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February 21
Do You Really Love Him?
By Oswald Chambers

She has done a good work for Me. —Mark 14:6

If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.

Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to do so, or that there was anything in it for you, but simply because you love Him? Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things— things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. Have you ever created what Mary of Bethany created in the heart of the Lord Jesus? “She has done a good work for Me.”

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him even small gifts of surrender, just to show how genuine our love is for Him. To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “…but perfect love casts out fear…” once we are surrendered to God (1 John 4:18). We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time.

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Ribavirin has been assigned to pregnancy category X by the FDA. Nearly all animal studies have revealed evidence of embryolethality and teratogenicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancies. One published case reports the uneventful use of ribavirin at 33 weeks gestation. Ribavirin therapy is contraindicated in women who are pregnant and in the male partners of women who are pregnant. Female patients receiving ribavirin and the partners of male patients receiving ribavirin must avoid pregnancy, using at least two reliable forms of contraception, during treatment and for 6 months after completion of treatment. To monitor maternal-fetal outcomes of pregnant women or female partners of male patients exposed to ribavirin, a Ribavirin Pregnancy Registry has been established. Healthcare providers are encouraged to register patients by calling 1-800-593-2214 (USA).

The manufacturer recommends the use of at least two reliable forms of effective contraception during treatment with ribavirin and during the 6 months after completion of treatment. A negative pregnancy test should be obtained immediately before the planned start of therapy. Health personnel and visitors who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should also avoid contact with aerosolized ribavirin until more information is available. In one adverse drug report, 3 nurses who worked in the same intensive care unit gave birth to babies with ventricular septal defects. However, only one mother was possibly exposed to ribavirin 5 months prior to estimated conception. A specific causal relationship has not been established.

Ribavirin Breastfeeding Warnings
There are no data on the excretion of ribavirin into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Other serious side effects

Most other side effects from ribavirin occur in the first few days or weeks of treatment, but they can also develop over time. Call your doctor right away if you have other serious side effects from ribavirin. These can include:

Eye problems

Ribavirin can cause eye problems such as trouble seeing, loss of vision, and macular edema (swelling in the eye). It can also cause bleeding in the retina and a very serious condition called detached retina.

Symptoms of eye problems can include:

blurry or wavy vision
floating specks that suddenly appear in your line of vision
flashes of light that appear in one or both eyes
seeing colors as pale or washed out
Call your doctor if any of these symptoms occur suddenly or seem to get worse.

Lung problems

Ribavirin can cause lung problems such as trouble breathing and pneumonia (infection of the lungs). It can also cause pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs).

Symptoms of lung problems can include:

shortness of breath
chest pain
Call your doctor if any of these symptoms occur suddenly or seem to get worse. If you develop lung problems, your doctor may stop your treatment with this drug.


Ribavirin can cause pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that makes substances that help with digestion.

Symptoms of pancreatitis can include:

sudden and severe pain in your abdomen
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms. If you develop pancreatitis, your doctor will likely stop your treatment with this drug.

Mood changes

Ribavirin can cause mood changes, including depression. This can be a short-term or long-term side effect.

Symptoms can include feeling:

Call your doctor if you have these symptoms and they bother you or don’t go away.

Increased infections

Ribavirin raises your risk of infection from bacteria and viruses. Ribavirin can lower your body’s level of white blood cells. These cells fight infection. With fewer white blood cells, you may get infections more easily.

Symptoms of an infection can include:

body aches
Call your doctor if any of these symptoms occur suddenly or seem to get worse.

Decreased growth in children

Ribavirin can cause decreased growth in children who take it. This means they may grow less and gain less weight than their peers. This effect can occur when your child uses ribavirin with the drug interferon.

Symptoms can include:

a slower rate of growth compared to what is expected for the child’s age
a slower rate of weight increase compared to what is expected for the child’s age
Your child’s doctor should monitor your child’s growth during their treatment and until the end of certain growth phases. Your child’s doctor can tell you more.

