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Going to church is good for the soul, so it makes sense that it can also stop you dying young. According to a study, a going to church can slash your chances of dying early by a quarter if you are female.


Attending just once a week was associated with a lower risk of death for women from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, the study which spanned over 20 years found. Researchers believe optimism and a sense of community can combat the effects of stress and depression, resulting in longer life.


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Dr Tyler VanderWeele, a professor of epidemiology of Harvard’s school of public health, examined attendance at religious services and subsequent death in women. It was assessed using questionnaires from between 1992 and 2012. Researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health Study in the analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Professor VanderWeele said;


‘Our results suggest that there may be something important about religious service attendance beyond solitary spirituality…part of the benefit seems to be that attending religious services increases social support, discourages smoking, decreases depression, and helps people develop a more optimistic or hopeful outlook on life.’


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Among 74,534 women at the 1996 study baseline with reported religious service attendance, 14,158 attended more than once a week, 30,401 attended once per week, 12,103 attended less than once per week and 17,872 never attended.


Most of the study participants were Catholic or Protestant. Women who frequently attended religious services tended to have fewer depressive symptoms, were most likely to be married.


Among the 74,534 women, there were 13,537 deaths, including 2,721 from cardiovascular disease and 4,479 from cancer




According to Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet, “The saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, a medium-chain saturated fatty acid that appears to have a more neutral effect on heart health when compared to longer-chain saturated fats found in meats and dairy products.”


Additionally, Bazilian says that lauric acid also has antibacterial properties, which may reduce the creation of free radicals, ultimately slowing the aging process.


1. Choose the right coconut oil


Not all coconut oils are created equal. For the oil with the most antioxidants look for coconut oil that has the label, “organic”, “virgin” or “extra virgin”. You can, however, find coconut oil without the intense flavour of coconut by considering “refined” coconut oil.


• Check the chemicals used to refine the coconut oil before purchasing – avoid chemicals that are harmful to your health.


• Rather opt for cold-pressed oils which have a two-year shelf life without refrigeration.




2. Integrate coconut oil into baked goods


Create lower calorie baked goods by substituting coconut oil for butter or margarine.


• Melt oil before use. Place jar in hot water immediately before use.


• If combining with cold ingredients, combine and stir quickly so it doesn’t clump.




3. Create reduced-fat and calorie granola


Granola, while healthy, typically packs a lot of calories in a small amount. You can still have your granola and eat it too by substituting coconut for vegetable oil. In addition, coconut oil adds more health benefits, making a handful of granola with your yogurt a powerful snack.


4. Toss raw vegetables in coconut oil before roasting


Then add a squirt of lemon juice, thyme and bake. Vegetables are low in calories, and high in dense nutrients and fibre, which are idea for any healthy weight. You will be clamouring for more!




5. Make a healthy snack by combining popcorn with coconut oil


Add some nutrients to an already healthy snack by popping your popcorn in coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils.


6. Create low calorie-high nutrient condiments like coconut oil mayonnaise


When making mayonnaise, replace olive oil with coconut oil for a health benefit boost.


Finally


• Experts recommend ingesting up to two tablespoons of coconut oil per day.


• Don’t be fooled into thinking that just adding coconut oil to your diet will instantly help you lose weight. By substituting coconut oil for less healthy options, you can boost health benefits by stepping up your metabolism


Going to church is good for the soul, so it makes sense that it can also stop you dying young. According to a study, a going to church can slash your chances of dying early by a quarter if you are female.


Attending just once a week was associated with a lower risk of death for women from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, the study which spanned over 20 years found. Researchers believe optimism and a sense of community can combat the effects of stress and depression, resulting in longer life.


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Dr Tyler VanderWeele, a professor of epidemiology of Harvard’s school of public health, examined attendance at religious services and subsequent death in women. It was assessed using questionnaires from between 1992 and 2012. Researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health Study in the analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Professor VanderWeele said;


‘Our results suggest that there may be something important about religious service attendance beyond solitary spirituality…part of the benefit seems to be that attending religious services increases social support, discourages smoking, decreases depression, and helps people develop a more optimistic or hopeful outlook on life.’


IMAGE: BUZZFEED


Among 74,534 women at the 1996 study baseline with reported religious service attendance, 14,158 attended more than once a week, 30,401 attended once per week, 12,103 attended less than once per week and 17,872 never attended.


Most of the study participants were Catholic or Protestant. Women who frequently attended religious services tended to have fewer depressive symptoms, were most likely to be married.


