This lady(Nnaka faith)
who was my school mate from secondary school could be mistaken for tiwa savage.
Their resemblance is so strong i now believe people are created in doubles. See for your self
Following the award of Doctor of Humane Letters by Yale University in the United States bestowed on the Minister of Finance and
Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala dated May 15, 2015.
Many Nigerians home and in diaspera have seen it as unmerited.
Sunday Iwalaiye, on Wednesday started an online petition on Change.Org, urging Nigerians
to also sign the petition. Less than 24hrs after the petition was posted close to 3,000 people
had signed it.
The petition quoted, “This citation from the Yale University does not
reflect nor represent everything that has happened under the watch and the supervision
of the Nigerian economy by Okonjo-Iweala as the nation’s finance minister.
“There is no tangible evidence of any economic development in Nigeria under the leadership of
Okonjo-Iweala in all reality.
Nigeria’s debt profile
has risen rapidly under Okonjo-Iweala and Nigeria has borrowed over $2bn in the last four months alone to pay salaries of the federal and state civil servants.
“Our foreign reserves and excess crude oil accounts have both depleted heavily under
Okonjo-Iweala. The recurrent expenditures in the federal budgets reached the highest levels
which made capital development practically impossible in Nigeria under her.
“The true picture that Yale University missed is the fact that the economy of Nigeria has
almost grounded to its final halt today which will make it a daunting task for the incoming
administration of Muhammadu Buhari to meet its campaign promises.”
Octopuses, squid and cuttlefish — a group of mollusks known as cephalopods — are the ocean’schampions of camouflage.
Octopuses can mimic the color and texture of a rock or a piece of coral. Squid can give their skin a glittering sheen to match the water they are swimming in. Cuttlefish will even cloak themselves in black and white squares should a devious scientist put a checkerboard in their aquarium.
Cephalopods can perform these spectacles thanks to a dense fabric of specialized cells in their skin. But before a cephalopod can take on a new disguise, it needs to perceive the background that it is going to blend into.
Cephalopods have large, powerful eyes to take in their surroundings. But two new studies in The Journal Experimental Biology suggest that they have another way to perceive light: their skin.
It’s possible that these animals have, in effect, evolved a body-wide eye.
When light enters the eye of a cephalopod, it strikes molecules in the retina called opsins. The collision starts a biochemical reaction that sends an electric signal from the cephalopod’s eye to its brain. (We produce a related form of opsins in our eyes as well.)
In 2010, Roger T. Hanlon, a biologist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and his colleagues reported that cuttlefish make opsins in their skin, as well. This discovery raised the tantalizing possibility that the animals could use their skin to sense light much as their eyes do.
Dr. Hanlon teamed up with Thomas W. Cronin, a visual ecologist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and his colleagues to take a closer look.
Cephalopods have pigment-packed cells in their skin called chromatophores, surrounded by muscles and nerve endings. When the muscles contract, they stretch out the chromatophores, allowing them to absorb more light and giving the animals new colors. Cephalopods have up to 96,000 chromatophores per square inch of skin, which they use as a kind of high-definition video display.
Dr. Hanlon, Dr. Cronin, and their colleagues developed precise molecular probes that could be used to locate the opsins in the skin. They found that in cuttlefish, opsins are produced only in chromatophores. The same turned out to be true of squid. In addition, the scientists found other enzymes in the animals’ skin that are present in the eye, where they help opsins relay signals from light to the nervous system.
Together, these studies persuaded the scientists that cephalopods may have evolved a way to perceive light, and perhaps color, directly via their skin. They next took pieces of skin from the animals and flashed light on them to see if they could get a response.
No matter how often they tried, they failed. But another pair of scientists had better luck.
Dr. Hanlon’s study inspired Todd H. Oakley, a biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and M. Desmond Ramirez, a graduate student, to join the hunt for skin opsins. Instead of squid or cuttlefish, they chose to study octopuses, collecting animals from the tide pools near the campus.
The scientists discovered that octopuses, like cuttlefish, have opsins in their skin. But instead of producing them in chromatophores, octopuses only make opsins in hairlike nerve endings in the skin.
Mr. Ramirez and Dr. Oakley cut off pieces of octopus skin to see if they might respond to light. When the scientists kept the skin in darkness or dim red light, it remained pale. But when they switched on lights, the chromatophores swiftly expanded, turning the skin dark in a matter of seconds.
“We didn’t expect to see such a fast reaction,” said Dr. Oakley. He suspects that light strikes the skin opsins, which stimulate the neurons to relay the information to neighboring chromatophores.