Breastfeeding effects

It’s not known if ribavirin passes into breast milk to a child who is breastfed. If you breastfeed your child, talk with your doctor. You’ll likely need to stop breastfeeding or avoid using ribavirin.

More about ribavirin

Ribavirin has been used for many years to treat hepatitis C. It’s always used in combination with at least one other drug. Until recently, treatments for hepatitis C centered around ribavirin and another drug called interferon (Pegasys, Pegintron). Today, ribavirin may be used with newer hepatitis C drugs, such as Harvoni or Viekira Pak.


Ribavirin comes in the forms of a tablet, capsule, or liquid solution. You take these forms by mouth. All forms are available as brand-name drugs, which include Copegus, Rebetol, and Virazole. Your doctor can give you a full list of current brand-name versions. The tablet and capsule are also available in generic forms.

How ribavirin works

Ribavirin doesn’t cure hepatitis C, but it does help prevent severe effects from the disease. These effects include liver disease, liver failure, and liver cancer. Ribavirin also helps reduce the symptoms of hepatitis C infection.

Ribavirin may work by:

Reducing the number of hepatitis C virus cells in your body. This can help reduce your symptoms.
Increasing the number of gene mutations (changes) in the virus. These increased mutations can weaken the virus.
Stopping one of the processes that help the virus make copies of itself. This helps slow the spread of hepatitis C in your body.

SEW- How to determine material

To determine the amount of fabric needed, we look for the one with the highest measurement, the hip is 37, we put some seam allowance into consideration.

Front bodice: I use 1.5″ to 2″ (but let assume we use 2″ at each sides and since there are two sides(left and right) it sum up to 4″ for front bodice

Back bodice: (there will be zipper at the back) just like the front bodice, we add 4″ as seam allowance and 4″ as zipper allowance making 8″ in total.

Now let just add up, 4″ (front bodice) + 8″ (back bodice) = 12″
37+12 gives 49″ for the width

Now let check the lenght
35″ is the main lenght, we can add 2″ for hemming allowance making 35″+2″ = 37
Thus we cut out 49 by 37″

Fashion for short-waisted women

Women often are said to be either short-waisted or long-waisted. To figure out where your waist falls within your overall physique — your “waistedness” — follow these simple steps:

Measure the distance between your armpit and your waist.

Measure the distance between your waist and the bottom of your bum.

Compare the measurements.

If the two measurements aren’t equal, you’re either short- or long-waisted: If the first measurement is shorter, you’re short-waisted. If the second measurement is shorter, you’re long-waisted.

The right fashion for short-waisted women
Maintaining balance is one important key to flattering your figure and dressing for your body type. If you’re short-waisted, you’re going to look out of balance with a top half that appears smaller than your bottom half. Finding ways to make your top half look proportionate to your bottom half, by making your waist appear longer, helps you achieve balance.
Try a top with vertical lines. These lines give the illusion that your top half is longer than it is. The stripes can be as subtle as a pinstripe blouse — anything that keeps the eye moving up and down right over your waist works.
Wear tops that you can leave untucked. This is another way of hiding where your waist actually is.
A deep V-neck draws the focus upwards and away from your waist (this is a little tip that works for everyone — not just short-waisted women).

Sewing Machine Needles

Machine needles are selected according to the weight and features of the fabric as well as the thread that are use in garment construction.
A needle should be fine enough to penetrate through the fabric without any damages done to the fabric in question and doesn’t damage the thread.
Needles come in different sizes
Regular sharp needles: ideal for mostly woven fabrics due to its ability to produce even stitching with minimum puckering.

Ball point needle: slightly rounded tip recommended for knit fabrics and stretch fabrics as the needle pushes between the fabrics instead of piercing them.. (in sizes 9-16)

Wedge point needle: this needle has been specifically designed for leather and vinyl

Needles should be chosen with great care for each fabric because not all needles can see all fabrics.
Care should be taken to prevent the needle from being damages. A blunt isn’t fit to sew.


