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Crime / Re: Teenagers Arrested For Robbery And Murder In Ogun State (Photo) by dk58(m): 4:58pm On Oct 15
Education / How To Answer Phd Interview Questions About You by dk58(m): 4:33pm On Oct 15
Your PhD interview will be an important part of your postgraduate research application. This is your chance to meet your prospective department, discuss your project and show your potential as an academic researcher.

Of course, it’s also when that potential is going to be assessed.

You’ll need to show an awareness of what’s involved in a PhD project and prove that you have the right aspirations and approach to work on one for three (or more) years. You’ll also need to make it clear that this is the right university, department, research group or laboratory for you.

None of this has to be especially intimidating. Putting some thought into your project and your choice of institution can make answering PhD interview questions quite simple.

On this page we’ve put together a list of the questions you might be asked at an interview. We’ve also explained why the university might be asking each question, with some tips on how to answer those PhD interview questions.

You won’t necessarily be asked all of these questions – and you almost certainly won’t be asked them in the order here. Some of them also overlap with each other. But they’re all topics that you should be prepared to discuss at a PhD interview.

Interview questions about you

Your own personal qualities as a student, team-member and individual are some of the most important factors in a university’s decision to accept you for a PhD.

Regardless of your subject area, you need to be the kind of person who can dedicate themselves to a three-year project. You also need to be able to work alongside other students and academics in a positive and successful research environment.

The interview is the best way for a university to assess this. Just as there’s more to doing a PhD than research and writing, there’s more to a prospective student than their academic record.

#1 Tell us about yourself…

This popular opener can feel like an awkwardly open ‘question’.

You’ll be prepared to explain your project, to say what a great fit it is for the university, perhaps even reference some current research. But how do you ‘answer’ an invitation to just introduce yourself?

By introducing yourself.

Your interview panel isn’t trying to catch you out here. They’re offering an icebreaker to help ease you into the rest of the interview.

Obviously your response should be relevant to the occasion. But it doesn’t just have to be a run-down of your academic achievements, interests and goals (the interview will get to those in time!).

Say a little about your background, where you’re from and what your interests are. Don’t be afraid to relate these to your academic specialism and your choice of university.

If something specifically inspired you to consider a PhD, mention it. If there’s something that’s attracted you to this city as well as the university, say so. (There’ll be plenty of time to talk up the institution and its research later).

Do answer:

• I’ve always been interested in discovering how things work, but my time as an undergraduate opened my eyes to the excitement and wider benefit of science. I had the chance to do some original research on my Masters and that’s inspired me to take up the challenge of a PhD. I’m also a keen hiker and amateur naturalist, so I’d love to combine my studies here with the chance to visit the local area.

Don't answer:

• I was born in a house next to the local post-office. My first cat was called Timothy and he liked chasing string. At school my best friend was Kevin. My favourite colour is blue and my favourite flavour of ice-cream is raspberry ripple…*

*Please note: The PhD application process is not biased against people with cats called Timothy and friends called Kevin. Or those who like blue things and ice cream.

#2 What made you choose to do a PhD?

At some point in your interview your panel is going to want to know what’s behind your decision to undertake a doctorate.

Read more: https://meziesblog.com/how-to-answer-phd-interview-questions-about-you/

Crime / Re: Kenyan Child Serial Killer Who Murdered 13 Minors Escapes From Police Custody by dk58(m): 3:27am On Oct 14
smiley Incompetent police...No one ever hears G-boys escaped police custody. Only serial killers, rapists and criminals have the magical powers of Anini. Dis kain drama for Africa. Hear something, see something, say nothing, just do something off the books.
Religion / Re: Pastor Funke Adejumo: If You Are The Richest Among Your Friends, Leave Now by dk58(m): 3:22am On Oct 14
smiley Listen, read, smile and think it through...Be careful about fake preachers, social media influence, and who you choose as friends.
Crime / Re: Ghanaian Stabs Friend To Death After Dreaming That He Was Sleeping With His Wife by dk58(m): 2:56am On Oct 14
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No one dreams to love a LovePeddler cos it hurts to take the fall
Deal with depression and anxiety real quick
When the kicks set in, even strong men lose their grit
For your sanity, love like a Roman god and think like a cop
Trust your guts and tell yourself 'No, please, it's in my head!'
Health / Re: #NoBraDay 2021: Nigerian Women, Others Mark 'No Bra Day' (Photos) by dk58(m): 2:51am On Oct 14
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Education / Useful Guide For Research Students And Academic Writers by dk58(m): 2:40am On Oct 14
The following steps outline a simple and effective strategy for writing a research paper. Depending on your familiarity with the topic and the challenges you encounter along the way, you may need to rearrange these steps.

