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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Little Things That Matter

Know Your Operating System (Ubuntu LTS)

Ubuntu LTS, which stands for Ubuntu "Long Term Support," is a stable version of the Ubuntu Linux-based operating system that is largely targeted toward enterprise-grade server environments. Ubuntu LTS updates are supported by Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu, for five years, as opposed to nine months of support for the non-LTS Ubuntu updates. Ubuntu LTS editions are only released every two years, whereas the non-LTS editions are released every six months.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" is the most recent Ubuntu LTS release. This version was released in April 2014

Edited By Philip Onyia

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Enyeama: Nigeria will reach the semi-finals



If all goes according to plan, Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will play in his third FIFA World Cup™ next month. He is fresh off winning the Marc-Vivien Foe award given to the best African player in France's Ligue 1, and following up on his impressive performances for the Super Eagles at South Africa 2010, Enyeama has high expectations.
Although Nigeria have struggled in their last two World Cups, the Lille custodian tellsFIFA.com that the African champions can make deep in-roads in Brazil after being drawn into Group F against Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina.

“I think we are going to make big progress," Enyeama said. "We are focused on the World Cup, to make Africa the proudest continent. Ghana almost reached the semi-finals four years ago. We are going to achieve a better result and be the first African team to get to the semi-finals of the World Cup."
The 31-year-old first played for Nigeria at Korea/Japan 2002, when coach Festus Onigbinde gave the then 19-year-old a starting place in their final group game against England, after the team had already been eliminated. Enyeama's outstanding display helped the Super Eagles to a goalless draw and was a sign of things to come for the Kaduna-born goalkeeper, who took over the No1 jersey from Ike Shorunmu when the veteran retired shortly after that World Cup. Since then, Enyeama has been an ever-present for his country, shining at South Africa 2010 and last year's FIFA Confederations Cup, and winning the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2013 - a tournament the West Africans are hoping to defend in Morocco next year.

It will be the third time in a row that Nigeria will be facing Argentina at the World Cup, but more importantly for Enyeama, a match-up with France in the second round could be on the cards: “If we play against France, it will be interesting, but if we play against Switzerland, it will also be interesting. The important thing is to qualify.
"Playing France for a place in the last eight is not really what matters to me right now, I just want the team to make it to the second round. But maybe we will come out first, and then we will not have to play against France.”
Ghana almost reached the semi-finals four years ago. We are going to be the first African team to get to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama
Enyeama started his career with Ibom Stars, before moving to Nigerian giants Enyimba, with whom he twice won the CAF Champions League. A short stint with Heartland FC followed.

He then embarked on his overseas career in 2005 when he joined Bnei Yehuda in Israel. His performances with the side were so impressive that Israeli glamour club Hapoel Tel Aviv put in an offer and Enyeama made the short move across town. With Hapoel he played in the UEFA Champions League and even managed to score a goal in the play-off round against Red Bull Salzburg.
He joined Ligue 1 club Lille in 2011, but failed to break into the first side and returned to Israel in 2012, where he joined Maccabi Tel Aviv on loan, winning the championship with them. He returned to Lille a year later and was made first choice goalkeeper by coach Rene Girard and has not looked back since.

“I always wanted to be a first-choice goalie anywhere I played. I always wanted to be the person who puts the smile on people’s face. At first it was not the case here, but it changed. I don’t work for trophies. I work to improve my game, to help my team. Trophies are just the icing on the cake.”
Foe award elevates Enyeama confidence
Enyeama has enjoyed a highly successful season with Lille, helping the club to third in the league, keeping 21 clean sheets in the process and coming close to breaking the Ligue 1 record for a goalkeeper without conceding a goal. However, those statistics are far from the most important thing to him.

He said: “I don’t care about statistics. I just want to see how far I can go and help my team. When I am no longer effective, then I leave the scene. I also do not care to be the most-capped player in the history of the Super Eagles - things like that.”
But even if Enyeama is not chasing records, his performances were greatly appreciated this season, as the awarding of the Marc-Vivien Foe award shows. “This is a great trophy, I'm really happy," he said. "It is inspiring because it bears the name of a great player - Marc-Vivien Foe - who worked so hard to succeed and save his team and his country. I think this award will give me more confidence for the World Cup.”

