can grow to impressive amounts once you start earning compound interest.

5. Invest your raises. If you are already living below your means, this will make it easier to invest any raises you get as you start to advance through your career. There may be the temptation to buy a better car or move up to a larger house as your income grows. If you are serious about retirement savings and building wealth, don't let lifestyle creep get in your way. The same can be said about any windfalls of money or larger sums coming in from things like your tax return. Making the sacrifice now and investing this money will pay off hugely later in life.

Also Read: 10 lifestyle changes needed at 30!

6. Contribute on your own. Besides taking advantage of company sponsored retirement plans, it is important to save additional money for retirement on your own. Shifting even an extra $100 a month into investments will pay off. Remember that compound interest is your best tool for building up your retirement account, and as a millennial you still have time on your side. If you need help staying on track, consider setting up automated investments to a retirement account.

The best time to start your retirement planning is in your 20s. Even if retirement seldom crosses your mind, taking a few small steps now will have a big impact as you approach retirement.

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Robbery suspects cut bars, escape from police cell

the suspects before being handed over

Two of the robbery suspects, who were arrested while they were operating on Iju Road, in the Agege area of Lagos, have escaped from the police cell.

PUNCH Metro learnt that three suspected members of the gang, which reportedly laid siege to a hotel and some residences of Sands Avenue, off Iju Road, had been handed over to the Pen Cinema Police Division, before two of them escaped from the cell.

It was gathered that policemen, who were on duty on the fateful day, had been arrested, while the fleeing suspects had yet to be re-arrested.

Our correspondent learnt that on Sunday, August 9, at about 2am, the armed robbers, said to be about 10 men, invaded the area, and robbed a hotel and some private homes.

It was learnt that the robbers carted away money and valuables from the hotel lodgers, workers, and other places during the operation.

PUNCH Metro gathered that men of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, who were the local vigilance group in the area, however, apprehended three of the robbers and took them to the Pen Cinema Police Division.

Our correspondent learnt that the three robbery suspects, identified as Dare Drain, Akeem AK, and LekanStudent, were locked up in the cell by the policemen on duty.

It was gathered that on Wednesday evening, two of the suspects had, however, cut through the burglar bars in the cell, and escaped from custody.

Victims of the robbery and the OPC men, who were aggrieved by the development, were said to have been invited by a policemen in the station, who pacified them that the robbers would be re-arrested.

When PUNCH Metro visited Sands Avenue on Tuesday, the manager of the hotel, which was robbed, declined to give any comment.

However, one of the workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the robbers carted away a huge amount of money and also injured the hotel’s guard.

He added that the robbers raped some of the hotel’s female workers, who had yet to resume work.

He said, “The robbery lasted for more than an hour. We were helpless. The robbers overpowered our security guard and injured him.

“They carted away valuables. They raped some of our female workers during the operation. I was told that the OPC men later caught three of them and took them to the police station.”

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, the OPC coordinator in the area, who did not want his name in print, said they were taken aback when the police in the Pen Cinema station told them that two of the suspects escaped from the cell.

He added that the suspects, who had yet to be re-arrested, raped some of their victims during the operation, including a 13-year-old.

He said, “The security man at the hotel, who is our member, recognised one of the robbers and led us to his place, where he was arrested. The man confessed to taking part in the operation. His name is Dare Drain, and he was caught in the Idi-Agbon area of Ifako.

“He was the one who took the OPC men to arrest the other two. The three that were caught on Sunday were taken to the police station.

“It was on Wednesday that information got to us that Drain and Akeem have escaped from the cell. We were shocked at the development. The DPO then invited us, and pleaded with us to assist the police with information to re-arrest them, adding that the policemen on duty had been detained.

“But as we speak, we have not got them. What the police told us was that the robbers cut the burglar bars, and escaped from the cell. The robbers, apart from carting away money, also raped their victims.

“The robbers were led by Dare Drain, he and his boys had earlier come to Tarkwa Crescent, before the Sands Avenue incident.”

Our correspondent learnt from a source that the robbery suspects lurked around Oju Irin area in Agege mostly at night.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, however, said in a text message that there was no truth in the incident.
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Watch Out! Foods that hurt your brain

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Forget your waistline for a second; some of your food choices could actually affect your memory and cognitive abilities. Here are five foods to go easy on if you want to keep your wits.

