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The drama is unfolding . We are seeing power play, party rivalry, blackmail, witch-hunt?
The EFFC investigation is rather thin at the moment. Why is everyone rumoured to have been involve not been investigated?
What is going between Zenith bank and Fayose? It seems bank officials were begging or pleading with him.
The Arms Fund were shared mainly by the PDP’s members because they taught they were going to rule for the next 60 years. They are being investigated for the missing Billion dollar Arms fund. Money earmarked for Arm’s purchase, rumored to have been used to sponsor themselves for political positions and elections which some never spent for that purpose. Now tell me how could any APC member be charged for the offense they knew nothing about? If any APC member is involved, EFCC will find out and bring that individual to justice. Fayose role seems questionable. At the beginning of the investigation, it was reported the EFCC traced a N500 million to his personal account, aware of that. He went back to the bank to withdraw that money then he realized that EFCC has frozen the account. If it a legal money or state money EFCC will never freeze the money.
Fayose have claimed the funds belong to Agbele. Any money found in his account is not his but Agbele plus he stated that Zenith bank financed his campaign which EFCC has since denied. Although that is not what is in question, because no bank will risk its business if there was no collaterals to cover the loss. Let EFCC continue with their investigations. The evidence is now mounting and connected him with others.
But is this an investigation or just a witch hunt to punish Fayose for his loud mouth. They are many tops names implicated in the Arms Deal fund.
Time will tell.
Edo, Lagos, Delta, Ebonyi, Anambra, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kano and Enugu states have paid their workers’ salaries and allowances up to April.
Rivers State has paid March salary and pension up to February
Borno State has paid up to March with the exception of its Hosing Corporation workers
Ogun State, though paid salary, has neither remitted pension deductions from workers’ salaries for months, and has not paid gratuities since 2012.
Indebted stae Ekiti, Kwara, Kaduna, Osun, Plateau, Ondo, Abia, Bayelsa, Oyo, Imo, Kogi and Benue.
Ekiti State is owing not less two months salaries, the number of months owed pensioners have racked up.
Kwara, local government workers and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, have not been paid between four and five months salaries, staff of the state Water Corporation have not been paid for the past six months, while other paratatals have not been paid in the last two months.
Kaduna State have not been paid about seven months arrears
Osun has unpaid outstanding salaries from July 2015 to January 2016.
Plateau State, pensioners are owed eight months, council workers, four months while other workers are owed three months.
In Ondo State, while pensioners are owed four months, civil servants are owed five.
In the same vein, while civil servants in Imo State were last paid 70 percent of their salaries in January, pensioners cannot even remember when they were last paid.
Workers in Oyo State are owed between two and five months
Kogi owed workers five months
Benue State owed three months.
According to Sunday Vanguard investigation, Edo State has been up to date in the payment of salaries and pension to its civil servants and pensioners.While the workers receive salaries before the 25th of every month, pensioners sometimes receive their pensions before workers.
LAGOS state govt are paying salaries plus different benefits
RIVERS: Rivers State have been paid up to March 2016 though there have been hitches in remitting some components of the salaries, i.e. contributory pension, union dues, federal mortgage housing etc.
Bayelsa, owed four months’ salaries while retirees are owed seven months arrears. The situation is worse in the local governments where workers in some of the councils have lost count of the arrears owed them.
ONDO: the state government is owing pensioners in the state four months pension while civil servants are owed five months salaries.
OSUN: some workers and pensioners are claiming they are owed outstanding balance of July 2015 to January 2016.
EBONYI: Peter Okutu reports, from ABAKALIKI, that Governor David Umahi, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015 has not owed workers a dime as he has made it a duty to pay salaries from the 15th of every month. Also, the administration has on a regular basis ensured that pension is paid.
Kaduna State are lamenting non-payment of emolu
ments, some stretching to seven months. The workers and pensioners claimed they had been verified and gotten their Biometric Verification Number ,BVN, from their various banks, but were yet to get paid. But the state government said that it had paid up to date all workers and pensioners in the state who had been fully verified and have their BVN.
BORNO: MAIDUGURI, that Since Governor Kashim Shettima assumed the mantle of leadership in 2011 to date, his administration has been paying workers salaries on or before the 25th of every month. According to him, civil servants in the state receive their salaries without hitches, only that of April 2016 that civil servants are yet to receive due to the ongoing verification of staff by a committee set up by the governor. From investigation, only workers who have not been paid their salaries are those working in the state Housing Corporation where they are paid from the revenue they generate. But as a result of insecurity, they found it very difficult to generate enough to sustain their salaries. Sources said they have not received salaries for three months.
KWARA: According to him, SUBEB and council workers “are being owed between four and five months, while workers in the state Water Corporation are owed six months, even as other parastatals are owed two months salaries.”
EKITI: the state government clears two out of the four month arrears it owed workers, today’s May Day celebrations will be devoid of the usual fanfare. Workers in the state are being owed four months salaries, while that of pensioners stand at five months..
DELTA: Festus Ahon reports, from Asaba, that, despite the economic crunch, Delta State government is not owing workers salaries. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as part of his commitment to the welfare of civil servants, ensures regular monthly payment of salaries. Okowa, in line with his prosperity agenda, is also up and doing in ensuring that the state government meets its commitment to pensioners with a view to clearing their pension arrears and entitlements.
