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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 10 February, 2018.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The current hot and humid weather nationwide, even in coastal areas, such as Lagos, is causing concern across the country, even as meteorologists and medical experts warn of its dangers on human and natural resources.
From an average temperature of 33 degree Celsius and 70 per cent humidity in Lagos to 39 degree Celsius and 11 per cent in Maiduguri, the excessive sweating and heath rashes have become regular these days, making it difficult for many, especially children, to sleep comfortably at night.

Medical experts warn that the extreme weather could lead to more dire consequences, such as kidney failure, stroke, excessive bleeding and skin cancer in Albinos.

On their part, scientists blame the situation on increased Ultra Violet (UV) rays caused by the depletion of the ozone layer, warning that this could sterilise trees.

But to the meteorologists, the hot weather is a normal phenomenon around this period of the year due to transition from dry to rainy season.

According to a research review, an increase in heat waves worldwide linked to climate change might be behind the epidemics of kidney disease detected in workers, who are increasingly exposed to heat and dehydration.

A Consultant Public Health Physician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Prof Akin Osibogun, told The Guardian: “When the weather is persistently hot and humid, as being experienced now, what happens is that there will be heat exhaustion and dehydration.

“When this loss of bodily fluid continues without adequate replacement, it will affect the body organs, especially the kidney that is involved with ultra-filtration. This can lead to kidney failure. Rapid water loss causes the kidney’s functioning to slow down, resulting in temporary or permanent kidney failure.

“Extreme heat causes rapid water loss, resulting in acute electrolyte imbalance. The kidney, unable to cope with the water loss, fails to flush out the requisite amount of creatinine and other toxins from the body. Coupled with a lack of consistent water intake, this brings about permanent or temporary kidney failure.”

He continued: “Another thing that can happen under this kind of hot and humid weather is that it will affect the brain and blood. It makes the blood less viscous and can easily escape from the vessels, causing excessive bleeding and haemorrhagic stroke.

“It can also cause skin cancer, but only in Abinos. People with black (dark) skin are protected from the carcinogenic effect of direct ultra-violet rays from the sun, because their skins have melanin. In most cases, they develop rashes, which can be very discomforting.”

Previous study published in Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research found that burden of renal diseases might increase, as the period of hot weather becomes more frequent, and this is further aggravated in advanced age and people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.

Another study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology noted that extreme heat exposure could have immediate health effects, causing dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as well as worsening pre-existing chronic disease, which can be fatal.

The researchers said although chronic kidney disease is often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, it could also be the result of recurrent heat exposure with physical activity and not enough hydration, which puts a heavy strain on the kidneys.

On what Nigerians should do to protect themselves, Osibogun, who is the immediate past Chief Dedical director (CMD) of LUTH, said: “We should reduce our exposure to the sun. It depends on the kind of work you do, but reduce the number of hours you stay under the sun, or rather outside, although some people, like bricklayers, cannot help but stay in the sun all day.

“The negative effect could also be reduced by drinking enough water to replace the lost fluid from excessive sweating. Try and carry bottled water wherever you go and drink at least three litres of water daily.”

A consultant meteorologist, Mr. Cyprian Okoloye, formerly with the Central Forecast Office of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), noted: “The weather is not unusual. We are approaching the transition period between the dry season and rainy season. Usually, during the transition period, you experience very hot and humid weather. In a couple of days, you may see some showers.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South’s President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang Saturday, Seoul said, even as the US warned against falling for Pyongyang’s Olympic charm offensive.

The invitation, delivered by Kim’s visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South’s leader “at the earliest date possible”, said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim’s father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South’s Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.

But it could threaten to sow division between Moon, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump, who last year traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim.

Washington insists that Pyongyang — which is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions — must show a willingness to give up its weapons before any negotiations can happen.

After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, which had their opening ceremony Friday, the Games have driven a rapprochement on the peninsula, while the North’s athletes, performers and delegates have dominated the headlines.

Moon met Kim Yo Jong and the North’s ceremonial head of state, the elderly Kim Yong Nam — technically the highest-level Northern official ever to go to the South — for talks and lunch at the Blue House on Saturday in a landmark meeting.

“Special envoy Kim Yo Jong delivered a personal letter” from her brother stating his desire to “improve inter-Korean relations”, said Moon’s spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom, and verbally conveyed his offer to Moon “to visit the North at his most convenient time”.

Moon did not immediately accept the offer, calling instead for efforts to “create the right conditions to realise” such a visit and urging Pyongyang to actively seek dialogue with the US, he added.

“It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date,” he cited Moon as saying.

Tensions between the two soared last year as Pyongyang launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date.

Analysts believe the diplomatic drive by the North — which put its ICBMs on show at a military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday — is seeking to weaken the measures against it, and could be trying to loosen the alliance between Seoul and Washington.

Kim Yo Jong has rapidly risen up the ladder since her brother inherited power from their father, and is now among his closest confidantes.

Her visit makes her the first member of the dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The highly anticipated crossover between Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder is almost here.

ABC released new details on the meeting between Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), including who will actually be crossing over.

During the Scandal hour, Davis and Aja Naomi King will head to the political fixer drama, and here’s the reason why:

“In the midst of moving on from the White House, Olivia gets an unexpected visitor in criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating, who seeks her help in fast-tracking a judicial reform class action to the United States Supreme Court. However, after Olivia’s recent fall from political grace, it’s going to be more challenging than ever to get the support they need.”