Tofu: The soy controversy continues with a study that found an association between high tofu intake and an increased risk of cognitive impairment and memory loss, as researchers speculate that tofu’s phytoestrogens might affect brain function.

Sodium: While the debate about its effects on blood pressure and cardiovascular disease rages on, a study found that high levels of sodium intake paired with low levels of physical activity had a negative impact on cognitive abilities. People with lower sodium intake paired with lower physical activity levels showed slower cognitive decline than participants with high sodium levels and low physical activity. Happily, this is a reversible curse: regular exercise can counteract sodium’s negative effects on the brain, as well as the cardiovascular system.

Trans fats: The stuff could hurt your memory, as consuming more trans fat has been associated with difficulty remembering words!

Tuna: It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s packed with protein for a post-workout meal. But your favourite fish could be impairing your mind. According to a study from the journal Integrative Medicine, people who eat more than three servings of species of fish that are high on the food chain — like tuna, grouper, snapper, bass, swordfish, and shark — each week (or more than four servings per month) are at risk for cognitive dysfunction. The culprit? High levels of mercury!

Saturated fat: Researchers at the University of Montreal found that rat diets high in saturated fat (when 50 percent of all calories come from an unhealthy fat, like palm oil or butter) impaired the functioning of their brain’s mesolimbic dopamine system — the part that controls motivation and wellbeing, and is often implicated in mood disorders, drug addiction, and overeating.

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For big boobs, bums and lips: mum and daughter spend £56k to look like Katie Price


It all adds op... Georgina and Kayla spend a fortune
A MUM and daughter obsessed with plastic surgery have spent £56,000 trying to look like Katie Price.

Georgina Clarke, 38, and Kayla Morris, 20, have had 26 operations between them using cash Kayla earned as a stripper and was given by a sugar daddy.

And the pair are still planning more boob jobs, injections and implants.

Kayla said: “My mum is my best friend and plastic surgery is our way of bonding. Every time we go under the knife we get closer to looking like Katie.
“We want bigger boobs, bigger bums and bigger lips — and we’ll do it all together.”

Georgina agreed: “We do everything together, and that includes plastic surgery.

“We like looking the same. We even buy the same clothes.

“We can’t wait for double boob jobs later this year and we want bigger bums and lips too. I want them to be massive.”

Their idol Katie first went under the knife in 1998 aged 20 to go from a B to a C cup. She went on to have five operations to increase her breasts to a 32FF. But she has since had surgery to go back to a 32B.
The way they were ... Georgina and her daughter Kayla in 2009

The way they were ... Georgina and her daughter Kayla in 2009 News Dog Media

Kayla said: “Whenever I hear that Katie has undergone another breast reduction it makes me feel a bit sad. Big boobs suit her look and who she is as a person.”

Georgina recalled it was a picture of Katie that changed her life.

She was busy raising Kayla, her sisters Amber, 19, and Keisha, 13, and brother Romeo, six, at home in Rugby, Warwickshire, and said: “I just focused on them.

“I hadn’t cared about my looks. I didn’t even wear much make-up.

“But 13 years ago I saw Katie. She was Jordan back then, and I instantly liked her. Everything about her appealed to me. I thought I could be glamorous too.

Pose ... Kayla shows off her new look News Dog Media

“I started buying all the magazines so I could read about her life and I watched her TV show every week.”

Kayla said: “I was a tomboy. I wore baggy T-shirts and loved playing football.

“But when I was about ten I started watching Jordan’s TV show with Mum.

“We used to chat about her for hours. We read all her books and Mum even got her pink ribbon ankle tattoo.” Still at primary school, Kayla told her mum she wanted a boob job.

Georgina said: “I was so pleased. I admitted I wanted one too and we started planning for when she turned 18.”

They started getting joint beauty treatments and dreamed of plastic surgery.

Idol ... Katie Price Photopress Belfast

Kayla left college at 17 and worked as a stripper in a Birmingham club. She said: “I was making £1,300 a week and I started saving. I got talking to a married man in his late 50s.

“He wanted to pay for my upkeep in return for companionship. I told him about the surgery I wanted and he agreed to pay me £800 a week. I told Mum and she was so pleased for me.”

As soon as she turned 18 Kayla forked out £900 for Botox and lip fillers for her and her mum.

