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Sheep are able to recognize human faces from photographs

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The study, published today in the journal Royal Society: Open Science, is part a series of tests given to the sheep to monitor their cognitive abilities. Because of the relatively large size of their brains and their longevity, sheep are a good animal model for studying neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s disease.

The ability to recognise faces is one of the most important human social skills. We recognise familiar faces easily, and can identify unfamiliar faces from repeatedly presented images. As with some other animals such as dogs and monkeys, sheep are social animals that can recognise other sheep as well as familiar humans. Little is known, however, about their overall ability to process faces.

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Recycling Mysteries: Tires (“pros & cons of recycling tires; room for improvement”)

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Let’s be honest: Tires make the world go round. Unless you’re a professional speed walker, your method of transportation probably involves tires of some sort. 

But these tires don’t last forever. Whether it’s an irreparable flat or loss of tread, eventually tires need to be replaced. Some tires can be retreaded for a second life, but what happens to those that are due for disposal? Let’s break down the ins and outs of recycling and properly disposing of your worn out wheels.

The EPA estimates that 45 percent of all scrap tires are burned for energy, also known as tire-derived fuel (TDF). Since the average tire contains five gallons of oil, they can generate comparable energy to crude oil or coal. 

More than 40 percent of TDF goes to cement kilns, but other uses include paper factories and electric companies. This means that keeping tires out of landfills affects the ground you walk on, the paper you write on and the lights in your home and office. 

The trick with TDF is that tires must be shredded first, since whole tires would be too large for a furnace. Shredding recovers much of the metal in a tire, such as the rim and lead weights used for balance. The metal can be extracted and recycled, leaving crumb rubber to use as fuel.

There are ways that tires can be recycled into new products, and most of these uses take place after shredding, since there is more demand for crumb rubber than whole tires. 

Crumb rubber can be used as the surface for playgrounds, because its soft padding helps prevent injuries. However, there has been recent debate over this use because of the potential toxins that tires may release, including lead and mercury.

The most important question still remains: How do you actually recycle tires? For starters, many retailers that sell tires will accept a limited number when you make a purchase. If you’re in the market for new tires, be sure to ask if recycling your old ones is an option.

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U.S. approves plans to release weaponized mosquitoes — for your own good (“nature-tampering”)

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The Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a plan to release lab-grown mosquitoes to hunt down other disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Announced this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially signed off on an unorthodox plan to use lab-grown mosquitoes, developed by the Kentucky-based biotech company MosquitoMate, as insect assassins to hunt down disease-carrying wild mosquitoes. It’s part of a project called “Adam,” in which male mosquitoes (the ones that don’t bite, since male mosquitoes feed only on flower nectar) are used as vehicles to deliver a potent mosquito insecticide, thereby reducing mosquito populations.

“MosquitoMate has developed a novel mosquito control tool for the Asian Tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, which we call ZAP,” Corey Brelsfoard, team leader for the Adam project, told Digital Trends. “ZAP mosquitoes are a non-biting, male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that carry a bacterium named Wolbachia. Wolbachia is common throughout insects worldwide, with scientists estimating that over half of all insects naturally carry the infection. When ZAP males are released and mate with naturally occurring Asian Tiger mosquito females, the resulting eggs do not hatch, decreasing the number of the biting mosquito population and potentially impacting disease transmission.”

MosquitoMate’s early laboratory experimental work started as early as 2004 at the University of Kentucky. The company was then spun off in 2010 and has taken an additional seven years to gain its current EPA approved status. The lab-grown mosquitoes will first be deployed close to home in Lexington, Kentucky, although the EPA has given the greenlight for a total of 20 states — provided that the company registers with each individual state prior to releasing its buzzing cargo.

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KEN SARO WIWA : WE CELEBRATE YOU

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Ken Saro Wiwa

Naijavoxpop commemorates the anniversary of the death of a iconic poet, writer, and environmentalist, Ken Saro Wiwa. Its been twenty two years since his demise.

Ken Saro Wiwa was born 10th October 1941 in Bori, Nigeria. He spoke forcefully against the environmental pollution of his homeland Ogoni by the exploration activities of Royal Dutch Shell. He was hanged on November 10 by the late. Military junta, Sani Abacha having being accused of masterminding the killing of some Ogoni chiefs.

Most importantly, the spirit and dream of Ken Saro Wiwa continues to live on.

The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) an organization Ken was once President have vowed to make their agitation for the restoration of pollution free Ogoni strategic and result oriented. The incumbent President of MOSOP Mr. Pigbara has warned that if the Federal Government of Nigeria fails to back their action with words with regards to the clean-up of Ogoniland polluted by oil from the exploration activities of Shell they would be forced to increase their advocacy to let the world know of the insincerity of the Nigerian government

However, in the recent presentation of the 2018 budget by President Buhari to the House, he made mention of the need for legislators to give accelerated passage to the budget in order to fund the provisions meant for the Ogoni clean up exercise.

It is believed that very soon the dream of Ken Saro Wiwa will be realized as stated in his last speech

KEN SARO-WIWA’S LAST DECLARATIONS IN 1995 BEFORE THE SPECIAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL SET UP TO SECURE HIS CONVICTION AND DEATH!

