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Scientists Using HIV To Stop Spread Of HIV

David Harrich, from the Queensland Institute of Medical
Research, said he had successfully modified a protein in
HIV that the virus needed to replicate and instead made
it “potently” inhibit virus growth.
“I have never seen anything like it. The modified protein
works every time. If this research continues down its strong
path, and bear in mind there are many hurdles to clear, we’re
looking at a cure for AIDS,” said Harrich.
Harrich said the modified protein, which he had named
Nullbasic, had shown a “remarkable” ability to arrest HIV
growth in a lab environment and could have exciting
implications both in curbing AIDS and treating existing HIV
sufferers.
He described it as “fighting fire with fire”.
“The virus might infect a cell but it wouldn’t spread. You
would still be infected with HIV, it’s not a cure for the virus,
but the virus would stay latent, it wouldn’t wake up, so it
wouldn’t develop into AIDS ” said Harrich of his study,
published in the latest edition of the journal Human Gene
Therapy.
“With a treatment like this, you would maintain a healthy
immune system

Google Making Glasses Now?

The much talked about Google glasses recently received
another development update this week.
Reports say the company will be releasing new information on
their high tech frames later this month, but it seems this is
only for product developers. “Project Glass” will hold two
events on each coast to showcase their one of kind
spectacles.
“These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer
program and we’re calling them the Glass Foundry,” the invite
goes on to say. And so, the average Harry can’t show up to
see the glasses or take them home.
Over the last few weeks, some have been spotted wearing the
glasses around New York City. One tester was wearing a pair
with prescription lenses.
A photo of a Google
Glass prototype seen
at Google I/O in
June of 2012
“We’re looking forward to what developers will do with Glass,
but we don’t have more details to share at this time,” said a
Google spokesperson when ABC News asked about the
upcoming events.
“Join us for an early look at Glass and two full days of
hacking on the upcoming Google Mirror API in San Francisco
or New York,” Google said in an email invite it sent out to
those who signed up to be on its developers list. These
software and app creators will get a device to use on site and
will come up with different software ideas and tie-ins, Yahoo
reports.
At Google’s I/O conference in June, 2012, Google co-founder
Sergey Brin announced that prototypes or “Explorer
Editions” of the glasses would be sold to developers for
$1,500 in early 2013.
For those who have not heard or read about Project Glass, I
pulled a little information on it off Wikipedia.
Project Glass is a research and development program by
Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted
display (HMD). Project Glass products would display
information in smartphone-like format hands-free and
could interact with the Internet via natural language
voice commands. The prototype’s functionality and
minimalist appearance (aluminium strip with 2 nose pads)
has been compared to Steve Mann’s EyeTap.
The operating system software used in the glasses will be
Google’s Android.
Project Glass is being developed by Google X Lab, which
has worked on other futuristic technologies such as self-
driving cars. The project was announced on Google+ by
Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked
on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a
project manager and “geolocation specialist”; and
Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as
worked on the self-driving car project. Google has
patented the design of Project Glass

Get Kids To Do Tasks With App That Rewards Children For Doing Chores

A new Application has been designed to encourage children to
do chores by turning the tasks into a game and giving them
points when it is completed.
The app called ChoreMonster, available for iOS devices and
on the web, aims to make household chores, such as setting
the table, feeding the pets or unloading the dishwasher, fun.
“There are usually enough chores in a week to redeem some
sort of reward,” said Chris Bergman, the founder and CEO of
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Company ChoreMonster.
The rewards, which are provided by the parents, can range
from privileges like sleepovers or a family outing, to video
games or a cash allowance.
“It’s exactly what you would expect kids would want and also
more esoteric rewards,” Bergman explained.
Parents assign chores through the app and include the
completion dates along with the number of points the child
will earn. They also set rewards, including the number needed
to receive them.
The child can then log in to their account and review the
chores and rewards.
“If rewards aren’t enough incentive, the empowerment
typically is,” said Bergman.
When the task is done, the child marks it in the app and the
parent is notified and prompted to verify that it was
completed well. After the parent approves the task, the child
is awarded the points.
The app helped 21,000 children complete more than 300,000
chores during the eight months it was tested before being
launched at the end of 2012, according to its makers.
Making the bed, picking up toys and books, cleaning the
bedroom, feeding pets and dealing with dirty laundry were
among the main chores. Top rewards included ice cream, an
allowance, movie night, sleepovers and computer time.
“What I find really interesting is that a lot of times the
reward is just empowering the child to make their own
decision,” said Bergman, adding it be could be selecting what
to have for dinner.
The most obnoxious rewards he has seen have been large
amounts of cash.
“I get why parents use it, but the point system alone is
enough to teach saving and spending. Cash becomes this
middle ground and another step to whatever it is the child
actually wants,” Bergman explained.
A similar web and iPad app called HighScore House lets
parents and children agree on a set of tasks and the rewards
they will receive for completing them.
ChoreMonster is available worldwide in more than 50
countries and is ideal for children between four and 12 years
old, according to Bergman. [Reuters]

