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The Submission of Forms for the GRADUATE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN SCHEME has been extended by a week.

BREAKING NEWS!!! The Submission of Forms for the GRADUATE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN SCHEME has been extended by a week. This is borne out of the need to adhere to the wishes and yearnings of the vast majority of applicants who either for a reason or another could not meet up with the earlier proposed deadline date. The registration and submission which was meant to close today Monday 30th Jun e at 12 Noon would now close on Monday 7th July 2014. The free online downloadable form for the GRADUATE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN SCHEME is available on  www.oyostate.miast.gov.ng Once logged on to the website, go to “Resources”, click on “Download” where you will get the form to be printed out. Kindly note that Submission to the office of the Honourable Commissioner for Industry, Applied Science and Technology; Mr. Dapo Lam-Adesina must be done on or before 12 noon on Monday 7th July, 2014. The GRADUATE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN SCHEME is an Initiative of the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Admin

Making the most of your degree on your CV

If you're a graduate lacking in professional experience, it is essential to help employers see the commercial Get to the front of the graduate queue by highlighting the relevance and value of your degree to employers. Don't assume that an employer will immediately understand how your degree is useful — especially if there's no obvious link between what you studied and the bottom-line impact on a business. Having a degree won't necessarily make you stand out. In a live Q&A on digital publishing, George Walkley says, "Excellent academic qualifications don't necessarily distinguish a candidate if nearly everyone has them." If you lack professional experience, spell out the relevance of your degree to an employer. Close the gap Think about what makes your degree commercially valuable. A degree in modern languages will allow you to deal with a firm's foreign customers or to translate or interpret in meetings, negotiations and correspondence,

Don't Be Fooled by the Myths of Viral Marketing

The assumption that messages frequently go "viral" and diffuse through social networks has become conventional wisdom in corporate marketing and the broader culture. But recent research, described in MIT Sloan Management Review, suggests that the term "viral marketing" does not accurately describe what most often happens online. According to Sharad Goel, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in New York, truly viral diffusion is extremely rare. In a paper called "The Structure of Online Diffusion Networks" that was presented at the 13th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, Goel and his colleagues Duncan J. Watts and Daniel G. Goldstein describe how they studied seven online scenarios to see how a variety of applications and content spread. The researchers studied: •Yahoo! Voice, an online phone service started in 2004. •Zync, a Yahoo! Instant Messenger video-sharing application. •Friend Sense, a Facebook app introduced in 2009. •"The Se

Nigeria to Support EU Long Term Gas Supply Security

The Federal Government has stated its resolve to support the long term gas supply security for the European Union countries as part of measures to expand the nation’s gas market across veritable frontiers. Speaking after discussions with Günther Oettinger, the EU Energy Commissioner, on the margins of the 11th EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the Minister of Petroleum Resources and Alternate President of the OPEC Conference, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, said the country is prime to explore its gas potentials to the fullest. . The discussions focused on the role Nigeria can play in supporting the EU’s energy sector priorities, and particularly the long-term security and diversification of gas supplies. Mrs Alison-Madueke highlighted that gas production has increased to over 8 billion cubic feet per day, and Nigeria is the eighth largest gas producer in the world, and sixth largest gas supplier to Europe. Mrs Alison-Madueke emphasised that Niger

NASA Engineers Test Brazuca And Find It To Be The Best Football Ever Made

Fifa World Cup 2014 is underway and before we all are consumed by the excitement of who will win this tournament, it appears that everyone is concerned with is the football that is being used in the WC. The reason for such interest can partly be attributed  to the football used in last WC which didn’t really get along with all the players and Brazilian striker Luis Fabian termed it supernatural when it came to ball’s movements. The current football is named Brazuca, comes from Adidas and was manufactured in Pakistan. You would be surprised to know about the amount of effort and research put into the creation of a football for this world famous tournament. The football is not just a sphere but also an object whose aerodynamics needs to be studied carefully and adjustments need to be made. The flight of a ball through the medium (air) is a study in itself that involves aerodynamics forces and a myriad of scientific phenomena. In simplest words; a thin layer made of air is fo