….You can kill the Messenger, but you cannot kill the message.

…..the scene here will be played by generations and generation yet unborn.

My lord, since my arrest on the 21st of May, 1994 I have been subjected to physical and mental torture, held incommunicado and denied food for weeks and medical attention for months.

My seventy-four year old mother has been whipped and arrested, my wife beaten and threatened with detention, the three telephone lines to my office and residence cut and the they remain cut to this day, my office and home have been ransacked on three different occasions and personal and family property, official files and documents taken away without documentation.

I have been calumniated in the press and on satellite television before the whole world by a Rivers State government anxious to prejudice the mind of the public and to convince that public of my guilt even before trial. Only recently, before the United Nations Committee for the Eradication of Racism and Discrimination in Geneva, an official delegation of the Federal Government which included the Special Adviser on Legal Affairs to the Head of State, Professor Yazudu, declared me responsible for the murders which are the subject of this Tribunal, even before Tribunal has found against me or anyone else.
The fact that a case of homicide is being charged before a Tribunal set up under Decree No. 2 of 1987 speaks for itself. I am aware of the many strictures laid against the decree and this Tribunal by local and international observers. Continue reading

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POPULAR NIGERIAN MUSICAL SENSATION BANKY W SHARES RECOVERY STORY AFTER 10 YEARS STRUGGLE WITH CANCER

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Banky W shows off his recovery stitches from surgeries he underwent for his cancer treatment.

Nigerian actor, musician and founder of Empire Mates Entertainment Bankole Wellington has opened up about his battle against cancer.

The singer had been away for some time, treating a rare form of skin cancer which resurfaced again after they first appeared over 10 years ago.

To imagine that Banky W kept this battle away from the public until now, kept many off his fans wondering.

Banky W

The artist revealed that he has undergone three successful surgeries to remove tumours from his shoulder, the last of which was carried out in October.

He put up a post on Instagram showing pictures of his surgery scars.

He wrote:

“A wise man once said this: “Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had been healed.” Scroll through the pictures to see mine.

Banky W and wife on recovery bed

I’m sharing these because they’re proof of what God has brought me through. And because somewhere out there, I know there’s someone who needs to hear this.

For those who’ve been wondering why I’ve been away so long..I had my 3rd surgery on a rare strain of skin cancer tumours in my shoulder last month. The first 2 times were over 10 yrs ago, then it recently resurfaced. But this isn’t a sad story as much as it is a reminder and a testimony.

A reminder that you should never take life for granted. You only get 1 shot. Some people went to sleep and never woke up. Many others have lost the battle to cancer and other illnesses. Many are still fighting. U never know when your time will be up so don’t waste another minute. It’s also a testimony about the goodness of God. I think I had to go through this again to remember how merciful God is to me; Lord knows I don’t deserve it, but He saves me time and again anyway. I keep saying I need to write a book. I really, really do. Continue reading

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BOBRISKY RELEASED FROM POLICE DETENTION

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Bobrisky out of Police detention..tells fans he has lots of gifts to spill.
Popular cross dresser and social media celebrity who many allege to be Gay, Idris Okuneye alias Bobrisky was arrested on November 7th 2017.

Toyin Lawani and Bobrisky on the far right

Information gathered revealed that Serial entrepreneur Miss Toyin lawani (CEO Tiannah styling and food empire) and one time best friend with Bobrisky was fingered to be responsible for the arrest. In his words Bobrisky said “Toyin said I worked for her and I’m selling her creams to her customers, this is a fat lie. I never worked for Toyin, she was my friend. I can not remember working or learning how to make cream from her”..Speaking further about what transpired at the police station, Bobrisky said his phones were seized and the matter was transferred to Abuja. Continue reading

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MEN OF THE JOINT MILITARY TASKFORCE DISLODGE KIDNAP GANG

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Nigerian Police. Photo credit: venturesafrica

Joint Military Taskforce deployed in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State have shot dead two suspected criminals allegedly responsible for the kidnapping and robbery attack around  East West road axis of Port Harcourt.

Our correspondent gathered that the JTF also rescued some kidnapped victims who were abducted last Saturday by the same gang in an operation in a forest within Elele Alimini.

A source within Elele Alimini community who confirmed the development to our correspondent said JTF had traced the suspects to farm road where the kidnappers had pretended to be farmers coming from harvest of crops with arms tied under a truck they were pushing. Continue reading

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EMBRACE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION, SAYS REGISTRAR NICARB

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Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John, Registrar NICARB

Registrar of Nigeria Institute of Arbitrators, Shola Oshodi-John has called on the People of the Niger Delta to embrace arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Mrs. Oshodi-John made the call in an interview with correspondent Nonso Isiguzo shortly after the Institute’s three days Fast Track Associate Training in Port Harcourt. She said since dispute is inevitable in commercial transactions, arbitration too has become indispensable as no investor can do business in any environment without certainty of how disputes would be resolved. She said it is worrisome that home-generated disputes were exported outside the country for resolution.

