Friday

Medieval Pilgrim Excavated in UK Carried Leprosy Strain That Still Circulates

Genetic analysis of a pilgrim who died in the late 11th or early 12th century showed that he was infected with Mycobacterium leprae belonging to the 2F lineage.
The University of Surrey's Michael Taylor and his colleagues excavated the pilgrim and two other individuals for biomolecular, radiocarbon, and isotopic analysis. As they reported today in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they found that the pilgrim, a man between the ages of 18 and 25 years when he died, was likely not local to the area in Britain where he was buried and was infected with a leprosy strain now associated with south-central and western Asia.

hese results add to our understanding of isolates behind the widespread nature of European leprosy in the high Middle Ages and in particular of a rare lineage which is less common amongst extant strains," the researchers wrote in their paper.
Taylor and his colleagues excavated three skeletons from burial grounds at St. Mary Magdalen in southern England, a known leprosarium. The skeleton focused on in this study was buried with a scallop shell indicating that he'd made a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in Spain.
Radiocarbon datingindicated that the pilgrim's skeleton was from the late 11th or early 12th centuries, while the control skeletons dated to the 17th and 18th centuries. Only the pilgrim's bones — and not those from the controls — exhibited evidence of leprosy, as he had lesions in his feet. The restriction of the lesions to his feet suggested to the researchers that he likely had greater soft tissue manifestations of the disease.
Isotope analysis suggested that the pilgrim ate a diet consisting of more animal protein than others buried in the cemetery, and it indicated that he was not native to the Winchester, UK, area where he was buried, but that he could be from another British locale. Analysis of his skull shape also suggested that he might not be of British origin.
Despite the pilgrim's low bone signs of leprosy, the researchers were able to isolate M. leprae DNA from him for analysis. They first screened all three skeletons for signs of M. leprae using the multi-copy element RLEP, which they then confirmed by real-time PCR analysis of the multi-copy element IS1081. Only the pilgrim came back positive for M. leprae. The samples were also screened to determine whether they were infected with Brucella, Treponema pallidum, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Leishmania, Plasmodium, or hepatitis B virus, but none were.
Through a combination of SNP and VNTR typing, the researchers found that the pilgrim harbored leprosy belonging to the 2F strain, but one that is genetically distinct from others found at that site.
Most of the leprosy strains found at the cemetery belong to genotype 3I, which has homology with existing strains of this lineage, they noted. These are thought to be ancestral to strains now found in the southern US. The 2F genotype is also found at this site and today is found in central Asia and the Middle East. This suggests that settlers might've brought this strain to the region or that the pilgrim picked it up in his travels.

Somali pirates release hijacked ship and crew without ransom

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Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker on Monday have released the ship and its eight Sri Lankan crew members.
The release followed a gunfight earlier in the day between the pirates and the marine force, and then intensive negotiations between the marine force, clan elders and the pirates.
An unnamed former British army officer said that the Puntland maritime police force freed the ship after making an offer the pirates couldn’t refuse.
The reported offer was not disclosed but a pirate confirmed the ship was released without a ransom being paid, after the gang found out that Somali businessmen had hired the tanker.
Aris 13 was hijacked on Monday enroute from Djibouti to Mogadishu, in the first successful attack of a commercial vessel off the Somali coast since 2012.
In their heyday in 2011, Somali pirates launched 237 attacks off the coast of Somalia, according to data from the International Maritime Bureau, and held hundreds of hostages. The attacks however fell sharply after crews put safety measures into place and regional naval forces stepped up patrols.
Some pirates returned to fishing, and others became involved in smuggling people and weapons across the Red Sea to Yemen.

