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How to choose a ripe Watermelon

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How to choose a ripe Watermelon

Many people have no idea how to select a watermelon. They just knock on this over-sized fruit as if they know what they are doing, it may be good to use, but is it difficult to master the knocking technique. Sometimes we think that unless you’re an experienced farmer, buying a juicy, tasty, fully ripe, and sweet watermelon is hit or miss. However, it doesn’t have to be if you look for a few things when you’re picking out your melon. In fact, you can tell whether a watermelon is ripe without actually cutting it.

Today, we would like to share some tips from experienced farmers that will help you to choose the finest watermelon ever. Enjoy!

1. Look for “webbing”: These web-like brown spots on the watermelon mean that bees touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times. The more pollination, the sweeter the fruit is.

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Looking for webbing in Watermelon.

2. Look for the field spot: The yellow spot, known as the field spot, is the place where the watermelon rested on the ground. Ripe watermelons always have creamy yellow or even orange-yellow spots, not white.

3. Pay attention to the size: It is better to choose neither the largest nor the smallest watermelon. Select an average-sized fruit. And note, please: large or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.

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Pay attention to the size of Watermelon.

4. ’Boy’ and ’girl’ Watermelons: Many people do not know that farmers differentiate watermelons by gender. For example, ’boys’ are bigger, have an elongated shape, and a watery taste. The ’girls’ have a rounded shape and are very sweet.

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’Boy’ and ’girl’ Watermelons.

5. Inspect the tail: A dried tail indicates that the watermelon is ripe. However, if the tail is green, it probably means that the watermelon was picked too soon and will not be ripe.

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Inspect the tail of the Watermelon.

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Scientist discover new technique that could see humans live to 150 and regrow organs

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Scientist discover new technique that could see humans live to 150 and regrow organs

An extraordinary new anti-ageing technique could see humans live to 150 years old and allow them to regrow their organs by 2020.

Harvard Professor David Sinclair and researchers from the University of New South Wales developed the new process, which involves reprogramming cells.

Dr Sinclair said the technique could allow people to regenerate organs, and even allow paralysis sufferers to move again, with human trials due within two years.

The same researchers also found they could increase the lifespan of mice by ten per cent by giving them a vitamin B derivative pill.

They also said the pill led to a reduction in age-related hair loss, according to The Herald Sun. research

Professor Sinclair said he hoped the pill would be available to the public within five years and cost the same each day as a cup of coffee.
But the professor from the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School warned people not to try to reverse the aging process before the science has been published or peer reviewed.

‘We do not recommend people go out and take NAD precursors as they have not yet formally tested for safety,’ he said.

The science behind the new technique involves the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which plays a role in generating energy in the human body.

The chemical is already used as a supplement for treating Parkinson’s disease and fighting jet lag.

Professor Sinclair, who is using his own molecule to reduce the aging process, said his biological age has dropped by 24 years after taking the pill.

He said his father, 79, has been white water rafting and backpacking after starting using the molecule a year-and-a-half ago.

The professor also said his sister-in-law was now fertile again after taking the treatment, despite having started to transition into menopause in her 40s.

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Lassa Fever Outbreak: Enugu Govt confirms death of one person

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A fresh Lassa Fever Outbreak in Enugu State has left one dead, as confirmed by the State Government on Monday.

However the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin who confirmed the Lassa Fever Outbreak in a press statement, told residents of the state that there is no need for panic as people in contact with the deceased before his death, have been placed on drugs known to prevent the spread of the virus if started early.

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Few months ago, the Enugu State government had urged residents to be vigilant, following the disease outbreak in Ebonyi State.The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, made the appeal. He said then that although the disease has not been reported in the state, there were concerns about those who travel to and from Ebonyi.

He said: “Lassa fever has been a challenge in Ebonyi State as the people are prone to having issues that may lead to deaths. “Our concern is about those commuters, if they contact the disease, how do we select them from the general public, quarantine and treat them?”He said presently, since the disease is not endemic among the Enugu population, the risk remains lower.

Ekochin disclosed that the state had an internationally approved isolation ward, which could handle highly infectious diseases.

“The facility was one of the biggest challenges that the ministry faced in the last quarter of 2017, when monkey pox disease broke out.

“We had three suspected cases at that time and the state government funded the ministry of health to set up the isolation ward. It provided the opportunity of isolating patients from relations and medical workers.”

He added that what happened in Ebonyi was that the doctors and nurses who treated the patients got infected and died. The Commissioner for Health Ekochin also disclosed that an emergency preparedness team had met to discuss the implications of the breakout in Ebonyi.

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Nigerian government recalls 2.4m bottles of codeine

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while receiving a report from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) after an audit trail of the banned substance. It was discovered that 2,405,724 bottles of Codeine is still in circulation.

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In an effort to curtail abuse of Codeine containing cough syrup, the federal government has recalled about 2.4 million bottles of codeine from circulation.

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while receiving a report from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) after an audit trail of the banned substance. It was discovered that 2,405,724 bottles of Codeine is still in circulation.

Receiving the audit report from NAFDAC, Adewole, said

“The audit trail and subsequent recall of the substance, was part of the recommendations submitted by the 22-man committee drafted from a broad spectrum of the health sector to collaborate with relevant agencies.’’ Adewole saidFG recalls 2.4m bottles of codeine

He added that the recall was also part of pharmacy vigilance and renewed effort to actively monitor drug distribution channels and sanitise the system.

The minister said the committee was an offshoot of the press statement by the ministry on the temporary ban of Codeine production and distribution and further directive for NAFDAC to convene a committee of stakeholders to chart the way forward.

The committee has the following as members: Director General, NAFDAC, Professor Christianah Adeyeye (Chairman); Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah; and the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).

Others include Director, Food and Drugs Services (FMOH), Mr. Elijah Mohamed; President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mr. Moshood Lawal; Executive Secretary, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN), Dr. Okey Akpa; and Alhaji Ahmed Yakasai.

The report involved 87 per cent of the manufacturers, 20 out of the 23 of the companies.

All the recalled products have been warehoused in the respective companies accredited by the Federal Ministry of Health.

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