ENUGU: Francis Igata reports, from Enugu, that public servants are paid on the 25th of every month. This practice has been in place since the immediate past administration of former Governor Sullivan Chime and sustained by his successor, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The present government inherited about seven month’s pension arrears. Payment of arrears of pension is ongoing following the receipt N4.207 billion bail-out to the state from the Federal Government. . The governor had, on receipt of the money, set up tripartite committee, comprising of labour leaders, government representatives, and pensioners union to oversee the disbursement of the fund.
KANO: Abdulsalam Muhammad reports, from Kano, that workers and pensioners have been enjoying steady and regular pay as and when due since the inception of the current administration in the state. The development followed increased Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR).
AKWA IBOM: Uyo, the State Universal Basic Basic Education Board was allegedly hoarding N395, 308,077.83, meant for that payment.
Nigeria Constitution as amended in 1999, states every new administration must probe the previous one , that is not negotiable. Unfortunately PDP and their padi padi government failed to do that.
Why Fayose Account ? Why not Ameachi, Fashola, Oshiomhole or even Tinubu.
EXTRACTS from EFCC
He added, “Abbey directed the bank to pay N137m into the account of Ayodele Fayose with number 1003126654 and Bank Verification Number 22338867502. The bank teller dated June 26, 2014, was filled by Abbey with teller number 0556814.
“Abbey directed the bank to transfer N118,760,000 to the same account and paid in N50m cash into Fayose’s account.
“On April 7, 2015, several months later, Fayose personally moved N300m to his fixed deposit account at Zenith Bank with number 9013074033 with the same BVN. The account is domiciled at 15 Olusola Abiona Street, Estate, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos.”
The source added that on the instructions of Fayose, Abbey deposited N100m in the account of Spotless Investment Limited, a hotel, which is owned by Fayose and his wife, Olayemi.
Abbey, who was identified as the owner of a firm, De Privateer Limited, paid N100m into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited with number 1010170969 on June 17, 2014.
He also paid N219,490,000 and N300m on June 18, 2014 and June 19, 2014 respectively into his own company account with Zenith Bank marked 1013835889 while he kept a cash of N260m from the original FUNDS
In total, 1,225,250,000 went to Fayose’s PERSONAL ACCOUNT from the =N= 4,700,000,00.00 from NSA.
If i were him i will attack Buhari more cos he needs plenty Sympathy from gullible Nigeria than he is getting right now.
We waiting for the truth
In April 2015, former President Goodluck Jonathan declined assenting his signature on the 2015 proposed amended 1999 Constitution citing irregularities in its passage, whittling down the powers of the President by the legislators, and transferring some of these powers to themselves (and to the judiciary).
Three items featured in the 2015 Constitution amendment.
1. LIFE PENSION for the Senate President, Speaker of Representative, Deputy Senate President, and Deputy Speaker of the House.
2. Immunity for the aforementioned office holders from arrest and criminal prosecution
3. Stripping of the President the power to assent or veto any constitution amendment. Meaning, they (legislators) should be the only players in the process.
Nigerians were lucky that the former President not only refused assent his signature but also approached the Supreme Court through the Attorney General of The Federation to halt the proposed bill, which the court did in May 2015.
Now it appears that the legislators have ‘gone mad’ again by reviving such items in the ongoing constitution review.
THEIR IMMORAL DEMAND FOR LIFE PENSION
As at today, many states are having difficulty to meet financial obligations to state workers and execute projects, yet they are still mandated by their states law to pay huge money to former Governors and their Deputies in the name of pension irrespective of the offices these former state executives occupy after leaving office.
It is even funny that some of these Senators like Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sani Yerima, Muhammed Goje, Godswill Akpabio, George Akume etc were not only exGovernors but are heavy beneficiaries of the pension largesse at their respective state level chiefly due to the immoral pension that they proposed and signed into law when they were in office. Yet, they still want more money in the name of life pension to add to their already bloated financial war chest at the masses expense.
The non former Governors among them like Sen Ike Ekweremadu, who is the Chief leader of the proposal seem to want to join the train of those that are feeding fact (for life) on government resources.
Is it not immoral and wicked that after enjoying fat salaries and allowances while in office, the legislative leaders want to keep feeding fat outside office just like the former governors?
THE IMPLICATION IF PASSED
Should the legislators have their way, it means that SP Saraki will be entitled to DOUBLE life pension from Kwara state and federal government.
It also means that people like Governors Aminu Mansari and Saminu Tambawal of Katsina and Sokoto states respectively will be entitled to fat salaries/allowances as Governors, Life pension as Former Speakers, and life pension as former governors when they leave office.
This will also attract more outgoing governors to seek solace in the Senate and fight for SP or DSP offices to ‘enlarge their coast’. This will also attract more former speakers and Deputies to seek election to be Governor or Deputy in order to legally enlarge their financial powerhouse. How sustainable is this?
Let us imagine that a former Speaker/deputy is elected to serve his state as Governor. After serving the state, he was further elected to go to the Senate and eventually made Senate President or Deputy Senate President. Then he moved up to emerge Presidential candidate or running mate to a candidate, and emerge victorious. What is the implication with respect to the controversial proposal?
It simply means the man will be entitled to life pension as former President/Vice, Governor/Deputy, Speaker/Deputy, and Senate President/Deputy. Who says politicians are not smart?
I’m sure that if this is allowed, it won’t take long for Speakers and Deputies at state level to ‘help themselves’ out.
ON ISSUE OF IMMUNITY FOR NASS LEADERS:
In the first instance, the concept of immunity for governors and their deputies is irresponsible and absurd. Even the United States whose democracy we look up to don’t have such arrangement. While we are calling for the stripping of Governors and Deputies of immunity, the legislators are coming with their own immunity demand.
