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Govt considers martial trial for terror suspects

Boko Haram denies alleged dialogue with Borno
THERE may soon be a marked departure in the Federal Government’s prosecution of persons arrested for security breaches in the country.
Such persons instead of being arraigned before the nation’s conven…

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Ibrahim_Ola_SaBoko Haram denies alleged dialogue with Borno

THERE may soon be a marked departure in the Federal Government’s prosecution of persons arrested for security breaches in the country.

Such persons instead of being arraigned before the nation’s conventional courts may face trial in courts operated by members of the Armed Forces.

Clarifications on the categories of persons to appear before such courts were sketchy yesterday but the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, simply said with the growing trend of threats to national security, the Federal Government might use military justice system for the prosecution of offenders.

“Additionally, the current threats to national security could result in the use of military justice system for the prosecution of offenders. In the unlikely event that Nigeria would engage in inter-state conflicts in the foreseeable future, efforts are now being channelled towards the development of capacities for dealing with evolving challenges,” he said.

Although, Ibrahim refrained from mentioning what constitutes threat to national security, the activities of the Boko Haram sect, whose members have been declared the enemy of the state and militants, who are classified as economic saboteurs, as well as kidnappers may be affected.

Also expected to appear before such courts are former or serving military and police personnel, who are linked or arrested in connection with the activities of terror groups.

Ibrahim, who said gone were the days when court-martial decisions were nullified by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, explained that the Armed Forces had taken proactive measures to ensure that military court enjoys the desired independence and impartiality in their proceedings.

Opening a seminar on “Military law and development of commander and legal officer relationship” yesterday in Abuja, the naval chief said efforts had been stepped up to ensure that “the rights of accused persons are not violated during trial.”

He added that in the wake of perceived inter-state conflicts in the foreseeable future in the country, the Nigerian Armed Forces had started developing capacities of its personnel to deal with emerging challenges.

Admiral Ibrahim identified some of the challenges as terrorism, militancy, human trafficking and other gender and culture-based cross border crimes, and stressed the need for service personnel to be abreast with the demands of military discipline during such operations.

He noted that the training and retraining of personnel would help stem the tide of violations that often characterised deployment of troops in crisis areas.

Ibrahim said the current threats to national security could result in the use of the military justice system for prosecution of offenders, adding that Africa is today faced with several challenges that would require the deployment of appropriate legal regime.

The naval chief lamented that court-martial decisions are often viewed with skepticism by civil criminal justice administrative system and sometimes nullified by the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. To check the trend, he said the Armed Forces had taken pro-active measures to ensure that “courts-martial enjoy the desired independence and impartiality during proceedings.”

Ibrahim stressed the importance of the seminar, adding that the timing was apt and called for the amendment of the Armed Forces Act 2004 to meet emerging trends in military criminal justice administration.

“The subject matter of this seminar relates directly to current themes and global development in the military justice system. In several countries, dramatic changes have occurred in the past or are being contemplated in compliance with democratic principles and global best practice.

“In Nigeria, courts-martial decisions are often viewed with skepticism by the civil criminal justice administrative system, due to perceived unlawful command influence and other sundry irregularities. As a result of these most of the cases are nullified by the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In line with transformation agenda of the Armed Forces however the services are taking pro-active measures to ensure that courts-martial enjoy the desired independence and impartiality during proceedings”

In Maiduguri, Borno State, troops have stepped up security in the market where eight suspected Boko Haram members and 24 others were feared killed on Monday in cross-fires and bomb blasts.

Members of the Islamic sect had on Monday afternoon stormed the fish section of Baga Market and killed several stakeholders and vendors.

The market opened yesterday but troops closed all the gates except the one overlooking a police station.

“Most traders in this section of the market have not opened largely out of mourning for their colleagues killed in the attacks. Some of the victims were buried yesterday. Meanwhile, one Abul Qaqa, who identified himself as Boko Haram’s spokesman has said the group was not involved in any dialogue being convened between the sect and the Federal Government.

He stated that no such dialogue at the state or federal level, had been called to end the serial killings and bombings in the North.