Five months later Kayla had a £5,000 op to take her from a 32E to a 32G. Since then the pair have had 15 rounds of lip injections and 18 Botox sessions. Georgina has had three sets of cheek fillers.

Best friends ... Georgina and Kayla News Dog Media

They have regular teeth whitening, semi-permanent make-up tattoos, plus eyelash and hair extensions.

Every month they spend £60 each on having their roots done and every two weeks they shell out £30 each on their nails. They also have five sunbed sessions a week, an addiction that costs them £5,000 a year.

Both are single, though Kayla is looking for a new sugar daddy to fund future ops. She said: “Unfortunately my sugar daddy’s wife found out and we had to end our arrangement.”

Georgina said: “I don’t mind that Kayla had a sugar daddy and she insisted we use the money to get plastic surgery together.

“I’m so lucky to have a daughter like Kayla. We are living the dream.”

Not everyone agrees. Georgina said: “I got a letter from local women saying everyone laughs at me because I dress like a tramp and have duck lips. But I love the way I look now.”

Kayla added: “Sometimes men stick their lips out mockingly when they walk past but it doesn’t bother us.

“We’re closer to looking like Katie than ever before, but not as close as we’d like. There’s still work to do.”

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Actress Uche Jombo Wows in new photos

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Octomum is haunted by the memories of her 8 dead babies, 19 years after

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Better place . . . Mandy Allwood

50-year-old Mandy Allwood lost her octuplets at 24 weeks, 19 years ago but she still feels her beloved babies inside her.

Mandy told The Sun: “I will never ever be able to forget because I am always thinking about them in my head, but also because I can still feel my babies inside me constantly.

“Ever since I gave birth I have felt them kicking and moving every day. The feeling comes especially under my breastbone, it is like a sharp stabbing pain. I can feel it now as I’m talking.

“If I didn’t take sleeping tablets at night it would keep me awake. I went to the doctor because I was worried and he said it was psychological.

“I had heard of foetal movement syndrome and did some research and read it was something that women who lost their babies suffered from.

'Like yesterday' . . . Mandy carrying octuplets in 1996 London News Service

“It’s horrific because it brings back all the trauma every minute of every day when I feel the kicks. I am sent back to the time of me giving birth.

“Sometimes I feel slightly nauseous too as if I am having morning sickness and my stomach is always bloated. I think my body is constantly reliving the experience because it was so painful emotionally.”

Mandy’s tragedy played out in the full media spotlight after she went public with her pregnancy.

She lost her babies over three agonising days after going into early labour in September 1996. Every one of them died in her arms.

Such was her profile at the time that she received thousands of letters of condolence from around the world.

Mandy already knows exactly what she will do when the 19th anniversary of the beginning of those terrible days of losses arrives on September 30.

She said: “I can’t believe it is so long ago, it still seems like yesterday.

“I will go to their grave and lay flowers then go across to the church over the road and say a prayer.

“I have a treasure box which I keep next to my bed with their scan pictures and photos of them when they were born along with their birth certificates and teddy bears.

“I also have kept the hundreds of letters from strangers who wrote to me at the time to express their sorrow — including one I got from Princess Diana who jokingly thanked me for keeping her out of the public eye.

Hope . . . pregnant Mandy with Paul Reuters

“These letters were such a comfort to me at the time and will be on the week of the anniversary.

“It was such a horrible time and the grief never goes away.”

Mandy already had a son from a previous failed marriage when she met and fell for Paul Hudson, who ran a lettings business, in 1994.

Desperate to start a family with him, and after a miscarriage, she took fertility drugs to boost her odds.

She recalls: “I have suffered with polycystic ovaries all my life and had a miscarriage.

“I went to a fertility specialist where I was injected with Metrodin, which stimulated my ovaries.

“A week later when I went back to the clinic there were seven follicles — immature eggs — forming. I was so shocked I nearly fell off the bed

“I’d had a miscarriage and I was so desperate to get pregnant, so I was pleased. Then I was sent to another specialist and he said I was expecting eight. I was absolutely stunned.

“But from that moment my life was never the same.”

Mandy was given three choices — she could terminate all of the foetuses, try to reduce their number to give the others a better chance or carry on with the pregnancy without intervention.

All options carried risks.

After much agonising she chose to carry on without intervention, a decision she has been criticised for.

Agony . . . pallbearers carry eight tiny coffins PA:Press Association

Mandy was also accused of cashing in after she hired now-disgraced PR guru Max Clifford and signed TV and newspaper deals.