Edited By Philip Onyia

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My 6-Months Story

The strike was destined to be the downfall and rise to many students but my case was entirely different.


During the six (6) months strike, I tried my hands on numerous activities (the good, bad and ugly), but strongly, as I believe, that the good, rather than the bad and the ugly always supersedes, hence the good activities took the lead.
After the completion of our first semester examination, we were all hoping to resume some weeks later for the commencement of the second semester but like a joke, our hopes were bashed against the rock of bewilderment by the unexpected ASUU strike.
Highlighted below are some of the interesting things that I did during the strike:
  • I became a certified Google Partner (I sat and passed the Google Adwords Certification exams. )
  • I organized a Google Map Up Event in my community (Now a Trained Google Map Maker.)
  • I became a volunteer at Mobile Monday Nigeria, LEAP Africa and Slum4school
  • I finished our group Android Game which is now ready to be uploaded on Google Play Store.
  • I almost got doped at Ikeja Computer Village.
When I got home, everything was rosy. I slept day and night without having to bother about lectures, assignments, test and exams. Few weeks after the initiation of the strike, which ought to have been a warning strike, it surprisingly turned into something else; the FG and ASUU, after various meetings and deliberations failed to reach an agreement, therefore ASUU decided to go into a fully grown one. After the meetings started falling apart, I started getting bothered and bored at home. Even my parents became very worried, mainly about my future because I had spent some years in college.
It got to a point that I needed money so badly, especially for the replacement of my laptop battery which I was unable to get. And it was then that I began to search for a place that I could get myself attached.
I searched from Lagos Mainland to Lagos Island but all my effort seemed abortive. I sent my CV to so many companies in Lagos and even beyond because I was so frustrated and ready to do anything just to earn some money for my up keep, but with all reaching a dead-end, I couldn’t get any. Now the good news….


  • Google Partners
As an IGBO boy, who loved marketing and Advertising (in fact, business is in every IGBO man’s blood) and most importantly, as a lover of Google and Her technologies, I ventured into one of Google’s certification examination called Google Adword certification now known as Google Partner. I decided to study for Adwords exams and devoted all my time towards it. I really did take the course very seriously, which initially was not a free examination but paid for, not until late November 2013 when Google declared it free.
As a Nigerian who loved freebies, I decided to take the exam immediately before Google changed her mind. I took the exam and scored 87% (answered 79 questions correctly out of 90 questions). The pass mark was 85% which means you must score at least 73 questions correctly.
Now, I can boldly say that I am a Google Partner. Thanks to ASUU & FG
  • Nsude Google Map Up
One day, while I was surfing the web, I stumbled upon a town called “Ngwo” which is a neighboring town and I was marveled at what I saw. I was surprised to see how beautiful the town was on Google World Map.
Out of curiosity, I typed NSUDE on the Google world map (Nsude is my home town) and Google humbly presented all the trees and bushes I could ever have imagined. Being a passionate youth who was always ready to delve into new stuffs, especially when concerned with information technology, I started to read books, started asking questions on how to map on the Google map maker. I was able to get materials and directions from friends. And soon enough, I kicked off the mapping of my community. After my first edit, I received a review alert from Google map reviewers asking for more details concerning the place I just mapped. After adding details and comments, it was officially approved.
I was so happy to see my edit live on the Google World map. I was encouraged and then motivation started coming from within. I was able to make 100+ edits and about 10+ reviews on Google map maker within one week. That same week, I joined Google map maker community on Google+ which facilitated the rate at which my edits were approved.
After some weeks, I came to realize that I could map the whole community on my own; a thought came and whispered to me, Philip, why don’t you take this event back home?”
And like an obedient child, I followed the voice.
I started sending mails to Google asking for their support and sponsorship to organize a Google Map Up event in my community. I got a surprising response from Adepoju Abiodun Emmanual “Biggy” stating that he was ever ready to work with me to achieving this.
I was honored by his mail which encouraged me to work day and night to ensure the success of my event.
To cut the long story short, I was able to organize a Google Map Up event which we called Nsude Google Map Up. The event took place on the 21st and 22nd of December 2013. In attendance were His Royal Highness, Igwe (Prof) Kenneth Onyia and all His Kinsmen. More so, the Google Student Ambassador of UNN Aneke Chimdindu was also in attendance.
Youths of my town came in a large number to support the event. Even those that never heard about Google technologies came and they all supported it one way or the other.
I am so grateful to ASUU and FG for making this a success because as I write this story, all those that participated now have a Google Map Maker certificate (Trained Map Makers). It was a great achievement because I have always enjoyed helping people achieve their dreams. All thanks to Biggy, Chimdi, Belvi, Johanas, Ahmed, Uzoma, to mention a few, for their support and encouragement.
Edited By Philip Onyia

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Anger!