Already, these legislators enjoy immunity from prosecution on anything they say or do on the floor of their respective chambers, why are they seeking for more if not that they have to protect their skeletons?
ON STRIPPING THE PRESIDENT OF ASSENT POWERS:
I think the legislators need to be reminded that the concept of democracy demands checks and balance. Stripping the President the power of Assent simply means introduction and promotion of legislative coup. They want to be the people to make laws and shove same laws down the throat of Nigerians via the instrument of the law. This is highly irresponsible of them, and won’t be allowed to stay.
This is tantamount to legislative coup.
SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED:
Section 9 of the Constitution that deals with process of amendment of the 1999CFRN need to be amended to give the masses role to play in the amendment process.
Specifically, sub sections (2)and (3) that vest power to amend constitution on at least 2/3 members of both Chambers of the National Assembly, and resolution of at least 2/3 States Houses of Assembly should be amended by stripping the states legislators of such of power, and vesting same on the people through INEC organised and well monitored referendum.
This is the only true way Nigerians can be said to be part of the process.
HYPOCRISY OF SOUTHERN LEGISLATORS:
I shall end this piece by expressing disappointment in legislators from the southern region, specifically the south south and southeast.
Before the amendment kicked off, majority of these legislators including DSP Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ben Murray Bruce of twitter fame, and several others were always quick to shout how restructuring and true federalism is best for the country. Instead of these people to be the chief promoters of restructuring and true federalism in this ongoing amendment, they preoccupy themselves with only amendments that would favor them. Very unfortunate…
The Halliburton case relates to an alleged $182m contract involving a four-company joint venture to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island. Earlier in 2009, KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, agreed to pay $402m after admitting that it bribed Nigerian officials, and Halliburton paid $177m to settle allegations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting any wrongdoing.
In mid-December 2010, the case was settled when Nigeria agreed to drop the corruption charges against the company’s former boss, Dick Cheney (and former US Vice-President); and Halliburton in exchange for a $250m settlement.
However, no Nigerian official involved in the scandal has been jailed. Although some people says it dates back to back to 1994 when the Nigerian government launched ambitious plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project (BINLGP), had revealed a network of secretive banks and offshore tax havens, used to funnel $182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for $6 billion in engineering and construction work for an international consortium of companies that included a then Halliburton subsidiary.
Although, never publicly released, a 2010 Nigerian government document reportedly included three former Nigerian presidents, a vice-president, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate heavyweights in a list of bribery beneficiaries that was allegedly given to the officials by Jeffrey Tesler, a British lawyer who had since pleaded guilty in a London court for serving as the middle man between Halliburton and Nigerian officials.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had reported severally that the $182 million bribery scandal had three Nigerian presidents, a vice-president, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate titans as beneficiaries. Alas, the past public office holders who were indicted in this scam are now friends and political allies of the new president Buhari.
There are many top Nigeria involved in the case. But their names have been withheld. The case were never investigated in Nigeria. As stated above, no Nigerian was tried.
Therefore, the true test of the president’s anti-corruption war lies on how rigorous he handles the Halliburton case. Not because others are not equally important but as a strong signal to all Nigerians that if these assumed ‘powerful’ individuals can answer for their crimes then truly, nobody is above legal prosecution.
France and United States have completed the investigation and the bribe givers Jack Stanley and Jeffery were given a reduced jail sentence after co-operating with the authorities. Lot of money have exchanged hands.
Nigeria Power supply drops due to Vandalism
The Nigerian national electricity grid has continued its drop to 1,600 megawatts (mw) since Saturday with many
electricity consumers decrying the situation reported by Daily Trust.
The critical drop has caused prolonged power outages across major cities of the country including the federal capital, Abuja and Nasarawa State since Thursday, some residents said.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had said on Thursday that repair works on a vandalised transmission tower since that day would cause a loss of 300mw from the Okpai power station in Delta State. Fashola said the Kainji/Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants would, however, cushion the affect by maximising output during the two weeks repair period.
However, reporter daily Trust have information that the plants may not have the capacity to cushion the free fall as the grid plunged below 2,000mw after many gas infrastructure were vandalised since last month. Updated daily power generation reports from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator (NSO) on Sunday puts the peak generation at
1,668mw. Many of the affected resident are decrying the situation as appalling.
But some believe the basic problem with the power sector is the high rate of vandalisim. That is what frustrated GEJ’s efforts….and that is what is frustrating this government too.
Also many Nigerians do not want to pay for improved power supply….they pay for improved telephony aka GSM.
We need power at 20000MW at least to get power 24/7. We also need to improve our transmission system. And that costs money. If we want it…we will have to pay for it. Under the old NEPA system….many Nigerians did not pay their bills. same thing is happening again.
If we want 24/7 power….we have to do our bit…just as the power companies too (DISCOS and GENCOS) have to do their bit by supplying us with prepaid meters….and the govt does its bit by repairing the transmission system (which is the only thing it controls now)
We cannot demand for good power without paying for it.
SIMPLE HOW TO CONVERT YOUR COMPUTER UPS TO INVERTER
This simple ‘How To do it yourself article’ explains an interesting topic, how to convert your computer UPS into home Inverter.
If you own a desktop computer, you may have a UPS that can power your computer for 10-15 minutes after power failure.
The purpose of the UPS is to save your work and shutdown your computer properly to avoid potential data loss and hardware loss such as Hard disk of your computer.