“Dialogue,” according to him, could “only take place when the government releases all the sect’s members arrested by the police and State Security Service (SSS) since July 2009.”

In a phone interview with reporters in Maiduguri, Qaqa said: “There is no secret dialogue being convened with the sect, as the governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has claimed yesterday (Monday). We cannot embark on such dialogue with government at the federal and state levels, because the Federal Government has not fulfilled our conditions of releasing all arrested and detained sect members in the country.”

He said once the detainees were freed, the group would empower five representatives to dialogue with the government.

The sect has claimed responsibility of attacks and bombing of Baga Market, saying that none of its members was killed as reported by the spokesman of Joint Task Force (JTF), Lt.-Col. Hassan Mohammed.

The Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan yesterday in Asaba canvassed for a true assessment of the security challenges in Nigeria by diplomats.

Uduaghan stated this when the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria visited him. He said there was need for an accurate report on the situation instead of an exaggeration, which creates a bias and negative impact on the country.

He accused diplomatic missions in the country of always blowing out of proportion security situation and acts of vandalism in the country and enjoined them not to paint a different picture from the reality on ground.               .

The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday arrested 30 Nigeriens and Togolese as illegal aliens. They were arrested during an operation at 9.00 a.m. in Oke-Ilewo and Ibara areas of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The action might not be unconnected with the allegation that many of the arrested members of the Boko Haram sect by the security agencies were Nigeriens. The suspects would face thorough screening by the NIS.

But one of the suspects, Garuba Sheu, told The Guardian that he was an indigene of Kano State.

The Command’s Comptroller, Dr. P. N. Uwasirike said: “The situation in the country requires such an action.”

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  1. BEZI

    March 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I AM SAYING AN EMPHATIC NO TO THIS PROPOSITION BECAUSE IT IS AGAINST THE RULE OF LAW.ONLY MILITARY AND POLICE PERSONNEL SHOULD BE TRIED IN MILITARY COURTS.NO CIVILIAN SHOULD BE TRIED IN ANY MILITARY COURT NO MATTER THE OFFENCE COMMITTED,EXCEPT IN A COUP SITUATION.THE RIGHTS OF SUSPECTS TO APPEAR IN REGULAR COURTS MUST BE RESPECTED.

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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What Is The Entourage Effect?

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The cannabis plant holds complexities beyond what we currently understand. Researchers know that the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In addition to THC, there are a myriad of other cannabinoids and terpenes that science has less of an understanding about. The entourage effect is a theory that the other compounds from cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD) commonly found in hemp flower and a range of compounds that are not well-known to most consumers, alter the psychoactive effect of the plant. It’s this effect that many believe is the true reason CBD hemp flower in its raw form is such an effective therapy. Online companies such as Cannaflower exclusively sell only hemp flower for this very reason, it tends to be the most potent form of delivering CBD because of the entourage effect.

Why The Entourage Effect is Important

Here’s why the entourage effect is potentially important: CBD and other cannabis compounds could mitigate the psychotic effects of THC, reducing its negative impact on the body and making it more useful therapeutically. Conversely and complementing this, the micro doses of THC that are contained in hemp flower might be necessary to fully appreciate the benefits of the CBD. This means that THC, CBD and all of the other compounds in cannabis may have the greatest beneficial effects with the least side effects when used in combination.

Researchers have also found that there are a range of terpenes – or volatile oily compounds – in the hemp flower and other Cannabis sativa plant varieties. Many of them are reported to have specific therapeutic effects. Terpenes may actually be at least partially responsible for the overall mood of a specific cannabis flower. They have not all been studied for pharmacological effects, however.

Research On The Entourage Effect

Today’s uses of cannabis products for medical purposes, including CBD hemp flower products, may only be scratching the surface of the plant’s usefulness. Smoking or vaporizing the cannabis plant introduces hundreds of compounds into the body, many with specific effects and potential benefits that are not completely understood. It seems likely that these compounds may interact in ways that are not understood either.