16 Signs A Person Might Have HIV

1)Fever
One of the first signs of ARS can be a mild fever, up to
about 102 degrees F.
The fever, if it occurs at all, is often accompanied by other
usually mild symptoms, such as fatigue, swollen lymph
glands, and a sore throat.
“At this point the virus is moving into the blood stream and
starting to replicate in large

2)Fatigue
The inflammatory response generated by your besieged
immune system also can cause you to feel tired and
lethargic. Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of
HIV.

3)Achy muscles, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes.

4)Sore throat and headache.

5)Skin rash
Skin rashes can occur early or late in the course of HIV/
AIDS.

6)Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

7)Weight loss
Once called “AIDS wasting,” weight loss is a sign of more
advanced illness and could be due in part to severe
diarrhea.

8)Dry cough.

9)Pneumonia.

10)Night sweats
.
11)Nail changes:
Another sign of late HIV infection are nail changes, such as
clubbing (thickening and curving of the nails), splitting of
the nails, or discoloration (black or brown lines going either
vertically or horizontally).
Often this is due to a fungal infection, such as candida.

12)Yeast infections
Another fungal infection that’s common in later stages is
thrush, a mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of
yeast.

13)Confusion or difficulty concentrating
Cognitive problems could be a sign of HIV-related
dementia, which usually occurs late in the course of the
disease.
In addition to confusion and difficulty concentrating, AIDS-
related dementia might also involve memory problems
and behavioral issues such as anger or irritability.

14)Cold sores or private part herpes
Cold sores (oral herpes) and private part herpes can be a sign
of both ARS and late-stage HIV infection.
And having herpes can also be a risk factor for contracting
HIV. This is because private part herpes can cause ulcers
that
make it easier for HIV to enter the body during s*x. And
people who have HIV tend to have more severe herpes
outbreaks more often because HIV weakens the immune
system.

15)Tingling and weakness
Late HIV can also cause numbness and tingling in the
hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy, which
also occurs in people with uncontrolled diabetes.

16)Menstrual irregularities.
Please, go and check your status. Protect yourself in
everyway you can against this deadful scourge

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[Opinion] Good Humour at the President’s Expense By Philip Amiola

I have observed with some degree of amusement, the wave of
criticism and outrage that greeted the ill-timed ignition of
President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 political campaign
machinery. The campaign message – One good term deserves
another – is especially humorous. Although Mr President has
dissociated himself from the presidential campaign posters
which recently flooded Abuja, a lot of frayed nerves still
need to be calmed. Our president seems to have a special
knack for rubbing us the wrong way, wittingly or unwittingly,
and this unusual trait has no doubt enhanced his “popularity”
with Nigerians especially the younger generation. Dr
Goodluck Jonathan’s popularity is such that he has become
the b*tt of several jokes and unsavoury comments in various
circles, especially on social media – and that is very
disheartening.
Nigerians are indeed a special breed of people. We have seen
so much gloom and doom that we have learnt to see the
humour in every situation, regardless of how bad it is. And
that is good for us as it has been proven both by ancient
philosophy and modern medical science that a happy heart is
good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing. It however
becomes a problem when we make ourselves happy at the
expense of someone else – and that is what we do when we
deride our President. It is amazing that some people would
actually go to great lengths as to deliberately circulate text,
cartoons, animated pictures, videos and internet-based
applications for no other reason than to make a joke of the
President, and in some cases, his dear wife and other public
officials.
Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s reputation has been so battered that
his cronies have resorted to Google adverts and other
outrageous strategies to redeem his image in public space. I
have often found myself assuming the role of an advocate
especially on Facebook, when these vituperative statements
and jokes become so vitriolic that I simply can’t stand them.
Now, I know that I’ll incur the wrath of some persons by
taking this position but I believe that our President and
other public officials deserve our honour and respect – and
this is not contingent on their performance. We must
understand that we live in a world that is governed by
universal laws and what goes around comes around.
Contemporary history in our nation has shown that given the
opportunity, the most vociferous critics will not necessarily
perform better. Am I advocating for passivity? The answer is
an emphatic No! I believe that we must hold the government
accountable and express our grievances whenever necessary.
But what if we explore more constructive means to air our
views and vent our opinions? Do we always have to drag
someone’s name in the mud each time we have to express our
dissatisfaction with their actions or inactions?
It will do us a world of good individually and as a nation if
each of us recognizes that behind the cloak of public office
is a human being like ourselves who is as vulnerable as we are,
to malicious words and vindictive remarks. We may not like
the President, but that does not detract from the fact that
we ought to be civil when addressing him or any human being
for that matter. Someone else’s action or inaction is no
excuse to throw caution to the winds, breaking ourselves
against universal laws in the process. Each Nigerian must
learn to think, speak and act right even when the other fellow
is wrong. If we must have a better Nigeria, we must have
better Nigerians. God bless the President! God bless Nigeria!
A passionate believer in the New Nigeria, Philip Amiola is a
teacher, writer and social entrepreneur. He writes from
Lagos, Nigeria.
You can follow him on Twitter
@Dermatoglyphics