She says: “As soon as it came out I was expecting eight babies it went crazy, everybody wanted a bit of me.

“But the only reason I went ahead with the pregnancy was because I wanted those babies, that was my only motivation.

“I didn’t care about money or media deals, it was a whirlwind. I was in a highly emotional state, pregnant with lots of hormones and I got dragged along not really knowing what I was doing. It was all a blur.

“I didn’t feel like I had a choice. Having any of them removed would have been risky and how would I have chosen which ones?

“I didn’t go against medical advice — I was told there was a chance of them all surviving so I clung to that chance.”

On September 30, 1996 Mandy went into labour at 24 weeks.

She was taken to King’s College Hospital, London. Her first baby died just hours after birth.

Tearful Mandy re- called: “Over three days and nights I miscarried eight times.

“I cradled each of them as they died in my arms. It was truly horrible. When I felt the last one coming, I said, ‘Please, God, let at least one of them live.’ But it wasn’t to be. I was inconsolable.

“At the time I wished I’d died, I just wanted to be with them.”

The six boys and two girls, named Kypros, Adam, Martyn, Cassius, Nelson, Donald, Kitali and Layne, were buried in West Norwood Cemetery, South London, in eight white tiny coffins decorated with butterflies.

Blur . . . Mandy weeps at graveside with her then-partner Paul PA Archive

Mandy said: “The funeral was a complete blur. Watching their small coffins go into the hole — it didn’t feel real. It is a feeling if I am honest which has never ever left me and never will.”

Paul and Mandy went on to have three daughters but they split up within a few years of the tragedy.

Mandy suffers from depression, has battled alcoholism and tried to commit suicide twice.

She said: “There isn’t a moment I don’t think about them and in my darkest moments I have tried to take my own life so I could be with them.

“I swallowed some pills with alcohol in a public toilet once.

“I was drinking four or five bottles of wine a day, I would get up and have a glass in the morning.

“After taking tablets I staggered out to a wine bar where I was found and taken to hospital.

“I was in a high dependency ward for five days. When I woke up I realised I needed to change my life, turn things around for the memory of my babies

“I had a few blips since, but I feel in a better place.”

Single Mandy spent some time in rehab and has now overcome her addiction. She runs her own business and lives close to Warwick.

And she says she has no regrets over her decision to proceed with trying to carry all eight babies.

She said: “I would do the same thing again. Having the eight babies was something I had to do.”

Now Mandy hopes her experiences can help other people.

She adds “I am feeling a lot more positive these days, I have a new circle of friends and I am trying to look to the future.

“I have bad days and the phantom kicking in my stomach is a continual reminder of what I lost.

“But having read up on the condition at least I know why.

“If one good thing could come from this, I’d like to be able to help other women who have had miscarriages and maybe suffer these pains.

“Not enough is known about this and it should be spoken about.

“I could be a kind of agony aunt to them. If something positive could come out of my awful experience that would be good.”

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Davido flaunts his lookalike daughter on social media

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Davido flaunts his lookalike daughter on social media

Singer Davido shared new photo of her daughter, Imade with the caption: "GETTIN TOO BIG".

The pretty girl is really looking like her father, OBO. 
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Do you desire a killer Career? Here are 5 essential mentors you need

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Mentorship, Career, Mentor

Entourages aren’t only for celebrities — today, the most successful people in the workforce are likely to have a posse of people responsible for getting them to where they are. From explaining the finer points of Instagram to decoding the HR handbook, these mentors aren’t the traditional few-rungs-above-on-the-ladder role models — and that’s the way it should be. “It’s in your best interest to seek out a variety of mentors that help you continue learning and making the smartest decisions about your career,” says career expert Amanda Augustine. Here, the five mentors you need to add to your office life.

1.  The fresh-out-of-college mentor

Millennials are renowned for their tech skills, but the new hire has so much more to offer than his or her Snapchat savvy. The best reason to seek out a promising young employee? Because they offer a fresh, non-jaded perspective into the industry and can offer solutions that aren’t the way things are always done. “The quickest way to lose your edge is to stop learning. Seeking out a mutually beneficial relationship with junior staffers gives them a chance to benefit from your experience, and you a chance to hear ideas other upper-level staff may never have considered,” explains Augustine.

