12.4.14

'EBOLA' ...The Ravaging Menace

Ebola virus (abbreviated EBOV) was first described in 1976 by David Finkes. The name Ebola virus is derived from the Ebola River (a river that was at first thought to be in close proximity to the area in Democratic Republic of Congo, previously called Zaire.
Ebola virus (EBOV) is the most dangerous Ebolavirus, which causes an extremely severe disease in humans and other primates.

Here's some of what you need to know about the Ebola Virus:

1. It is a Central African disease that has traveled over countries in a living host to West Africa. It is easily spread by physical contact and eating contaminated bush meat. Major hosts are in 5 species of Bats but monkeys and apes are easily infected and killed.

2. It kills in a week, leaving no time to treat an individual.

3. It has no known vaccine or cure.

4. Known cases have been experienced recently in Guniea, Liberia and Central Africa Rep, spreading eastwards and westwards towards Nigeria. Death toll so far in West Africa is over 100.

5. The Ebola outbreak of 2014 is the most challenging one witnessed in Africa.

WHAT TO DO:

1. Avoid eating any bush meat for now! Especially Apes and Bats.

2. Wash your hands as regularly as possible, especially after shaking a stranger. It is spread by contact.

3.The most straight forward prevention method during Ebola outbreaks is not touching patients, their excretions, and body fluids, or possibly contaminated materials and utensils. Traditional burial rituals, especially those requiring embalming of bodies, should be discouraged or modified.

Awareness is key, don't just read or ignore,
...spread this campaign before the virus spreads!

Education Is Key in our preparedness to combat any occurrence in Nigeria.

8.4.14

"Old Wine In New Skin." - Rim Reintroduces The OS 7.1 in New 9720.


Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd has launched the BlackBerry 9720, the new phone will take a reverse mode as far as its operating system is concerned. Instead of the latest BlackBerry 10 platform, the new phone will run OS 7.1 version which last saw action in 2011.

However plenty of BlackBerry’s punters can’t afford that: those expecting low-cost handsets in emerging markets. While BlackBerry promised that BB OS 10 would be available across all price points in 2013, it hasn’t been able to come up with the goods. Even the cheapest of the three BB OS 10 devices released to date -the Q5 - is still far too expensive to appeal to the $150 segment: it costs about ₦61,500 in Nigeria.

Design and Looks: Blackberry 9720 is the successor of the Blackberry 9220. The phone comes with 2.8 inches IPS capacitive with 480 x 360 pixels resolution with ~214ppi pixel density. The device has multitouch support. The phone read dimensions are 114 x 66 x 12 mm and the device weighs 120 g. The phone will be available in Black, White, Purple, Blue, Pure Pink colors

Hardware and Software: Blackberry 9720 comes with low-end hardware and outdated OS. This device is expected to be priced cheaper. The phone runs on poor 806 MHz Single-core Tavor MG1 Processor and the RAM is 512MB which is quite low and may affect the performance of the phone. The smartphone performs on Blackberry OS 7.1.

Camera, Music and Multimedia: The phone comes with 5 MP rear camera and has no front camera for video calling. The device can play supported media formats like MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ (audio) and MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV (video).

Internal and External Storage: Blackberry 9720 comes with only 512MB built-in storage and the external storage is expandable upto 32GB via microSD card slot.

Connectivity Options: The device can connect to 2G via Quad Band and 3G. 3G data transfer speeds utpo 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA. Connectivity options like Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct options are available in the phone.

Battery and Talk Time: The phone is powered by Standard Li-on 1450 mAh battery which could cover a talktime of upto only 7 hours and standby time upto 450 hours.
BB OS 10 turned out to be too much for BlackBerry’s PlayBook, too. Having promised owners of the tablet a new version of the operating system, BB CEO Thorsten Heins announced the slab was being discontinued, in part owing to the poor performance of the OS.

The company, which has watched its market share nosedive in just five years, announced it was up for grabs recently.

The BB 9720 is now available in stores near you.

30.3.14

GOD BLESS OUR MOTHERS

Earlier in the week I made this post on my Facebook page about mothers, and fortunately, only a few days after, it's Mother's Day.
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Its being found out that in the last two decades, the weight of shouldering a family has quietly and now even more noticeably shifted to the women folk. For reasons not too far fetched, the life expectancy of men has dropped drastically, leaving many homes without a father and in turn mothers to bear alone the cost of raising the children.
A popular saying from South-Western Nigeria where I hail from goes thus; "the father's property is for all, but the mother's her children's". This notion has made mothers sit up, and rise up to work for the love of their children and the future too.

