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|Programming / Whatsapp May Soon Allow Users To Choose The Quality Of Video Before Sharing by DaraEduok(m): 11:15am On Jul 02|
Messaging apps are as important as ever. Being able to quickly and reliably contact anyone in your life is essential — it’s why Google continues to boost its RCS capabilities. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging clients worldwide, but it has its fair share of limitations. Video files have always been compressed unless sent as a document, but a future update to the app might finally add quality options.
As spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta 22.214.171.124 on Android hints at the ability to swap your default quality when sending videos. Currently, the “Storage and data” menu in WhatsApp doesn’t allow you to customize video preferences, but that could change soon. In this latest beta, you have three options to switch between for your upload compression: “Auto,” “Best quality,” and “Data saver.”
|TV/Movies / Sex/life’s Adam Demos Really Stripped Down For That Shower Scene by DaraEduok(m): 10:02am On Jun 30|
The NSFW series, which premiered Friday, June 25 on the streaming service, has viewers tweeting up a storm and it’s all thanks to the Sex/Life stars Sarah Shahi, Adam Demos and Mike Vogel. The title certainly gives it away that the buzz-worthy drama has plenty of sexy scenes, but one moment seems to be the break out.
We’re, of course, talking about Adam going full frontal for a jaw-dropping shower scene. While female nudity is common in cable and streaming shows, it’s still rare to see male actors go buck naked for a part. So, you can understand why everyone is fascinated with this spicy scene.
Namely, many have been curious to learn whether Adam really stripped down fully for Sex/Life or if he used a body double. Thankfully, in a recent interview with Collider, showrunner and creator Stacy Rukeyser weighed in on the appendage that’s broken the internet.
“No,” she commented. “That’s not a body double. I mean, people usually ask is it real or is it a prosthetic?”
|Celebrities / “an Anonymous Person Is Sending Me Death Threats For The Past 2 Months” – Eniola by DaraEduok(m): 11:35am On Jun 28|
Plus-sized Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus has not relent as she continues to cry out on the several death threats received in her dm via Instagram.
Badmus who has been complaining to her followers for the past two months has disclosed that whoever is behind this vile act would be dealt with by the full weight of the law.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Badmus said, “The person (sending the death threats) is anonymous and I have been getting his messages for two months. The person has never made any demand of me. The messages say that they would kill me whenever they see me and that anytime I come to Amen Estate (Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos), they would kill me there. However, the Instagram page of this unknown person has been reported and pulled down. I am not really scared because God has not given me the spirit of fear. It is just one of those things that happen. I hope that God exposes whoever is behind this.
“I kept quiet initially because I did not take him seriously. I assumed that he was not okay mentally. I am not owing anyone, so I don’t know where the threat is coming from. This is about the first time that I would be getting a death threat. I have made an official report to the police and they are working on it already. I don’t want to divulge too much information about their plans. I believe that whoever is behind the threat would be brought to book someday.”
|Politics / June 12, Nigeria by DaraEduok(m): 12:35pm On Jun 12|
This date “June 12” stands as a very significant date in the Nigerian history annually. A couple of events seems to crowd around the date.
Most of which though historical may not be so palatable in the ears of Nigerians. As this date seems to bring different ideas to the Nigerian citizens. Some tend to be scared and locked up indoors through our the day for fear of the unknown.
To begin with, it is wise to highlight some of these significant recap of events that go way back to this significant day on Nigeria’s history book of record.
Nigeria has enjoyed uninterrupted democracy since 1999. General Abdusalam Abubakar was the last military head of state who had just been succeeded in office by President Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29, 1999, which happened to be the same date formally used to mark democracy in the country.
Nigeria had made history on Tuesday June 12, 2018 when the country’s government had picked the date as its new Democracy Day.To replace the May 29 date formally used by the use military to mark change of power to the democratic age, and civilians in 1999.
After about 25 years had gone by since the military government had cancel June 12, 1993 election results, Nigeria’s Presido Muhammadu Buhari declared the same date as the main Democracy Day of Nigeria.
On the day, an estimated 14 million Nigerians – irrespective of ethnic, religious, class, and regional affiliations, (in a period when religious acrimony and tension had reached its zenith) – defied bad weather to elect their president with the hope of ending eight years of military dictatorships.
The euphoria was short-lived. The results of the election were never released. But unofficial results gathered through the various polling stations by civil society groups across the country indicated broad national support for the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
What happens on June 12, this year?
Stories on media platforms has it that, Nigerians intend to exercise their franchise for a better government having being failed by the present.
The theme of the protest is tagged #RevolutionNow, this movement seems to be the most important thing on the minds of Nigerians who seek a better system which truly cares about their existence, security and welfare.
Having been sabotaged and unheeded by the present administration over the last concluded #EndSars protest which had hit the airwaves and all social media platforms ran in the country.
This movement fostered by the Nigerian youths will be peaceful and kicks off in several cities of the country inspite the ban of one Nigerians most popularly used social platforms(Twitter), right after the declare on ban on crypto trading.
The Nigerian youths are hopeful that this date and the protest birth the desired effect on the government so as to create the new Nigeria, they desire.
So, What is your take, do you think Nigerians will get good riddance based on the date June 12? Or does the unknown scare you too?
|Music/Radio / Nasty C – Best I Ever Had by DaraEduok(m): 2:56pm On Jun 08|
South African rapper, Nasty C has dropped a new single for his fans. This one is titled “Best I Ever Had” and showed the rapper in a different mood than usual.