Mr. Ramirez and Dr. Oakley exposed the skin to light in a variety of colors to test its sensitivity. Blue light turned out to trigger the fastest response. Opsins in octopus eyes are most sensitive to blue light, too.
“I’m very happy that they’ve succeeded,” said Dr. Hanlon of the studies by Dr. Oakley and Mr. Ramirez. “And a little bit envious.” Their results have prompted him to try it again.
Even if he succeeds with cuttlefish and squid, no one can yet say how exactly the animals use the light gathered by opsins to control their skin color.
“This is a really weird story,” said Dr. Hanlon, “but our animals are really weird.”
Concerned by the string of recent cyber attacks against other healthcare providers–including Anthem, Premera, and Community Health Systems–CareFirst decided to take a look into its own system, the company explained in a notice on its website. CareFirst hired Mandiant to review its networks, which led to the discovery of an undetected intrusion in June 2014.
While no health records or Social Security numbers were compromised in the breach, attackers accessed a database containing names, birth dates, email addresses and subscriber ID numbers of CareFirst customers. Luckily, the passwords required to access member accounts were encrypted and stored separately.
CareFirst blocked all affected member accounts, and members will have to create new user names and passwords to log in. CareFirst is offering two free years of credit monitoring to the 1.1 million affected customers in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia, the company said.
“We deeply regret the concern this attack may cause,” wrote CareFirst President and CEO Chet Burrell. “We are making sure those affected understand the extent of the attack – and what information was and was not affected.”
The CareFirst cyber attack is the third major healthcare breach announced this year alone–all of which were investigated by Mandiant. On March 17, Premera Blue Cross announced that 11 million customers’ medical and financial data had been breached in 2014. On February 13, Anthem announced that 80 million Social Security cards had been stolen in a breach that may have started in April 2014.
From big cyber attacks that make headlines to smaller breaches where just a few records are stolen, security incidents cost the healthcare sector $6 billion per year, according to a recent Ponemon Institute study. And for the first time, cyber attacks became the leading cause of data breaches this year.
“The root cause historically was around negligence, incompetence,–not necessarily around criminal activity,” explained Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute. “It changed this year for the first time. The number one root cause of a data breach is criminal activity–could be insider or external.”
Criminal attacks in the healthcare sector have risen 125% since 2010, driven by the value of the healthcare data and electronic health records in an industry that’s lagging behind when it comes to security.
“An electronic healthcare record on the black market is worth somewhere between $60 and $70 on the black market, compared to a Social Security number that’s worth 50 cents or a dollar,” explained Rick Kam, cofounder of ID Experts. “There’s a really significant difference in value on the black market.”
Legalize it and the price of weed falls. That’s the conclusion of an analysis of a database of marijuana prices posted by volunteers: States where recreational marijuana use is legal are also the states where marijuana is least expensive. Even among states where pot is still illegal for all uses, the price of an ounce ranges so widely from that someone who smokes an ounce a month can move from Pittsburgh to Portland, Ore., and save enough money for a year’s worth of premium cable to enhance the experience.
In four states where pot has been legalized or decriminalized–Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska–the price of an ounce has fallen below $300, compared with the nationwide average of $324, according to PriceOfWeed.com, a site where users can anonymously submit the cost of weed in their area purchased either from the black market or legally through a dispensary.
Despite a strong marijuana culture, Colorado is surprisingly not the state with the lowest marijuana prices. At $204 for an ounce of high quality cannabis, Oregon is the state with the cheapest weed – almost half the cost of an ounce of marijuana in North Dakota, where prices are the highest in the country at $387 an ounce.
In Washington D.C., where marijuana became legal for recreational use in March but where commercial sale is still illegal, the price of an ounce of weed still costs $346.
David Koch, the 7th richest man in the world with a net worth of $42.7 billion, has pledged $150 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering to build a new outpatient cancer facility on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the world-renowned cancer center announced Wednesday. The commitment is both the largest ever given by Koch and the largest ever received by Sloan Kettering. The hospital would not disclose the number of years over which the pledged donation will be made.
Koch, who controls $115 billion (sales) industrial conglomerate Koch Industries with older brother Charles, is a long-time benefactor of Sloan Kettering. He’s served on its board of overseers and managers for 25 years, and with this gift has now donated or pledged $225 million to the institution.
His latest donation will fund the 23-story David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, which will focus on providing cutting-edge therapies and clinical trials to patients, according to a press statement by Sloan Kettering. The private cancer center provides outpatient care to an average of 4,700 patients per day — a figure they expect to increase by 60% over the next decade.