#PleaseCheck "Every step a good mother takes, has the consideration of her children in it,  be it longterm or short.".  They think us round the clock.
Children; sons and daughters might have been able to buy cars, buy or build houses and do sweet remarkable things to appreciate their mothers, still nothing equals her invaluable impact.
Shout out to great mothers, may you live long to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

My call to seemingly irresponsible ones who have neglected their roles or failed to understand their place, there's still time enough to change, the world is waiting to celebrate you.
To the future moms, what kind of mother are you preparing to become? (This Is beyond Wishing).
Happy Mother's Day!!!

(Below is found the original post from earlier this week.)
#GodBlessOurMothers.
Its 8am in a sleepy town where stores and even transport workers have hardly opened for businesses. I met this woman while she was bidding her son goodbye as he left her roadside stand for school. She had just handed him N750 meant for his school fees and a book or two. Her last line was what strucked me as her son left. She said; "Saanu mi, ma mulo be, ntori e  na ni mo fi tun ji de biyi". Meaning: "Have mercy on me, manage this, I'm here again this early because of you.

20.3.14

"MADE FOR MORE" - #UnderstandingMe

"...I didn't find my way to the top of the 'food chain' only to be a 'vegetarian', nor was I created a predator to make friends. I know who I am, and I'll make the best out of me." -TW™
Its been so often said that no one can tell you so accurately than yourself. Of course none has the power to see the goings-on in your mind, what we see is what you show, and what you show, is what you wish and the ones you don't are the ones you chose to conceal or do not know.
There's this tiny little detail about you that rarely comes to light. Most times not because you decided to keep them in the cool, not because you love them remaining dormant or unnoticed, but for some reasons we should know shortly, they languish forever in the dark.

The words "Food chain" and "Vegetarian" used in my above quote are far from generic, and if you'll look closely, they are bothered by carets. In other words, they would fit into whatever situation it is that speaks to you. A food chain is a simple organization, linear sequence of a feeding relationship of living organisms. Characterized by animals of different kinds and/or species, where one is a prey, and another a predator, and the one a producer, while the other the consumer, not leaving out the decomposers. Surely, everyone has their niche. We should save some Biology really, but one thing should be on note, i.e ; The higher they go up the chain, the more vast their food options.

Someone's asking how do all these marry, how do they make this discussion hold water?
A lion that fails to understand its place and being will eat grass, even in the jungle. Yes, even in the jungle in the presence of rich meat. "Sometimes its not about what you lack, but what you understand by lack, and many a times, the definition of your being in relation to what you want or most importantly, need." -TW™
As with the food chain, we humans grow in experience with every passing day, whether we take cognizance of it or not would be the issue. Our experience promotes us, and gets us above yesterday's position, but its more in the KNOWING. You've got to know.
Most vegetarians are known to abstain from animal food, though, (funnily) not eggs. I'll play safe ignoring the science of this, and maybe just highlight lightly its psychology and philosophy.
Like every other human, a vegetarian has got the ability to eat flesh. Need I let you know that "Vegetarianism" is a decision, a choice, and there are different forms of it? Ok, I just did.
Apologies to vegetarians, I respect quite fine your decision, I only hope you believe me when I say you can what you think you can't , yes you can. Likening the subject of vegetarianism to the matter at hand, we can most of the things we think we can't. Its just a matter of knowing what really is the truth about you. I talked about growing to garner experience, I also mentioned increase in capacity with relation to experience. I sure still remember I tied it all to KNOWING YOU.
Friends, nothing makes life work better than knowing yourself. Its permitted to believe you possibly can't know all about you, but how much have you exploited/maximized the little you know? Remember, until you realize who you are, you remain limited, and continue to limit your own options.
I understand today with those who have known, but circumstances of life continue to deprive them of living who they are.
There's more that you can do, there's more that you can be, if only you'll take time to understand yourself.
What you like, what you dislike.
Who you like, who you so do not like. (Follow peace with all men is the commandment)
What is often said about you, what you say to yourself in the confines of your heart.
What you'll do readily, and what circumstances will have you do.
How you're being perceived, and how you'll rather be perceived.
Who you are, and who you really wished you were.
If you sat over the universe and its resources, or put mildly, could make anything happen, what exactly would be now?
Where would you be?
What would you be caught doing?
Who would you have made yourself become with such unquestionable powers?
"But I don't have such powers, why bother my mind?" (I know someone is asking). That's where we often miss it. That was no call to fantasize, but a call to deep reasoning, and soul searching.
You can do more, if only you knew you truly was made for more. Accept the challenge, don't fight it.
Once you know who you are, you'll know who you must be, and what you should be caught doing. Mark that; "The measure of knowledge returns to determine the quality of a life." -TW™