An Israeli company to evaluate a rapid, on-demand mass transit system

The so-called skyTran system of passive magnetic levitation (MagLev) pod vehicles is to be trialled in the grounds of Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) corporate campus. Developed by the eponymously named NASA Space Act company based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, skyTran is a network of computer-controlled, two-person vehicles designed to deliver passengers to their destination in an energy-efficient and high-speed manner. Evaluation of the Technology Demonstration System (TDS) will include testing, refinement, and validation of skyTran’s technology in IAI’s controlled environment and will provide a platform for skyTran vehicles to travel at high speeds with full payloads while levitating. SkyTran expects the TDS to be followed by deployment of the first commercial skyTran system in Tel Aviv, Israel. The first commercial system will be completed within 24-months of start of construction, which is projected for the fourth quarter of 2016. Total constructio

Queen Elizabeth Price for Engineering: Create the Trophy 2015

‘Create the Trophy ’ is an competition for young designers to create a unique trophy for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) 2015. The QEPrize is a £1 million award for engineering that has been of global impact on humanity.  From fashion to fusion there is no part of our lives that engineering does not touch.  We are giving young people with an interest in Science, Engineering, Design, and Art the opportunity to design the trophy for the QEPrize by entering our ‘Create the Trophy’ competition. The competition is open from 23 June  ‐ 31 August.  The winning design will be selected by our distinguished panel of judges: Ian Blatchford (Chairman), Director of the Science Museum, Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer at Arup and M&S Leading Lady and Mark Miodownik, Director of the Institute of Making, UCL.   The final trophy will be presented by HM The Queen to the winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for  Engineering at Buckingham Palace in Summer 2015

How governments can take control of smartphones

Legal malware’ produced by the Italian firm Hacking Team can take total control of your mobile phone. That’s according to Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab and University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab(which also obtained a user manual). Operating since 2001, the Milan-based Hacking Team employs over 50 people and offers clients the ability to “take control of your targets and monitor them regardless of encryption and mobility," while “keeping an eye on all your targets and manage them remotely, all from a single screen.” It’s the first time Remote Control Systems (RCS) malware has been positively linked with mobile phones and it opens up a new privacy threat potential to mobile phone users. “Our latest research has identified mobile modules that work on all well-known mobile platforms, including as Android and iOS,” wrote Kaspersky researcher Sergey Golovanov. “These modules are installed using infectors – special executables for either Windows or Macs that run on already

Patronise our Industries, NSE President Engr Olorunfemi counsels Nigerians

Gentlemen of the Press, there are many other indigenous companies in Nigeria that are bringing effect to Nigerian Content in other sectors of the economy. We must also recognize them here. Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. (IVM) Ltd. Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited is a wholly owned Nigerian company established in 2007 by Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma, OON. In its ultra modern assembly plant which was commissioned on October 15, 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan in Nnewi, Innoson Limited undertakes optimization design and assembly of Completely-Knocked-Down (CKD) auto parts to produce the first truly made-in-Nigeria vehicles that are affordable and reliable. Body parts, chassis and other components of Innoson vehicles are fully made-in-Nigeria. The Engine Axle and Gear Box are the only components that are imported. It is also worthy of note that 90% Nigerian content in both materials and personnel is achieved at Innoson. IVM Limited is Nigeria’s breakth

THERE ARE LICENSED ELECTRICITY TRANSFORMER MANUFACTURING COMPANIES IN NIGERIA

The primary reason for calling this press conference is to address an impression that was created in the media recently, which was not correct. Specifically, Daily Trust edition of Thursday, June 5, 2014 carried a report on page 28 with a bold title: “No company produces electricity transformers in Nigeria – BPE”. Likewise did Tribune of Friday, June 6, 2014 on page 12 Gentlemen of the Press, that statement is misleading and a disservice to the Nigerian Content Development initiative. 2. The precursor to the Nigerian (Oil and Gas) Content Development Law of 2010 is NSE’s Nigerian Content Committee, which is a standing committee set up by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in 2006 to undertake studies and propagate the totality of composite value added or created in the Nigerian economy, through the utilization of Nigerian human and material resources for the provision of goods and services to all facets of our industrial and social life, without compromising quality, h