Read:  Here are Six Ways To Identify Your core passion And Build A lucrative Career Around It 

2.  The work-the-system mentor

They may not have a similar title to you, but they do work at your company — and, as such, will likely have intel on how to make the most of your employment from a benefits perspective, suggests Lindsey Pollak, millennial workplace expert and author of "Becoming the Boss." “Millennials, in particular, may not be well-versed in navigating the benefits and perks a company offers its employees,” explains Pollak. Tuition reimbursement? 401(k) matching? Whatever the company offers, this mentor is likely to bypass the HR speak and help you suss out what’s best for you.

Do you desire a killer Career? Here are 5 essential mentors you need

3.  The ‘not me’ mentor

Always worked in corporate settings? It may be time to get some advice from the entrepreneur in your social circle who’s never set foot in an office. “Finding a mentor whose career is completely different from yours can help you think outside the box,” says Scott Dobroski, a career trends analyst for Glassdorr.com. “Because they don’t know how these situations are usually handled, they might be able to offer suggestions that you’d never have discovered on your own.”

4.  The heritage mentor

Whether it’s your parents or your very first boss, this person has a vested interest in your life — even if they may not be involved in your industry. “The point of these mentors is to stay in the background, offering support, cheerleading and maybe retweets, but not necessarily day-to-day advice,” explains Pollak. A mentor in the field may be able to give you advice; these are the people you need for the extra dose of confidence to ask for a raise, introduce a project or any other professional actions that might make you sweaty-palmed.

5.  The on-screen mentor

You’ve never met them in person, and may not be able to pick them out of a lineup, but you always star their tweets. “This mentor is great because you can access them at any time,” explains Augustine, who adds these people are great to help you get drive and inspiration, which can be difficult to find in the day-to-day grind. Don’t have one? Searching and following industry stars on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram is a great place to start. TED talks are also a way to discover inspiring individuals who will make you want to be your best self.

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Twitter blocks sites dedicated to saving politicians’ deleted tweets

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Twitter has blocked some sites dedicated to archiving deleted tweets from politicians around the world following "thoughtful internal deliberation and close consideration of a number of factors," and that the social media site didn't distinguish between politicians and regular users.
The sites known as Politwoops were overseen by the Open State Foundation (OSF). The foundation said it was informed on Friday, Aug 21 by Twitter that access was being shut off to Politwoops in the 30 countries in which it operates, following the blocking of Politwoops’ US operation in May.
It said Twitter was also blocking Diplotwoops, which screens deleted messages by diplomats and embassies worldwide. 
Twitter said that “the ability to delete one’s tweets – for whatever reason – has been a long-standing feature of Twitter for all users”. 
Twitter policy says that those who have access to its APIs (application programme interfaces), as Politwoops did, must delete content “that Twitter reports as deleted or expired”.

“From time to time, we come upon apps or solutions that violate that policy. Recently we identified several services that used the feature we built to allow for the deletion of tweets to instead archive and highlight them,“ Twitter said.

“We subsequently informed these services of their noncompliance and suspended their access to our APIs.”

The list of countries where Twitter blocked Politwoops includes Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Portugal, Egypt, Estonia, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Macedonia, Norway, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and the Vatican. It also includes members of the European Parliament.

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30 Fast Tips for a More Frugal Life

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30 Fast Tips for a More Frugal Life

For money-minded people, frugality can be more than a smart idea -- it can be a way of life. Whatever your financial goals, being more frugal can help you save the money to accomplish them.

To get the best been-there, done-that frugal advice, GOBankingRates challenged some of the smartest finance experts and money bloggers out there to give their best money-saving tips in under a minute. Click through to see the smart money tips submitted to the #MoneyMinute Video Challenge and make sure to follow the embedded links to watch the full video and vote on your favorites.

1. Find Ways to Re-purpose

Why chuck your stuff when you can re-purpose it and get more use out of it? As the Ultimate Cheapskate, Jeff Yeager has plenty of tricks up his sleeves to save money by re-purposing household items. In fact, one such trick is to actually re-use your sleeves. If you have an old button-up shirt, "Just cut off the cuffs, button it together, and you have a perfect coffee cup sleeve," Yeager said. "They make great gifts, too!"

For pants hangers that come with clips, Yeager has found this creative new way to put them to use: "With this kind of hanger you can at least re-purpose part of it by cutting off these plastic clips and using them to seal bags or whatever," Yeager said. Pretty cool huh?"