Until the next time I find my pen again, stay in the knowing.
Its The Wordsmith™
(C) 2014.
Akogun Olalekan

11.3.14

WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED? THAT ANNOYING QUESTION FACED BY MANY YOUNG NIGERIAN WOMEN

MY beautiful friend and co - blogger Omowumi Agbonjinmi has poured her heart in this fact-finding, truth-chasing, mind blowing piece. Call her a feminist and you won't incure her wrath one bit.
Not new to the game, Wumi has got a collection of explosive articles on her blog;

www.omowumi-reddiary.blogspot.com

Meanwhile, have a taste of this:

WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED?
THAT ANNOYING QUESTION FACED BY MANY YOUNG NIGERIAN WOMEN
That annoying pressure on women to get married NOW!

When a young woman in this country finishes her university education (if she’s privileged), she is expected to just go and get married. I have always wondered why? Many answers come to mind from the many reasons people cite to get young ladies married off as if that is the whole essence of their lives or the purpose of their existence.
From research and experience, I have gathered many unbelievable and hilarious reasons why women must get married off early in life. One of the reasons is that women are like flowers; they blossom early, and then wither away so fast. Another one is that women don’t get younger as if men do grow younger, or that there is a short time frame for giving birth, or that early child bearing is the best or that giving birth to all your children one time so you can have time for other things as if you couldn’t do it vice versa, or that the sun sets too fast for women and so on and so forth. Can you believe how crazy these reasons are?
Now, there are many other equally disgusting reasons why women are ‘pressured’ to go into marriage they would rather not go for, had they any other choice. While growing up as a teenager, I have always been surrounded by stories of ladies been told to get married at a certain age, or nasty gossips about those who are yet to hop on the marriage wagon. I had never imagined how a lady could be so pressured into marriage, I just thought the forced ladies were just reading too much meaning into their situation or reading too much into what people surrounding them say.
Until recently, it seemed it’s my turn to start feeling such pressure. Interestingly, this pressure comes from both within your immediate close circle and external circles as well. I also find it both interesting and annoying at the same time how someone who’s not even your friend will be obligated to lecture you on why you should get married soon.
Apart from my mother who would constantly chirp in some funny and annoying little remarks on how prepared she is for your wedding, or even the wedding theme she’s decided upon when you don’t even have a good paying job, or self-sufficient.
An example is like a long lost acquaintance, which you haven’t seen in at least ten years, sees you one day and start asking you when you’re sending her an invitation for your wedding to her. Despite the fact that you have absolutely nothing in common and in fact, when you do decide to get married, she will not make the list of invited guests to your wedding, yet, she feels obligated to ask when you’re getting married, she does not question you about your career or what you’re working on at present, the most important piece of information that will make her happy with your awkward meeting is to know when you’re getting married.
It doesn’t stop there, your age mates who are about to get married, or even already married, they dish you series of unsolicited advice on why you shouldn’t delay your wedding at all, despite the fact that you can see clearly your friend isn’t so better off now that she’s ‘happily’ married. In fact, her life isn’t a perfect marital bliss, she would certainly not show you her skeleton in the cupboard, she’ll just sugar coat her life for you to see when you know for certain that there’s nothing like a perfect marriage.
Then you have the category of men who have absolutely no respect for single ladies. They feel obligated to feel sorry for them and in their made up rigid, narrow mind, the single successful lady isn’t fulfilled or happy because she isn’t married. So if I’m to go along with their line of thinking, a lady isn’t happy until she has a man in her life or she can’t be fulfilled unless there’s certainly a man in her life. The list goes on and on. The society, family, relations, religion all add up to....... (Visit Wumi's red - diary to read the concluding paragraphs)

http://omowumi-reddiary.blogspot.com/?m=1

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The Wordsmith.