Most of us always underestimate the potential of the computer UPS that sits beside your computer. The average computer UPS can deliver around 600VA, which is enough to power your low power appliances such as fan, tube light, computer, television, etc.
If you own more powerful UPS such as 1KVA you can power your home appliances more.
So how much can my computer UPS provide? 600VA means the apparent power, but the real power is 60% of specified value. In other words it provides 60% of the VA rating.
If you have 600VA UPS then 600VA x 0.6 = 360W maximum output.
If you have a 1KVA UPS then 1000VA x 0.6 = 600W maximum output.
If my computer UPS can provide this much power, then why does computer UPS only power 10-15 min?
This is because most of the computer UPS is only powered by 12V 7AH battery which is sitting inside the UPS.
To increase its backup time we need to connect a higher AH battery. The purpose of this article is to make a cost effective home Inverter from a computer UPS.
It works perfectly and I and a few friends have been using this for the past three years and still running…!!!
You can view list of our available inverters for sale in Lagos
Plans to make Nigeria Islamic state will fail –Okogie
THE Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has condemned the recent curriculum crisis in some schools in South West, describing it as a plot to make a particular religious group more prominent than another.
He stated this on Thursday during the celebration of 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of his priesthood ordination at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.
According to him, “I am seeing something that has not yet manifested. They are secretly trying to make Nigeria an Islamic State. But that cannot happen. During my tenure as the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), then Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida tried it by going to Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), meeting secretly and claimed to be an observer. As a Head of state of a country, how could he have gone to such meeting without anyone following him? Who sent him there? And the people he went to meet did not ask him who sent him. But at the end, his plans failed.”
Okogie also cited the activities of Governor El- Rufai of Kaduna State against Christian religious groups, stating that all are centred on religious intolerance and oppression. “What El-Refai is doing in Kaduna is another way they are moving. They move from one place to another. And after sometime, they hid and reappear again, thinking that no one is seeing them.
“In fact, Nigerians are watching their footsteps. And, if they think they will succeed in making Nigeria an Islamic country through all these activities, they are joking, because Christians will not allow that to happen. So, those trying to play such practices should be mindful of the repercussions and have a rethink.”
The Archbishop emeritus, who described the ceremony as extraordinary and one of the best, also called on President Muhammad Buhari to make a quick turn-around on the economy of Nigeria by going back to study his inaugural speech and APC manifesto, then start afresh.
Petrol Station Selling Petrol below N145 per Litre
Below are list of petrol stations – Lagos and Calabar
Almoruff filling stations : N142 naira
Petrocham : N142 naira
NNPC LASU Igando road opposite diamond estate N140 naira
NNPC Abule Egba : N135 naira
NNPC Alakuko : N135 naira
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar
Pictures of flooding in Nigeria Lekki Lagos
Posted by: admin | June 18, 2016
For many people, work is life. Losing their job can be traumatic, even if they can see it coming. As an employer treat each termination with extreme caution.
The key to an uneventful termination is planning. Whether laying off one person or a hundred, don’t leave anything to chance. Large layoffs tend to be more unwieldy, therefore more dangerous. They require extra planning.
Most managers deal with the unpleasant task of terminating an employee at some point. Whether or not the employee expects the termination, a small chance of violence or retaliation from the terminated employee exists.
Even employees who take in the news and accept it. May still try to sabotage the company or individual staff members. Take the same precautions with every terminated employee to avoid the unexpected.
Ensure to have all measures taken ahead before the terminations.
Protect the building, staff, yourself and intellectual property of the company etc
Below are steps you can take to mitigate violence or the unexpected.
i. The worst termination mistake is surprise. If someone is failing, confront them. If their job is on the line, tell them so. Don’t allow managers to give good ratings to poor performers. Discuss poor performance as it arises don’t wait for annual reviews. Warn problem employees that their work is unsatisfactory, and tell them what needs to be done and by when. If someone’s job is in jeopardy, tell them they could be terminated.
Don’t lay people off unexpectedly when they’ve had good performance appraisals, or when they haven’t had any warning. Doing so hits hard and creates anger.
ii. Ensure at least another person is present in the room during termination. This ensure security and someone to help diffuse any potential anger.
iii. Alert building security if there is one before hand
iv. Provide some kind of assistance to terminated employee, severance pay. You can be generous with the severance payment, training etc
v. Collect all company valuables from employee before termination
vi. Ensure employee logins and access to secure areas are all changed
vii. Announce the termination to other employees so they can be on alert if the terminated employee comes back to the building. Remind them not to share any company information with the terminated employee.
viii. Treating the person with as much kindness and dignity as possible throughout the process. That’s always important, but it’s especially key in situations where you fear violence.
ix. Ensure the staff have gone through a process of progressive discipline, where you provide clear feedback about your concerns with their performance and what you need to see change etc. This provides forewarning.Firings at high levels tend to be especially brutal, so make sure even high-level managers are measured.