2. Always Get at Least Three Bids

Jean Chatzky said that when it comes to getting a service, it's best to shop around. "Though making time for multiple meetings can be a drag, it pays off," Chatzky said. "Getting at least three bids will give you an idea of the general price range of any project. You can identify outliers. If a quote is too cheap it may be a red flag for shoddy work, if it's too expensive you'll know you're being taken for a ride. Often picking the middle quote is your best bet."

3. Buy Used to Get High Quality at a Low Price

Kristin Wong said that it can seem like to get high quality you have to pay high prices -- but think again. "One way that I found to cut costs and still get quality is to buy used," Wong said. Her collection of high-quality, secondhand items include a computer, coffee table, dress, vacuum cleaner and car. It's a "simple, easy way to save a lot of money," she said.
4. Repair Instead of Replace

Just because you have a wardrobe item that is worn out doesn't mean it's destined for the trash, said Aisha Taylor. When Taylor wore through the soles of a favorite pair of shoes, she decided to repair them rather than replace them. She sent her shoes to the cobbler and they came back good as new.

"This allows me to keep wearing the same shoes that I've already broken in, that I absolutely love, and they go with everything," Taylor said. "And so my favorite money tip is: Repair, don't replace."

5. Add Up Your Loose Change

Ellie Hirsch said that her family's favorite way to save is to pool their change together in a simple plastic bag. "While it just looks like change, it can actually be a lot of money," Hirsch said. The last time she and her kids cashed in their change collection, it added up to $100.

"Then we actually opened up bank accounts for the kids," Hirsch said. "It's a great way to save money, and it's a great experience to teach your child about saving money -- that even though one penny is just one penny, when you add it all up it could be $100 or more."

6. Pay With Cash

"To help prevent going over your budget, especially when shopping at a mall or store, use cash," said Daniel Fayette in his one-minute money tip. If your bank account balance tends to get too close for comfort to $0 each month, this is a smart trick to keep your spending on track.

"Having to actually take money out of your wallet or purse helps remind you how much you're really spending instead of just seeing a number in a bank account go down," Fayette said. "You can even set a cash limit on your spending by only carrying the max amount of cash you want to spend for the trip."

7. Get Free Admission at Museums and Zoos

Susan Kessler finds free ways to have fun. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art near her, "It costs $15 for admission," she said. "However, not if you come on the second Tuesday of every month" -- then patrons get free admission to the museum.

This tip isn't just for Los Angelenos, however. "This is true for many institutions across the country," Kessler said, including the Bronx Zoo which doesn't charge admission on Wednesdays. "Check out a wonderful website -- MuseumFreeDays.com -- to learn about institutions across the country and how you can save money just by changing your schedule a little bit."

8. Use Half the Amount of Toiletries

Annie Logue said she has a simple trick "to save 50 percent on toiletries for the rest of your life." She said her suggestion is to use half as much toothpaste, shampoo and half of just about everything else.

Often commercials or box directions will suggest an amount, but Logue said she has found she can often get away with using less to make her toiletries last longer. "You'll find that half as much toothpaste will get your teeth as clean as you think," Logue said.

9. Find Coupons and Deals Online

"Before shopping for anything, I always check Slickdeals online or through the mobile app for coupon and deals," said Amy Chang. "I use coupon codes to get additional savings even when things aren't on sale."

Chang has had great luck finding online deals on items for her pet cats, including 25 percent off a cat lounger that her cats use daily. "Why pay full price when you can get everything at a discount?"

10. Spend Less on College Textbooks

According to Carole Fleck, college students spend an average $1,200 a year on textbooks. With a little work, college students can cut that figure in half. Fleck gave these five tips to follow:
"Rent them through your college or through online booksellers like Campus Book Rentals and Check.
"Buy or rent eBooks through Amazon and other sellers.
"Buy used books.
"Ask if your school offers a buyback program.
"Ask your professor whether a previous and cheaper version of the textbook would be okay to use."

30 Fast Tips for a More Frugal Life

11. Skip the Gym Membership and Exercise for Free

Alyssa Windell said that she has a favorite way to exercise for free: "I like to call it 'frunning,' because it's frugal, it's fun, and you're running!" Sure there's a multi-billion-dollar fitness industry out there, but you don't have to buy into it. You can stay fit with a simple workout like running. "So ditch those expensive gym memberships, get outside, do some fun work, get that work in, enjoy the sun," Windell said.
12. Shop With a List

"Food is such a big part of any budget," said. Alan Slagowski. That's why it's crucial to " shop for food with a list and stick to it."