Step 1: Identify and develop your topic

Selecting a topic can be the most challenging part of a research assignment. Since this is the very first step in writing a paper, it is vital that it be done correctly. Here are some tips for selecting a topic:

1. Select a topic within the parameters set by the assignment. Many times, your instructor will give you clear guidelines as to what you can and cannot write about. Failure to work within these guidelines may result in your proposed paper being deemed unacceptable by your instructor.

2. Select a topic of personal interest to you and learn more about it. The research for and writing of a paper will be more enjoyable if you are writing about something that you find interesting.

3. Select a topic for which you can find a manageable amount of information. Do a preliminary search of information sources to determine whether existing sources will meet your needs. If you find too much information, you may need to narrow your topic; if you find too little, you may need to broaden your topic.

4. Be original. Your instructor reads hundreds of research papers every year, and many of them are on the same topics (topics in the news at the time, controversial issues, subjects for which there is ample and easily accessed information). Stand out from your classmates by selecting an interesting and off-the-beaten-path topic.

5. Still can't come up with a topic to write about? See your instructor for advice.

Once you have identified your topic, it may help to state it as a question. For example, if you are interested in finding out about the epidemic of obesity in the American population, you might pose the question "What are the causes of obesity in America?" By posing your subject as a question you can more easily identify the main concepts or keywords to be used in your research.

Step 2: Do a preliminary search for information

Before beginning your research in earnest, do a preliminary search to determine whether there is enough information out there for your needs and to set the context of your research. Look up your keywords in the appropriate titles in the library's Reference collection (such as encyclopaedias and dictionaries) and in other sources such as our catalogue of books, periodical databases, and Internet search engines. Additional background information may be found in your lecture notes, textbooks, and reserve readings. You may find it necessary to adjust the focus of your topic in light of the resources available to you.

Step 3: Locate materials

With the direction of your research now clear to you, you can begin locating material on your topic. There are a number of places you can look for information:

If you are looking for books, do a subject search in the Alephcatalog. A Keyword search can be performed if the subject search doesn't yield enough information. Print or write down the citation information (author, title, etc.) and the location (call number and collection) of the item(s). Note the circulation status. When you locate the book on the shelf, look at the books located nearby; similar items are always shelved in the same area. The Aleph catalogue also indexes the library's audio-visual holdings.

Use the library's electronic periodical databases to find magazine and newspaper articles. Choose the databases and formats best suited to your particular topic; ask at the librarian at the Reference Desk if you need help figuring out which database best meets your needs. Many of the articles in the databases are available in full-text format.

Use search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.) and subject directories to locate materials on the Internet. Check Internet Resources for helpful subject links.

Step 4: Evaluate your sources

See the CARS Checklist for Information Quality for tips on evaluating the authority and quality of the information you have located. Your instructor expects that you will provide credible, truthful, and reliable information and you have every right to expect that the sources you use are providing the same. This step is especially important when using Internet resources, many of which are regarded as less than reliable.

Step 5: Make notes

Consult the resources you have chosen and note the information that will be useful in your paper. Be sure to document all the sources you consult, even if you there is a chance you may not use that particular source. The author, title, publisher, URL, and other information will be needed later when creating a bibliography.

Step 6: Write your paper

Begin by organizing the information you have collected. The next step is the rough draft, wherein you get your ideas on paper in an unfinished fashion. This step will help you organize your ideas and determine the form your final paper will take. After this, you will revise the draft as many times as you think necessary to create a final product to turn in to your instructor.

Step 7: Cite your sources properly

Give credit where credit is due; cite your sources.

Citing or documenting the sources used in your research serves two purposes: it gives proper credit to the authors of the materials used, and it allows those who are reading your work to duplicate your research and locate the sources that you have listed as references. The MLA and the APA Styles are two popular citation formats.

Failure to cite your sources properly is plagiarism. Plagiarism is avoidable!

Read More: https://meziesblog.com/useful-guide-for-research-students-and-academic-writers/

Sports / Re: EPL: Alan Shearer Names Ronaldo, Jay-jay Okocha, Hazard In His Ultimate Ballers by dk58(m): 2:30am On Oct 14
smiley Jay-Jay Okocha will never be forgotten in the football world. The mercurial midfielder has an amazing way of making difficult football skills look easy. He was a nightmare to many footballers. The smiles on his face, even when the Super Eagles are playing with noticeable fear and confusion, were a priceless consolation to many fans and football lovers.
Education / Global Approach In Whistleblower Protection by dk58(m): 3:47pm On Oct 10
Despite recommendations and protective standards set by Transparency International, whistleblower activities have been minimal around the world due to the fear of employer retaliation, which may result in job termination, demotion, or other disciplinary action. But the major problem is lack of standardized implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) ratified by over 160 countries for the protection of whistleblowers. For example, the Council of Europe developed two major legal documents vis-a-vis the Civil Convention on Corruption and the Penal Convention on Corruption provide whistleblower laws and mechanisms to receive reports, disclosures and investigate wrongdoings in the public sector. But a 2017 OECD survey found such laws to be incomprehensive, scandal-driven, and ineffective because they are not in compliance with international standards.