Reports have it that “A sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards. In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the account office”

Unfortunately, she is calling one Joan’s name which did not appear in the investigation at all. Joan only recommended a house help for her.


1.Toxin Removal From Food

Today, people complain about the use of fertilizers on plants and vegetables, making them unwholesome and poisonous. If you have charcoal, you don’t need to worry about this, all you need to do is leave the vegetables in a charcoal solution overnight and it’ll take care of the toxins. If you suspect any food contains too many chemicals, just drop them in a charcoal solution for some hours and you’re good to go.

2. Keeping Food Fresh
Ever wonder why charcoal is placed in the middle of milled beans? It prevents it from going sour or loosing taste.

3. Restoration of Soup
Did your groundnut soup or palm nut soup go bad? No need to worry about pouring it all away. Just put it back on fire and drop a piece of charcoal in it. This will extract all the bad taste and smell and restore the soup to its fresh state. This is gangster noni!

Install WhatsApp On Blackberry 10 Device With This Simple Trick

Use this simple trick to install WhatsApp.apk file on your BlackBerry 10 phones.

This post contains how to install WhatsApp on Blackberry 10 devices | Use this simple trick to install WhatsApp.APK file on your BlackBerry 10 phones. 

According to Whatsapp, If your BB OS version is less than, you will need to wait for a software update from your mobile provider. Generally, your mobile service provider is responsible for releasing device updates for your BlackBerry 10 phone.

On the other side, BlackBerry device was uniquely designed. They don’t only run on Blackberry OS 10, they also have the ability to install Android APK app.

For this reason, I think you shouldn’t discard your smartphone just yet. In one of my previous mobile tips, I showed Blackberry 10 users how they can install Google play store directly on their device.

Android APK files can be installed on Blackberry phones, specifically the ones with the Blackberry 10 OS (such as Q10, Z10, Z30, Q5, Z3 etc). With a simple click of a button, you can do amazing things with your BlackBerry 10 device.

READ:  How To Install Google Play Store On Blackberry 10 Phones

How to Install WhatsApp on Blackberry 10 Devices

Step 1

On your BB10 device go to Settings » App Manager » Installing Apps » enable installations from unknown source

Step 2

Download the latest version of WhatsApp APK (Download Link 1 or Download link 2) or constantly receive updated WhatsApp app from any android device (receive via Xender or Bluetooth).

Step 3

Run and install it on your device. Once the manual settings are completed, your WhatsApp will run normally without displaying a message of not being supported.

Don’t get quick to toss away your old Blackberry device, that Facebook and WhatsApp revoked support on Blackberry devices doesn’t mean you can’t separate the wheat from the chaff. The BB OS 10 is different and should be treated as such.

PS: One quick trick (Update 16/1/18)

A guru proferred another tip that can help you install WhatsApp application on your Blackberry and Windows phone, although I have not tested it.

Here are the steps:

Backdate your blackberry phone to something like December 1st, 2017.
Restart your phone and open your WhatsApp. It should start working right away.
That’s it. He claimed this works on Blackberry OS 10 and Windows 8.0 devices.

Good luck, let me know which of the methods worked for you. Have a pleasant whatsapping!

February 2018 Nigerian Bank Cards To Be Barred Internationally From March 2018

Egmont group is set to expel Nigeria’s Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) by March 2018. This is on the agenda of the Egmont Working Group and Heads of FIU Meeting between the 2nd and 7th of March, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Egmont group, which is a global network of 152 Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) had earlier suspended Nigeria in July 2017 following the consensus by the members of the group at the 24th plenary of the group in Macao, SAR.