Research has shown some allegorical evidence to indicate complex interactions. A 2010 study, for example, showed that when cancer patients were given a combination of THC and CBD, they had less pain than those who were given THC alone. This study and most others have not taken into consideration the many other cannabinoids that were present in the combined treatment, including CBC, CBN and aromatic terpenes.

The entourage effect theory has been described in a review of studies written by pharmacologist and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a longtime researcher of cannabis compounds. He detailed the benefits of certain cannabis compounds and described potential complementary or synergistic effects of these compounds.

Russo found, for example, that CDG and CBD have been shown to inhibit MRSA staph infections, but questioned in his research how they might work even better when combined with pinene, a specific terpene. He also asked if certain terpenes could increase the ability of the other compounds to permeate the skin.

THC, CBD and these other terpenes in combination could work together to better help induce sleep or address inflammation and pain than THC alone or only THC and CBD with no other compounds.

Other potential synergies Russo noted in his research include these:

  • Pinene, a pine-scented terpene, could help prevent memory issues associated with THC.
  • Caryophyllene, a peppery terpene, could help treat addiction when used along with CBD.
  • Limonene, a citrusy compound, might work alongside CBD to help reduce anxiety.
  • The cannabinoid CBN could cause beneficial sedation when used with THC.

The entourage effect is a theory that’s only partially proven, but additional research is likely as consumers learn about the possibilities and become more interested in concrete evidence.

Not All Products Are Alike

Not all cannabis products on the market can provide the benefits of the entourage effect. That’s because synergistic compounds are often refined out of them as they are purified and prepared for consumers. This is intentional and often done for compliance purposes, but it may prove to be a bad idea for some therapeutic uses.

Hemp flower and other cannabis flower products contain the widest array of terpenes and cannabinoids because they are raw products. Still, some extracts also contain a variety of these compounds. Such products are called full-spectrum or broad-spectrum cannabis extracts and can include vape cartridges, ingestible capsules, dabs and more.

Refined cannabis products that don’t contain the full spectrum of compounds are called isolates and may contact only THC or CBD. These single-compound products still provide powerful medicinal benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the greatest potential may lie with broad-spectrum products. Many isolates and broad spectrum products may simply fall short in providing the full benefits of therapy because components of the whole plant’s compounds have been removed.

While more research is needed, the implications of the entourage effect are clear: The cannabis plant holds many secrets that researchers have not yet uncovered.

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Govt considers martial trial for terror suspects

Boko Haram denies alleged dialogue with Borno
THERE may soon be a marked departure in the Federal Government’s prosecution of persons arrested for security breaches in the country.
Such persons instead of being arraigned before the nation’s conven…

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Ibrahim_Ola_SaBoko Haram denies alleged dialogue with Borno

THERE may soon be a marked departure in the Federal Government’s prosecution of persons arrested for security breaches in the country.

Such persons instead of being arraigned before the nation’s conventional courts may face trial in courts operated by members of the Armed Forces.

Clarifications on the categories of persons to appear before such courts were sketchy yesterday but the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, simply said with the growing trend of threats to national security, the Federal Government might use military justice system for the prosecution of offenders.

“Additionally, the current threats to national security could result in the use of military justice system for the prosecution of offenders. In the unlikely event that Nigeria would engage in inter-state conflicts in the foreseeable future, efforts are now being channelled towards the development of capacities for dealing with evolving challenges,” he said.

Although, Ibrahim refrained from mentioning what constitutes threat to national security, the activities of the Boko Haram sect, whose members have been declared the enemy of the state and militants, who are classified as economic saboteurs, as well as kidnappers may be affected.

Also expected to appear before such courts are former or serving military and police personnel, who are linked or arrested in connection with the activities of terror groups.

Ibrahim, who said gone were the days when court-martial decisions were nullified by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, explained that the Armed Forces had taken proactive measures to ensure that military court enjoys the desired independence and impartiality in their proceedings.

Opening a seminar on “Military law and development of commander and legal officer relationship” yesterday in Abuja, the naval chief said efforts had been stepped up to ensure that “the rights of accused persons are not violated during trial.”