Wednesday

THE BRAIN BEHIND MOZE APPAREL: HE HAS OF COURSE STYLED THE LIKES OF WIZKID,BANKY W, SKALES, PRAIZ AND MANY MORE CELEBRITIES

Born Moses John. From Edo state but he's based in kaduna state. The thing about Moze apparel is he has the most captivating prints on tees I have ever seen  in Nigeria. I mean lots of people make clothes but the finesse with which Moses creates his tees is really amazing. He takes every detail as important right from the sketch of the artwork on the tees to the kind of print he uses on his tees. Its of american standard. My favourite artwork has to be the "BERNIE DOPE BOY" its the cutest ever. Moses has styled Celebrities like Banky W for his popular Yes/No video, Wizkid *Starboy*, Skales wears his clothes to like every concert and even Praiz cant get enough of him. they just cant resist him. He is a young entrepreneur on the rise and he's definitely one to watch out for. He just might be the Tom Ford of Nigeria. LOL.

That is Banky W in his Yes/No Video and of course he has the Bernie dope boy tee on 

That's Skales with the bernie dope boy sweatshirt on stage during a performance . Moses says "The influences behind my style I would rather say comes from the love of hip hop skating and art which has been my hobby. This three things I mention has been a grate influences to my style and designs"






So i asked him what inspires him and how he came about the business of fashion and heres what he had to say"Wow. I can't really explain how I started because I grew up in a house where fashion is well recognized because my mum ownS a fashion house. So starting up was never difficult for me because I already have an idea about Fashion." Ok officially I stated taking it seriously 2010. Coming up with designs was not that difficult . The source that really help me towards archiving it was the God gift telnet of art. That really help me to be able to create my ideas and archive it perfectly on my tees and all.




The quest for quality pushed me into fashion says Moses " What made me to start my own clothing.The quest for quality really pushed me into fashion. I have always been this kind of person that stands for quality clothing due to the fact I grew up wearing them and I have always liked the detail that comes with quality clothes and all that.

Moze Apparel is a trend that's in right now. If you are a lover of fashion then i think its time you meet Moses. don't say i dint tell you. he also makes shoes just so you know. Bright colors are so in season.
I mean you have to agree with me that these tees are absolutely amazing and if you want to make orders its easy, just post comment about your interest and i'd connect you to him.

Traze Manji – Aji



Off the stables of HighPower Inc, TRAZE Manji Bashar is yet another jtown export on the rise making incredible music. He releases AJI a mid tempo vibe with a fusion of hausa, produced by I.N.Z as the first track off his upcoming ep ”Excuse My Mood” which is set for release soon. With a video coming shortly, Enjoy this saucy vibe and expect more this year from the kid!!
                            download and listing http://nigeriansounds.com/2017/02/audio-traze-manji-aji/

De-Exit FINE GIRL pro by ABOKI BEATZ

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International superstar band De-Exit are at it again with a brand new single(FINE GIRL,PRO BY ABOKI BEATZ) from ONE MAP ENTERTAINMENT.The group is know all over Ghana for there exclusive performance in the industry  with there unique style of music. listing download and share:ghxclusives.com/de-exit-fine-girl-prod-by-aboki-beatz

Saturday

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Lyrical Dr.Smith is out again with a new smashing single WAYE SHI,is expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting, sound that he has made his own is certain to gain interest from across the world.
listing and enjoy

Al’Chaddas – Na We Dey Here (Prod. 2gen2Beatz)

Al'Chaddas – Na We Dey Here (Prod. 2gen2Beatz)
“Na We Dey here” is the most recent ‎material from Al’Chaddas off the Nyamiri Ep due for release in a couple of months.
Alchaddas sings about his transition to Lagos, and as usual, he does it with Hausa. I’m intrigued by how an Igbo boy is able to present this with an awesome Hausa delivery. The Atilogue‎ beat on this piece was put together and clipped by 2gen2beatz who is rapidly becoming a household producer in Lagos. This is one you are compelled to listen to again.
www.360nobs.com/2016/08/music-alchaddas-na-dey-prod-2gen2beatz/