If expelled, Nigeria will suffer a blacklist in the global finance sector and Nigerian Banks will be unable to issue Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards while card transactions with Nigerian originated cards will be blocked meaning Nigerians cannot do foreign transactions. This is one of many other costs of the i

This is one of the many other consequences of this looming decision. In the first place, the decision to suspend Nigeria’s FIU largely due to the fact that it has operated under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with high level of interference and meddling by the Ibrahim Magu led anti-corruption agency. Magu by court orders is an illegal appointee who has continued to receive the backing of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The NFIU in this position flagrantly violates Recommendation 29 of the FATF standards that stipulates that the FIU must remain independent and devoid of any form of interference.

In Macao, the Egmont group specifically pointed out that the Magu led EFCC had continued to leak sensitive information to the media and the agency has continued to blackmail individuals using highly confidential financial intelligence available to it. The FIU in its statement announcing the consensus decision to suspend NFIU membership status said

In reaction to this decision by the Egmont group, Vice President Osinbajo constituted an ad-hoc committee to reposition the NFIU and restore Nigeria’s membership of the Egmont Group. This was contained in a 31st of July memo (SH/OVP/DCOS/NFIU/) addressed to Mr. Chukwuka Utazi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes but since then no progress has been made while his body language suggests a support for the Magu led EFCC position echoed by Francis Usani, head of the NFIU who contradicts the global body with his insistence that the NFIU is operationally autonomous.

According to the EFCC Secretary, Emmanuel Aremo, the EFCC is best equipped to protect the NFIU from being endangered by politicians. The groups maintained a stance that supports the NFIU autonomy within the EFCC rather than an independent body outside of it. This position seems to be at home with the House of Representatives which has put forward a bill that seeks to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes (Amendment) Act and the Money Laundering (Prohibition & Prevention) Act.

But the Senate is opposed to it, a bill seeking the establishment of the NFI Agency has passed at the Senate which is also at war with the Ibrahim Magu led EFCC. The Senate had explained that its decision to embark on the decoupling option (removing the NFIU from the EFCC) was due to the meddlesomeness of the acting EFCC chairman in spite of the autonomy that the FIU should be granted. The Senate’s position is backed by the Nigeria Law Reform Commission (NLRC), which argued that NFIU should be independent and an autonomous body separated from EFCC.

Nigeria struggled to join the Egmont group as a member after many years in 2007, one of former President Obasanjo’s achievements. Before then, Nigerian banks were blacklisted in international finance and were unable to engage in correspondent banking.

Nigeria’s administrative type FIU makes it inappropriate to be under the control of a law enforcement agency such as the EFCC.

“Of all the 14 countries in West Africa with an FIU, Nigeria is the only jurisdiction that currently domiciles its FIU in a law enforcement agency, EFCC, even when it is registered as an administrative-type FIU. This is a misnomer. Ten of the West African countries have their FIUs domiciled in their respective ministries of finance, while two others have theirs domiciled in central banks, and one in ministry of justice,” Walter Duru, an analyst versed in the subject matter said, expressing support for the creation of an independent NFIU.

Nigeria has invested years and lots of resources into attaining membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the expulsion of Nigeria will put the country’s aspiration in jeopardy. It would also place Nigerian transactions on extreme scrutiny and may affect the standing of Nigeria amongst the global community. Students may be affected as the expulsion might attract “the withdrawal by certain countries of scholarships to students of Nigerian origin”, Senator Utazi the sponsor of the autonomous NFIU bill said.

According to one of our sources familiar with the internal workings of Egmont group, the world is impatient with Nigeria and the breach of trust by the EFCC. Our source said:

“For over 20 years Nigeria has been involved in Egmont group and FATF process. The world is continuing to frown that EFCC has not shown great maturity in handling of confidential data. The 7th National assembly agreed that the NFIU should be moved to the CBN but nothing has come out of that.”

Nigeria’s Egmont Group expulsion will ultimately be a death blow to Buhari’s ambition to recover Nigeria’s looted funds abroad as the country will be unable to benefit from financial intelligence, shared by the other 150-member-countries, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom. The Ball is in Osinbajo’s court.