"People who shop with a list and buy little else spend much less money than those who decide what to buy when they get to the store," he said. Other easy ways to trim your food budget include bringing a lunch to work so you eat out less often.
13. Have a Meal Plan

A grocery list helps you buy less, but Keri Houchin said making a meal plan is her key to using the food she buys to make sure it doesn't go to waste. It helps her spend just $300 a month on groceries for her family of four.

"To make weekly meal planning easy, I made a meal-planning binder," Houchin said, which includes 30 or more meals her family loves printed on sticky notes. "Pull out your sticky notes, plop them on the days" of a calendar, "and make a list of what you need for those meals." Having meals planned and knowing you've stocked up on the ingredients you'll need will encourage you to cook at home so you can avoid the high cost of eating out.

14. Buy Staples When They're Half Price

"How would you like to have you pantry, fridge and freezer filled with half-priced groceries?" asked Teri Gault. The trick, she said, is a savings strategy she calls "investing." Keep an eye on those grocery and pantry staples that you always go through, especially the higher-priced items. "Whenever it's on sale, instead of buying just one, 'invest' in two, four, or more."

This can lead to great savings on produce. "'Invest' in frozen fruits and vegetables when they're on sale and then shop the fresh produce sales only each week," said Gault.
15. Split a Meal When Eating Out

"My husband Kevin and I love to eat out, but this can be difficult when you're living on a tight budget," said Stephanie Bills. "We have found we can usually save about $10 to $20 a meal simply by sharing food."

Bills said she and her husband typically order an appetizer and entree to share, and it's usually plenty. "If you're worried about this not being enough food, you can always add extra sides at a lower price," Bills said. "My favorite is to add a side salad. When we do this, we find we get to try more options the restaurant has to offer, and save money in the process."

16. Spend Less On a Night at the Movies

It doesn't have to cost a lot to catch the latest blockbuster. You can save money at the moviews when you follow these tips from Lorrin Forester:
"Buy tickets at Costco or any wholesaler.
"Go on cheap nights -- usually once a week -- these tickets are usually half price.
"Buy concessions at the grocery store -- even the dollar store has candy!
"Avoid popcorn. If you must have it, get a small one. You don't need a large bucket.
"Wait for the show to begin before you eat or drink your concessions. This way you will only need to buy small portions, which are cheaper."

17. Use Free Refills to Save More

Ted Jenkin said that his favorite way to save the movies is to bring a couple of Ziploc bags with him. Then, "When you go into the movie theater, you're going to order one large popcorn," Jenkin said. "And at all movie theaters, guess what they'll let you do? They let you refill the popcorn."

Knowing this means that instead of buying everyone their own popcorn, you can simply buy one and get enough to share. "Take that large popcorn, fill out the quart bags for the kids and yourself," Jenkin said. "Go back and get a refill. You'll enjoy the movie, and you'll cut your price in half."

18. Use Less Energy

With her MoneyMinute video, Brittney Nielsen showed that saving money on electricity is so easy even your kids can help. Her son knows how to save energy at home with small actions, like line-drying clothes instead of using an electric dryer, closing the fridge when a younger sibling leaves it open, turning off lights when they're not in use and turning down the thermostat.

19. Be Your Own Handyman

Elle Martinez said that when her family went from renting to owning a home, she faced many home maintenance costs that she hadn't encountered before. By being willing to do some of the work on her own, she has helped keep her spending under control.

"Things like unclogging toilets, fixing the garbage disposal, painting, fixing dents around the walls -- those can be done yourself," Martinez said. Plus, getting familiar with home maintenance and repairs will also help you get a good price when you do have to call in a professional for major repairs, she added.

20. Learn to Do Something New

Michelle Jackson suggested looking everywhere in your life for opportunities to do-it-yourself. "We have boxed ourselves into always having to purchase stuff because we don't know how to do anything anymore," said Jackson. "So basically my tip is this: Learn how to do things so that you can decide later if you want to purchase a good or service or make it yourself."

"You may find that it's cheaper to make it yourself than to purchase it -- and it probably tastes better if it's food. Learn to do so that you have a choice and you're not boxed in by convenience."