“Best I Ever Had” is Nasty C’s first release since he dropped his third studio album, “Zulu Man With Some Power” back in August 2020. On this new song, the rapper jumps on a beat comprising of rattling 808s, heavy bass, and bass strings. He was also exploring this new persona/alter ego, named “Spank Daddy”.
|Family / Raising Stars by DaraEduok(m): 12:07pm On Jun 08|
Maybe a little quota above average reading this had their mind wandering towards children, and the next generation of leaders. Well, if you thought towards that direction then you no doubts thought right, thought posterity and sustainability, you definitely are on your way to raising stars.
In the world today, where children are making waves, leaving their footprints on times sand at such young ages. Which in turn threatens adulthood who had in just a few decades back were referenced and held highly for near similar achievements at a way older age.
Yet, Change Is Constant : It is no more news that the new generation of kids, ones raised by ever dynamic technology around them are twice smarter at a very tender age than their counterpart in the last century or two. This definitely cannot be deprived them but if not well regulated properly can mar them tomorrow or their future at large.
Here are a couple steps in raising your stars:
Visualize your kid or other kids as Stars: This will help you to treat and groom them to shine as such
Nurture Empathy in Your Child: This means that inculcate empathic behaviours in the heart and minds of your kids. Help them to understand the need to feel pain, love, care etc towards themselves and others. This will shape and build their future relationships.
Teach Them to Volunteer: Encourage them to volunteer, in school, groups, social activities etc. This will improve their ability to work and do things themselves as well as expose them to new lessons that may not be thought in the classroom.
Offer Rewards Sparingly: Reward your kids efforts just like stars deserve, whenever they do something nice, outstanding or unexpectedly well. This will encourage them to do even more and will affirm them of your love.
Treat Them With Fairness and Respect: Many parents fail there they seem not to understand that their kids deserve to be treated with not just kindness but fairness and respect too, from their parents. Raising stars include respect to their personal possessions as well as their space etc.
|Politics / We Have Reduced Kidnapping And Banditry With NIN – Isa Pantami. by DaraEduok(m): 10:15am On Jun 04|
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami says banditry and kidnapping have reduced since his office introduced the policy compelling Nigerians to obtain a National Identification Number.
Pantami made the claim in Abuja on Thursday, June 3, while rendering an account of his stewardship since assuming office, in 2019.
“When I was assigned to supervise the sector on 24, August 2019, unregistered, and partial registered sims were being used to perpetrate crime in the country. Nobody knew the total number of unregistered sims.
Within less than 15 days in the office, we have engaged the NCC as a regulator. We have directed them to carry audit exercise to enable them come up with unregistered and partial registered sims. They came with around 9.4 million which is enough to populate another country. It was the first time we didn’t know the total of unregistered sims in the country.
And we went further to direct NCC, to ensure that by 25th September 2019, that is only one month few days in office, I spent there to ensure that by end of September 2021, no sim that is not registered will be on our network. NCC as a regulator implemented that effectively.
From end of September 2019, to 2020, you will discover that even kidnapping and banditry reduced to the barest minimum. It was a time that hardly can you spend one month or more without hearing about kidnapping.
The more you come up with policies to make the system effective the more criminals will come up with another strategy to compromise the policies.”he said
|Celebrities / Superbad Character Mclovin Turns 40, Seth Rogen And Fans Celebrate by DaraEduok(m): 9:52am On Jun 04|
McLovin has aged past the point of being carded.
According to his fake ID, Fogell — the iconic underage try-hard in 2007’s “Superbad” — has officially turned 40.
“Happy 40th birthday McLovin,” Seth Rogen, who co-wrote and co-starred in the coming-of-age comedy, tweeted Thursday. The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Fogell’s now-infamous forged Hawaii driver’s license, which bears his photo, the name McLovin and the birthdate June 3, 1981.
Meanwhile, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the actor who played Fogell, is currently 31, going on 32 later this month.
“(We wrote this joke when we were 14 years old),” Rogen, 39, added, in a nod to the fact that he and co-writer Evan Goldberg began writing the flick’s script when they were teenagers, using their Vancouver high-school experience as inspiration.
Rogen’s tweet has since gone viral, racking up more than 270,000 likes, as well as a deluge of comments from fans of the film and its most legendary prop.
“I once used this exact ID to get into Melbourne Casino…I was old enough anyways but was s – – tfaced and thought I’d try. Security didn’t even look twice,” one “Superbad”-lover responded.
“Met him in a bar after a show one time and he was absolutely tearing up a drum kit. beers were had and merch was exchanged. nice guy!” recalled another.
Happy 40th birthday McLovin. (We wrote this joke when we were 14 years old) pic.twitter.com/6E4Qa2tVQi— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 3, 2021
|Food / Re: All About Pizza by DaraEduok(m): 3:55pm On Jun 03|
|Food / All About Pizza by DaraEduok(m): 2:58pm On Jun 01|
Pizza is a savory dish of Italian origin consisting of a usually round, flattened base of leavened wheat-based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, and often various other ingredients (such as anchovies, mushrooms, onions, olives, pineapple, meat, etc. It is then baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven. A small pizza is sometimes called a pizzeta, A person who makes pizza is known as a pizzaiolo.
The term pizza was first recorded in the 10th century in a Latin manuscript from the Southern Italian town of Gaeta in Lazio, on the border with Campania. Modern pizza was invented in Naples, and the dish and its variants have since become popular in many countries. It has become one of the most popular foods in the world and a common fast food item in Europe and North America, available at pizzerias (restaurants specializing in pizza etc. Many companies sell ready-baked frozen pizzas to be reheated in an ordinary home oven.
