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The Heat is on; Prepare for more Hot Days, Nights and heat Waves, NIMET Tells Nigerians

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With the global average air temperature of the earth hitting 1°C hotter than at the beginning of the 20th century, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Nigerians to brace for more hot days, warm night and heat waves.

A statement by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Eva Azinge noted that with the long residence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the current warming would continue beyond 2100 even when the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced.

The statement noted: “We must therefore prepare for a future with more hot days, warm nights and heat waves because of past and present emissions. This preparation will require smart adaptation strategies and engaging in climate resilient practices to cope with the damage that has been done.”
We must therefore prepare for a future with more hot days, warm nights and heat waves because of past and present emissions. This preparation will require smart adaptation strategies and engaging in climate resilient practices to cop…

Forget the Smart washing machines, Revolutionary new tech could lead to clothes that clean themselves in the sun

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Forget all the smart washing machines you’ve seen at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, as there’s a fascinating new development that might let you clean your clothing using tech that’s straight out of a science fiction movie. The new technique involves wearing the dirty clothes out in the sun so that solar energy can catalyze a chemical reaction that would obliterate stains.

In other words, the next time you drop ketchup on your shirt at the game, it might clean itself off by the time you’re ready to leave the stadium.

Published in Advanced Materials Interfaces, the study involves a new kind of fabric that’s made of copper and silver nanostructure woven inside cotton textiles and kept in place by a fixative solution. Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology at the University of Melbourne can clean stains within six minutes using the technology, although heavy stains might not be wiped out immediately. Tomato sauce and red wine are still be tricky to remove.

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On Environment and Sustainable Development in Nigeria in the 21st Century

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Protocols, It gives me great pleasure to be at this great citadel of learning once again and be part of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2016 National Conference. I must therefore thank the Dean of the Faculty for the kind invitation to this conference which theme, ‘Environment and Sustainable Development in Nigeria in the 21st Century’ will always be relevant to mankind, far beyond the shores of Nigeria.
Since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1972 and the subsequent conferences on Climate Change, the awareness of the international community on the degradation of the environment and the adverse effects on lives generally, has been put in the front burner for mitigation in all ramifications. The developing nations are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For instance, the combined effects of desertification and soil erosion in the Northern and Southern parts respectively continue to adversely affect agriculture, energy and water resources.
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You have got a lot to miss if you skip this Invitation to Attend Nigeria Energy Forum in Lagos

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India Launches Program To Encourage Ideas For Innovation In Schools

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In order to encourage innovations, the government has launched a scheme which can tap over one lakh ideas at the school level.

Under the scheme, 'Million Minds of Innovation of Creativity', or MIMIC, the Ministry of Science and Technology will ask over five lakh schools to give two ideas in pursuit of innovation.

"The idea could be given in any language," said a top official.

Of these, 1 lakh ideas would be selected at the district level. The best ideas will be further filtered at the district and state level.

"At the state level, some 10,000 ideas will be shortlisted which will be given Rs. 5,000 each to remove any weaknesses in them.

"Some 1,000 ideas will be short-listed by a group of senior scientists at the national level," the official said, adding that about 1,000 students will be mentored by senior scientists.

IRON MINING AS A CATALYST FOR INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIAN by jerry Solomon

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The importance of Iron mining to industrial growth of any nation cannot be over emphasized. Iron is the major component of steel which forms the primary raw material in the construction and fabrication industry globally and makes about 2% of the raw materials used in the electronics and non-metallurgical industries. Steel is a major fuel in the ever growing engineering and infrastructural construction, machineries and automobiles, real estate, transportation system, aircraft and ship building industries. Steel is also used extensively in cans and containers fabrication, in oil and gas industries for pipes and infrastructures and in various appliances and other equipment manufacturing. As an indispensable component of modern civilization, iron will continue to experience increasing demand by mankind.

The primary source of iron is Iron Ore, which occur mostly as magnetite, hematite, goethite, limonite, pyrrhotite, siderite, ilmenite and pyrite. In addition to oxides and carbonates that c…

Engr Kashim Ali re-elected as COREN President

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The Registrar, Council for the Regulation of Engineering, COREN, Engr Kamila Maliki has announced the re-election of Engr Kashim Ali FNSE, mni as the President of teh COuncil. This was contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria  in Abuja

Kashim Ali has been re-elected President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria for another term of three years.

The statement said Ali was re-elected President at the 149th Ordinary Council Meeting of COREN on March 16

It added that Prof. Emmanuel Ajav was elected as Vice President of the Council after “a keenly contested election”.

According to the statement, Ali, who promised “not to let the Council down”, described his re-election as a manifestation of the confidence the Council has in his ability.

The statement added that Ali prayed for the continued support of all members and God’s guidance to propel the Council to its desired destination.

Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali was born in Ofugo – Ankpa, Kogi Sta…

Oil and gas industry should emulate other successful industries to weather the economic storm

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The oil and gas industry can emulate the successes of other industries on how they coped with the up and down cycles in their respective industries, industry captains said during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Asia 2016.