Olamide thinks he is Fela but is wrong, and here’s why


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Olamide‘s career has been phenomenal. He has defied the odds stacked against him as a kid with aspirations growing up in the mean streets of Bariga to an elite rapper in the music industry.
However, just like in every career, aspirations don’t end, as almost every individual desire to reach heights that are considered greatest.
Thenetng wrote about what might be required of Olamide and his protege, Lil Kesh to take their music to the next level on the international front.
READ: Why Lil Kesh, like Olamide, is not ready for international collaborations
And in a bid to address the need for international collaborations, the rapper told Hip TV in a new interview that he isn’t desperate to work with any international act.
‘Fela didn’t even do any international collaboration before they recognised Fela in the international market. It’s not about hustling for that shit, I won’t hustle for that shit. Everywhere I’ve been to right now, is based on grace of God — I just wanna hustle for my stuff, live my dream — we are not bothered‘, he said.
‘To hustle for anyone to be on my track, that’s a no, no. I’m on my Fela P right now. Fela didn’t hustle for anybody to be on his track, he lived his life. He made his music, and when he died, they started copying his style.’
Well said Olamide, but the comparison of his career to that of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is unfounded because, though few, Fela actually had international collaborations.
Fela worked with Roy Ayers, a soul jazz and funk musician from Los Angeles, United States on the latter’s 1980 album, Music of Many Colors.
Fela was also prominently featured on British drummer, Ginger Baker‘s album, Stratavarious in 1972, while the Afrobeat pioneer appeared in a major Amnesty International concert with Carlos Santana in 1986. American Jazz trumpeter, Lester Bowie was also a collaborator on Fela’s 1977 No Agreement album.
Truthfully, the impact of the few collaborations on Abami-Eda’s career are negligible, as his legendary status would still be intact without them, but they were still significant moments in Fela’s career.
Also READ: How sex is helping Olamide, Reminisce, others sell Nigerian music
While it’s not to say that Olamide’s chance at achieving international acclaim is solely dependent on how many foreign acts he can lock himself in the recording booth with, having an international appeal with his music is a win-win.
Imagine an OLIC with some of the biggest international names as guest acts?
Though like he boastfully said, he needs not ‘hustle for that shit’ by paying for international collaborations just for the sake of them, because he is doing just fine.

Mercy Johnson Comes For Those Who Criticised Her For Not ‘Spacing Her Children’

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Nollywood actress and mother of three, Mercy Johnson has reportedly slammed those criticizing her for ‘rushing’ to birth her children as she claimed they are people who do not have direction in life yet.
She said she had always dreamed of having four children and when it is time for a woman to get married, she does just that.
“I feel that when you haven’t gone through life and you don’t have a bearing in life, that’s when you see certain decisions as unreasonable. Most of these people who make these statements have not even realised what they want to do with their lives yet.
“I had planned my life right from when I was growing up. I arranged my life the way I wanted it to go. And that is why even when I was at the peak of my career and marriage came, I grabbed it because I know age keeps going and time waits for no one.
“It means that I can have all of my four kids and then still get back to shape and come back to what I love to do. So I am not going to say things like, ‘I don’t want to have kids yet’ or ‘I am not going to get married and I want to keep acting because the young shall always grow’, you are not going to be number one forever. That is why when it is time for you to do something, you do it. Yoruba will always say in their prayers that when the time for a child to talk has come, by the grace of God, she will talk. When it’s time to go to school, he will go to school. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want to define my life in a way my daughter will want to define her own life,” she said.
She further explained how she has been able to joggle her career, motherhood and marriage.
“I think what has got me this far is placing my decisions on a scale of preference. I love what I do, I adore my husband, I adore my kids, so every time I have to make a decision, I pick which is more important, and I start from there. I understand the home front is more important so I manage my home and create time to do what I have to do. I think that has helped me get this far,” she said.

Ruggedman, others enlighten Festac on domestic violence

PMAN marches against domestic violence
Ruggedman, Sunny Nneji, Felix Duke and some more personalities of Nigeria’s music industry led a walk against domestic violence on Saturday, August 20.
The walk, aimed at sensitising the society on the issue of domestic violence and child abuse, took place in Festac, Lagos.
Other notable personalities who joined the walk are president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Pretty Okafor, Joe Odumakin, Arinze Desmond, and Nkechi Emmanuel among others.
Ruggedman and other PMAN members
Ruggedman, Felix Duke say no to domestic violence

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