Friday August 1st, 2014
Friday August 1st, 2014
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The smiles and frowns of facial recognition

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The use of facial recognition within surveillance systems is gaining a lot of traction locally, especially in secure environments such as border posts, as well as platinum- and gold mines where these systems protect employees against illegal miners and the mines themselves from product theft.

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Tribute to an uncommon fighter

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Barrister Bamidele Aturu

THE first time we met was sometime in 1988 soon after his youth service under the National Youth Service Corps’ compulsory programme for young graduates, which prepares them for the challenges of our society away from the infatuations of the academic environment where dreams are generated and views of the reality of society are mostly in conflict with the facts of the decadence of our own society.

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Oshiomhole’s Olive branch

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I NEVER gave a thought to the idea that I could be a teacher. But teach I did when I could not secure a job years after completing my national service. For five years, I did the little I could in preparing young minds for post-tertiary institution examinations. Until journalism took me away from the classroom, I derived great pleasure in seeing those young faces look up to me almost in awe as I impacted knowledge on them.

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How Yaba TV showcases Nigeria, Africa in USA

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As Africans in America, no one can tell our own stories like we live it. Other people may read about Africa, visit Africa or do business in Africa, but no one can represent us like ourselves. Although there are huge different ethnic groups, cultures and countries, Africa has unique values that have not yet been told in a balanced perspective by the Western media, thus the birth of the Yaba TV Show.

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Wole Soyinka is Wole Soyinka

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Soyinka

I JOIN in the tributes to Professor Wole Soyinka at 80, not necessarily because he is a genius. It is more because like Nelson Mandela, he is a courageous humanist with a compassion for the weak who wields enormous moral authority. Unlike Mandela, but like Mahatma Ghandi, he earned this without holding formal political office.

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Insurgency: Where are our military reserves?

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EVERY nation takes her security very seriously. The only difference being the degree of investments, which vary according to individual experiences and circumstances.

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As Jonathan moves to rescue pensioners

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Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan took the bull by the horn by appending his signature on the Pension Bill which was recently passed into law by the two chambers of the National Assembly, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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Why do people wear tattoo?

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A supporter of Liberian opposition presidential candidate Winston Tubman shows her Tubman's CDC party tattoo AFP PHOTO

Tattoo, according to Wikipedia, is a form of body modification made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

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Dutse International Airport: Matters arising

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GOVERNOR Sule Lamido of Jigawa recently said that full flight operations will begin on July 14 at the Dutse International Airport.

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Wishing the Chibok girls a happy marriage life

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ONE beautiful thing about this Baba from Owu in Abeokuta, General Aremu Okikiola Olusegun Obasanjo, is that he has answers to all questions. It is not always that Uncle ‘Sege’ waits for you to ask that question agitating your mind. He knows what your question is most likely to be so he gives you the answer while you are still meditating about what exactly you want to ask. That is “Baba” for you.

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Why Nigeria is still poor, America still rich

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ABOUT this time last year, I was in America for three months. It was both a business and professional trip. I visited family members and met with both business associates and ministry partners.

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Super Eagles: The coach we do not need

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OUT-GOING (?) Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, might have effectively made a tacit admission: his February 2013 African Cup of Nations victory came only through sheer luck and providence. He came on board in November 2011 promoting the usual Nigerian football musical chart-buster starring the weather-beaten title track, “Building a New Team.”

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Osun’s looming showdown

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WHEN the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, took on a generation of Yoruba Obas, and called them – of all things – worthless, he must have thought little of the consequences of his statement. Tinubu’s statement at the 80th birthday of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, was not the first time the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would denigrate leaders and institutions of the Yoruba race.

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The Church: Sanctuary to moral mortuary

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St. Stephen Anglican Church, Ifewara, which used to be the family church

THE Church is not just a superstructure or building for Christian public worship. It is the Body of Christ- a universal ecumenical collectivity of Salvation Armies dedicated to professing, evangelising and possessing the “Spirit of the Word” of God through Jesus Christ. The élan and verve of the Church is hallmarked by the move of the Holy Spirit and Divine afflatus with Christ as its primus interpares.

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Taking Ashakacem to greater height

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WITH over 21 years cognate experience in banking, pension, manufacturing and trading, when he found himself in the position of Chairman of the Board of Ashaka Cement, AshakaCem, he knew he is now a global player in an industry with a market size estimated to hit $394,553 million dollars by 2016.

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Cashless society policy and security challenges

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LAST week, a friend was travelling from Oturkpo in Benue State to Lagos, in a Toyota Haice bus of a popular transport company.

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Who wins Osun governorship election?