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How Dangote’s Truck Drivers Killed Over 200 Nigerians

Accident just like its meaning is a mishap or an
unforeseen and unplanned event or unfortunate
circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity
but when it becomes rampant especially in a suspicious
manner and to the extent that, lives are being lost in a
reckless way depicting a voodoo approach, in a society
where wealth and richness could be traced to
spiritualism, then there’s an urgent need for authorities
to nip it in the bud.

One of these is the consistent accidents from many of the
drivers of the man reputed to be the richest in Africa, Alhaji
Aliko Dangote. Aside being a multi billionaire business mogul
of note whose track records transverse the Almighty
FORBES, the man is also inching for the Guinness Books of
Records by employing Phd holders as drivers.
We take a look at some of these killings and found out that
accidents recorded by Dangote trucks and it’s drivers have
wasted more than 200 persons in just a year.
Even though, authorities in Lagos insisted that, lack of
proper training of personnel and maintenance of these
vehicles are the main cause of these accidents, some school
of thought are of the opinion that there`s more to this than
meets the eyes.
Enquirer outlines some of these accidents that have claimed
lives by Dangote group.

Feb 2012
Less than 30 persons have been confirmed dead, with five
said to be severe, in an accident in which a truck owned by
Dangote Cement Company had a head-on collision with
another truck. The accident occurred at Sango Otta in Ogun
State.
Many of those crushed by the Dangote truck are reported to
be on danger list in various hospitals in Lagos and Ogun
States.
The Dangote truck, apart from the other truck, also crushed
six vehicles, a tricycle and a motorcycle, “There was a head-
on collision between the truck and a tipper lorry, which later
involved other vehicles.”
Nineteen other persons were also injured in an auto accident
on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The accident, which occurred at about 12pm on Sunday,
involved a black Toyota Hilux with number-plate AH 350GKW
and white Mazda bus, with number-plate XZ377GGE.
It was said to be a head-on collision.
Last April, a coroner’s inquest indicted the company after a
truck belonging to Dangote Sugar Refinery lost control and
ran into vehicles at a police check-point, along the Lagos-
Ibadan expressway, in 2010

July 2012
A truck belonging to Dangote Industries Limited allegedly
crushed two men to death in a Toyota Camry car, on
Wednesday. This is coming less than four months after a
coroner’s verdict in Lagos indicted a truck driver with the
same company for causing the death of over twenty
motorists in 2010, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
It will be recalled that on April 21, 2012, 38 students of the
Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State, also had an
accident involving a truck allegedly belonging to Dangote
Industries Limited. Four of the students involved in the
accident reportedly died as a result of injuries sustained.

August 2012
The accident, which occurred after a truck belonging to
Dangote Sugar Refinery Limited rammed into vehicles at the
Ojodu bridge of the expressway, resulted in an inferno that
led to the loss of over 40 lives.
An articulated truck belonging to Dangote Group,
Wednesday, rammed into five vehicles at Isara, along Lagos-
Ibadan Expressway, resulting in fatalities.
Four men were killed while 31 people, including three children,
sustained serious injuries as the truck, with registration
number XD 220 ZKS, crushed all five vehicles on impact.

Sept 2012
It’s yet another needless wastage of precious human lives as
a truck belonging to Dangote Group just crushed a Sienna
bus, trapping all the occupants. The accident happened in
Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, in north-central Nigeria, over
40 people died.

Dec. 13, 2012
Dangote trucks have been involved in many accidents causing
several deaths.

Jan. 16, 2013
Another fatal accident involving one of the Phd holder
drivers of Dangote group occurred at Iyana Ilogbo, along
Lagos Abeokuta express way leaving 2 people dead and many
injured. We want authorities to help look into these reckless
and untimely killings of innocent citizens.The gory picture is
the latest accident recorded this morning.