Among the 74,534 women, there were 13,537 deaths, including 2,721 from cardiovascular disease and 4,479 from cancer


finally get that piece of Ankara fabric sown into a fabulous garment (that’s also if you’re past the headache of getting a good tailor) then how about you make a pair of Ankara pants? They’re trendy, comfy and can be casually worn in many ways. As you think about it, here are a couple of designs and ways that you could style your future or current Ankara pants.

        


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A WeChat messaging app logo is seen on an smartphone.

WeChat is China's most popular messaging app with a monthly user base of more than 1 billion people.

But it's unlikely that you would have used it if you live outsidE china. It is owned by Tencent, one of Asia's largest companies by market cap. While it started out as a messaging service, it has transformed into an app where you can do everything from payments to hailing a ride, or even booking flights.

It's a very different prospect to the likes of Facebook's Messenger or WhatsApp.

Here's a rundown of what WeChat is and how it works.

Messaging


One of the primary uses of WeChat is messaging. Just like WhatsApp, you have a list of conversations that you're engaged in.

You can add people in a variety of ways.

When people exchange contact details in China, you often see one person scanning the other person's phone. Each WeChat user has a unique barcode known as a QR code. One person can scan the other user's QR code to add them to WeChat. You can also use a phone number or ID to add a person and search for people nearby.

WeChat is one of the main ways people communicate in China. Even when doing business, people prefer WeChat to email. It's even more prevalent because services like Facebook are blocked here.

There is also a social feature called "Moments." Users can upload a number of images or videos and their friends can comment or like the post.

Payments


From major supermarkets to the smallest of street vendors and taxis, you can pay for things with WeChat almost anywhere in China.

As long as you have a Chinese bank account, you can link that to WeChat.

There are two ways to pay for something via the app. Firstly, the store can scan your unique WeChat barcode, which looks like the image below.

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An image of WeChat Pay in action.

Secondly, you could scan the barcode of the merchant you are buying items or services from, as seen in the picture below.

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WeChat payment on mobile phone.

If you're buying something online in China, there will be an option to purchase with WeChat Pay. You will need to put in a passcode or use a biometric authentication tool to authorize the transaction.

Instant money transfers to your WeChat contacts can also be made via the messaging function, which makes it easy to split bills or just move money around China. It is possible to be nearly cashless in China and actually go out for the day without a wallet.

The main rival to WeChat Pay is Alipay, owned by Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial.

Mini-programs


WeChat and Alipay have often been described as "super apps" because everything is integrated within one service. Instead of having one app for banking and another for ride-hailing, a lot of these are built directly into WeChat so that the app becomes a one-stop shop for its users.

Companies may choose to launch mini-programs — or apps within WeChat — instead of a standalone app. The program allows businesses to send promotional messages directly to the user via WeChat, as well as tap into the app's user base of more than one billion.

Mini-programs have become more prominent in the app, as WeChat makes a bigger push toward becoming a one-stop shop. Tencent recently updated the app so that the mini-programs feature now has its own page.

In the above image, you can see Dianping, a Chinese app that lets you see ratings for local restaurants and services, ride-hailing firm DiDi, and food-delivery service Meituan. You can use all of these services within WeChat and make payments without ever leaving the app. In this way, WeChat becomes like an app store as it tries to keep users connected to its ecosystem.

Games and top-up


There are several other things you can do via WeChat including wealth management and topping up your mobile phone.

You can also play games within WeChat. Games are extremely important for Tencent and accounted for around 32 percent of total revenue in the third quarter of 2018.

Ladies, Would You Rock This New Cage Trousers?




There are plenty of weird and wonderful outfits out there for anyone who wants to really make an impression on a night out.

But if short skirts or bright patterns just won't do, Fashion Nova s new 'cage' trousers will certainly make you stand out from the crowd.

This Caged Pants are made up of a few very thin strips of faux leather sewn together in the style of a cage. The trousers, which leave literally nothing to the imagination, are high-waisted and come with a £38 price tag. Lol. Yay or nay?


After meeting a guy, it may not be very clear on what kind of a relationship he wants with you. Of course, if he wants nothing serious with you, he may not even say it. Or rather, he expects you to figure it out on your own.


If he especially feels that you are beginning to fall for him, he may not want to disappoint you by telling you that he wants to keep it casual. All the same, you can watch out for some signs:


1. You don’t hang out in public


Well, maybe he likes you but you are not just his ideal girl and he wouldn’t want to be seen you in public. If you only meet indoors and avoids any instances or meetings in social places, he probably just wants to keep things casual.


2. You don’t know his friends or family


A man who is really into you will show you off at least to his close friends. But if he has never introduced you to any of his friends, he probably wants nothing serious to do with you. So if you like him, consider quitting before you get disappointed.