So you don’t just jump into a “you’re fired”
x. Allow departing employees to save face and maintain self esteem. Don’t attack them or put them down. Explain the decision, but acknowledge their strengths and contributions.
xi. Continue medical benefits or other perks company can afford can easy off any potential anager.
xii. Listen for fallout. If you hear, “I’m going to get even,” “You’ll be sorry for this,” or similar comments, take them seriously.
xiii. Explain the severance package in writing. Nothing makes a departing employee more angry than guessing about money and benefits.
xiv. Resist the urge to return threats with threats. Instead, offer support: “That sounded like a threat Ben, you must be really angry. I’d like to hear more about it.” Disarm anger by listening and showing empathy.
xv. Do not take a break. There are numerous instances of an employee asking for a bathroom break or time to compose him or herself, and using the break to retrieve weapons.
xvi. Wait until the end of the workday to terminate, if possible. This protects the dignity of the person being fired and minimizes the number of employees on hand should a situation escalate
xvii. Minimize any reasons why the employee would have to revisit the workplace. Mail a check; have uncollected belongings sent to the person’s home via a delivery service
xviii. Allow the person as much dignity as possible, but be brief and to the point. Do not get into a back and forth
Conclusion – Employees who are fired in this manner are far less likely to feel they were treated unfairly. They’re far less likely to leave angry or bitter, and you’re far less likely to be a target of any hostility.
These basic humanistic steps can greatly reduce the risk of termination violence. Take the threat of violence seriously, even if you’re an experienced pro. Plan carefully so nothing is left to chance. Treat people fairly, and most of the time they’ll react accordingly. If and when they do get angry or upset, you’ll be well prepared.
Posted by: admin | June 11, 2016
SOME OF THE ВЕST СОFFЕЕ ІN THЕ WОRLD
Whеn соnsіdеrіng thе bеst соffее іn thе wоrld, І wеnt tо thе Ѕресіаltу Соffее Аssосіаtіоn оf Аmеrіса (ЅСАА) fоr rеsеаrсh. Тhеу аrе thе оrgаnіzаtіоn thаt sеts thе quаlіtу stаndаrds fоr sресіаltу соffее, whісh thе рublіс саlls “gоurmеt” соffее. Аll sресіаltу соffееs usе аrаbіса bеаns. Тhе оthеr саtеgоrу is thе rоbustа bеаn, whісh іs оf an іnfеrіоr tаstе and quаlіtу compare tо аrаbіса. Wіthіn thеsе саtеgоrіеs, thеrе аrе sеvеrаl vаrіеtіеs оf bеаn. Аrаbіса bеаns аrе grоwn аt а hіghеr аltіtudе thаn rоbustа.
Соffее іs thе sесоnd mоst trаdеd соmmоdіtу іn thе wоrld аnd іs grаdеd іn а sіmіlаr mаnnеr аs wіnе. Тhіs еvеnt іs саllеd а “сuрріng” аnd hаs а sеt оf strісt stаndаrds. Wіnnіng а сuрріng іs vеrу рrеstіgіоus аnd hаs а dіrесt еffесt оn thе рrісеs а соffее grоwеr саn gеt fоr hіs сrор.
Ніstоrу оf thеsе “сuрріng” wіnnеrs hаs shоwn thаt thrее аrеаs оf thе wоrld рrоduсе thе mоst wіnnеrs. Іntеrеstіnglу, thеsе rеgіоns hаvе а vеrу sіmіlаr lаtіtudе whеn lооkіng аt thе wоrld mар. Тhе thrее rеgіоns аrе Еthіоріа, Ѕumаtrа аnd Раnаmа.
ЕTHІОРІАN/ΚЕNУАN СОFFЕЕ (АFRІСА)
Еthіоріаn соffее іs аrоmаtіс, hіghlу flаvоrful, аnd аlsо knоwn tо bе sоmе оf thе bеst соffееs іn thе wоrld. Іt іs аlsо thе оrіgіn оf аll соffее. Тhе Еthіоріаn реорlе hаvе а lеgеnd thаt sауs thаt а gоаt hеrdеr dіsсоvеrеd Еthіоріаn соffее аrоund 850 АD. Тhіs lеgеnd сlаіms thаt thе gоаt hеrdеr nоtісеd thаt hіs shеер wеrе vеrу ехсіtеd аnd nеаrlу dаnсіng аftеr еаtіng rеd bеrrіеs frоm а trее. Тhе lеgеnd оf thе fоundеr gоеs оn tо sау thаt thе hеrdеr sаmрlеd thе rеd bеrrіеs fоr hіmsеlf аnd tооk sоmе оf thе bеrrіеs hоmе tо hіs wіfе whо іnsіstеd thаt hе tаkе thеm tо thе mоnks. Тhе mоnks suрроsеdlу thrеw thе bеrrіеs іntо а fіrе аnd nоtісеd thе dеlісіоus smеll thаt thе bеrrіеs рrоduсеd. Тhе mоnks аrе sаіd tо hаvе rеmоvеd thе bеrrіеs frоm thе fіrе аnd bоіlеd thе bеrrіеs іn wаtеr tо сrеаtе thе bеvеrаgе thаt wе nоw knоw аs Еthіоріаn соffее.
Whеthеr thіs lеgеnd іs truе, оr іn fасt јust а lеgеnd іs fоrеvеr а mуstеrу. Rеgаrdlеss, Еthіоріаn соffее hаs bееn usеd fоr rеlіgіоus сеrеmоnіеs. Тhеsе сеrеmоnіеs аrе stіll hеld tоdау аnd іf а guеst іs іnvіtеd tо раrtісіраtе іn thе сеrеmоnу, іt іs wеll knоwn tо bе а vеrу bеаutіful ехреrіеnсе.
Lосаllу, Еthіоріаn соffее іs sеrvеd wіth еіthеr sugаr, оr іn sоmе раrts оf Еthіоріа, sаlt. Міlk оr аnу tуре оf сrеаmеr іs nеvеr usеd іn trаdіtіоnаllу brеwіng. Тhе рrосеss оf mаkіng thе соffее vаrіеs bу rеgіоn. Іn sоmе rеgіоns іt іs drу рrосеssеd аnd іn sоmе оthеr rеgіоns іt іs wаshеd. Тhе Еthіоріаn соffее fоund іn stоrеs tоdау іs drу рrосеssеd.