He added that in the wake of perceived inter-state conflicts in the foreseeable future in the country, the Nigerian Armed Forces had started developing capacities of its personnel to deal with emerging challenges.

Admiral Ibrahim identified some of the challenges as terrorism, militancy, human trafficking and other gender and culture-based cross border crimes, and stressed the need for service personnel to be abreast with the demands of military discipline during such operations.

He noted that the training and retraining of personnel would help stem the tide of violations that often characterised deployment of troops in crisis areas.

Ibrahim said the current threats to national security could result in the use of the military justice system for prosecution of offenders, adding that Africa is today faced with several challenges that would require the deployment of appropriate legal regime.

The naval chief lamented that court-martial decisions are often viewed with skepticism by civil criminal justice administrative system and sometimes nullified by the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. To check the trend, he said the Armed Forces had taken pro-active measures to ensure that “courts-martial enjoy the desired independence and impartiality during proceedings.”

Ibrahim stressed the importance of the seminar, adding that the timing was apt and called for the amendment of the Armed Forces Act 2004 to meet emerging trends in military criminal justice administration.

“The subject matter of this seminar relates directly to current themes and global development in the military justice system. In several countries, dramatic changes have occurred in the past or are being contemplated in compliance with democratic principles and global best practice.

“In Nigeria, courts-martial decisions are often viewed with skepticism by the civil criminal justice administrative system, due to perceived unlawful command influence and other sundry irregularities. As a result of these most of the cases are nullified by the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In line with transformation agenda of the Armed Forces however the services are taking pro-active measures to ensure that courts-martial enjoy the desired independence and impartiality during proceedings”

In Maiduguri, Borno State, troops have stepped up security in the market where eight suspected Boko Haram members and 24 others were feared killed on Monday in cross-fires and bomb blasts.

Members of the Islamic sect had on Monday afternoon stormed the fish section of Baga Market and killed several stakeholders and vendors.

The market opened yesterday but troops closed all the gates except the one overlooking a police station.

“Most traders in this section of the market have not opened largely out of mourning for their colleagues killed in the attacks. Some of the victims were buried yesterday. Meanwhile, one Abul Qaqa, who identified himself as Boko Haram’s spokesman has said the group was not involved in any dialogue being convened between the sect and the Federal Government.

He stated that no such dialogue at the state or federal level, had been called to end the serial killings and bombings in the North.

“Dialogue,” according to him, could “only take place when the government releases all the sect’s members arrested by the police and State Security Service (SSS) since July 2009.”

In a phone interview with reporters in Maiduguri, Qaqa said: “There is no secret dialogue being convened with the sect, as the governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has claimed yesterday (Monday). We cannot embark on such dialogue with government at the federal and state levels, because the Federal Government has not fulfilled our conditions of releasing all arrested and detained sect members in the country.”

He said once the detainees were freed, the group would empower five representatives to dialogue with the government.

The sect has claimed responsibility of attacks and bombing of Baga Market, saying that none of its members was killed as reported by the spokesman of Joint Task Force (JTF), Lt.-Col. Hassan Mohammed.

The Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan yesterday in Asaba canvassed for a true assessment of the security challenges in Nigeria by diplomats.

Uduaghan stated this when the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria visited him. He said there was need for an accurate report on the situation instead of an exaggeration, which creates a bias and negative impact on the country.

He accused diplomatic missions in the country of always blowing out of proportion security situation and acts of vandalism in the country and enjoined them not to paint a different picture from the reality on ground.               .

The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday arrested 30 Nigeriens and Togolese as illegal aliens. They were arrested during an operation at 9.00 a.m. in Oke-Ilewo and Ibara areas of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The action might not be unconnected with the allegation that many of the arrested members of the Boko Haram sect by the security agencies were Nigeriens. The suspects would face thorough screening by the NIS.

But one of the suspects, Garuba Sheu, told The Guardian that he was an indigene of Kano State.

The Command’s Comptroller, Dr. P. N. Uwasirike said: “The situation in the country requires such an action.”

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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What Is The Entourage Effect?