3. He doesn’t want to define the relationship


Have you ever been in a relationship but you are not quite sure of your position in it? Clearly, you probably have no place at all. If he is serious, you already would know that the two of you are dating and you are his girlfriend.


4. He is still in a relationship


And he might even tell you about his relationship. Of course, this is only to make it clear to you that he has another woman he loves, but doesn’t mind having something extra with you.


5. It’s clear that all he wants is sex


He will not say he likes you or he misses you. And if he does, it’s because he is probably horny. If all he tells you is how good you are in bed and how he misses the moments you have together but never compliments you in other areas, no doubt he wants things casual.

Black people are very much part of the Bible too.


Some of them are even incredibly influential, if you know your bible well, you won’t have a hard time knowing who these characters are;


Here are 7 characters in the bible you didn’t know were black: 


1. Queen of Sheba.  


The bible refers to her as the Queen of Sheba or the Queen of the South. Her fame was such that 2,000 years after her death, Jesus Christ mentioned her long trip and referred to her challenge of Solomon’s wisdom, which led to a love affair with the wise Jewish king.


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2. Zipporah. 


One of Moses’s wives, of which he was persecuted for. God himself was not happy about the union as she was of Ethiopian descent.


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3. Pharaoh. 


Considering it was Egypt. They are known as Pharaohs, which means Sun Kings. Pharaoh was the king of North Africa who said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey Him?”


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4. Ham. 


He was a son to Noah. He walked in on his naked father and was as a result ultimately cursed. According to theology, he cursed black people after him to be slaves and servants to his brother’s descendant’s (who were white) for generations. Ham’s second son inherited his land in Africa upon Ham’s death.


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5. Nimrod. 


Nimrod was Ham’s grandson. The Bible indicates Nimrod was the first king in human history and he ruled mankind from the tower of Babel, after the flood of Noah (Genesis 10:10). The world leaned on his hunting prowess for food after the deluge when animals began migrating back to their natural habitats. Nimrod the Great became a mighty hunter before the Lord.


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6. Simon the Canaanite. 


He was the only Black apostle of Jesus Christ. He converted to the Nation of Israel to become a Jew through the article of circumcision.


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7. Hagar. 


This Black woman from Africa is reported in Scripture as the first enslaved sex victim, namely to Abraham, father of the Arab and Jewish people. Abraham impregnated his wife’s African enslaved worker, who she obtained from Pharaoh, the greatest king in Africa.


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Campus is about discovering who you are and doing all the things (good ones) you need to besides studying. You do not want to start doing weird things meant for your 20’s in your 40’s because you were a one-sided bookworm. One of these good things is dressing up. Your school days don’t have to look dull anymore.


Here are great ideas on what to wear to campus:


1. Off-shoulder top.


Off shoulders are pretty cool outfits. You can match such tops with a pair of jeans.


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2. Casual sweater.


Sweaters can be hard to style, but if you have a cool shirt in your closet, you can layer with your sweater on a cold day on campus.


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3. High waist jeans.


High waist jeans can be worn almost everywhere. High waist jeans match with almost any type of top.


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4. Simple A-line dress/skirt.


A line dresses are quite feminine. If you love dresses, then think A-line.


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5. Shirt dress.


Shirt dresses are cute but many people seem to be misusing them. I saw a lady dressed in a very short-shirt dress and fishnets, and what looked like factory grade shoes (I suspect she was going for sports shoes). This is not the way to style a shirt dress.  You need to get one you are comfortable in and look decent in.


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6. Dungaree.


Dungarees look good and you can match them with a pair of COOL


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7. Sweat suit/joggers.


Sweat suits have outgrown their stereotype which is the gym, and have now made it to the streets. They go well with cool sneakers.






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Whether you’re a slay queen or someone only enjoys jazz music, I bet you can identify with ratchet music.

Ratchet music is that boom a clad music that just gets you up and twerking. It is that music that gets guys excited; when they hear it they know some girls are about to go wild or grind on them, just a little bit. Let’s just be honest, a lot of the times the music has a riddim beat or ragga like.




Here are the most popular twerking songs:

1. Work by Rihanna.

 

2. Rake it up by Yo Gotti and Niki Minaj.

 

3. Pour it up by Rihanna.

 

4. Big Sean – Dance (A$$) Remix ft. Nicki Minaj.

 

5. Bablas by Kansoul.

 

6. Konshens – Gal Dem Sugar.

 

7. Femi One – Tippy Toe ft. Kristoff.

 

8. Mr Eazi – Leg Over.

 

9. Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign).