Тhе рrосеss іs оftеn gruеlіng, this is one of the reason the Еthіоріаn соffее саn bе ехреnsіvе including the cost of importation.
Whеn соnsumеrs рurсhаsе Еthіоріаn соffее tо bе brеwеd аt hоmе, іt іs wіsе tо соnsіdеr fаіr trаdе Еthіоріаn соffее. Тhе оbvіоus rеаsоn tо соnsіdеr fаіr trаdе іs sо thаt thе рrоduсеrs оf thіs wоndеrful рrоduсt саn rеар thе bеnеfіts оf thеіr hаrd wоrk. Еthіоріаn соffее hаs а rісh, bоld, аnd ехсіtіng hіstоrу аnd а tаstе thаt hаs bееn sаvоrеd bу mаnу реорlе fоr а lоng tіmе.
ЅUMАTRАN СОFFЕЕ (ІNDОNЕSІА)
Ѕumаtrаn соffее соmеs frоm thе іslаnd іn Іndоnеsіа саllеd Ѕumаtrа. Тhе tаstе оf Ѕumаtrаn соffее іs sрісу, hеrbаl, аnd vеrу dіstіnсt. Іt іs соnsіdеrеd tо bе оnе оf thе bеst соffееs іn thе wоrld аnd wаs fіrst іntrоduсеd bу thе Dutсh аrоund 1699 whеn thе Dutсh wаntеd tо kеер uр wіth thе dеmаnd оf соffее tо Еurоре. Тhе Dutсh trаdеrs knеw thе dіffеrеnсе bеtwееn Ѕumаtrаn соffее bеаns аnd оthеr соffее bеаns bу thе арреаrаnсе, whісh аrе іrrеgulаrlу shареd аnd brіght grееn.
Ѕumаtrаn соffее іs оnе оf thе bеst соffееs іn thе wоrld аnd hаs а lоw асіdіtу whісh mаkеs іt hіghlу fаvоrеd аmоng оthеr tуреs оf соffее. Тhе bеаns аrе usuаllу grоwn іn full sunlіght аnd wіth nо сhеmісаls. А hіghlу рорulаr tуре оf Ѕumаtrаn соffее, уеt thоrоughlу dіsgustіng іn mаnу реорlеs оріnіоn, іs thе kорі luwаk Ѕumаtrаn соffее. Тhе kорі luwаk соffее іs соffее bеаns thаt hаvе bееn еаtеn bу thе smаll аnіmаl knоwn аs а luwаk. Аftеr thе luwаk dіgеsts аnd ехсrеtеs thе соffее bеаns, lосаl vіllаgеrs соllесt thе ехсrеtеd bеаns аnd rоаst thеm. Тhеsе ехсrеtеd аnd rоаstеd bеаns аrе sаіd tо соst аbоut $300 а роund. Оf соursе, nоt аll оf Ѕumаtrаn соffее соmеs frоm thе ехсrеmеnt оf thе luwаk. Тhеrе аrе mаnу оthеr vаrіеtіеs оf Ѕumаtrаn соffее аs wеll.
Моst оf thе Ѕumаtrаn соffее bеаns аrе рrосеssеd usіng thе wеt аnd drу рrосеssіng mеthоd. Тhіs рrосеssіng mеthоd іs аnоthеr rеаsоn whу Ѕumаtrаn соffее іs sо рорulаr. Моst оthеr tуреs оf соffее bеаns аrе рrосеssеd bу usіng еіthеr а wеt mеthоd оr а drу mеthоd, hаrdlу еvеr bоth.
Whеn рurсhаsіng Ѕumаtrаn соffее fоr usе аt hоmе, always endeavour to go for the fair trade one. Fаіr trаdе bеаns саn bе fоund аt vаrіоus оnlіnе rеtаіlеrs аnd аlsо аt gоurmеt соffее rеtаіlеrs. Тhіs іnsurеs thаt thе grоwеrs bеnеfіt frоm аll оf thе hаrd wоrk thаt thеу рut іntо grоwіng thіs dеlісіоus соffее.
Ѕumаtrаn соffее hаs а tаstе unlіkе аnу оthеr аnd оnсе уоu trу іt fоr уоursеlf, уоu mау fіnd thаt іt wіll quісklу rерlасе уоur сurrеnt brаnd оr аt lеаst bе а соffее thаt bесоmеs оnе оf уоur fаvоrіtеs.
РАNАMАNІАN СОFFЕЕ (СЕNTRАL АMЕRІСА)
Аlthоugh Раnаmа іs thе smаllеst оf аll соffее рrоduсіng соuntrіеs, thеу grоw mоst оf thе bеst rаtеd соffееs еvеrу уеаr. Тhе соffее rеgіоn surrоunds thе tоwn оf Воquеtе іn thе wеstеrn рrоvіnсе оf Сhіrіquі сlоsе tо thе Соstа Rісаn bоrdеr. Ѕоmе sау Раnаmа hаs thе іdеаl mісrо сlіmаtе tо grоw соffее rесеіvіng wіnds frоm thе nоrth аlоng wіth а lіght mіst аnd сооl brееzе. Моst оf thе соffее іs grоwn оn fаrms аnd іs саllеd аn Еstаtе соffее whісh sіgnіfіеs thе fаrm іt іs frоm.