The plenary session titled “Achieving Excellence in Asia: Leadership Stories”, received food for thought from panelists from the aviation, electronic and banking sectors; Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, John Rice and Mukhtar Malik Hussain respectively. “In weathering through the storm that is attached to every cycle of every industry, we need to bear in mind that oil prices at US$120 a barrel and at US$20 a barrel is part of a cycle.

“What we have to do is work our way through the cycles and come out stronger after each cycle. This is where knowing how to respond to the crisis is important and has to be part of your culture before the next cycle hits. “The simple logic is, if you want to play, you have to be prepared to work through the crisis rather than succumb t…

Give jobs of N500 million and below to indigenous professionals - Engr Ali

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President Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Engr. Kashim Ali has called on the federal and state governments to patronize indigenous engineers in the award of contract.

Ali, who stated this at the in Abuja in an interview with a publication (Daily Trust,) said over the years, preference had been given to foreign engineers in award of engineering project contracts by governments at all levels.

He said, there is a white paper which state that  jobs of N500 million and below should be given to indigenous professionals, especially engineers, adding that this had not been the practice as  preference  had not been given to Nigerians professionals.

He said if Nigeria must move forward in terms of infrastructural development, government must give preference to its engineers and also recognize that they had the capacity to deliver on any project.

“Every nation of the world that has developed invested in its engineers and Nigeria cannot develop without taking that pa…

Professor Adeniyi Olayanju delivers FUNAAB 51st Inaugural Lecture as the University Matriculates 3, 827 Students

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The University has held its 51st Inaugural Lecture and the 2015/2016 Academic Session Matriculation Ceremony. During the Inaugural Lecture, the need for Nigeria to evolve sustainable local engineering designs that would bring about rapid transformation was stressed. This was the submission of Professor Adeniyi Olayanju, an expert in Agricultural Mechanisation in the College of Engineering (COLENG) of FUNAAB. According to Professor Olayanju, the trio of man, material and machine constitute the wheels of a tricycle that would drive agricultural mechanisation. Therefore, the country needs to have good engineering designs that would be locally-based towards diversification of the non-oil sector.

Themed, “Man, Material and Machine: The Tricycle for Agricultural Mechanisation”, the Inaugural Lecture examined the three factors of production; man as a designer, material either plant or animal that exhibits characteristics that have to be understood before an efficient and effective machine c…

Rescuing Nigerian troubled Economy: FG and States outline 71 ways out

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The National Economic Council retreat has come and gone. below are the highlights of the Meeting

Four key areas were identified as requiring urgent attention to revive the economy, namely agriculture, power, manufacturing and housing,

Below are the proposals agreed at the meeting.

Theme: Nigerian States: Multiple Centres of Prosperity

The following are highlights of the just concluded NEC Retreat:
1. Agreement reached for concerted and consistent efforts to diversify revenue sources
2. Expand compliance on VAT, adopting a gradual plan for rate increase
3. Increase expenditure through borrowing, which should be invested in infrastructure
4. Federal and State Governments to focus on fiscal responsibility as a critical element in macro-economic balance
5. Increase investment in infrastructure through public private partnership (PPP)
6.Develop financial inclusion strategies to cater for the poor and vulnerable population
7. Maintain a minimum level of capital expenditure of 30% in the bu…

Is Blackberry nearing its end as Facebook drops supports for the IOS?

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Facebook drops support for BlackBerry phones, following WhatsApp in leaving platform
BlackBerry said that it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by what amounts to a complete abandoning of its products by two of the biggest apps in the world

Facebook has dropped support for BlackBerry phones, leaving them unable to connect to the social network through apps.

The Facebook app is following subsidiary WhatsApp in cutting off support for the phones, meaning that they’ll no longer be able to communicate with the world’s most used social network.

BlackBerry said that it was “extremely disappointed” in Facebook’s decision, because “we know so many users love these apps”.

“We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands,” the company wrote in a blog post that encouraged anyone who uses Facebook or WhatsApp on their BlackBerry to post about it on social media. “Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure our end users have the best exp…

Iyalaya Anybody: Pencils, Nigerian Innovation, & Africa’s Path In The 21st Century By Pius Adesanmi

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Keynote lecture delivered at the 5th Innovention Series of Verdant Zeal

Lagos, Nigeria

March 22, 2016

You must excuse the obscenity, “iyalaya anybody”, in my title. When you invite a well-known scholar of African popular cultures to address such a distinguished assembly of actors and professionals in Nigeria’s corporate and entrepreneurial world, you must be prepared to be illuminated by the philosophical nuggets often hidden in the lingos and cultures of the African street. You must be prepared for some discomfiture.

In its pristine cultural bacground in the Yoruba world, “iyalaya” is an obscenity hurled at your opponent in a brawl to display contempt for his or her maternal lineage. It is usually accompanied by the insulting palm and five-finger flash we call “waka” in the face of your opponent. The consequence, as you all know, is often a bloody nose and an unscheduled trip to the hospital. However, as cultures evolve across generations, new meanings emerge and old words or expres…