In Italy, pizza served in formal settings, such as at a restaurant, is presented unsliced, and is eaten with the use of a knife and fork. In casual settings, however, it is cut into wedges to be eaten while held in hand.
Pizza undoubtedly contains more nutrient packed vegetables than most take-out choices and can help contribute to your daily requirements. Tomatoes are the main ingredient in pizza sauce and contain lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. Scientific research has found a link between lycopene and lower levels of certain cancers. Lycopene has also been found to be beneficial to the heart and blood vessels, skin, and bones. When tomatoes are cooked, as they are for pizza or pasta sauce, the lycopene levels are higher and easier for the body to absorb.
Other vegetable toppings also contain nutrients that promote better health. All vegetables contain fiber. Onions also contain chromium and vitamin C, and can help regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Bell peppers contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamins C, B6, and A, which help keep cells healthy. Those vitamins also support the immune system, metabolism, digestive health and good vision. Mushrooms contain riboflavin and potassium. Both are necessary for many important functions in the body and help keep the central nervous system healthy.
Olives contain vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids and healthy monounsaturated fat. Vitamin E helps prevent cell damage, polyphenols and flavonoids help prevent inflammation and monounsaturated fats help increase “good” cholesterol. Combined, these nutrients go a long way to protect your heart and prevent disease.Other sources of nutrients in pizza include cheese, which contains calcium, protein and vitamin A. Another source of nutrients in pizza is the dough, which contains some antioxidants due to the chemical reactions of the yeast. Pizza dough is made from a higher protein flour than bread dough.
One slice of Pizza contains the minerals such as 201 mg of calcium, 2.65 mg of iron, 26 mg of magnesium, 231 mg of phosphorus, 184 mg of potassium, 640 mg of sodium, 1.43 mg of zinc, 0.112 mg of copper, 0.385 mg of manganese and 21.3 µg of selenium. The vitamins such as 0.417 mg of thiamine, 0.209 mg of vitamin B2, 4.093 mg of niacin, 0.086 mg of pyridoxine, 100 µg of folate, 56 µg of folic acid, 43 µg of folate, 17.5 mg of choline, 0.45 µg of vitamin B12, 1.5 mg of vitamin C, 74 µg of Vitamin A, 383 IU of Vitamin A, 65 µg of retinol, 98 µg of Beta carotene, 29.7 mg of betaine, 2049 µg of lycopene, 62 µg of lutein + zeaxanthin, 0.89 mg of Vitamin E, 0.05 mg of beta tocopherol, 1.27 mg of gamma tocopherol, 0.36 mg of delta tocopherol and 7.2 µg of Vitamin K.
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|Celebrities / If It’s Easy, Do Your Own, Nkechi Blessing Slam Those Criticising Runs Girls by DaraEduok(m): 11:11am On May 29|
Curvy and endowed Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing Sunday has taken to social media to attack fans who are fond of criticising runs girls making it big in the country.
Nkechi Blessing who has never been short of controversies noted that it’s sad to see people criticize ladies making it big in the country.
According to the star actress, people tend to forget that they have the same attributes these so-called runs girls are using to make money and are still broke.
She urged haters to make use of their endowment to make money if it’s easy.
In her words;
“Na P*ssy na p*ssy, but una sef get the same p*ssy but still broke and hungry… if na so e easy, use your own p*ssy and allow person breathe”
|Celebrities / It Haunts Me That Davido Did Not Post My Album – Rapper, Blaqbonez Rants by DaraEduok(m): 11:00am On May 29|
Popular singer and rapper, Blaqbonez has voiced out his frustrations over Davido who has failed to promote his songs on and off social media.
Blaqbonez dropped his much-anticipated album some weeks ago and he has been getting good reviews from fans and lovers of good music.
The singer was also encouraged by Burna Boy and Wizkid who publicized the new album on their social media platforms.
However, Blaqbonez in a new post has revealed how frustrating it is that Davido has failed to join the trend.
He noted that Davido’s silence on the album haunts him.
Still haunts me that @davido never posted my album #SexOverLove, I want to be able to say all the GOATS posted me when i dropped.
|Travel / Woman On California Flight Knocks Out Southwest Attendant’s Teeth by DaraEduok(m): 3:36pm On May 28|
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant lost two teeth when she was assaulted by a passenger on a California flight last weekend, according to a union president.
“Unfortunately, this is just one of many occurrences,” said the union president, Lyn Montgomery. She said there were 477 incidents of “misconduct” by passengers on Southwest planes from April 8 to May 15.
A Southwest spokesman on Tuesday confirmed the incident. He said it involved a female passenger and occurred on Sunday’s Flight 700, which left Sacramento at 7:35 a.m. and got to San Diego just before 9 a.m.
“The passenger repeatedly ignored standard in-flight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing,” said the spokesman, Chris Mainz. He said police were asked to meet the plane when it arrived in San Diego, and the passenger was taken into custody.
The Sacramento Bee identified her as a 28-year-old woman from Antelope, a Sacramento suburb near Roseville, and said she was booked on suspicion of felony battery causing serious bodily injury.
The flight attendant went to a hospital for treatment. Southwest flew a friend to San Diego to be with her.