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By most accounts, elections are usually preceded by political intrigues and subterfuges which may mar the processes and conclusion of the elections if not checked on time.

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Conducts worthy of emulation from public officers

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TWO incidents occurred recently that show us all that leadership can change the way we do things in this country, and within a short period. In fact, the entrenchment of a “new order” in the way we carry out our respective assignments – at any level, or even in our individual businesses – could be much sooner than we can ever envisage.

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Why PDP thinks it can win Osun

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BASKING in the euphoria of gaining and sustaining the upper hand in Ekiti with its decimation of the support base of the loud but ineffective All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been strutting around like a cock in the midst of female fowls.

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INEC’s weird voltage on Osun REC

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THE common refrain from the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is that it is doing all within the confines of its powers to conduct a credible governorship election in Osun State on August 9. Certainly, a majority of the electorate expect nothing below the bar of excellent performance from INEC.

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Fayose and stomach infrastructure

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STOMACH Infrastructure, this is the new maxim, the new political ideology given to us by Ayodele Fayose, the governor elect of Ekiti State.

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What has Chief Tom Ikimi got to do with it?

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I READ with disgust the at tempt of Sunday Dare to salvage the image of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the media through his purported response to the dossier written by Mr. Femi Aribisala. In his response, Dare grappled for sensation by trying to malign Chief Tom Ikimi, an elder statesman of repute.

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Aribisala: When hatred destroys credibility

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I READ Sunday Dare’s article first before I read that of Femi Aribisala, in which the former’s piece was a response to the latter’s vituperations on what he hoped would be the impending political demise of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. I stumbled upon the response of the Special Adviser on Media to Tinubu on Premium Times during one of my earmarked times for browsing Nigeria-oriented internet news portals.

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Ekiti: Shifting paradigm of South west politics

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A NEW sociology of the Ekiti people is emerging…”, so said Kayode Fayemi, the state’s outgoing governor in his major speech after losing the last governorship election in the state.

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Two projects Uduaghan must complete

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WARRI is a city with a big reputation. The vibrancy of its people can only be matched by that of Lagos: Welcoming, inviting and open to all manner of people, irrespective of race, tribe or religion.

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Nigerians and today’s ‘Good Press’

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SINCE the “BringBackOurGirls” protests started after we learnt that about 276 girls were abducted by the radical Islamic group called Boko Haram on April 14th, 2014, there is nothing that many commentators have not compared President Goodluck Jonathan to in this trial period of our history as a nation. There has been what I perceive as induced slams on the President.

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#Bring back our lives

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THE price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” There is some controversy regarding the exact origin of this quotation. What is not in doubt is that those who negate it invariably pay dearly for their folly. With the rampant terrorism of the Boko Haram sect, can it truly be said that Nigerians are eternally vigilant? Hardly.

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APC and Osun elections

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FOLLOWING the recent Ekiti gubernatorial election in which the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Kayode Fayemi- despite having the advantage of incumbency – lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, some troubling news have filtered out of Osun State where the next gubernatorial election will hold on August 9, 2014.

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Free speech and the lessons of history

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DEMOCRACY is the best form of government. Consequently, the most successful countries of the world are mostly democracies. These are countries that allow independence of thought and freedom of expression.

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Quixotic Femi Fani-Kayode, By Chike Chidolue

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*Fani-Kayode

Your joy knew no bounds when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was registered as a political party. You interpreted it to be a landmark event, the most wonderful thing that happened to the Yoruba. In your euphoria, you would have made the event, if you had the power – The Eighth Wonder Of The World, or, better still, made it to displace either The Leaning Tower Of Pisa or The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon to become one of the Seven Wonders Of The World! Ahmed Bola Tinubu turned into a deity before you overnight for that ‘miracle’. You recalled that S.L. Akintola had much earlier shared that ‘glorious’ vision with your father, Remi Fani Kayode, who was once known as Fani Power, when he was in the Nigerian patriotic team, but ended his political journey as Fani Powder,as confirmed by Major Adewale Ademoyega in his historic work – WHY WE STRUCK in which he said:

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Aregbesola and his resistance army in Osun

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Aregbosola

Although the Ekiti governorship election of June 21 was celebrated nationally and internationally, the All Progressives Congress (APC) acted true to type in its refusal to accept defeat. While the US government hailed the election as a landmark, Mr Babatunde Fashola of Lagos called the intelligence of the Ekiti people to question, saying the PDP induced the people with money.

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History will be on Tinubu’s side

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“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past…” Karl Marx Good people are hard to come by. The uncomfortable truth is that this world despises good people. Human beings have

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