Тhе рrосеss іnсludеs hаnd рісkіng, wаshіng аnd sun drуіng. Тhе fаrms wоrk сlоsеlу wіth thе іndіgеnоus реорlе еnhаnсіng thе соmmunіtу wіth sосіаl, mеdісаl аnd еduсаtіоnаl sеrvісеs. Весаusе оf thіs, fаіr trаdе іs nоt а соnсеrn in with the Panama Coffee. Іt іs а hаrmоnіоus rеlаtіоnshір bеtwееn the fаrmers аnd wоrkеrs.
Fоr уеаrs, соffее frоm Раnаmа wаs nоt wеll knоwn аmоngst thе рublіс but thе quаlіtу wаs арраrеnt tо thе trаdеrs. Ѕо muсh sо, thаt оnе trаdеr wаs саught sеllіng thе lоwеr соst Раnаmаnіаn соffее bеаns аs Наwаііаn Κоnа bеаns, а muсh wеll knоwn hіgh еnd аrаbіса bеаn.
Сurrеntlу, Раnаmаnіаn соffее hаs соmе оf аgе wіnnіng numеrоus сuрріngs іn 2003, whеn thе соmреtіtіоn wаs сhаngеd. Рrеvіоuslу, еасh еntrу wаs іndіvіduаl аnd Раnаmаnіаn еntrаnts wоuld wіn uр tо fіvе оf tеn аwаrds. Νоw, thеу hаvе grоuріngs аnd еасh grоuр саn рrоduсе uр tо twо wіnnеrs thаt mоvе uр tо thе nехt lеvеl.
This is a just a summary, the list will be increase shortly. Meanwhile you can drop us some coffee you think should be included inthe list via the comment section
Posted by: admin | June 8, 2016
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Posted by: admin | June 6, 2016
If your phone is lost or stolen, you should inform your network provider immediately. So they can block it and stop anyone else using it. If you don’t tell them straight away you might have to pay for any unauthorised phone calls, which can be very expensive.
Lets examine some of the ways you can use track your lost phone
i. International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) Number
Do you know that each Mobile phone carries a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) Number, which can be used to track your Mobile phone anywhere in the world.
This is how it works!!
1. Dial *#06# from your Mobile phone.
2. Your Mobile phone will show a unique 15 digits number.
3. Note down this number at a secure place except in your mobile phone itself as this is the Number which will help trace your Mobile phone in Case of theft.
4. Once stolen, all you need do is to e-mail the 15 digits IMEI Number to email@example.com with details as stated below.
Last used No.:_________________
E-mail for communication:_____
IMEI No :_______________________
5. No need to go to the police.
6. Your Mobile will be traced within next 24 hours via a complex system of GPRS and internet, You will find where your hand set is being operated and the new user’s number will be sent to your email.
If your device is an Android Phone the options below applies to you
ii. Track your lost Android device with Google’s Android Device Manager
To use the above method, your phone must meet criteria below
Your device is connected with your Google account.
-Your device has access to the internet.
-Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
-Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).
Android Device Manager is a Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. You don’t need an App to use it. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet.
All you need to do is visit the Android Device Manager while being logged into your Google Account. Once the site is loaded it will automatically try to track down your phone. If you have several Android devices registered, make sure the right one is chosen in the dropdown menu.
There is a map feature on the ADM page to help you locate the area. Enable ring option and also able to wipe the data.
iii. Remotely install Android Lost App on your phone. Once this is done you should be able to
-Read the latest SMS on your phone
-Force your phone to play a loud alarm with a flashing screen. Perfect if you misplaced your device.
-Get the location of your device
-Lock and unlock your phone
-Wipe your entire phone so no private data falls into the wrong hands
-Erase the SD card
-Use the camera to make pictures (front or rear camera) to get a nice shot of the person who took your device.
iv. Use Google Maps Location History – now called ‘Timeline’ – to track your lost Android phone (even if it’s turned off)
Location Reporting and Location History need to be activated on your device (can be done in the Google Settings app on your device).
Even if the Phone is switched off you can track the location History.
v. Use Samsung’s Find My Mobile to find your phone
For this to work, you need a Samsung account and registered your device before you lost it.
vi. Third party Investigation.
Now there are plenty of third party paid services, to locate your lost mobile phones. Their investigation business model zoom your phone location using any of the above techniques and locate it with all relevant info ! Be warn, some their fees are quite High.
vii. Apple devices
Apple also has their own solution for finding your iPhone or iPad. It is done through the iCloud service, though you must have the iCloud application and the “Find my phone” application installed on your iPad or iPhone in order for the service to work.
Important link below – http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.html
Article will be updated again shortly.
Posted by: admin | June 4, 2016
Below are the campaign promises as posted by him:
1. Public declaration of assets and liabilities
2. State and community policing
3. Ban on all government officials from seeking medical care abroad
4. Implementation of the National Gender Policy, including 35% of appointive positions for women
5. Revival of Ajaokuta steel company
6. Generation, transmission and distribution of at least 20,000 MW of electricity within four years and increasing to 50,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted power supply within 10 years.
7. Empowerment scheme to employ 740,000 graduates across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
8. Establishment of a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses.
9. 720,000 jobs by the 36 states in the federation yearly (20,000 per state).
10. Three million Jobs per year
11. To embark on vocational training, entrepreneurial and skills acquisition schemes for graduates along with the creation of a Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme to create at least 5 million new jobs by 2019.
12. Churches and Mosques would not pay taxes under national laws, but if they engage in businesses, the businesses would pay tax.