21. Make Your Own Cleaning Products

To spend less on household items, "I stopped buying a lot of those commercial cleaners and started making my own," said Amrita Singh.

"My all-time favorite thing requires only two ingredients that I know you have at home right now," anti-bacterial dish soap and baking soda, said Singh. "Mix this up well so it's like a paste," then "store this cleaner in an airtight container and use as needed."
22. Or Try Using Vinegar

Vinegar is cheap, especially when bought in bulk, and it has a variety of uses. Tracie Fobes' favorite cleaner replacement is vinegar. "You can also use it to clean your windows and your mirrors and your toilets," Fobes said.

Fobes also loves using vinegar to make her own sauces or dressings, instead of buying pricier premade products. "You can use it in your dressings, you can use it in all kinds of different ingredients, as a spice, to bring interesting flavors to your barbecue," Fobes said. "Vinegar's great!"
23. Cut Your Budget to the Bone for a Month

Joseph Hogue suggested giving yourself a money challenge for a month to cut spending. "Instead of going to a restaurant, plan a picnic or a family cooking night," said Hogue. "Skip the expensive gym membership and go jogging with friends." Look for ways to cut out every extra expense.

"At the end of the month, you'll have saved a ton of money and will be surprised at some of the things that you really didn't miss," Hogue said.

24. Skip the Bottled Water

"We all know that we should be drinking more water, but the price of bottled water may be an unnecessary expense," said Money Saving Pro. "Ban the bottle. Save yourself some money and start drinking from the tap instead." Or opt for a filtered water pitcher. Even with the price of filters, you're still saving a ton of money every year.

25. Grow Your Own Food

Linsey Knerl's saving trick is her four-acre home garden, which she tends with the help of her husband. In just one day, she said, she can pick enough green beans to fill 50 cans of the vegetable.

"Gardening is something that takes a lot of planning and work on the front end, but you cannot put a dollar value on the nutrition, the freshness, the ability to just walk out and pick what you want and then put away food for later," Knerl said. "We all know that food security in times of economic stress is invaluable. So I say start a garden -- that's how we feed our family of eight!"

26. Pay Less Interest

You probably already know about staying out of debt -- that's the best way to avoid the added cost of interest. But if you already have debt, you can get a better interest rate by consolidating debt or refinancing a loan.

PenFed Credit Union, for example, said that its members could refinance to get a lower auto loan rate to save as much as $2,000 a month. "Now, I know I can think of plenty of ways to spend $2,000," said a PenFed representative. "What would you do with an additional $2,000 in your budget?"

27. Cut the Cable Cord

Peter Anderson's money-saving tip is, "Just to get rid of your expensive cable TV package and become a cord-cutter."

"These days there are a ton of free, over-the-air content options, as well as streaming online options," Anderson said. He said having a DVR like a Tablo TV DVR will help you record your shows so you can watch them anytime.

"Second, get a video streaming device -- something like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which is my favorite, for $39 dollars," said Anderson. "Third, subscribe to a video streaming service," like Sling TV, Netflix or Hulu. "Once you're set up, you're going to be saving about $100 dollars per month, and who wouldn't want an extra $1,200 dollars per year?" Anderson said.

28. Commute With Public Transportation

Sam Walker said that public transportation is cheaper than most car payments. He lists these ways taking public transit can help you save more:
"Avoiding traffic prevents you from wasting not only time, but also gas, which means you save.
"No more paying for gas. Less money spent on gas equals more money in your wallet.
"No maintenance costs of owning a car. No insurance costs.
"Stop paying for parking and wasting gas driving around to find a parking space."

29. Only Buy What You Need, When It's On Sale

Bekah Jorgensen has some simple money rules her family follows to help them stay frugal. Even her daughter, Natalie, knows what they are.

When Bekah asked her daughter, "Natalie, when we go to the store, how do we save money?" Natalie answered, "We only buy things on sale," and "We only buy things that we need."

30. Teach Your Family About Money

"Do you have any financial vampires in your life that are sucking the savings out of your money and your budget?" Brian Brandow asked."I do -- I have three to be exact: my kids. It took me a while to figure out what to do with them.  Education was the key'"

When it comes to being frugal, Brandow said it needs to be a family effort. "Having educated children goes a long way to saving you money and better preparing them for their financial futures," he said.

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