Friday, December 19, 2014

'Boko Haram' kidnaps 185 people in Nigeria

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, in northeast Nigeria, the latest mass abduction in a region where the military has repeatedly struggled to protect civilians, officials and witnesses said Thursday. 

The attack, conducted Sunday by well-armed Islamist extremists in the town of Gumsuri, also killed 32 people. It recalled the April kidnappings in Chibok, where more than 200 girls were taken from a school. 

President Goodluck Jonathan, who is standing for re-election in February 14 polls, had pledged that the Chibok attack would mark the beginning of the end of terrorism in Nigeria, but violence has escalated since. 

The Islamists have a carried out a series of abductions this year, boosting their supply of child fighters, porters and young women who have reportedly been used as sex slaves.
Boko Haram has not claimed the Gumsuri attack, but multiple sources in the village blamed the extremists, whose five-year uprising has killed more than 13,000 people and forced more than 1.5 million others from their homes.

Northeast Nigeria has been the epicentre of the conflict, but unrest has also spread into neighbouring Cameroon, where the military claimed to have killed 116 insurgents while repelling a Wednesday attack on an army base in the border town of Amchide.
- 'Wives and daughters' abducted -

A convoy of gunmen stormed Gumsuri in Borno state on Sunday, throwing petrol bombs into buildings and leaving much of the village destroyed, two local officials and a witness said.
The officials, who put the death toll at 32, said the local government established the number of those abducted by contacting families, ward heads and clerics.
A vigilante leader based in the Borno state capital Maiduguri, Usman Kakani, told AFP that fighters who were in Gumsuri during the attack provided a figure of 191 abducted, including women, girls and boys.

Gumsuri is roughly 70 kilometres (40 miles) south of Maiduguri on the road that leads to Chibok.
Details of the attack took four days to emerge because the mobile phone network in the region has completely collapsed and many roads are impassable.

Mukhtar Buba, a resident who fled to Maiduguri, confirmed that women and children were taken. "After killing our youths, the insurgents have taken away our wives and daughters," he said.
The military and police were not immediately available to comment.
Witnesses said the hostages were carted away on trucks towards the Sambisa Forest, a notorious rebel stronghold, where the Chibok girls were also reportedly taken before being divided into smaller groups.

- Military questioned - Vigilantes, who have the military's backing, had defended Gumsuri against waves of previous Islamist attacks but were ultimately overpowered on Sunday, local officials said.
Soldiers on the ground have complained of being used as cannon fodder in battles against militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy artillery.

An army court martial on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram, citing a lack of weapons.
"The oath of office taken by... soldiers is not a licence to commit suicide," said Femi Falana, defence lawyer for the mutineers, who described the verdict as an outrage.

Africa's largest economy and top oil producer is under intense pressure to contain the unrest before February polls.

Reacting to the violence in Gumsuri, a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the "almost daily deadly attacks" in northeastern Nigeria were "unacceptable" and called on the government to "address the underlying causes".

The EU also warned that neighbouring countries had become "increasingly caught up in the violence."

The defence ministry in Cameroon's capital Yaounde said Wednesday's raid in Amchide was carried out by several hundred Islamists who ambushed a column of military vehicles with explosives and simultaneously attacked the army base.

Cameroonian troops retaliated instantly, the ministry said, killing 116 insurgents while one soldier has been confirmed dead and another was missing.

Source: Yahoo News

Buhari chooses Prof Yemi Osinbajo as running mate | GOOD OR BAD MOVE?


A colleague of mine said "asking a Redeemed pastor to be your running mate is the best move... its full of strategy. "

And when i asked why, the response was "Imagine a rumor spreading that Pastor Adeboye says Buhari is the man God has chosen... that is all Buhari needs. Before people realize its a rumor, the effect will not be reversible... and besides, Redeem is the largest congregation of anything.... "

Well, she's right...

Although, i am very skeptical about Buhari bringing change to the country (we've seen the past), and to tell you... i have even spoken against those who choose to campaign for him. I am however optimistic as i have been praying for a better Nigeria.

This is a short one, i'll probably add more to it later...




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Waec records another Mass Failure... Or not...

In the news this morning, the newscaster screaming at the top of his voice (speaking in yoruba - a Nigerian language) says "...another mass failure recorded in Waec..." As weird as this might sound, its stale news!

Ever since the inception, well, i should probably not say the inception, but as far back as i can remember... we always record mass failure, and we always recorded thousands of results being withheld and we also always record very low pass mark... and even the so called pass mark is classified into those with good grade (good meaning not less than C) in Mathematics and English and those without these two major courses or deficient in one of either...

According to Guardian News  



28, 817 results withheld... WHY?