Mainz clarified in an email to the Bee that the instructions the passenger resisted did not involve masking or other COVID-19 protocols. “Reports indicate it was over instructions for putting the tray table up, fastening seat belt, etc. Not mask-related,” he wrote.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that airlines have reported 2,500 incidents of unruly passengers this year, including 1,900 cases in which passengers refused to wear face masks, which are required by federal rule. The FAA provided those numbers as it announced it was seeking civil penalties totaling $54,500 against five passengers for behavior ranging from refusing to wear a mask to assaulting flight attendants.
“I’ve been in the industry since 1992, and this is the worst ever,” Montgomery said in an interview. “People seem to be more angry. When they’re asked to do something, compliance seems to be more difficult.”
Southwest and most airlines train flight attendants to de-escalate tense situations with unhappy travelers. Montgomery said those tactics are growing less effective and a small number of passengers are becoming bolder in challenging the authority of crew members.
Montgomery, the president of Local 556 of the Transport Workers Union, wrote about the attack in a letter to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly.
|Celebrities / The Friends Reunion: The Best, The Worst And The Bieber by DaraEduok(m): 10:18am On May 28|
Now that it is out in the world, it’s clear that the much-heralded Friends reunion is actually several shows in one. It’s a clip show, it’s an interview show, it’s a celebrity talking heads show. And, as you’d expect from a format this muddled, some of it worked better than others. For every moment that managed to be genuinely touching, there was another where it felt like everyone was simply letting the clock run out. Perhaps the best way to approach this is to break the reunion down into its constituent parts, from most to least successful. Beware: here be spoilers.
The Schwimmer/Aniston crush
In what at times felt like a punishingly long recap of things everybody already knew, the revelation – apparently unearthed here for the first time – that David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston battled with debilitating yet unconsummated crushes on each other felt like actual news. Their bashful reminiscences, accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of them flirting like actual mad with each other, were unbearably sweet. The Ross/Rachel storyline was done to death on Friends, and inspired a wealth of imitators, so it’s lovely to know that it was rooted in something approximating truth.
The creator talking heads
It’s weird, given that Friends was such a global phenomenon, that so much attention was paid to the cast, rather than the people who actually made it. Parts of the reunion redressed the balance, with David Crane and Marta Kauffman appearing in little talking head segments to explain how the show came together, as well as the challenges of casting and producing it. If you’re interested in television, this was the most valuable segment. If you aren’t, and just wanted to watch people you recognise from TV crying at each other, then probably less so.
The cast reunion, backstage
The backstage footage of the Friends cast wandering around their recreated sets, sharing private little in-jokes, was probably the reunion that most people wanted to see. Not only did it show us the dynamic that the cast shared – with Schwimmer as the leader, LeBlanc as the low-energy joker and Aniston as the quick-to-cry heart – but it felt like eavesdropping on a group of acquaintances. True, it got a bit sappy towards the end; I’m not sure anybody needed the climactic weep-reel soundtracked by what can only be described as Friends Gone In Memoriam. But at least it felt insightful.
Remember that episode of Friends where Ross quizzed the friends about each other? This was a present-day recreation of that, with Schwimmer gamely acting as host in a segment that primarily existed to give Tom Selleck a cameo and Thomas Lennon whatever two levels less than a cameo is.
In which the cast of Friends sat around a table and read three scenes from Friends together so faithfully that it made you wish you were just watching an episode of Friends. This segment would have worked better if it was just an episode of Friends.
Here’s where we start getting into filler. There was a bit in the reunion where the cast of Friends watched some bloopers from Friends. I’m 90% sure that all the actual bloopers have been on DVD extras and YouTube for several years now and, although it was fun to see the cast ultimately Gogglebox themselves, there was little of value here.
The James Corden interview
The Friends reunion was a piece of entertainment made in 2021, so it goes without saying that James Corden was going to shoehorn himself in there one way or another. Little did we know, however, that he was going to be so prominent. Even though he was outnumbered six to one, Corden still managed to out-talk everyone else on stage without ever really saying anything. This was less an interview and more an extended platitude contest, with one question – “Who had the loudest laugh?” – causing me to groan in actual agony.
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|Literature / Female Degradation In Nawal’s A Woman At Point Zero by DaraEduok(m): 2:48pm On May 26|
Nawal El Saadawi (27 October 1931 – 21 March 2021) was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist etc. Saadawi wrote many books paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. She was described as “Egypt’s most radical woman”. El Saadawi was a feminist whose writings and professional career were dedicated to political and sexual rights for women.
She was educated at Cairo University (M.D., 1955),Columbia University in New York (M.P.H., 1966), and ʿAyn Shams University in Cairo (where she performed psychiatric research in 1972–74). In 1955–65 she worked as a physician at Cairo University and in the Egyptian ministry of health, and in 1966 she became the director-general of the health education department within the ministry. She conducted research at ʿAyn Shams on Egyptian women suffering from neurosis; its case studies inspired her novel Amraʾah ʿind nuqṭah al-ṣifr (1975; Woman at Point Zero).
In Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi describes her experiences as a psychiatrist in Egypt, studying the psychological effects of prison on female prisoners. Women across the globe face the discrimination based on gender which not only leaves a physical scar on their bodies but a mental scar as well which is hard to erase. Women have realized their importance and they have been fighting for their rights from long back.
Nawal El Saadawi in her book Woman at Point Zero beautifully portrays the condition of Egyptian women particularly Firdaus who is the protagonist of the novel. Nawal met Firdaus in a jail. The interesting thing was that Firdaus was not appealing for life imprisonment instead demanded death. Nawal got very curious. Firdaus narrated her whole life story which was full of sufferings and struggle done to her by the men in her life . She was tired of a male dominated society. Death was the only source of emancipation for her.