There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper; to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy drove 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down .He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive nails into the fence.
Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy should pull out a nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took him by the hand and led him to the fence. He said “you have done well my son, but look at the holes in the fence”.
The fence will never be the same. When you say or do things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
You can’t shake hand with a clenched fist…….

Edited By Philip Onyia

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Senate Pegs Professors’ Retirement Age at 70

   

The Senate Wednesday passed a bill pegging the retirement age for university professors at 70 years instead of the fixed 65 years for public officers in the country.
Following this, the Senate President, David Mark, called on members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off their on-going strike in the interest of Nigerian students, as one of the demands of the striking lecturers was the need to raise the retirement age of university professors from 65 to 70 years.
In his remark after the passage of the bill, Mark said: “We have passed the bill into law to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). There is the need to get ASUU back to the classrooms so that our children can go back to their classes.”
The bill, however, fixed the retirement age for other academics below the rank of professors in higher institutions at 65 years along with the non-academic staff of tertiary institutions.
Also, the Senate approved the payment of pension to a retiring professor at a rate equivalent to his or her last monthly salary while the registrar, librarian and bursar of any tertiary institution shall hold office for a period of five years, and an extension of one year if necessary.

The Senate, however, refused to pass the section of the bill that guarantees the payment of salaries to university professors after retirement despite arguments by some senators that retiring professors should enjoy pensions like retired military officers.
Source<>Thisdaylive
Edited By Philip Onyia

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Usher's Ex-Wife: You Don't DESERVE Our Kids

Usher's ex-wife wants to take away his kids ... claiming the singer has repeatedly blown off his legal obligations as a co-parent ... and even worse -- he CLOSED her Saks 5th Avenue credit card ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ.

Tameka Raymond -- who had 2 kids with Usher during their brief 2 year marriage -- filed court papers in Georgia ... asking a judge to strip Usher of joint physical custody of their children ASAP.

According to the docs, Tameka claims Usher has repeatedly FAILED to obtain her permission to travel outside the state with the kids ... which he's legally obligated to do.

But there's more ... a lot more.

Tameka also claims Usher is required and has failed to:
-- get her approval before hiring nannies
-- give her first shot to watch the kids when he's away for more than 8 hours
-- allow her to take the kids for 2-weeks in the summer of 2011
-- let her have custody of the kids during Christmas break 2010

Tameka also claims Usher closed her Saks 5th Avenue credit card -- which he specifically said he wouldn't do -- and now she can no longer take advantage of the "special benefits" the card offers.

According to the docs, Usher also promised to pay $5k per month so Tameka could hire her own nanny for the kids -- but he hasn't paid in months, and now owes $34,000 worth of payments. 

Tameka also claims there has been a "substantial change in [Usher's] income" since they got divorced -- and because of his success, she should get even more money for child support.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday. Stay tuned ...

source<> TMZ
Edited By Philip Onyia

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Actress Eucharia Anunobi Turns Evangelist

Popular Nollywood and somewhat controversial actress Eucharia Anunobi is back in the news.
The actress whose whereabouts and activities have remained the staple of countless rumours and gossips, has come out to clear the air on what she’s been up to recently.
Eucharia, who has over a hundred movies to her credit, in a telephone chat with Nigerian Entertainment Today, revealed that she has been deeply immersed in work in the Lord’s vineyard as an evangelist.
She however debunked the tabloid rumours suggesting she is a pastor as she has not been ordained yet. ‘I am an evangelist but I am not an ordained pastor yet. I believe it is a gradual process. I had actually been a born-again Christian who got the altar call even before Glamour Girls, about 17 years ago’, Eucharia told NET.
The veteran actress further stated that she’s presently studying for her Master’s degree in Social Works at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo and is overseeing her very many business interests within the country.
She has stated that she would continue to appear in movies except where they directly ‘contradict her conscience’ and would definitely be saying no to act nude scenes if the offer to do so comes her way.
‘U.K’ as she is fondly called by friends and fans made her Nollywood debut with ‘Nneka the Pretty Serpent’ (Part II) and shot to stardom with ‘Glamour Girls’ (Part II) in 1996.
Edited By Philip Onyia

