Tuesday, 29 September 2015

In the News Today (29/9/2015) Analysis 1 (INTA): Unilag students shutdown varsity over bed bugs.

It was an attention grabbing headline today, the news concerning the student led protest in University of Lagos, Akoka. A well dressed man beside me in the bus today exclaimed "All these noise over just bugs?". Trust Nigerians, in seconds the bus was agog with discussions here and there. Here is my take:Bedbugs are small oval insects with regarded by the nerds (biological name) as CIMEX LECTULARIUS, picture as seen above. They are VESTIGIAL( can't fly) and they feed by sucking the blood of humans and animals. They prefer the face,necks,hands and arms. (One would think maybe they are the vampire clan of the insects.)The bone of contention for me lies here: BEDBUGS in RECENT TIMES have been used to CLASSIFY most BUGS found in beds, shirts etc. In simple terms just like there are other detergents, OMO is used to name all of them. (Which type of "OMO" did you buy?...answer: "I bought "KLIN" ") Others in these situation include FLEAS,TICKs,COCKROACHES etc.These could be found in wall cracks, textiles(clothes), beds and upholstered funitures. While some might be found in dirty or damp places, it is worthy of note that bed-bugs could even be found in very clean places. They could be found in Hotels, Hostels, Schools,Vehicles and many more, the keyword here is CONGREGRATION (where people are gathered).While others might be VECTORS (Carriers of harmful diseases), it is in rare cases that the bed_bug is a carrier and its still under research if its a carrier of the TRYPANOSOMIASIS (better knowns as CHAGAS DISEASE). Some things however are certain of their bites, this includes itching and sometimes allergic reactions which could lead to secondary bacterial infections.Symptoms of the presence of bed bugs in a room include fecal stains on surface, egg cases,dried skins on bed and sweet musky smells in the room.To get rid of bed-bugs and all bugs in general is of high importance as the bugs in themselves might be carriers of diseases greater and bigger than their sizes(how ironic). Hence, it is no surprise,the students of Unilag took to the streets, as the saying goes: "HEALTH is WEALTH"These bugs thrive in moist, cool,or damp environments and in such environments, they multiply. Using warm or extremely hot temperature washing and scrubbing of infected areas would go along way in expeling them. The use of Aerosol and heavy insecticides for fumigation would also expel them, however I would advocate it done at least twice in quick sucession and finally the encasing of mattresses,pillows and other materials in specially treated bags.The importance of practical Facility Management techniques cannot also be over-emphasised as though there are Potters in the Hostels,most cleanings are left in the hands of old men and women who just come in to wash and clean some parts of the hostels which is not meant to be. Facility management of the hostels should either be given to students of the courses in the university and they should be scored or better still, outsourced to management firms, which would bring better management to fore. These I feel should be done earlier to prevent the break of an epidemic.Finally, some people see problems, others see oppurtunities. In this so called crisis, there are oppurtunities for would be student entrepreneurs such as: -sales of special bed and pillow casings -sales of body friendly or sweet smelling insecticides-sales of special brushes for scrubbing and washing clothes, beds etc -facility management-sales of creams to prevent itching and skin irritations ... And the list goes on. Source: medicinenet.com, punchng.com, whatisthediff.net -ciao

In the News Today(29/9/2015)

Good morning everybody and welcome to the "IN THE NEWS TODAY" the maiden edition on ANGEL DHARMMY BLOG. We would be taking a look at the following papers:

We would during the day however pick at least 3 stories and do our own analysis cum opinion on those topics we feel we should air our opinions on.

- Blogger arrested for writing story against Gov. Amosun's wife
- Buhari orders headcount of Nigerian Pilgrims due to Hajj Stampede
- Monarch: Policemen divulge information to cultists
- Benin-Togo beg Nigeria for more Electricity
- Government approves 35 firms to assemble cars - NAC
- Why the Nigerian economy is hurting : Chinese Centre
- Unilag students shutdown varsity over bedbugs attack
- PDP Kicks as Amode appoints Tinubu's friends & relatives


- Senate gets Buhari's List of Ministers
- Irate youths holds Oshiomole Hostage in Yenagoa
- 32 million Bank account holders yet to register as Oct 31st, 2015 BVN deadline approaches
- NNPC may sell refinery that doesn't meet rehabilitation ultimation says the GMD
- JEFF wins MTN Project Fame


- 149 youth corpers contend for presidential honours
- Rivers Guber: Army lied, INEC tells Tribunal
- Samsung unveils phone selfie competition
- Economists and Enefiele disagree on economic recession
- FIFA president, Sepp Blatter says "I won't step down
- How Obiano is rebranding Anambra
- Saraki: What APC, Buhari can't ignore
- Without Messi, Barca would still remain merciless says Enrique


- Drums of war rumbling in Bayelsa over APC primaries
- Do you know that Police has lost about 435 personnel in 6 months -says IGP
- Australia to deny Chris Brown Visa
- SPDC JV sponsors 3 Nigerian Varsities in SHELL Eco-marathon


- Government orders payments of Ondo workers
- Fear as farm report Bird Flu in Nigeria
- Opinion: Abuse of Siren
- Blood moon is seen around the world
- NDLEA declares 2 Officers wanted
- Nigeria is benefiting from the Privatisation of Power sector - Kola Adeshina (Chairman; Egbin Power)
- 2015 Lagos Tradefair to Hold at 3 Locations
- Concerns about road conditions expressed by Calabar residents.

