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Fellow Press publisher denies paying hackers ransom

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Mr. Olakunle Adeniyi, the Publisher of an online newspaper, Fellow Press, has denied paying hackers before portal came alive again.

The site which was offline for several hours and later defaced on Monday, was suspected to have been the handiwork of blackhat men. “You have been hacked!”, the warning on the website read.

Replying message from Nigeria News Online, the Publisher of the newspaper said denied paying any amount to the hackers, but refusing how the site was later recovered.

“We are happy that our darling newpaper is back online. Majority of our readers were anxious, but we can assure that FELLOW PRESS is back and stronger. And we did  not pay anyone to have our website back”, Mr. Adeniyi said.

Fellow Press is among the leading Nigerian newspaper, with both breaking news and verified information to its teaming readers.

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Calm back at Maiduguri Airport, army says protesting troops unscrupulous

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The Nigerian Army said calm has been restored at Maiduguri Airport seized for two hours on Sunday by riotous troops, that it described as ‘unscrupulous”.

In a statement today, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command said the protest by the few unscrupulous troops happened while the command was conducting a redeployment of soldiers at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri metropolis, to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city.

“The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the Theatre Command. Regrettably however, a few of the troops who had misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the theatre of operation became agitated and reacted by firing into the air.

“Calm has however been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation after addressing and admonishing the troops~”, Nwachukwu said.

“The Theatre Command undoubtedly considers this ugly incident quite regrettable and appropriate measures are being taken to forestall a recurrence”, he added.

NAN reports that the aggrieved soldiers claimed they had overstayed and were resisting redeployment to Marte, one of the towns liberated by the military several years ago from the control of Boko Haram terrorists.

The protesters are part of the special force deployed to provide air defence and enhance security at the airport.

The troops barricaded some section of the airport and fired shots in the air, causing pandemonium, as hundreds of pilgrims waiting to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, scampered for safety..

One of the protesting soldiers who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the planned deployment was against the directives by the Army Headquarters.

“The army special forces deployed to the airport were not trained to engage in ground battle rather trained to provide air defence.

“Our task is to provide air defence. Alas, special forces trained to fight ground battle are stationed in Maiduguri and we are deployed to go and die in Marte”.

Another soldier lamented that the troops have overstayed in the Northeast fighting Boko Haram, despite the rotation order by the military authorities.

He said many of them have spent over three years in the battle field.

“Some troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were deployed and worked for over three years in the theatre and not rotated as against the directives by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

“The command is directed to redeploy soldiers back to their bases after spending stipulated time in the theatre of operation.

“We have spent over three years in the northeast and we should be transferred out of the northeast and not within”.

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Blue light from smartphones could accelerate blindness – Study

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The blue light from digital devices like smartphones could accelerate
blindness, researchers found.

According to a research by the University of Toledo in the U.S., exposure to blue light continuously might
cause poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s light-sensitive cells and lead to macular
degeneration.

Reaserachers said as one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S., macular degeneration does not lead
to total blindness, but can make daily activities difficult.

“It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina.

“Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration,
such as a new kind of eye drop,” said Dr Ajith Karunarathne, an assistant professor in the university’s
department of chemistry and biochemistry.

Macular degeneration is caused by the death of photoreceptors, a kind of light-sensitive cells.

Photoreceptor cells need molecules called retinal to sense light and trigger signalling to the brain,
enabling us to see.

“If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills photoreceptor cells as the signalling molecule on
the membrane dissolves,” said Kasun Ratnayake, a PhD student at the University of Toledo who was
involved in the study.

“Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good,”
Ratnayake added.

To protect eyes from blue light, researchers advise people to wear sunglasses which filter both UV and
blue light outside and avoid using smartphones or tablets in the dark.

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Medical marijuana trial shows positive signs for epilepsy sufferers

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An Australian trial which used a marijuana extract to treat 40 children
with severe epilepsy found the drug has a manageable side effect profile, but only shows extensive
symptom relief for a select number of patients.

Following treatment with cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, about one in
five were described as much or very much improved from their baseline, while around half reported
none, or a very slight improvement.

“This was a statewide study in New South Wales (NSW) and it involves the sickest children with epilepsy
in the state.

“Children who are having seizures many times per day, who have been recently hospitalised
for their epilepsy, and have failed on average about nine anti-epilepsy drugs before hand,”
lead author John Lawson, paediatric neurologist at Sydney’s Children’s Hospital, told Xinhua
on Monday.

“The main aim of the study was about safety. We found that there were a few safety concerns but overall
those safety issues were very manageable and the drug over all was very safe for the majority.”

Although legally cannabis must be prescribed by a doctor, recent reports of cannabis derivatives
being successful in treating children with epilepsy have lead to a number of parents of sick
children sourcing their own medical marijuana.

“Many people do try to obtain things from overseas or through local growers, and that posses great risks
for children and their families,” Lawson said.

“They’re never too sure what they’re getting and if they are getting a truly medicinal product.”

“What we’re hoping over the next couple of years is that these drugs can become part of the regular
medicines and become available to everybody,” he said.

Researchers from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network have been testing these drugs for two
years following a change of legislation by the NSW government which allows clinical trials and
use of marijuana for medical purposes.

While the study’s authors said the results were significant, they stressed that the purpose of
this study was about safety not efficacy and have called for further research to be done.

The study was published on Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia.

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