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The cannabis plant holds complexities beyond what we currently understand. Researchers know that the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In addition to THC, there are a myriad of other cannabinoids and terpenes that science has less of an understanding about. The entourage effect is a theory that the other compounds from cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD) commonly found in hemp flower and a range of compounds that are not well-known to most consumers, alter the psychoactive effect of the plant. It’s this effect that many believe is the true reason CBD hemp flower in its raw form is such an effective therapy. Online companies such as Cannaflower exclusively sell only hemp flower for this very reason, it tends to be the most potent form of delivering CBD because of the entourage effect.

Why The Entourage Effect is Important

Here’s why the entourage effect is potentially important: CBD and other cannabis compounds could mitigate the psychotic effects of THC, reducing its negative impact on the body and making it more useful therapeutically. Conversely and complementing this, the micro doses of THC that are contained in hemp flower might be necessary to fully appreciate the benefits of the CBD. This means that THC, CBD and all of the other compounds in cannabis may have the greatest beneficial effects with the least side effects when used in combination.

Researchers have also found that there are a range of terpenes – or volatile oily compounds – in the hemp flower and other Cannabis sativa plant varieties. Many of them are reported to have specific therapeutic effects. Terpenes may actually be at least partially responsible for the overall mood of a specific cannabis flower. They have not all been studied for pharmacological effects, however.

Research On The Entourage Effect

Today’s uses of cannabis products for medical purposes, including CBD hemp flower products, may only be scratching the surface of the plant’s usefulness. Smoking or vaporizing the cannabis plant introduces hundreds of compounds into the body, many with specific effects and potential benefits that are not completely understood. It seems likely that these compounds may interact in ways that are not understood either.

Research has shown some allegorical evidence to indicate complex interactions. A 2010 study, for example, showed that when cancer patients were given a combination of THC and CBD, they had less pain than those who were given THC alone. This study and most others have not taken into consideration the many other cannabinoids that were present in the combined treatment, including CBC, CBN and aromatic terpenes.

The entourage effect theory has been described in a review of studies written by pharmacologist and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a longtime researcher of cannabis compounds. He detailed the benefits of certain cannabis compounds and described potential complementary or synergistic effects of these compounds.

Russo found, for example, that CDG and CBD have been shown to inhibit MRSA staph infections, but questioned in his research how they might work even better when combined with pinene, a specific terpene. He also asked if certain terpenes could increase the ability of the other compounds to permeate the skin.

THC, CBD and these other terpenes in combination could work together to better help induce sleep or address inflammation and pain than THC alone or only THC and CBD with no other compounds.

Other potential synergies Russo noted in his research include these:

  • Pinene, a pine-scented terpene, could help prevent memory issues associated with THC.
  • Caryophyllene, a peppery terpene, could help treat addiction when used along with CBD.
  • Limonene, a citrusy compound, might work alongside CBD to help reduce anxiety.
  • The cannabinoid CBN could cause beneficial sedation when used with THC.

The entourage effect is a theory that’s only partially proven, but additional research is likely as consumers learn about the possibilities and become more interested in concrete evidence.

Not All Products Are Alike

Not all cannabis products on the market can provide the benefits of the entourage effect. That’s because synergistic compounds are often refined out of them as they are purified and prepared for consumers. This is intentional and often done for compliance purposes, but it may prove to be a bad idea for some therapeutic uses.

Hemp flower and other cannabis flower products contain the widest array of terpenes and cannabinoids because they are raw products. Still, some extracts also contain a variety of these compounds. Such products are called full-spectrum or broad-spectrum cannabis extracts and can include vape cartridges, ingestible capsules, dabs and more.

Refined cannabis products that don’t contain the full spectrum of compounds are called isolates and may contact only THC or CBD. These single-compound products still provide powerful medicinal benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the greatest potential may lie with broad-spectrum products. Many isolates and broad spectrum products may simply fall short in providing the full benefits of therapy because components of the whole plant’s compounds have been removed.

While more research is needed, the implications of the entourage effect are clear: The cannabis plant holds many secrets that researchers have not yet uncovered.

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