... Watch out for the 3 stories picked later in the day.

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Monday, 7 September 2015

6 things I learnt from the loss of my precious laptop

In the early hours of saturday,5th of September,2015 , I was at MFM prayercity, Lagos-Ibadan road for our usual Power Must Change Hands (PMCH) programme. I came in the day before because we had a vigil before the programme.
After the vigil, I was with my bag containing my Laptop,digital camera,phones,money etc.
I wanted to ease myself,I stood up,(there were people beside me) left my bag on my chair( so as to keep my chair,because you might come back and meet your chair occupied) and left for the toilet first.
I came back and I couldn't find my seat, people had troop in, when I did eventually find my seat, my laptop has been stolen, although other valuable things left intact,including money and phone. I felt really devastated, it was my precious laptop.
It still hurts bad even trying to write about it. However, one has to move on. I once heard of this magical formular:

For that painful event here is my response.


1. Learn to ask others to help you or if possible delegate:
Leaving my seat, I could have asked the person sitting beside me to please watch over my things and I would be back soon. I didn't, the person was under no obligation so, I couldn't ask him about what I never invited him into in the first place.
Are there things in your life or around you, you could let go and ask for help? Don't be shy, Don't be proud either? Learning to let go and delegate responsibility is not easy but believe me IT COULD SAVE YOU ALOT OF STRESS or HEARTACHE LATER.

2. Worse things could have really happened:
People tried to console me, yes they did, infact,my family did too. One thing everybody kept saying was: "WHAT IF SOMETHING WAS HAPPENED IN IT'S STEAD?" Frankly, then I was asking why is it that when bad things happen, people just find a way to coin up some "SILLY" phrases, Guess what! There in prayercity, as at the time I left oh! One man, I don't know what transpired though, ran mad in the church! Still talking, it was only my laptop that was missing, my phone was intact, my money was intact,my camera and even my ID cards. Talk about "what if something worse had happened?

3. One could really be too attached to something material without realising it:

That laptop was my most cherished material possession in the world. I loved it so much that I might not eat through out the day while working on it. I loved it so much that I wake up in the midnight to work from as early as 1am- 7am without getting sleepy or tired, yet I couldn't pray for 10 minutes without feeling sleepy. I would rather be on the Laptop than spend time with my kids or friends. I was technical savvy but socially bankrupt.
It was unbelievable when my wife said "For the first time in a year,I spent a full two (2) hours with the family without laptop invading the beautiful time. Can I say it was that bad?
Is there something you are too attached to? It could be your phone,your work,your car anything? Is that thing slowly starting to play God in your life? We need to learn to detach ourselves.

4. There is really something called information dump:

That laptop had files and folders I have been piling up since as early as 2010, there where 1342 ebooks, 5000 songs,over 800 videoes, over 60 softwares apart from documents and emails.
My problem became what to keep and what to delete.
Many a time, I have backed the files up and there are so many files that I can vouch for that I haven't opened in the space of a year. Unfortunately, the last external harddisk of 1TB I used crashed about a month ago, I'm still trying to save up to it before this incident.
As much as to loose those files and all is hurting,its no gain saying that somehow I feel freer! Quite ironic isn't it?
Are there somethings in your life that you are still clinging to? It could be clothes,bags,books and all that you just can't dispose because of the memories attached to them? Friend its time to let all of them go and CREATE NEW MEMORIES.
How can you have new clothes or shoes when your wardrobe is filled with so much clothes, how can you have new better friends, if some don't leave. THE DUMP IS REAL, THROW IT OUT

5. There are other unexplored ways of doing same things and still achieve the same result:

Writing (Blogging) was always a challenge to me, same with sending and editing some files I received via emails. I was so addicted to the big screen and it came with a price. Until recently, dataplans could be much of a hustle to pay for subscription.
Little did I know that one could blog from his or mobile phone (not even an android but a blackberry! How cool?). I have started working with documents-to_go and achieving results I never knew could be possible on phone. Opening of some websites could chip hard into my megabytes on the big screen but these sites are even optimised on the mobile phone.

In all, there are always other alternatives, one only as to be creative about it. While some people see problems or difficulties, try and find solutions, it would not only HELP YOU OUT OF A PROBLEM, IT WOULD PROFIT YOU FROM THE PROBLEM.
Don't forget, the charger and the Mobile phone, there was batterry charger, desktop charger, solar charger and more recently movable charger.

6. A version B (a second trial at rebuilding or re trying something) is usually always better than the first:

My first laptop was a Pentium III, 500mmHz, 80GB 16bit system and it served me well, moving forward as I became more technologcal savvy, I have acquired and used newer models, the precious laptop recently stolen had a configuration of Pentium Dual Core, 2.4GHz,32bits 500Gb.
The softwares available nowadays are bigger and better than those days. Since I'm starting afresh, I can decide what new information I need to keep on the PC and what I need to delete right way, I can pick a better configuration. I AM LIMITED ONLY BY MY IMAGINATION and DISCIPLINE.

So many people have lost things,loved ones,jobs and many more. It would really hurt, its effects would linger like a wound that needs to heal. The fact however is, it would all pass away in a matter of time. Our responses would be what we have left to determine our outcome.
Depressed,crushed,defeated,deformed or better still STRONGER,WISER,BETTER,FINER and many other positive ways.

Stay strong,stay blessed.
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