13. Provision of allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programme
14. Making the economy one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging 10% annually.
15. Creation of a Social Welfare Programme of at least fivethousand naira (N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrollment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability
16. Recruitment and training of at least 100,000 officers into the Nigerian police force and establish a Federal Anti-terrorism Agency.
17. One free meal (to include fruits) daily, for public primary school pupils
18. Building an airport in Ekiti State
19. Eradication of state of origin, replacing that with state of residence to ensure Nigerians are Nigerians first before anything else.
20. Establishment of crime squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militants, ethno-religious and communal clashes nationwide
21. Working with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act
22. Economic stability for the ECOWAS nations and maintaining a strong, close and frank relationship with West Africa, South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, and other African countries
23. Establishing a conflict resolution commission to help prevent, mitigate and resolve civil conflicts within the polity.
24. All political office holders earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMFAC).
25. Permanent peace in the Niger Delta and other conflict prone areas such as Plateau, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno and Abia.
26. No plans to Islamise Nigeria.
27. Nationwide sanitation plans to keep Nigeria clean
28. Preserving the independence of the Central Bank
29. Simplifying immigration process to foster faster visa processing at points of entry.
30. Special incentives to facilitate the education of the girl child
31. Full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate the relevant data.
32. Making Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Entertainment key drivers of our economy
33. Balancing the economy across regions by the creation of six new Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as champions of sub-regional competitiveness
34. Putting in place a N300 billion regional growth fund (average of N50 billion in each geo-political region) to be managed by the REDAs.
35. Amending the Constitution and the Land Use Act to create freehold/leasehold interests in land along with matching grants for states to create a nationwide electronic land title register on a state by state basis.
36. Reviving and reactivating the minimally performing refineries to optimum capacity.
37. Creating additional middle-class of at least two million new home owners in the first year in government and one million annually thereafter.
38. Creating an additional middle class of at least four million new home owners by 2019 by enacting national mortgage single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses as well as reviewing the collateral qualification to make funding for home ownership easier, with 15 to 30 year mortgage terms.
39. Enacting a national mortgage system that will lend at single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses.
40. Injecting extra N30 billion into the Agricultural sector to create more agro-allied jobs by way of loans at nominal interest rates for capital investment on medium and commercial scale cash crops.
41. You farm, government buys, guaranteeing a minimum price for selected crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products as and when necessary.
42. Creating a national infrastructural development bank to provide loans at nominal interest rates exclusively for this sector.
43. Construction of 3,000km of superhighway including service trunks.
44. Building of up to 4,800km of modern railway lines – one third to be completed by 2019.
45. At least one functioning airport is available in each of the 36 states.
46. Ending gas flaring and ensuring sales of at least half of gas produce, within. Nigeria
47. Speedily passing the much-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensuring that local content issues are fully addressed.
48. Establishing at least six new universities of science and technology with satellite campuses in various states.
49. Establishing six centres of excellence to address the needs of special education.
50. Prioritising the reduction of the infant mortality rate by 2019 to 3%.
51. Reducing maternal mortality by more than 70%.
52. Reducing HIV/AIDs infection rate by 50% and other infectious diseases by 75%.
53. Improving life expectancy by additional 10 years on average.
54. Increasing the number of physicians from 19 per 1000 population to 50 per 1000
55. Increasing national health expenditure per person per annum to about N50,000 (from less than N10,000 currently).
56. Increasing the quality of all federal government-owned hospitals to world class standard within five years.
57. Ensuring timely payment of retirement benefits for all pensioned senior citizens and creating a poverty safety net for all aged citizens above the age of 65.
58. Amending the Constitution to require local governments to publish their meeting minutes, service performance data, and items of spending over N10 million.
59. Requiring full disclosure in media outlets, of all government contracts over N100 million prior to award and during implementation at regular interval.
60. Amending the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal case.
61. Initiating action to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit.
62. Reforming and strengthening the justice system for efficient administration and dispensation of justice with the creation of special courts for accelerated hearing of corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism and similar cases of national importance.
63. Establishing world-class sports academy and training institutes and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and athletics.
64. Reviving the Nigerian football league and putting incentives in place to make it as competitive as other national leagues.
65. Putting in place measures to identify talents early and ensuring their participation in local and international games to enable them become professionals.
66. Assisting Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course.
67. Ensuring that the rights of women are protected as enshrined in our Constitution.
68. Guaranteeing that women are adequately represented in government appointments and providing greater opportunities in education, job creation and economic empowerment.
69. Promoting the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the National Assembly for women.
70. Free maternal and children healthcare services.
71. Stabilising the naira.
72. Targeting up to 20% of our annual budget for this critical sector whilst making substantial investments in training quality teachers at all levels of the educational system (some other APC policy documents had 15%).
73. Ensuring compliance with policies and measures to halt the pollution of rivers and waterways in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.
74. Adopting a holistic approach to erosion and shoreline protection across the country.
75. ECOWAS currency by 2020 under Nigeria’s guidance and leadership.
76. Maintaining strong, close and frank relationships within the Gulf of Guinea, the Commonwealth, South Africa and the rest of the world.
77. Establishing a new special relationship with the leading emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners around the world.
78. Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine Boko Haram’s origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connections to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of the evil.
79. Strengthening INEC to reduce, if possible, eliminate electoral malpractices in Nigerian’s political life.
80. Improving operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human rights violations by the Armed Forces.
81. Free education at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Education.
Posted by: admin | May 24, 2016