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Beijing air pollution soars to hazard level

The air smells of coal dust and car fumes
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing has reached
levels judged as hazardous to human health.
Readings from both official and unofficial monitoring stations
suggested that Saturday’s pollution has soared past danger
levels outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The air tastes of coal dust and car fumes, two of the main
sources of pollution, says a BBC correspondent.
Economic growth has left air quality in many cities notoriously
poor.
A heavy smog has smothered Beijing for many days, says the
BBC’s Damian Grammaticas, in the capital.
By Saturday afternoon it was so thick you could see just a
few hundred metres in the city centre, our correspondent
says, with tower blocks vanishing into the greyness.
Hazy view
Even indoors the air looked hazy, he says.
WHO guidelines say average
concentrations of the tiniest
pollution particles – called PM2.5 –
should be no more than 25
microgrammes per cubic metre.
Air is unhealthy above 100
microgrammes. At 300, all children
and elderly people should remain
indoors.
Official Beijing city readings on Saturday suggested pollution
levels over 400. Unofficial reading from a monitor at the US
embassy recorded 800.
Once inhaled, the tiny particles can cause respiratory
infections, as well as increased mortality from lung cancer
and heart disease.
Last year Chinese authorities warned the US embassy not to
publish its data. But the embassy said the measurements were
for the benefit of embassy personnel and were not citywide.

BBC

People wearing mask

People wearing mask

DON’T WAKE ME UP

Dream Bubbles

Dream Bubbles

Eleanor Roosevelt said ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’ I agree to that quote.
I mean I always had fancy dreams of having the best electronics manufacturing company. I studied Engineering and Electrical Electronics is my field.
Everybody dreams of a bright future, a future as bright as a star. Where the sky will be your limit, not even your limit these days but your starting point.
But without work nothing good comes. We have to study hard in school and get good grades and hope for good jobs in the future. After a busy sunday, I lay down to rest after scrambling to read a few pages of my text book, the almighty ‘Theraja’
I was done with school now and had finished my NYSC programme the previous year. The labour market wasn’t a joke, somewhere along, during job interviews I could remember my seniors in school that were also still searching for jobs. I said to my self ‘my case is different’.
Still jobless after various interviews, the frustration started to set in, I could see friends, my former course mates getting jobs here and there, some of them still struggling like me for something to at least feed with, living with my parents at this time in my life wasn’t an option.
I was alone in a rented two room apartment which I had gone through hell to get the money to pay.
I remembered I had a blog back then in college. I accessed it, the password not expired yet, then memories came back of how we used to surf the web then in school. An idea came to me why not advertise myself on my blog on the ‘ad’ column? No, I thought, it was a stupid idea, I mean people don’t advertise themselves on blogs! I had never heard of it before. Then again another thought came ‘there is a first time for everything’ I still had a blackberry device so I sat in an alcove in the room and I made the advert hyping myself a little bit to look attractive in terms of my capabilities and skills gained over the years.

Days past nothing happened, the wind of unemployment blew me like the early morning breeze.
Finally, I got a notification to come for an interview in a firm, I was delighted, I had to get prepared in every way I could.
Interview day, I dressed corporately, memorized all there was to memorize from books and other sources.
The interview went well, I was called back, and I finally got a job.
I couldn’t describe my joy, I was happy like a monkey who had been given a banana, jumping around after the call that I have gotten the job, should I call my mum first? No, my dad, it will make him proud, so I did, he didnt quite receive the news with much joy as my mum did.

I started work and worked for several months, the pay was good. Things were getting better. I realized friends started coming back after I got a job, fake friends I tagged them. I moved into a 3 bed room flat, and bought better furniture, I was living the life so to say. Marriage was next they said. That was soon to come no doubt.

It was christmas that year and I visited home as I do annually. The welcome reception was warm, I was received with much joy and love as the christmas spirit should carry. I was home, home finally, where it all started, where I schooled from, I was proud that I have made my family happy and myself too.

That christmas was the best since I finished college some years back. Relatives came by and talked about my new job, I was the topic of everyone’s lips.
‘How did I come this far’ I asked myself. Despite my second class upper degree I had in school, getting a job was pretty tasky. ‘Was I saved by the blog’? I pondered in my heart. My perseverance must have paid off in one way or the other I told myself. I was grateful and I said a short prayer.
I was looking in my room, then I saw a picture that I took in college, then, suddenly …….. I got a tap on my back from my mum. ‘Wake up she said’ its monday morning ….
I had been dreaming again, WTF (Where’s the fufu) …looked at my phone and saw several missed calls and pings from friends saying we had a 7am class which I totally forgot about. I quickly hurried to take my bath and on my way to school I realized I had missed breakfast again…… The STRUGLE CONTINUES

Written by ‘Fara’