Nawal El Saadawi has always been a controversial writer. Nawal El Saadawi has beautifully shown the suffering and the agony of the common Arab women who becomes the victim of patriarchal society. Saadawi is often said to be the spokesperson for Arab women or ‘Mother of Arab feminism.’ Woman at Point Zero is not only the story of Firdaus but it is the story of every girl particularly living in the Egyptian society. Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero, takes up an issue of female suppression in almost all walks of life by their male counterparts. According to her, this female oppression is deeply rooted in the culture of the societies
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|Travel / The 7 Wonders Of The World by DaraEduok(m): 2:40pm On May 26|
The Seven Wonders of the World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity. It was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers. In 2000 a Swiss foundation launched a campaign to determine the New Seven Wonders of the World. Given that the original list was compiled in the 2nd century BCE—and that only one entrant is still standing (the Pyramid of Gaza)—it seemed time for an update. And people around the world apparently agreed, as more than 100 million votes were cast on the Internet or by text messaging. The final results, which were announced in 2007, were met with cheers as well as some jeers—a number of prominent contenders, such as Athen’s Acropolis failed to make the cut. The seven that did make the cut are:
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA: One of the world’s largest building-construction projects, the Great Wall of China is widely thought to be about 5,500 miles (8,850 km) long; a disputed Chinese study, however, claims the length is 13,170 miles (21,200 km). Work began in the 7th century BCE and continued for two millennia. Although called a “wall,” the structure actually features two parallel walls for lengthy stretches. In addition, watchtowers and barracks dot the bulwark. One not-so-great thing about the wall, however, was its effectiveness. Although it was built to prevent invasions and raids, the wall largely failed to provide actual security. Instead, scholars have noted that it served more as “political propaganda.”
Apart from defense, other purposes of the Great Wall have included border control allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watchtowers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.
CHICHEN ITZA: It is a Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, which flourished in the 9th and 10th centuries CE. Under the Mayan tribe Itzá, a number of important monuments and temples were built. Among the most notable is the stepped pyramid El Castillo (“The Castle”), which rises 79 feet (24 meters) above the Main Plaza. A testament to the Mayans’ astronomical abilities, the structure features a total of 365 steps, the number of days in the solar year. During the spring and autumnal equinoxes, the setting sun casts shadows on the pyramid that give the appearance of a serpent slithering down the north stairway; at the base is a stone snake head. Life there was not all work and science, however. Chichén Itzá is home to the largest Tlachtli (a type of sporting field) in the Americas. On that field the residents played a ritual ball game popular throughout pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.
The Maya name “Chichen Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” This derives from chi’, meaning “mouth” or “edge”, and chʼen or chʼeʼen, meaning “well”. Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic dominance of the northern peninsula.
PETRA: The ancient city of Petra, Jordan, is located in a remote valley, nestled among sandstone mountains and cliffs. It was purported to be one of the places where Moses struck a rock and water gushed forth. Later the Nabataeans, an Arab tribe, made it their capital, and during this time it flourished, becoming an important trade center, especially for spices, noted carvers. The Nabataeans chiseled dwellings, temples, and tombs into the sandstone, which changed color with the shifting sun. In addition, they constructed a water system that allowed for lush gardens and farming.
At its height, Petra reportedly had a population of 30,000. The city began to decline, however, as trade routes shifted. A major earthquake in 363 CE caused more difficulty, and after another tremor hit in 551, Petra was gradually abandoned. Although rediscovered in 1912, it was largely ignored by archaeologists until the late 20th century, and many questions remain about the city.
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|Literature / Achilles Heels: A Greek Mythology by DaraEduok(m): 2:28pm On May 26|
An Achilles heels is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall.
The Achilles tendon is a tough band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). It is also called the calcaneal tendon.
The gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf muscles) unite into one band of tissue, which becomes the Achilles tendon at the low end of the calf. The Achilles tendon then inserts into the calcaneus. Small sacs of fluid called bursae cushion the Achilles tendon at the heel.
The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. When the calf muscles flex, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel. This movement allows us to stand on our toes when walking, running, or jumping. Despite its strength, the Achilles tendon is also vulnerable to injury, due to its limited blood supply and the high tensions placed on it.
In Greek Mythology, when Achilles was an infant, it was prophesied that he would perish at a young age. To prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. However, as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles.
The large and prominent tendon of the gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris muscles of the calf is called the tendo achilleus or Achilles tendons. This is commonly associated with the site of Achilles’ death wound. Tendons are avascular, so such an injury is unlikely to be fatal; however, the myth has the arrow poisoned with the blood of the Lemaean Hydro.
Although the death of Achilles is predicted by Hector in Homer’s Iliad, it does not actually occur in the Iliad, but is described in later Greek and Roman poetry and drama concerning events after the Iliad, later in the Trojan wars. In the myths surrounding the war, Achilles was said to have died from a wound to his heel, ankle, or torso, which was the result of an arrow—possibly poisoned—shot by Paris.
Achilles, is the son of the mortal Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, and the Nereid, or sea nymph, Thetis. Achilles was the bravest, handsomest, and greatest warrior of the army of Agamemnon in the Trojan war. According to Homer, Achilles was brought up by his mother at Parthia with his inseparable companion Patroclus. Later non-Homeric tales suggest that Patroclus was Achilles’ kinsman or lover.
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|Literature / Culture In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart by DaraEduok(m): 4:15pm On May 19|
Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts etc.
The word “culture” is derived from a French term, which in turn is derived from the Latin word “colere,” which means to tend to the earth and grow, or cultivation and nurture. It shares its etymology with a number of other words related to actively fostering growth.