Upcoming Event: NSE Abuja: Engr Charles Mbanefo Distinguished Lecture

NIMechE 2014 AGM & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Dear Member,   Find attached information on " CALL FOR PAPER" for  2014 AGM/Conference,  kindly keep to the conditions.   Furthermore,  soft copy of the conference flier  is also attached for more information about the event.   Kindly indicate if you prefer a letter sent directly from us to your office and please include the detailed address to be used.   The Conference fee is as follows:   Payment before 30/08/14                     Payment after 30/08/14   Fellow:                   =  N20,000.00      =   N25,000.00   Member:                =  N15,000.00      =   N20,000.00 Associate:               =  N10,000.00      =   N15,000.00 Graduate/NYSC:   =  N5,000.00       =   N5,000.00 Student:                  =  N2,500.00       =   N2,500.00 Spouse:                   =  N5,000.00       =   N5,000.00 Non-Member:        =  N20,000.00     =   N25,000.00   Please pay cash, draft or cheque to:   1.  Mainstreet Bank Ltd (V. I. Branch)

Meet The world's most advanced Football

The Adidas Brazuca ball is the latest ball in the 2014 world cup, which will be facing some of the world’s best strikers and overcoming the gap left by the Jabulani ball used in the 2010 world cup. The name Brazuca was chosen through a World cup fan poll and it means “A way of life” in the native Brazilian language. Some of the key improvements and features of the ball are: – six polyurethane panels to keep the ball in same shape and weight in all conditions – A little rough on the surface to avoid unnecessary swerves, dips and to provide better touch and accuracy. -Latex bladder to provide the bounce and rebound as desired. – A little heavier, to provide faster speed. The ball was supposed to be manufactured in China, but as the Chinese factory couldn’t fulfill the supply demand, a factory in Pakistan was given the task. Sialkot; a city in Pakistan quite famous for the sports goods manufactured there was at the task. The percentage of female workers is 90% in the factory, as a

BMW And Toyota Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Codenamed “Silk Road 2”

The Toyota and BMW technology-sharing alliance  will soon start bearing fruit, including a new hybrid sports car.  Car Magazine  reports that this Toyota and BMW joint project, code named “Silk Road 2”, will spawn a new BMW Z7 and Lexus ZC/ZR hybrid supercars to compete with Porsche.

Grays International School Emerges as Winner NSE Kaduna Branch Quiz competition

In the bid to encourage the study of science subjects in secondary schools and subsequently make a carrier in Engineering, the Kaduna Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers held her 4th Inter-Schools Science Quiz Competition between from 11th to 12th June 2014 at the Conference hall of the Federal Secretariat, Kawo Kaduna. About 30 schools will be participating in the competition. So far the Kaduna State Ministry of Education; Biji Surgicals Limited and MicroManna Limited are supporting the competition. The 1st day went well. A total of 24 schools participated and the schools came from all around the state. Schools such as Govt Girls' Sec School, Kwoi, Govt Science Secondary Schs Birnin Gwari and kagoro, Armed Forces Command Sec School, Jaji and a host of other privately owned schools are participating in the quiz competition The following winners emerged.. 1st - Grays International School, Kaduna 2nd - Christ High School, mando Kaduna 3rd - Our Lady of Fatima Girls

NSE advices LASG on establishment of Infrastructure Protection Agency

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has advised the Lagos State government to establish an Infrastructure Protection Agency. President of NSE, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE, made the proposal to the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) when he visited the Governor at the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja on Monday, 26th May, 2014. Olorunfemi was accompanied by the leadership of the five NSE Branches in Lagos and other senior Engineers. He bemoaned the spate of infrastructure vandalism by hoodlums in the country and in Lagos State in particular. The President told the Governor that establishment of the agency had become essential for government to prevent social amenities provided with hard earned public funds from being damaged by miscreants. Earlier, the President commended the Governor on the delivery on infrastructure: “I want to congratulate and commend Your Excellency for embarking on various developmental projects which have transformed and would contin

OPEC agrees to renew 30 million bpd oil output ceiling

The 12-member Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to renew its oil production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day for the second half of this year, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, said at the end of a meeting on Wednesday. OPEC is satisfied with oil prices around $110 a barrel for Brent crude, comfortably above its preferred price of $100 a barrel, ministers said. Two member countries, Libya and Iran, are producing well below capacity because of civil conflict and sanctions respectively, helping support prices. In its end of meeting communique confirming the decision, OPEC also said the next meeting would take place on November 27 and its Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri’s term would be extended to June 30, 2015. Nigeria had nominated Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to succeed long serving incumbent al-Badri as OPEC secretary-general, ministers said earlier this week. The proposal was intended to solve the d