Meanwhile, Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bayelsa District, Collins Ebi-Daniel said that the need to domesticate arbitration in Nigeria remains the quest of the institute. King Ebi-Daniel who believed that most investors are afraid of going to court for settlement of disputes due to cost and time consuming proceedings. He said that dispute resolution mechanism will boost investors confidence and promote the establishment of  businesses in the Niger Delta and indeed Nigeria at large.

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HOW NIGERIANS TREAT EACHOTHER ABROAD: A Lost Culture

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“Scornful, distrustful, isolated, competitive and jealous.”

If there is one thing that migration brings to a country, it is new knowledge and education. No wonder Fox news rated Nigerian-Americans as the most resourceful and educated minority group in the United States. It is not only in the US that Nigerians are breaking barriers in several disciplines, from medicine to engineering; they are performing above their peers from Africa and other continents. The Nigerian-American income bracket in the US is far above the average white American citizens. In the United Kingdom, it is same story.  The recent youth team that participated in the FIFA Youth World Cup of the Three Lions paraded a team with a substantial presence of blacks of Nigerian descent, such as Chelsea player, Tammy Abraham.

The fact remains that they are succeeding because they have been integrated into a flourishing system that supports growth and human development. Interestingly, this has greatly influenced the culture of Nigerians residing abroad who are popularly referred to as ‘Akata people’. By extension, the assimilated traits and behavioral pattern of the West have been transferred home from dress to mannerism. The prominence of the internet has also facilitated the absorption of Western culture which many Nigerians see as exotic.

Despite the progress in advancement recorded by Nigerians in the diasporas, there seem to be a critical gap, which is the failure of the whole. This is because they have pursued their quest without a commune as a whole like other nationalities, leading to the importation of gutter and rude behaviors from the West. This has dislodged their simple and communal spirit.

However, other ethnic communities residing in Europe and America, such as the Indians and the Chinese have kept their culture strong and intact. Many Indian families still travel to their homeland in search for Indian women as wives. That tells you how strong their communal bond is, even in London, they marry within their circles. From Liverpool, Huddlesfield to Rashford London, wherever they go, they carry their communal spirit. Everything they do is towards India, opportunities created in the offices in Canary Wharf and Bank in London are waiting for Indians from Delhi or Bombay because most top executives of these companies are Indians, recruiting the best of their citizens to London. There is that sense of national interest and pride. Presently, most British Call Service companies have transferred their services to Delhi. Thanks to the improved Communication Technology in India. The British-Indians have not only excelled academically, they have also imported their culture with them. The popular Holi festival of colour that is celebrated in the United Kingdom is of Indian origin. Even goggle CEO Pichai Sundararaja is more Indian than those in Delhi and remote places in India.

The communality of Indians in Britain has been very influential to their rising to political power. In most primary schools, colleges and universities you will find Indian children there. It does not stop at that, you also have Indians having a say in the way the society is being managed. That is why you now have many of them as mayor of many towns and cities in the United Kingdom, and America. British and America Indians also have a substantial representation in the British House of Parliament and the American Congress.

However, with the recent British elections, some Nigerian-Britons have began to make inroads into the British political spectrum.

Though, there is still the lack of commune which is making many prominent Nigerians in the Diaspora shy away from identifying with their heritage because of the understanding that the exotic Western culture is unique and that of their ancestry must be relegated. One would not blame them if everything that keep coming out from Nigeria is civil disturbance, extra-judicial killings, poverty, hunger and massive corruption. When they manage to come back home after several decades what they meet on ground seems to be far worse than what they left behind, even not spared of the hot heat from the Saharan sun, with their clothes dripping water from the scorching heat, intensified by the absence of power supply at the international airports. The sad part is that many go back and never want to return because of the high level of insecurity and poor infrastructure. Whom do you blame?

However, their interpersonal relationship among their fellow citizens abroad is not any better. What could have happened to their communal life abroad which they were used to before leaving the shores of Nigeria? The disturbing fact is that there is a new sub-culture which is every man for himself, on your own (OYO). Nobody cares for a fellow brother or sister, unlike the Indians. Many no longer care for national pride, they have taken after their masters back home, living a life of debauchery and dishonesty, which is affecting the way Nigerians are now being treated abroad. They complain of being discriminated against abroad, when they forget of the harm some of their citizens have done to their national image, involving in credit card theft, fraud, drugs and prostitution.

Despite the fact that Nigerians are not the only nationality involved in these crimes, but their names ring the most. This is rubbing off on the effort of other hard working Nigerians abroad.

As a result of dishonesty of some Nigerians in the diasporas, their fellow countrymen are now distrustful of every other’s intentions. They don’t want to live in the same neighborhoods with their fellow citizens, for fear of being implicated in their crimes. Many prefer to live in areas where there no blacks. They isolate their children from their extended family members because of the notion of being independent and not wanting to be bothered. The sad part is that the children would certainly find a family in the street to imbibe un-African trait and behaviours. They say living with Nigerians is too much problem. Could this be the reason for the absence of formal Nigerian communities in places like the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and America? Continue reading

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