A total of 246, 853 candidates (excluding absentees), consisting of 132, 521 male and 114, 332 female candidates sat for the examination. Out of the total number of candidates, 241, 161, representing 97. 69 per cent have their results fully released, while 5, 691 candidates, representing 2. 31 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and cyber cafes in the course of registration or writing the examinationSuch errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results.

Well, that is absurd! Because about 70% of these so-called errors will never be corrected...


Of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 75, 313 (30. 50 per cent), obtained six credits and above; 110, 346, representing 44. 70 per cent obtained five credits and above. In addition, 145, 036 candidates, representing 58. 75 per cent obtained credits and above in four subjects, while 177, 177, representing 71.77 per cent obtained credits and above in three subjects. A total of 205, 090 candidates (83. 08 per cent) obtained credits and above in two subjects.” 


 “However, a total of 72, 522 candidates, representing 29. 37per cent obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics."

And...

" ... compared to the November/December 2012 and 2013 WASSCE (private), there is a marked increase in candidates’ performance. "

Well, those who pass, pass and those who fail, fail. If you took the exam, or are a parent... don't feel so down, the system cannot be trusted to judge the intelligence of you or your wards, so cheer up and face the future... the next try will be better...

And if you did pass, its definitely not the end, not even the beginning... its more like preparation to the beginning, so don't become slack.

To check result use this link: Check result

Source Reference : The Guardian News Online (Emphasis mine)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FIND HELP AT: Johnson Teniola Faromoju Foundation

Johnson Teniola Faromoju Foundation Is an NGO set up to impact rural communities positively through Education, Functional skill acquisition, Empowerment, Counseling and General help.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple kindness can do”
 -- Mother Theresa.


Johnson Teniola Faromoju Foundation is the brain child of Johnson Teniola Faromoju which stands for an ideal of improving the lots of others and sending forth hope with gestures of care that might seem insignificant especially at the most critical moment of a man’s life but when such help is rendered the future is assured.

It will be a great mistake on our part to do nothing because we think we can do a little.

At Johnson Teniola Foundation, we believe in doing the little we can. The little help denied a girl child today could make her become disadvantaged tomorrow, the boy denied what is considered little today could become delinquent tomorrow posing a threat to the society.

"The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our sense of well-being”
– Delai Lamal.

At JT Faromoju foundation we believe the greatest good to be done for others is not just to offer material things but to reveal to others their own ability to be productive. Knowledge would be disseminated to make our beneficiaries prepared for their future.

We might not be able to do everything but we can do something!

We encourage you to give to this worthy cause.

Mission Statement

• To impact on our Communities positively through:
a. Education – Scholarship
b. Training – Functional Skills acquisition
c. Empowerment – Counseling & general help.

To find out more, follow on facebook, visit our website www.jtfaromojufoundation.org

Can you buy the new Blackberry? | BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.

With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard is something traditional BlackBerry users prefer because they find it easier than touch screens to type with. The company is also emphasizing battery life and security


BlackBerry CEO John Chen introduces the company's new phone, the BlackBerry Classic, during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)BlackBerry CEO John Chen introduces the company's new phone, the BlackBerry Classic, during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

"A lot of people say the Classic is aiming for loyal customers. And that is true," CEO John Chen said at the gadget's launch event, tellingly held in New York City's Financial District. But he also invited people who haven't used a BlackBerry "especially people who are young," to try the BlackBerry Classic.
Pioneered in 1999 with the launch of the RIM 950, BlackBerry changed the culture by allowing on-the-go business people to access email wirelessly. 

Then came a new generation of competing smartphones, and suddenly the BlackBerry looked ancient. Apple showed that phones can handle much more than email and phone calls. Blackberry was late in overhauling its operating system to compete.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen introduces the company's new phone, the BlackBerry Classic, during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)BlackBerry CEO John Chen introduces the company's new phone, the BlackBerry Classic, during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

BlackBerry now holds a small fraction of the U.S. smartphone market after commanding a nearly 50 percent share as recently as 2009.

The company is trying to stay relevant on making hardware even as it tries to transform into an enterprise security and consumer software company. Whether the Classic will sell enough to keep it in the hardware business is unclear.

"It's going to be a niche product based around enterprise, based around security and pockets of the world where there is still strengths. The future of this company is not the hardware," BGC analyst Colin Gillis said.

BlackBerry's director of marketing and enterprise Jeff Gadway demonstrates the company's new phone the BlackBerry Classic, during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

 The BlackBerry Classic is available for sale starting Wednesday for $449 in the U.S. and 499 Canadian dollars in Canada (95 000 NGN in Nigeria) through Amazon.com and BlackBerry.com. It will come later to AT&T and Verizon.

BlackBerry has been expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.

