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Playing Football Helps My Mathematics Skills — Cowbellpedia Champion

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The game of football requires a lot of concentration, speed, accuracy, and precision. And all these skills are necessary to excel in a seemingly tough subject like Mathematics.

This was the submission of Akinfoluhan Akinleye, the junior category champion of the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

The 13-year-old son of an Accountant and Banker explained to journalists at the finals last weekend in Lagos that his love for football helped in stimulating his thinking and creativity.

“I love football and I play football a lot since I discovered that there seems to be a connection between the game and Mathematics. You have to be smart, sharp, fast and intelligent to play football and excel in mathematics. It works for me,” Akinfoluhan explained.

In the final contest of the junior category, Akinfoluhan from The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State proved his mettle as he beat Splendour Nwankwo of Jesuit Memorial College and Favour Okarike of Graceland International School, both in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who grabbed the first and second runners-up positions respectively.

Earlier in the first round of the exciting final, Chidozie Uzochukwu of Nigerian Tulip International School, Abuja; Gabriel Akogun from Welkin International and Loluwa Abiodun of The Ambassadors College, both in Ota, Ogun State dropped out.

In the senior category contest, Chinedu Mgbemena, a student of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt,rose above his closest rivals, Praise Isinkaye from Federal Government Academy, Suleja, Niger State; Ambassadors College’s Juliet Ekoko, the 2016 junior category champion. While Praise emerged the first runner-up, Juliet ended up as second runner-up.

Jessica Austine from Federal Government College, Owerri, Imo State; Enoch Adenekan of The Ambassadors College and Nafisat Abdulwaheed from Reality High School, Ilesha, Osun State had earlier crashed out in the first round of the final.

“It is a dream come true today and I am very happy that this day has come eventually,” Chinedu told journalists amid the celebration that marked the final.

As part of the package in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria, the champions in both categories received N2 million each with an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country; while the first and second runners-up got N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.

The teachers of the champions were also rewarded with N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up received N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Anders Einarssonrecalled that in the past 20 years, Cowbell and Mathematics has expanded in size, scope and prizes as it now holds in over 200 centres across the nation and in over 11,000 schools.

He congratulated the finalists for their excellent performance and reiterated the commitment of the company towards education and the future of Nigerian children.

In his remarks, the Acting Registrar of the National Examination Council, Mr Abubakar Gana, who was represented by the Director of Examination Development,Mr Mustapha Abdul commended Promasidor for the Cowbellpedia initiative and pledged the council’s continued technical support for the project.

Meanwhile, preparations have commenced for next year’s edition of the competition. According to the organizers, the 2019 Cowbellpedia registration portal is now open for secondary school students across the country to register.

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Kidnappers Kill Igbinedion University Lecturer

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Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed DanMallam, on Sunday, confirmed the killing of Kelvin Izevbekhai, a lecturer with the Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin City, by suspected kidnappers.

DanMallam said Izevbekhai was killed in an attempted escape bid when the victims were being marched into the forest by the kidnappers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the gunmen were said to be operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.

It was learnt that the gunmen abducted Izevbekhai and other passengers in the bus in which they were travelling.

“The driver of the minibus was said to have fled into the bush along with four other passengers.

“Unfortunately, one of the passengers who tried to escape during the abduction was killed by the gunmen.

“The police went after the kidnappers in the bush and succeeded in rescuing the victims.”

He said the police were working on a new strategy which entails taking the war to the kidnappers’ den in the jungle, adding that it is the best way to tackle the scourge.

Spokesman for the university, Mr. Jide Ilugbo, who confirmed the killing described it as “barbaric.”

İlugbo said late Izevbekhai was a First-Class graduate and was employed in the university in 2016.

He said it was then, dangerous to travel on the Benin-Lagos highway due to frequent attacks by armed robbers and kidnappers.

The official said it was unfortunate he ran into hoodlums, saying that the trailer parked before Okada junction is a hideout for criminals.

(NAN)

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Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S

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Dr. Chibawanye Ene, a US-based Nigerian Doctor, has won the 2019 Ronald L.Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research.

A statement from the Clinical Department, Applied Radiation Oncology, U.S., said Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting held from April 13 to April 17, 2019, in San Diego.

The-37-year-old, who is from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, won the award with his research work on ‘Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma’.

Journalists gathered that Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps the immune system fight cancer.

The immune system made up of white blood cells, organs and tissues of the lymph system help the body fight infections and other diseases.

The Clinical Department stated Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy.

Also, Glioblastoma, known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain.

Initially, signs and symptoms of glioblastoma are non-specific.

They may include headaches, personality changes, nausea, and symptoms similar to those of a stroke.

Immunotherapy for glioblastoma has been largely unsuccessful in part because molecular heterogeneity drives selective elimination of only a subset of tumour cells.

According to the statement, it appears that therapeutic success in patients would require achieving an abscopal effect, where following focused radiation therapy, non-targeted tumour cells are attacked by the immune system.

The statement further revealed that it remains unclear how glioblastoma responds to focused radiation in terms of failure location and whether immunotherapy could amplify the immune response to tumour outside the radiation field.

The result of the study’s experiment shows that radiation combined with anti PD L1 therapy induces an immunological response to unirradiated glioblastoma.

The researchers are currently optimizing other treatment combinations that could also be readily assessed in phase I human clinical trials.

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RRS Arrests Fake Soldier, Robber In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday arrested a fake soldier and a robber.

The fake soldier was arrested along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way near Muritala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja while the robber was caught in action at Oshodi robbing commuters.

The fake soldier, Yusuf Quadri, 22, from Ogun State, was arrested during a cautious stop and search by RRS officers. The suspect was riding a commercial tricycle along Airport Road, which has been restricted by Lagos State Government.

Quadri when stopped by the police told the officers he was a military officer. A little probe by the officer revealed he was impersonating.

Quadri, a primary school certificate holder disclosed during interrogation that he stole one of the military uniforms of a newly promoted officer, who he was assisting to get his luggage ready.

He added that he thereafter used the uniform to take a photograph, which he subsequently converted to an identity card.

The suspect in his confessional statement told the police that he made use of his military photograph and outfit to by-pass security operatives, Local Government and LASTMA officials that might attempt to arrest him whenever he was on the wrong side of the law. The stolen military uniform was recovered from the suspect’s home.

The robbery suspect, Emeka Ohiaeri, from Imo State had around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night pulled off a mobile phone from the hands of a youth corps member in Oshodi traffic.

Unknown to Ohiaeri, RRS operative spotted him and trailed him to where he was standing with his colleagues before arresting him. The phone was recovered from him and handed over to its owner at the RRS Headquarter, Ikeja, the following day.

The suspect confessed to the police that since arriving Oshodi few years ago, he had been surviving through stolen phones, purses and handbags.

He added that he had lost count of the numbers of phones he had collected in traffic. He emphasized that he has a regular buyer for such phones.

Meanwhile, Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Muazu Zubairu, has directed that the two suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, adding that RRS reinforce its presence in Oshodi to curb traffic robbery.

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