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Hungarian President Katalin Novak Resigns, See Why

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The pardon decision was made last year but only caught the public’s attention over the past days after a report by the local news site 444.hu, which was met with outrage, leading Hungary’s opposition to call for Katalin Novak to step down.

Protests calling for her to step down had been growing in Hungary. Ms Novak apologised and said she made “a mistake” in granting the pardon. “I made a mistake,” Novak said in a televised address aired on Saturday, when she announced her resignation and issued an apology to any victims who felt she had not stood with them.

Novak who became president in 2022, also branded herself as a family-focused Christian conservative politician.

Judit Varga, the former minister of justice who approved the pardon, has also resigned from her new role leading the European elections campaign for Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party.

Novak is a popular figure in Fidesz and a rare female politician in a male-dominated country. She is a key ally of Mr Orban and previously worked as his family minister. In 2022, she became the first woman to hold the largely ceremonial role of Hungarian president.

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Lassa Fever: Benue Records 9 Deaths, 47 Confirmed Cases

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At least nine deaths have been recorded from 46 confirmed cases of Lassa fever in seven local government areas of Benue State.

State Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr Yanmar Ortese, said that five health workers and four Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were among the numbers of confirmed Lassa fever cases in the state.

Ortese, worried by the development, said he was presently in Abuja to discuss the matter with the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 

“Right now, I’m in Abuja with the DG of NCDC and I have presented the case of Lassa fever before him so we are discussing it. I have taken it to the national level,” he said.

State Epidemiologist, Dr Sam Ngishe, however, told our correspondent on telephone that the first case of the current Lassa fever outbreak in the state was noticed in week 50 of last year. 

“Altogether, as at this moment, we are speaking from result gotten so far, Benue has 46 cases of Lassa fever spread across seven local government areas of the state to include, Obi, Okpokwu, Gwer West, Makurdi, Guma, Gwer East and Ukum. It’s actually an increase compared to what we had last year. 

“So far, we have nine deaths in confirmed cases as we speak. We have been able to bury all in accordance with safe burial protocols across the various areas of the state where they hailed from,” Ngishe explained.

He said that they have sustained response through the intervention of the Federal Government, World Bank and NCDC, adding that the bodies had spoken loudly to enhance Benue’s surveillance efforts, risk communication in the community as well as spoken to the laboratory component of the response and co-ordinations. 

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Meningitis outbreak kills 20 Nigerian school students

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By Francesca Hangeior

A meningitis outbreak has killed at least 20 boarding school students and infected hundreds more, the education commissioner in northeastern Yobe state said on Wednesday.

“We have recorded an outbreak of meningitis in six secondary schools in the state which led to the death of 20 students out of the 473 infected,” Mohammed Sani Idriss said.

The epicentre of the outbreak is the city of Potiskum and its Government Technical College has been worst hit, accounting for 17 of the deaths, Idriss said.

The schools are under medical surveillance with isolation centres and emergency care facilities, he said.

“The situation is under control because we have not recorded any new cases in the past two days while 370 of those hospitalised have recovered and been discharged,” Idriss added.

Meningitis is an infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, transmitted through respiratory droplets or throat secretions.

It has a high fatality rate and children are especially at risk.

Nigeria lies in the so-called “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, where outbreaks of the disease are common.

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Six ways to last longer during intercourse with your spouse

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For many people, the ability to last longer during sex is a desirable goal that enhances pleasure and intimacy.

In this guide, we’ll discuss six tips to help both men and women improve their sexual stamina and prolong the pleasure of intimate moments.

Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing exercises and meditation can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety during sex.

By focusing on the present moment and letting go of worries, you can achieve a state of relaxation that promotes se3ual stamina.

Engage in Regular Exercise
Regular physical activity not only improves overall health but also enhances your sexual stamina.

Are you aware cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and yoga can boost endurance? Yes, they can also increase blood flow to the pelvic region, and improve control over arousal and ejaculation.

Aren’t Kegel exercises just for women, you ask? No, they can also benefit men by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles responsible for ejaculatory control.

This is an exercise that involves the repeated contracting and relaxing of the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor. Kegel exercises can help men achieve better control over their orgasms and prolong sexual encounters.

Explore Different Positions
Exploring different sexual positions can help you find what works best for you and your partner in terms of prolonging sexual pleasure.

I doubt you’re going against any of the scriptures if you try something new. Explore beyond missionary. But if you choose not to, you’re probably going against ‘scripture’ that preaches about a couple’s satisfaction in bed.

Communicate with your partner
Open and honest communication with your partner is necessary for improving sexual stamina. How often do you get feedback? Oh, it does exist here too, not only when you make inquiries from network providers.
Discussing preferences, desires, and concerns can help you and your partner feel more comfortable in exploring different positions to prolong sexual pleasure together.

Prioritize Foreplay
If you’re the type that goes straight to the point in talks, you need to explore another habit here. Engaging in extended periods of foreplay can help build arousal gradually and delay the onset of orgasm.
Focusing on pleasurable activities such as kissing, caressing, and oral sex can heighten excitement and prolong the overall sexual experience.

Lasting longer during sex is something that requires patience and practice. By applying these tips, you can control arousal and prolong sexual pleasure.

Also, remember that the key to lasting long in bed lies in understanding your body and that of your partner.

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