And on the hardware side, BlackBerry partnered with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that assembles products in vast factories in China. Foxconn, known for its manufacturing contract work on Apple's iPhones and iPads, jointly designs and manufactures most BlackBerry devices and manages inventory of the devices in an agreement that offloads much of BlackBerry's manufacturing costs. Foxconn is making the Classic for BlackBerry.

Chen, who took over as chief executive 13 months ago, has set a goal of selling 10 million phones a year. In comparison, Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones over three months in the third quarter.

 Can you buy this phone?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sad Story: Student Massacre in pakistan by the Taliban...

Up until this event i had no idea what the Taliban is, i would have thought it was the name of some island in a remote area... But the name resounds in my head and heart every moment for the past few hours.. to describe the emotion that births in me, anger will be an understatement.

I can't bring myself to understand why those whose name means student (The Taliban, Pashto: طالبان ṭālibān "students"  Source) will do such horrific thing...

I have listened to the news on radio, read it in the papers and even on the internet... nothing, absolutely nothing can justify this action... no religious, personal, or national endeavor should ever be enough to kill a hundred and forty five children (145) and place more than 180 in the hospital, according to yahoo news most of these children are under the age of 15. 9



I sincerely offer my condolence to the affected families and indeed to the whole nation.

May this be the end of such in Pakistan and other nations.

The actions of the police force in Pakistan to pursue the culprits brings to mind a need to compare the actions of The Nigerian police force in a less brutal but similar occurrence in the country... The kidnap of more than 200 young girls mostly under the age of 15...

Till the moment of this writing nothing is heard of the kidnapped children, every thing is almost back to normal like nothing ever happened, though its been rumored that the kidnap is a cover up for something else, but to think of the Nigerian Police Force in a similar scenario brings chills to my spine...

I do hope things get better soon in the country.

And once again  my condolence to the affected families.

Read News here: Yahoo News

Protect yourself...

A few weeks back i had a serious agitation about internet adverts, videos and so on that are not particularly contents i want to see, after a while surfing the web for a solution to this i found k9 Web Protector...

I have been using it since then, and so far... it seems ok.

Although, it is password protected, depending on what you're protecting... you might want to forget the password...

To do this, simply type random sets of characters in a text editor, use it as password and confirm it, then delete the file. That way, you are completely protected either you like it or not... I didn't do this because well, it blocks out youtube completely... and other useful online resource that i need...

But if you're protecting against habits... then this is definitely the way to go.

I have decided not to use specific words to prevent wrong adverts from appearing on this blog, if you are however unclear about what i am explaining above, feel free to contact me.

And its absolutely free...!

Download it here:

K9 Web Protection

Monday, December 15, 2014

DOWNLOAD MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 FOR FREE

A preview for PC experts

Windows Technical Preview is here today, but it’s a long way from done. We’re going to make it faster, better, more fun at parties...you get the idea. Join the Windows Insider Program to make sure you get all the new features that are on the way. If you’re okay with a moving target and don’t want to miss out on the latest stuff, keep reading. Technical Preview could be just your thing.

Download and install the preview only if you

  • Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.
  • Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.
  • Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.
  • Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.
  • Aren't installing it on your everyday computer.
We're not kidding about the expert thing. So if you think BIOS is a new plant-based fuel, Tech Preview may not be right for you.

Things to keep in mind

Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. Some printers and other hardware might not work, and some software might not install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks.
Also, if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read our privacy statement.

What does it work with?

Technical Preview should work with the same devices and programs that work with Windows 8.1, but you might need to update or reinstall some of them.
Drivers for basic functions like storage, networking, input, and display come with Windows. These drivers allow you to complete the Windows installation and connect to the Internet. You might be able to get more drivers from Windows Update.
For compatibility info, see the Windows 8.1 Compatibility Center.

If you use a mouse and keyboard

Your apps and devices should work as expected, though of course there will be exceptions. We’d love to know what you think about how the new Windows works with mouse and keyboard and whether it provides the best of new and familiar functionality for Windows and apps.

If you have a touch PC

Technical Preview works with touch, but some things will be rough and unfinished. More touch-friendly improvements are on the way. In the meantime, let us know what it’s like to interact with Windows and apps in the preview.

If you want to go back to your previous operating system

You'll need to reinstall your version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don't have recovery media:
  • For Windows 7 or Windows Vista: Before you update, you might be able to create recovery media from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more info.
  • For Windows 8.1 or Windows 8: You might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive. If you didn’t create a USB recovery drive before you installed the preview, you can create installation media for Windows 8.1.

    Downlaod the preview here:


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Microsoft update blunders going out of control

Microsoft update blunders going out of control

The last several months have seen a disturbing string of problems in updates released for Microsoft products. Last week we saw three four. It's time to worry about what's behind it all...

 

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