According to Wikipedia, culture is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behaviour and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs capabilities, and habits of the individuals in these groups.
Humans acquire culture through the learning processes of enculturation and socialization which is shown by the diversity of cultures across societies.
Things Fall Apart is the debut novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe first published in 1958. It depicts pre-colonial life in the southeastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of the European colonizers in the 19th Century. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. Apart from talking about the pre-colonial life of Africans, things fall apart , also showcases the culture inept in Africa.
Achebe creates a portrait of African culture in Things Fall Apart, in order to inform the outside world that African culture contains much value. Obviously, Achebe aims at conveying to his people and the world that Africans did not hear of culture from Europe and that their societies were not mindless after all but have a philosophy and culture of great depth, value, beauty, signification and dignity.
|Politics / We Would Be Struggling — British High Commissioner by DaraEduok(m): 2:18pm On May 19|
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has said that her country would have been struggling if they had only one of Nigeria’s problems.
Announcing that the UK government would deny visas to Nigerians who incite violence and want to disrupt 2023 elections, Laing said the ideal candidates for the 2023 Nigerian presidential elections should be youths with females as the Vice Presidential candidates.
Vanguard reported that the British envoy who said this in Port Harcourt on her maiden visit to Rivers State, also cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to cement their legacies on a positive note by ensuring peaceful 2023 elections in Rivers State.
I do have some sympathy for Nigeria because if we as UK have one of these problems your country is having today, we will be struggling. Here, you deal with everything, from insurgency to kidnapping, to piracy off the Gulf of Guinea and you don’t have such a large army and police force for a country of this size.
“The only way you turn this thing around is that government has to build the trust of its people, to have the people working with the government to deal with criminality. That’s how successful anti-criminal operations work.
“People willingly report those committing crime, working with police to identify criminals, same with the military on the insurgency situation. It’s only when the community is on the side of the police and security services that they can turn around the situation.
“2023 is not alright. What happens in the elections is very crucial, not just for Nigeria, but Africa to the world. You (Nigeria) are a large democracy.
“It doesn’t have to be a perfect election. There would be problems, but we want it to be better than the last one. We want it to be secure, peaceful, the process should be run well, and you need to get people to register.
“My ideal candidates would be two younger presidential candidates, both with female vice presidential candidates.
“It is essential that there’s a peaceful election in Rivers State. It’s going to be a crucial part of his (Wike) legacy, how the election goes in this state. We’ve been saying the same thing to Amaechi.
“Another thing we will be doing is to remind people that if people do incite violence or act violently, we will be prepared to deny them visas to the UK. We will make that statement clear and say it over again.”
|Career / My Cover Story Dreams by DaraEduok(m): 3:15pm On May 17|
Have you ever sighted a magazine that at first glance, you wished that you were the face that made it cover pages instead of whoever the model was?
How about being mesmerized by the blend in colours or the feel of the pages of your favourite magazine? It may shock and equally interest you to know that you are not alone. They are a handful of persons like you, wishing they too could feature in that type of cover page.
Being a Nigerian, I have had the opportunity to access a good variety of magazines and if I were to be in the cover story of any. I will opt for the most popular, the best that covers fashion, lifestyle, trendy stories, and of course entertainment and every spicy detail in between. Pulse.NG has all of those juicy details and more.
This magazine is a wide combination of trends, news, lifestyle, and fashion to ranks second in Nigeria but in the eyes of those like me it comes first on the list. Pulse.NG has become a household name for many families in the country due to its flexibility and very intentional measures to create contents that is relatable and relevant in today's society.
This magazine also offers interviews and one-on-one talk with celebrities keeping it consumers up to date with the latest happenings in the fashion world and even a bit on their favourite celebrities.
Asides, having a photo of me so gracefully displayed on Pulse.NG cover page as one of my biggest fantasies. I will also consider it a rare privilege to have at least one of my articles grace their beautiful pages, and digested by many minds within and outside the country.
So there, it's out of the bag. "My cover story dream" what is yours?
|Health / Insomnia by DaraEduok(m): 2:35pm On May 17|
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that regularly affects million of people worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults need at least 7 – 9 hours of sleep in every 24 hours period depending on their age.
Insomnia comes in two ways, as a short term (acute) and as a long term (chronic). Acute insomnia lasts from one night to a few weeks but chronic insomnia occurs at least 3 nights a week for 3 months or more.
However, there are two types of insomnia: primary and secondary.
Primary insomnia: this one is not linked to any health condition or problem. This could be caused due to stress related to big life events, like a job loss, the death of a loved one, a divorce, things around like noise, light or temperature.
Secondary insomnia: this one has to do with trouble sleeping because of health complications ( like asthma, cancer, depression, arthritis or heartburn) or substance use ( like alcohol).
Insomnia leads to issues like daytime sleepiness and lethargy, a general feeling of being mentally and physically unwell, mood swings, irritability and anxiety. Did you know that insomnia plays a role in the development of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression etc.
Symptoms of insomnia are: difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up during the night, waking up too early, not feeling well rested after a nights sleep, increased errors or accidents, difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering, ongoing worries about sleep.
Insomnia can be treated. There are both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical ways for treating insomnia. For the pharmaceutical treatment, a doctor or physician is recommended for appropriate prescriptions.
