New study uncovers people’s neuropsychological response to reading Donald Trump’s negative tweets
A new study suggests that engaging with negative content on social media can lead to reduced activation of the prefrontal cortex and impairments in executive functioning. The findings were published in Social and Affective Neuroscience.While it has been established that emotional stimuli can affect cognition, little is known about the neural consequences of consuming emotionally-arousing content on social media. Researchers Sarah M. Tashjian and Adriana Galván set out to explore this topic, by examining the cognitive consequences of reading negative, discriminatory tweets published by Presiden...
Lokoja tanker explosion: PDP blames FG, Kogi for poor response
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed sadness over the Wednesday petrol tanker explosion in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, which claimed many lives.The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday said it was extremely distressed by the horrid and traumatizing accident, whose victims included a whole family and pupils.Lamenting that the fire raged without any intervention from authorities, which would have helped mitigate the effect, the opposition party blamed the Federal and Kogi State Governments for p...
Kanye West has expressed his views on the music industry
Kanye West says the music industry is "a broken system that needs to be fixed" amid his latest rant about buying his own masters.The 43-year-old rapper recently hit out at Universal Music on Twitter when he alleged they have been keeping him from buying and owning his master recordings, and has now said he is "committed to doing whatever is necessary" to make sure all artists going forward will be able to own their own recordings.He said: "The desired effect will only be achieved when every artist owns their masters. I'm Team 'Free Artists.' I'm committed to doing whatever is necessary so arti...
Uncle Ben’s Rice Rebranding To Ben’s Original After Outcry Over Racial Stereotyping
Mars has announced that, starting next year, the rice company currently known as “Uncle Ben’s” will be rebranded as “Ben’s Original.” The change is in an attempt to get rid of imagery that some have deemed racist, as the Uncle Ben name and logo are said to fit within the historical American “Uncle Tom” stereotype.In tandem with the logo change, the company also plans to start several community outreach programs that are centered around “enhancing educational opportunities” and helping sustain access to fresh food. Mars Inc. has also said they hope to promote racial minorities in U.S. managemen...
In Pakistan, women stage nationwide protest in response to shocking rape incident
Aurat Azadi (Women's liberation) March at Lahore Liberty Roundabout on September 12, 2020. Screenshot from YouTube video by Ilme Alim. Translation: Why liberal women are against capital punishment?Pakistani women staged mass demonstrations in the country's major cities on September 12 demanding justice and accountability for sexual violence following a widely-publicized rape incident in the Lahore region.On September 9, a woman who was travelling with her three children from Lahore to Gujranwala (97 km) at night was robbed and raped at gunpoint by three men after her car ran out of petrol in t...
Wary response to India’s ‘softening’ on banning Chinese products
Photo taken on Sept. 5, 2020 shows a view of the 5G communication services exhibition area of the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, capital of China. (Photo: Xinhua)Chinese netizens and experts expressed caution after India's minister of electronics and information technology said last week there are no proposals to ban all China-linked mobile apps or exclude Chinese companies from 5G contracts for wireless equipment. He made the comments during a question-and-answer session in the Indian parliament.Minister of State for Electronics and Information Techno...
LAPO Microfinance Bank bags CIBN award for Covid-19 response
LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited has been honoured with the ‘Most Supportive Microfinance Bank’ award by the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN).LAPO MFB, the largest player in the sub-sector shared the award with two other microfinance banks for its proactive response to clients needs since the outbreak ofthe Covid-19 pandemic.It will be recalled that the Bank had moved swiftly to develop and deploy practical and effective measures to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on clients, staff, and its stakeholders in the early days of the pandemic.The measures included shutting down all the compan...
Normalisation with Israel and the Palestinian response
There has been a breach in the Arab Front in favour of Israel against Palestine. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has caused a wide rift in the Gulf for the benefit of Israel, through signing the so-called Peace Treaty between two parties that are not even at war. They used specific details in the title of the treaty calling it “peace in exchange for peace” and “peace in exchange for economy”, thus issuing excuses that are unacceptable and can never be convincing under any pretexts.At the Madrid Conference in 1991, headed by the US and the Soviet Union at the time, the “Land for Peace” slogan wa...
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Trump's response to election-eve hurricane will be key
On the eve of the 2018 elections, President Donald Trump took the stage at a Pensacola rally and marveled at the damage wrought to Florida’s Forgotten Coast only weeks earlier by Category 5 Hurricane Michael.“That wasn’t a hurricane. That was like a 50-mile wide tornado,” Trump said, noting how the storm had wiped homes in coastal towns clean off their foundations. “Nobody’s ever seen anything like that. But you are great people and we are with you 1,000%.”Two years later — as protracted Michael recovery efforts continue in a deep red region of the president’s home state — Trump has another ch...
Israeli army strikes in Gaza in response to over a dozen rockets
The Israeli army said it struck Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in response to 13 rockets that were fired out of the territory."Approximately 10 terror targets were struck, among the sites struck were a weapons and explosives manufacturing factory and a military compound used for training and rocket launching experiments by the Hamas terror organization," the army said in a statement.Israel's aerial defence systems intercepted eight of the rockets fired from Gaza, the army said.Palestinians in Gaza began firing rockets over the border on Tuesday, at the same time as a cer...