 

10. Konshens – Bruk Off Yuh Back.

 

11. Major Lazer – Particula (Lyrics) feat. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna



Nigerian men get a lot of shade online.


You’ve heard phrases like Yoruba demon, wicked Igbo men and many more phrases denigrating our Nigerian brothers. The Nigerian men’s reputation of being serial heart breakers has even gotten to non-Nigerian women. Nigerian men aren’t all bad, they have some many good qualities too. Here some good reasons why you need a Nigerian man in your life pronto:

1. Handsome hunks

Have you seen the average Nigerian guy? Handsome, cool and super intelligent.

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2. Caring and supportive

Naija guys are super caring and supportive. Forget all the trash you have heard about them online. They care about you, support you in your endeavours and generally have your back if you’re their girl.

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3. Great lovers

Every woman wants a man who knows their way around the bedroom. Ladies, Naija guys have got you there!

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4. Romantic AF

Naija guys may not have the reputation of being romantic like French men. But trust us ladies, any guy who will send you Nkwobi & palm wine or pounded yam & Edikang Ikong or grilled fish and chips whenever you are hungry is definitely romantic in his own way.

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5.  They make the best jollof rice

Nigerian Jollof rice has just been voted the best Jollof rice in the world. Dating a Nigerian man comes with perks like world class jollof rice. Other delicacies like Ayamase and Ofada rice, Edikang Ikong, Afang, Nkwobi, Abacha, Kunnu Aya, Oha soup, dodo and more are also included in the perks of dating Naija men.

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6. Snazzy dressers

Have you seen how cute Nigerian guys look in 

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7. Religious

Religion is big in Nigeria. If you want a God fearing man, just jet on down to Naija to get your pick.

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French Quarter Inn – Charleston, South Carolina

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Hotels. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. In the 17th year of the awards, 7,812 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide were considered in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family and All-Inclusive.


The Top Hotels in the U.S. for 2019:


1. French Quarter Inn – Charleston, South Carolina (also ranked #6 Top Overall in the World; #12 Best Service in the U.S.)


2. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort – Nantucket, Massachusetts (also ranked #24 Top Overall in the World; #13 Best Service in the U.S.)


3. The Spectator Hotel – Charleston, South Carolina (also ranked #5 Best Service in the U.S.)




4. The Inn at Lost Creek – Mountain Village, Colorado (also ranked #1 Best Service in the U.S.; #24 Best Service in the World)


5. Hotel Jackson – Jackson Hole, Wyoming (also ranked #8 Best Service in the U.S.)


6. Williamsburg Inn – Williamsburg, Virginia (also ranked #5 Top Luxury in the U.S.)


7. Trump International Hotel Washington D.C. – Washington, D.C. (also ranked #4 Top Luxury in the U.S.)


8. Hotel Emma – San Antonio, Texas


9. The Peninsula Chicago – Chicago, Illinois (also ranked #1 Top Luxury in the U.S.; #25 Top Luxury in the World)


10. Sonnenalp – Vail, Colorado (also ranked #2 for Top Luxury in the U.S.)



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You may be wondering why your hair isn’t growing.


Well, maybe your not using the right approach to deal with your hair. Your hair requires attention and a healthy all rounded diet to thrive, and lack of either may be the reason you are’t seeing results:

Here are 7 Reasons why your hair is not growing fast enough: 

1. Hair Care Routine Mistakes.

It is important to find a proper hair care routine that works for you and to stick to it!

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2. Heat damage.

Heat like blow dryers can seriously damage your hair. Using heat on a regular base is a major cause of dry hair. Stop using heat and let your locks dry naturally. If you need to use heat make sure to apply a heat protectant before using heat on your natural hair.

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3. Split ends – not trimming hair.

Your hair grows from the root so the tips are the oldest part of your hair. Healthy hair ends are important to avoid hair splitting. Your hair shaft splits due to dry hair. Once you get split ends, you can’t repair them. The only solution is to trim your hair. If your hair is prone to split ends, make sure to moisturize the ends of your hair.

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4. Too much manipulation or stress.

How often do you change your look? Because too much manipulation can cause hair loss. Stress can also  affects your health which can show up on your hair for e.g. hair loss. Relax yourself and do activities like walking or yoga.

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5. Your hair needs moisture. 

This is probably one of the most important things since it’s something you should do every other day.

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6. You aren’t taking vitamins. 

Vitamins along with a good diet will help your hair to grow long and healthy. Feed your follicles!

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7. Not drinking enough water. 

To grow your hair long and healthy you should drink around 2 liters of water per day. You will notice visible differences within few weeks if you stay hydrated.

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