The non-pharmaceutical measures for treatment include: sleep hygiene training, avoiding caffeinated beverages near bedtime, avoiding exercise near bedtime, minimizing time spent on your bed when you are specifically not intending to sleep, create a relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a warm bath etc. Avoid or limit naps, check your medications to see if they may contribute to insomnia, make your bedroom comfortable for sleep and only use it for sex and sleep.
Remember a healthy life is a wealthy life.
|Education / The Students’ Enemy by DaraEduok(m): 1:48pm On May 17|
Examination is a detailed inspection or study. It is a formal test of a person’s knowledge or proficiency in a subject or skill. It is also an educational assessment intended to measure a person’s knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness or classification in many other topics.
We all know that a greater part of our educational life is spent inside the examination hall. As students I know we have all dreaded and detested exams . We tend to ask questions like:
Is examinations the true test of knowledge?
Who brought out this form of traumatic assessment?
Well let’s find out.
Henry Fishel was the first person who invented examinations and the Imperial Examination was the first examination conducted in China. Fishel was a French philosopher who lectured in the U.S and many other places. He is one of the first philosophers to have a kind of philosophy of examination.
His reasons for the invention of the examination idea are:
To make a person learn a whole lot of things in a single night.
To give an indication of how much a person learnt.
It’s to test your ability
But as we all know these reasons might not be enough to justify examination as the true test of knowledge. Some reasons why it is not the true test of knowledge are:
Students can easily cheat in exams.
Flawed tests defeat good students.
Examination don’t truly prove that one has acquired a certain knowledge.
Examination test one’s ability to memorize rather than analyse and fully understand.
Results of the examination depends on the examiner.
Regarding all these reasons, could it be said that examination is the true test of knowledge or it is just a test of knowledge.
Please feel free to drop your opinions in the comment box
|Fashion / Black Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza Crowned Miss Universe 2021 by DaraEduok(m): 12:32pm On May 17|
Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.https://fincheshub.com/miss-mexico-crowned-miss-universe-2021/
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|Celebrities / Re: “Marry!! See What It Has Caused” Adekunle Gold React As Simi Wears His New Shirt by DaraEduok(m): 12:47pm On May 15|
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|Celebrities / I Always Teach My Kids That Family Needs Not Be Perfect But United Mercy Johoson by DaraEduok(m): 10:30am On May 15|
Nollywood Actress, Mercy Johnson, has shared some important words of advice about having a united family.
The amiable mother-of-four, since she got married has been displaying enviable family goals to the admiration of her numerous fans.
According to Mercy, she teaches her children that a family does not need to be perfect but most importantly be united.
She shared a post on Instagram with a caption that read ;
“I always teach my kids, that a family needs not be perfect but it needs to be United. Because we are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided. As everyone needs a home to live in but a supportive family is what builds a home.”
|Foreign Affairs / Driver ‘rams Israeli Checkpoint’ As Deadly Violence Engulfs The West Bank( Pics) by DaraEduok(m): 10:17am On May 15|
Driver ‘rams Israeli checkpoint’ as deadly violence engulfs the West Bank leaving ten dead after Gaza bomb blitz
A DRIVER tried to “ram his car into an Israeli checkpoint” as a new wave of violence engulfed the West Bank leaving ten dead.
The fighting has escalated following the bombardment of Gaza as the region was hit with 1,000 missiles.
According to Palestinian officials, at least ten people were killed and hundreds were injured, with the majority of the casualties being shot by live ammunition.
A man who rammed his car into a military post was killed after attempting to stab a soldier while a number of protesters were killed after throwing stones at troops.
The Palestinian health ministry said another man was shot in the head in the West Bank town of al-Rihiya.
Dr Mustafa Barghouti, an independent Palestinian politician, told Sky News 60 protests were organised across the West Bank today.
He added this week’s fighting is a “really unprecedented uprising” and said those killed were “just participating in protest and demonstrations”.
Meanwhile, protests broke out at the Jordanian and Lebanese borders with Israel, in support of the Palestinians.
It comes as Israel unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery fire and airstrikes, today.
Around 1,500 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israeli cities since hostilities escalated between Hamas and Israel earlier in the week, Israel’s army said.
Previously Israel used a fake tweet of a ground invasion in Gaza to trick Hamas fanatics into fleeing inside their network of tunnels reports claim.
Last night the IDF sparked confusion by saying soldiers on the ground had entered the Palestinian enclave – as its fighter jets continued to hit targets belonging to militants.
The force tweeted: “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.”
However, shortly afterwards the IDF said no ground troops had crossed into the Gaza Strip.
It added: “Clarification: There are currently no IDF ground troops inside the Gaza Strip.
“IDF air and ground forces are carrying out strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip.”
Reports in Israel claim the move was a planned trick to destroy the network of Hamas tunnels.
Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll has climbed to 119 Palestinians, including 27 children, with 600 people wounded.
The Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups have confirmed 20 deaths in their ranks, though Israel says that number is much higher.
The violence has escalated into an even bloodier conflict than the 50-day war in 2014.
Mourners at the funeral of five-year-old Ido Avigal killed by rocket fire in Israel were forced to take cover today as Hamas launched rockets toward the cemetery.
Despite international calls for a cease-fire, violence in Israel continues to intensify.
|Celebrities / Re: “Marry!! See What It Has Caused” Adekunle Gold React As Simi Wears His New Shirt by DaraEduok(m): 10:09am On May 15|
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|Celebrities / “Marry!! See What It Has Caused” Adekunle Gold React As Simi Wears His New Shirt by DaraEduok(m): 10:04am On May 15|
Nigerian Singers, Adekunle Gold and Simi are marriage goals!
