New Blackberry Empathy

The Blackberry Empathy concept phone comes with a biometrics ring that detects the mood of both parties which is very interesting to me. Additionally the Empathy is normally crystal clear when inactive and changes to black when in put in use. Very impressive to say the least.

Another spicy feature is how this phone is charged. With the phone you also get a power mat that lets you sit your Empathy and biometrics ring for charging purposes.

This new Blackberry Empathy comes with all full necessary Accessories and come with 1years warranty and 7month return policy.

New Blackberry Empathy cost about $550USD.


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How farmers can increase food production…

Livestock in Nigeria plays a big role in the livelihood of farmers and nutritional needs of the country.   Livestock also contributes to farming in many other ways.  Animals are used as draught power to pull plows or help weed farmland, and cow dung is an excellent fertilizer.

With so much at stake, farmers could benefit from simple, yet highly efficient ways to increase the health and productivity of their livestock.  These factors are often compromised when animals roam free in open pasture, exposed to disease vectors and left to feed on unwholesome grasses and plants.

One technique that can be very effective in maintaining healthy productive animals is a zero-grazing system.

In zero-grazing, livestock is kept in stalls all the time, and feed and water are brought to the animals. Zero-grazing keeps animals healthier. It can ward off diseases such as sleeping sickness caused by tsetse flies and tick bone diseases, which are so prevalent throughout Nigeria.  Zero-grazing also helps farmers increase productivity either from their current livestock or from the purchase of higher-yielding breeds of livestock which would not be able to thrive in an open pasture.

Zero-grazing has side benefits as well.  The increased efficiency of this management practice means more weight or milk can be produced per unit of feed eaten. Zero-grazing uses less land to produce more nutritious fodder plants, which allows the farmer to maximise the use of available land. Processes such as milking are easier to perform when the animals are kept corralled and calm.  Manure can be collected from the enclosure and used as fertiliser for growing crops.  Diseases are minimised because troublesome insects, such as biting and nuisance flies, are easier to control.


Apple iOS 6 starts seeding to iDevices around the globe

Apple has just started seeding its latest iOS 6 to iDevices around the globe. If you own a 4S, 4, 3GS oriPad 2, new iPad and iPod Touch you can expect to get the update in the following hours.

This is the first iOS release that’s available over the air so you can check the Software update menu on your eligible device. You can also check for the update from your computer, but you’ll need the latest iTunes (v10.7) installed.

The update might take a while depending on where you are. If you know your Apple stuff you should know that the main features in iOS 6 are the brand new Maps app with free voice-guided navigation, which replaces Google Maps, Facebook integration and a more functional Siri. Here’s our iOS 6 previewif you want to check out what else has changed.


How to tackle livestock disease outbreak, by expert

English: Ruptured oral vesicle in a cow with F...

English: Ruptured oral vesicle in a cow with Foot-and-mouth disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOW can livestock disease outbreak be tackled? It is by a national data on animal movement, a livestock expert, Dr Aderemi Adeyemo has said.

Adeyemo, Head of General Management Department, Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin, said the farm animal movement data is essential in the event of an outbreak such as foot-and-mouth disease.

He  said  there was  a need for programmes to train animal health officials. He also said the livestock  industry should ensure foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) never occurs again.

Adeyemo  stressed the need  for  a communication system that will provide  Despatch Alerts, Warning, and Notifications (DAWN) via email, voice messages, or text messages to assist farmers and  veterinarians to monitor disease outbreaks.

English: Foot and Mouth Disease Warning Sign a...

English: Foot and Mouth Disease Warning Sign at Ballygroggan. The farmer here is displaying a high degree of caution by bringing out an old Foot and Mouth sign hundreds of miles away from the current outbreak in Surrey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He said  by  not investing  in  animal monitoring  the authorities are not only jeopardising the agriculture  economy, but also putting the health and welfare of  livestock at risk.


250,000 jobs coming from livestock production

Abuja City Gate

Abuja City Gate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About 250,000 jobs are expected to be created from the livestock agricultural development value chain, the Federal Government has said.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Tijani disclosed this yesterday at the maiden Joint Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) in Abuja.

He said this will be achieved through continuous investment in the sub sector, adding that the government has commenced plans to setup a new department for animal production.

Tijani said: “Investment in the entire livestock value chain has the potential of creating an estimated 25,000 jobs within the next four years so government is ready to tap into the potentials so as to help farmers save billions of naira.

“We should be able to produce what we eat, to this end to make farmers remain on the business, the government has decided to raise tariff on farm crops that can be produced in Nigeria, so has to discourage importation,” he added.

The Minister condemned situations whereby government spends N100million on the importation of livestock product into the country.

However, he stated that the livestock transformation agenda will address the situation through plans to achieve self sufficiency in meat and livestock production by 2015.


Livestock (Photo credit: dgroth)


The scramble for Nigeria’s power sector

In 2001, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodacom, Alan Knott-Craig, infamously said-when GSM licences were being auctioned in Nigeria- that he would not bid because he did not like doing business with those who are “smarter than we are” – a veiled reference to the stereotypical view of Nigerians as scammers.

Barely four years later in 2005 Knott-Craig was singing a different tune, when he said in an interview that “losing the investment opportunity in Nigeria was a real disappointment for us as a management team.”

Rival MTN had no such qualms, and today it is Nigeria’s leading operator with 43 million subscribers as at June 2012 and making $2.5 billion in core profit in 2010 and again in 2011.

The lesson learnt (by prospective investors) from Vodacom’s bad judgment of not investing in Nigeria is a reason for the current scramble for a piece of Nigeria’s power sector.

In spite of the difficult operating environment and numerous risks, investors clearly see the upside for gain in Nigeria’s power sector, which has the potential to dwarf the revenues made in the telecommunication sector.

Nigeria is currently the largest telecoms market in Africa.

The country’s four GSM operators MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat had a combined subscriber base of 90.3 million at the end of 2011.

With Average Revenues per User (ARPU) per month in Nigeria, hovering in the $10 range, it means the four operators had revenues of about $10.8 billion (N1.7 trillion) in 2011.

Telecoms contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has increased from a negligible 0.5 percent in 2001 to 3.6 percent by 2009, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), website.

English: Political map of the 36 States of Nig...

English: Political map of the 36 States of Nigeria (English) Deutsch: politische Karte Nigerias (Englisch) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Analysts say the telecoms success has raised hopes for Nigeria’s moribund power sector, if the government manages to successfully privatise it.

“Nigeria has often surprised on the upside, and the success in telecoms is a classic example. People are looking at power in the same way,” said Fola Fagbule, Vice President of Origination and Coverage at Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), a Lagos based investment bank.


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Lagos State plans N1.7b estate

The Lagos State Government  is  constructing an estate at  Agbowa in Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the state to accommodate evacuees from blighted areas.

There have been severe cases of flooding, which sacked communities along the coastlines and water belt, leading to loss of lives and properties.

As an interim measure, the government evacuated many of the affected residents to temporary sites until it is safe for them to return home.

But the state government seems to have found a solution to the challenge by building a large estate to accommodate those who may be affected in future.

Commissioner for Housing, Mr Bosu Jeje said the estate consists of 70 blocks of one, three and three-bedroom flats with 15 blocks of terrace building.

Flag of Lagos State

Flag of Lagos State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He said the government’s initial plan was to build the estate at Ado-Ikosi, but it had to change its mind to go to the present site based on the outcome of a test to ascertain its suitability.