Check out a promo below for the Scandal hour, which is called Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself here.

Also during the How to Get Away with Murder hour of the crossover, titled “Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Washington and Cornelius Smith Jr. will appear. Here’s why:

“As Annalise’s class-action case hangs in the balance, a meeting with the esteemed Washington D.C. fixer, Olivia Pope, proves to be crucial in getting the opportunity to argue her case in the nation’s highest court. Meanwhile, Bonnie discovers concerning information pertaining to Simon that threatens to expose what really happened during [the] night he was shot.” 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Against Everton, Arsenal played thrillingly as their attacking midfielders combined fluidly, sashaying from side to side. It was a peek into what Arsenal's newly glossed over side could achieve when they are hardly tested defensively. This weekend against rivals, Tottenham, Wenger's team will be severely tested. Spurs possess the hottest striker in Europe, Harry Kane, [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Award-winningNigerian vocalist Djinee who dropped a new single two weeks ago titled Find You is back with new visuals for the song featuring actress Beverly Osu. Find You is a lover's anthem that focuses strongly on the power of unconditional love even during life's worst storms.The soft, melodic tune tugs at a lover's heartstrings and [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics began in Pyeongchang yesterday with a symbolic quest to find peace, which has become the overriding theme of these games. The spectacular display featured child performers, huge puppets, dazzling light displays and thousands of dancers in a celebration of Korean unity. Inside the area 30,000 people, including [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Dedicated To Digital Abuja, which held on January 28, 2018 at Curated co-working space, Ventures Park, was a huge success. Thanks to a list of amazing speakers, partners, and eager minds who came to learn from them. The event was hosted by Ifeoluwa Ogunbufunmi. The one-day workshop focuses on helping brands, SME's, Business Owners, Content [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, venue of the grand finale of Closeup Cool Breeze #CoolLikeThatLagos campus party was literally frenzy as Mavin Record act, Reekado Banks, Simi, LAX, Mayorkun, Humblesmith, Mr. Real and other artistes on Wednesday, led other artistes to shutdown the school. The event which held at the institution Sports Complex was [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Who is Badman Caesar and why the name' My name is OjodaleJohn, and I am from Kogi State, from Igala. So I'm proudly an Igala native. I am popularly called Badman Ceaser but you can just call me Caesar. On why the name, at a point every individual come up with a name, something spectacular [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
What hits you first as you are ushered into the Hi-Impact Arena, after being frisked by the men of Nigerian anti-bomb squad, is the massive stage. Said to be about 44 metres in length with the outriggers on which also is hung two large screens on each side, the stage is about 14 metres high [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
For his role in what the organsiation described as 'a frightening new assault on the Nigerian Judiciary', members of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), have called for the resignation of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, The organisation, which has since January 15, 2018, been protesting at different [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Self-reflection is good, but you should not indulge in it. The question of happiness haunts us because at every stage of our lives, we hope to seek meaning in everything we do. In an age, we are encouraged to daily evaluate our position in the world and how we feel about being it. The search [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
St. Valentine Day, commemorated every February 14, is here again. Some screen celebrities spoke on the significance of the day reflected on their memorable valentine moments. Emeka Ossai (Actor, Producer and Director) For me, Valentine is the expression of love and the expression of love Valentine's Day connotes is what I think should be an [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
You sit there, staring at the cursor, idly blinking on white space. Tired of the million and one jobs that need to be ticked off your to-do list, you turn to Facebook. Shuttling between friends' walls and RSVPing events held in all corners of the world that you're not remotely likely to attend and yet [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick is looking ahead to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. With the Super Eagles boasting one of ... 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Ahead of this year's African Arts and Culture Festival, AFRIKFEST Las Vegas INC, organiser of the event, has announced that the show will hold between April 13 and 14, 2018, at the Craig Ranch Regional Park, Las Vegas Nevada, USA. The two-day festival, according to the organisers, will feature exhibition of African culture, dances by [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
It is the dream of most parents that their children become greater than them. Brilliant and pretty Segilola, daughter ofWole Arisekola, the publisher of Street Journal, is well on her way to fulfilling her parents' dreams. Wole's happiness seems to have added more feathers and it is flying far north, with latest news coming from [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Supreme Court, yesterday, upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal on the no-case submission filed by former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh. The Appeal Court, Abuja Division, had on May 5, 2016, dismissed Metuh appeal, asking the court to dismiss the ruling of the Federal [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Bloomkids, currently run as a trademark under Ruthie Bloom, is a unique brand of Afrocentric Kids clothing registered under the laws of Nigeria. The Managing Director/CEO of Bloomkids Ruth Ogbeide is passionate about expanding the African identity to wholesomeness and not just for special days or events. In this interview, she explained how the organisation [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
There is a heavy buzz in high society. And it is all about the upcoming wedding of Fatima, one of the daughters of billionaire businessman and industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Fatima is preparing to wed Jamil, son of former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar, next month. Unlike that of her elder sister, Halima, [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
The Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has directed its members to disregard the local government election holding across the 44 council areas. Similarly, the Kwankwasiyya group, the supporters of former Governor and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso yesterday declined to participate in the council election holding today. In spite of the decision [] 

Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello, yesterday, disclosed that the state government has donated 15,000 hectares of land to support the Federal Government's proposed cattle colony policy. Bello, who was at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja to submit a letter for the handing over of the 15,000 hectares of land to [] 

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