Simi had taken to her Instagram page to share new photos of herself rocking a green shirt and a bikers short while gushing over her beauty.
She captioned the photos: “how can you be this fine without sharing your testimony. Also my nails are so f*ked up. pulled out four of em yesterday, but if anybody ask me, i’ma say i was born this way.”
Reacting to the post, her husband, Adekunle Gold taunted her in the comment section by revealing that she shirt she rocked was his, a shirt he’s never worn nor snapped picture with. “Shirt wey I never snap picture with, you don run am. Marry! Marry! na hin be this?!”
|Literature / Re: Terecle - For Article Lovers by DaraEduok(m): 10:00am On May 15|
My First Encounter With Politics
This is frankly a little impossible to truly date. I think politics have always been a part of me like everyone else since when I was a kid. It may have come in other names we couldn’t identify as politics proper. During my childhood days, it was termed social studies, current affairs and the likes. When I got to my teens, it was termed government and history. Then my undergraduate days amalgamated to full blown political sciences and here I would say happened to be my first full-time reality of what politics in Nigeria really meant as it gradually unfolded in many ways.
There was school politics, I mean different persons clamored for various positions of leadership around the tertiary institutions government. This was evident in the various hierarchy of electoral campaigns conducted. Such as departmental elections raising leaders to function departments wise, then next in line was the faculty elections and the hulk was the Students Union Government (SUG) which seemed so important judging by the line of activity and security measures put in place for fair results.
This was one thing that I never seemed to properly wrap my senses around, what was all the hullabaloo about? Was it worth it? Well, I guess it was to the students who had some sort of benefits from any good students government. So yes, that was politics.
In my opinion, Politics in Nigeria isn’t too different from that in tertiary institutions. The difference is that it’s vast, the age demography is considered too and criteria are doubled if not tripled to aspiring candidates for different positions. With this little illustration above, naturally one will consider those and authorities involved to ensure a better coordination pulling everything in their power to ensure safe, free and fair results at the polls but the reverse has always been the case.
|Literature / Re: Terecle - For Article Lovers by DaraEduok(m): 9:58am On May 15|
Opportunity Doesn’t knock twice? How true?
It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path.”Michael Dell
Most of us are way too familiar with the phrase above, some of us do a little more than just being familiar if we must admit. We are shaped, groomed and somehow led to believe this phrase strongly. While this might coincidentally look true and factual but it is not always the case in many ways though they are exceptional cases in which they’re.
A great man once said, “Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell”. It is true that opportunities don’t come to us every day. After working hard, we may be entitled to an opportunity. But one has to be aware of opportunities that may come his/her way. Today, many people are too involved in their own work that they miss many opportunities.
Opportunities to take a breath of fresh air
To seal that deal
To share a bottle or two with friends
To allow love happen
To share happy blissful memories with family etc
|Literature / Re: Terecle - For Article Lovers by DaraEduok(m): 2:51pm On May 14|
If I Could Only Visit One Website Today
The internet is the ‘in-thing’ in this dispensation, both to the young and old. In the past few decades its experienced massive expansion and improvements in the subsequent updated technologies. Today, many websites are assessed by billions of people.
The internet is so wide, consisting of all kinds of topics of interest. Servicing, all kinds of persons with varying values, morality, educational level and beliefs across races and geographical area.
Since the inception and modulation of the internet, internet users have been up and doing with regards to visiting their favorite websites at least 3-5 times in a day. This encapsulates blogs, vlogs, YouTube clips, trailers, music videos, comics etc. In a bit too not just stay abreast with the recent trends but to stay entertained.
As a result, quality content is on the yearn and increase. For one like me, who is keen on reading original and quality content, void of plagiarism. I have a few favorite websites and blogs of which terecle tops the chart.
Oh yes, you read right terecle.com is one website I definitely visit daily without regrets afterwards and I don’t see myself quitting soon. It’s informative, intriguing and filled with very entertaining contents that certainly isn’t too ambiguous or time consuming. Ranging from articles of all sphere to literatures such as original yet captivating and saturating stories, poems etc. That keeps you panting for more and watching out for new episodes.
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|Literature / Re: Terecle - For Article Lovers by DaraEduok(m): 10:41pm On May 13|
A Letter To My Five Year Old Self
Dear Five Year Old self,
Hello, how are you doing? Though, I know that’s needless to ask. If anyone understands the meaning of fine or not fine, that will be you. Yes, because you were usually almost a hundred percent fine at age five and if anything ever at the slightest pricked your tranquility. You knew too well, to make it known to mom and dad, it was never your headache how they got it done. They just had to find a way around it, while you waited like a bride on her prince charming until the situation was fixed.
Dear five year old self, do you recall how we played hide and seek with the neighbours kids? Do you recall the times we eagerly chanted “mummy or daddy oyoyo” as a welcome song to them whenever they came back knowing too well without a shadow of doubt there was a puff-puff reward in view. How about when we broke the dishes and got some lashes and refused a meal, and still get flogged for it. I miss the tantrums, that’s something I can only wish for now. These days, people wish you’ll reject your meals when upset as another eager stomach awaits it.
Dear five year old self, you remember reciting those rhymes with complete faith you will be a doctor, a lawyer or those dream professions. You were told good grades was the only key and you made sure to secure them, especially when mom had promised you a bicycle.
You came second, no thanks to your teacher or even yourself for ruining your Christmas. When you weigh the odds, between you and itoro who had one, but came tenth place, then you gradually realized it was never about the grades but something about the lack, they called it Money and your parents never seemed to have it enough.
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