“It is my ardent hope now that the new Center for Cancer Care will transform cancer treatment worldwide, with the utmost emphasis on the needs of patients and their families,” Koch said in the statement.
The 750,000-square-foot cancer center, which will over look the East River, is set to open in 2019. The gift will bring Koch’s lifetime giving to $1.3 billion, according to the press statement from Sloan Kettering.
Canadian police have arrested 10 young people for allegedly attempting to join jihadist groups in the Middle East, reports said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement, cited by The Canadian Press on Wednesday, that no charges had been laid yet and that the investigation was ongoing.
The RCMP statement did not specifically mention which group they were joining, but said the 10 youths were “suspected of wanting to leave the country to join jihadist groups”.
The youths, whose names and ages were not reported by the police, were arrested at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport last Friday, the report said.
“These are very difficult times for the relatives and loved ones of the persons arrested,” the RCMP said in the statement.
“As a result, family members often find themselves at a complete loss and unable to understand the decision made by the youth.”
The arrests come months after five boys and two girls from the Montreal area left the country and apparently joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.
Another Canadian teen was arrested in March for aiming to join the armed group that holds sway over vast area of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.
Students of the University of Abuja on Thursday barricaded the entrance and exit gates of FCT Minister’s office for over two hours.
The protesting students, led by the Chairman of the University of Abuja Chapter of the National
Association of Nigerian Students, Friday Adayi, laid siege to the FCT Administration Secretariat between 12 and 2pm, insisting that the government must purchase a vehicle for their
association immediately to enable them attend their various conventions.
They also demanded for development of UniAbuja’s Unity Park and an immediate end to
the water supply challenges at the university’s mini campus.
“The FCT Administration should also furnish the common room of the NANS Chairman,” the
Selected leaders of the students later met with FCT officials led by the FCT Education Secretary, Alhaji Kabir Usman who promised to look into their demands, “despite the obvious fact that most of them were either untenable or should have been pursued through the Federal
Ministry of Education which administers the University of Abuja.”
The Secretary announced that the request by the students for a vehicle was receiving attention and would be granted if funds become available.
But the Special Assistant, media, to the FCT minister, Nosike Ogbuenyi in a statement
condemned the action of the students, particularly the disruption of activities at the
secretariat and their attempt to compel the government to fulfill their requests, which he
said were not statutory responsibilities of the FCTA.
He said, “The point should be stressed that it is not part of FCTA’s official responsibility to
furnish the NANS Chairman’s common room at the University of Abuja or to provide internal
infrastructure in Federal universities. Similarly,
government action on the kind of demands made by the students is discretionary and dependent on resource availability.
“Nonetheless, the FCTA cherishes robust relationship with NANS even though it frowns at any attempt to hold it to ransom by students over welfare and logistics demands by individuals or groups.”
The Administration advised the students to desist from lawless acts like blocking of gates,
noting however, that it would continue to assist them through its various mechanisms including
award of scholarships.
Ogbuenyi said, “The FCT Administration through its Water Board has provided potable and
wholesome water to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory including Gwagwalada township by the recent commissioning of the Lower Usuma Dam Phases III & IV Water Treatment Plants and therefore it is the duty of
individuals, institutions and corporate organizations to undertake water reticulation in
their areas of abode.”
Born July 13, 1934, Wole Soyinka is famous in literary and political spheres in Nigeria and Africa at large.
He’s most famous for being the only Nigerian to ever win a Nobel Prize for Literature which he won in 1986. Currently, he’s the leading candidate for the position of Oxford Professor of Poetry.
Here are a few things you didn’t know about ‘Kongi’:
1. Wole Soyinka is cousins with the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Besides his music and shrine, Fela is also famous for his activism.
2. In 1965, Soyinka seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and made a
national broadcast demanding the cancellation of the rigged Western Nigeria Regional Elections.
He was arrested and arraigned but
later freed. Two years later, during the Nigerian Civil War, he was again arrested and placed in
solitary confinement for his attempts at brokering a peace between warring factions.
He was released almost two years later after international attention was drawn to his imprisonment.
3. Soyinka wrote an entire book of poetry on tissue paper. The book titled, Poems from Prisons, was written secretly while he was in
4. He was one of The Original Seven , the founding members of the National Association of Seadogs, also known as Pyrates
5. . Soyinka’s relentless activism often exposed him to great personal risk, most notable during
the government of General Sani Abacha (1993–1998), which pronounced a death sentence on
him ‘in absentia.’ However, during Abacha’s regime, Soyinka escaped from Nigeria via the ‘Nadeco Route’ on motorcycle.