Friday, 18 November 2011

Usher’s Brother Arrested For Beating Baby Mama & Abusing Child

Usher’s younger brother James Lackey was reportedly arrested last week for beating up his baby momma and abusing their child.
On October 26, 2011 James Lackey aka J Lack was picked up by the Fulton County Sheriff Office and arrested on three counts of battery including domestic violence AND cruelty to a child. Lackey spent a total of two days in jail before he was released on bail of $5,500.
His production credits include Lloyd’s ‘Get It Shawty’, One Chance ‘Do It’, as well as a several tracks on Usher’s ‘Here I Stand’ album.
SMH!! Fellas, if you get that heated, try taking a walk around the block, you should NEVER put your hands on a woman or child!


Edited By Philip Onyia

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Drake dating Serena Williams?

Are Drake and Serena Williams dating? After being spotted playing tennis together, rumors started to swirl. But in Complex magazine’s latest issue, Drake gives a cryptic answer.
“The number of women he’s associated with grows by the day. He’s talked at length about his heartbreak with Rihanna and his love for Nicki. Though he tries to keep mum, it’s impossible to tamp down speculation. He was recently snapped playing tennis with Serena Williams. Surely there’s more to their pairing than a couple of aces, right? Drake smiles and gives a ready-made response: ‘I really, really love and care for Serena Williams. She’s incredible. That’s someone I’m proud to say I know. She’s definitely in my life and I’m in her life. It’s great to watch her play tennis. Very impressive.’
“When asked about Quincy Jones’s Harvard-educated daughter (and star of Parks & Recreation) Rashida Jones, Drake pauses, then offers: ‘Rashida has a beautiful, beautiful spirit. So talented, so funny. I met her at Rihanna’s birthday party. I was DJing and she liked my set.’”

Edited By Philip Onyia

UI produces 75 first class at 63rd graduation

SEVENTY-FIVE out of the 1,647 graduates from the University of Ibadan Monday bagged first class honours degree as the institution began activities marking its 63rd convocation ceremony.
The graduating students were given automatic scholarships to commence their postgraduate programmes in the University.
The students were produced by Faculties of Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Pharmacy, Public Health, Technology and Law. Speaking at the event attended by eminent individuals from all walks of life, Vice-Chancellor of the 63-year old institution, Professor Isaac Bamiro said “the university is working hard to restore the institution to its role as a key player in the provision of requisite education in the 21st century. The university has never relented in its efforts at ensuring proper training of students so that they can compete favourably with their counterparts globally.”
He hinted that as a result of the resolve of the management to make the institution one of the best in Africa, the premier university had just been ranked the best in the country by the webo-metric ranking of world Universities in its July, 2011 edition.
Giving the breakdown of the rating, he disclosed that it was ranked 41st in Africa stressing that it would not rest on its laurels but would strive harder to be ranked one of the best in the world.
The ranking was better when compared with the previous ranking where it was placed 11th position in the country and 107th in Africa.
He stressed that the significant improvement was the outcome of concerted efforts of both staff and students of the institution.
According to the VC, University of Ibadan had never abdicated its duty of proper training of its students to compete with their counterparts in other parts of the world.
Noting that the institution would still improve on its teaching and learning facilities, he ensured students that students’ unionism was resuscitated in the university after a decade of ban.
He explained that the success story of the institution was boosted when students from the university received both national and international honours for their contribution to the field of knowledge.
Bamiro gave some of the names of awardees as Okwilagwe Osiro, a final year BDS student who represented the Department of Periodontology and Community Dentistry.
He said the student won the Halton Univeler Undergraduate Poster Competition at the 3rd Conference of the African and Middle East Region International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at Abuja in September this year.
Source<>Vanguard
Edited By Philip Onyia

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