Canada: Whistleblower protection in Canada is a responsibility of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (PSIC) which protects public servants from reprisal attacks after disclosing wrongdoing. It also offers cover for anyone who has cooperated in investigations. The main objective of PSIC is to improve public confidence and trust in Canada's federal public institutions as well as strengthen public servants’ integrity. The Office was established by the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (The Act) of 15 April, 2007 which made it an independent and permanent Agent of Parliament, offering whistleblower protection to over 500,000 public servants. A setback to this goal is that not all disclosures result in an investigation because the Act stipulates the jurisdiction of the Commissioner and, under some circumstances, gives the option not to investigate. This challenge was responsible for lapses in Canada’s handling of COVID-19 cases related to fraud and profiteering. To encourage citizens’ commitment to enforcing accountability in acceptance and use of government financial supports—including scientific evidence and the administration of health services, the Act also mandated the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal (PSDPT) which protects whistleblowers in the public sector by hearing reprisal complaints—particularly those referred by the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. The Canadian government, thus, metes out disciplinary actions against persons/organizations who take reprisals. Compensations are also available for complainants who faced retaliatory actions from their employers. How these mechanisms functioned during COVID-19 pandemic will be discussed in the research.

United Kingdom: Whistleblower rights in the United Kingdom was established by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) which allows protected disclosures whether a non-disclosure agreement was signed between past or present recruiter and an employee or not. A debate on if there should be further restrictions on confidentiality clauses was held in 2019. But, most remarkably, the “The Freedom to Speak Up Review” outlined twenty principles intended to improve whistleblower protection for NHS workers. The relevance of PIDA, which amends the Employment Rights Act 1996, including how PIDA enhanced NHS performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be discussed in the forthcoming research.:

Choice of country for this academic inquiry would be Canada, with references made to whistleblower protection laws and issues in countries like France, Japan, UK, and the United States.


From the results of this study, recommendations will be made on how governments can improve legal frameworks to protect whistleblowers, build trust among employees and observers, revitalise whistleblowing channels, improve corporate compliance and prevent unnecessary loss of lives in the future – as would have been the case if the Chinese government had taken responsibility to protect its citizens and the world, long before Li Wenliang’s public outcry. But it is necessary for the whistleblowing standards/principles to be adapted to each country’s political, social and cultural contexts, including their existing legislative frameworks.


Politics / Re: Lady Shares Heartbreaking Photos On Nigeria's 61st Independence Day by dk58(m): 2:10pm On Oct 01
Nigeria is in our blood
Her future is in our hands
We can make it what we want
No Nigeria without us
Science/Technology / Re: Earth Is DIMMING Due To Climate Change, Scientists Warn ( Pics) by dk58(m): 1:58pm On Oct 01
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Business / Seminar Paper On 'How To Avoid The Next Financial Crisis' by dk58(m): 6:33pm On Sep 19
…Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

The word “crisis” has become a jargon in business, management, and academic circles such as this one, yet, it remains as topical as it was a decade ago when the most recent financial crisis vibrated across Greece and beyond. Crisis, according to the Cambridge dictionary, refers to “a situation that has reached an extremely difficult or dangerous point.” More specifically, financial crisis is a general term used in describing sovereign defaults, disorderly functioning of markets, banking panics, decline in stock market prices, currency devaluation and bursting of asset price bubbles, among others.

The origins of crises are hard to identify but the Greek example shows it can occur anywhere and at any time. The impact of Troika-imposed structural programmes on the Greek government has been among the most severe and hard-hitting in global history. This is evident in Greece’s recent downgrade of its status as developed to an emerging market thanks to the government’s careless decision to spend its €206.9 billion on creditor bail-outs. The resultant impoverishment and deindustrialisation is ongoing and could lead to other types of crisis such as:

• Grexit: The Greek government could withdraw its European Monetary Union (EMU) membership to reduce impact from using the EURO as a single Eurozone currency. This “time-out” from the euro area will aid the Athens government in debt restructuring but the strategy will most likely lead to another crisis since the stringent modalities for re-entering eurozone, in reality, makes it permanent.
• A currency crisis: If eurozone leaders approve Grexit, it implies the European Central Bank (ECB) would relinquish control of Bank of Greece for a return to the drachma. This situation may lead to currency devaluation with its attendant impact on the economy.
• A sudden stop: This implies a “balance of payments crisis” and is an offshoot of currency value depreciation which triggers a sudden fall in international capital inflows with its attendant rise in credit spreads.

Financial crises don’t occur often, but they do start with an incremental build-up of systemic risks in the macro-financial system, as was the case in Greece. Globalization, as a catalyst for development, has shrunken international boundaries and its contagion effects are felt by the common man, real economy, governments, financial systems and all stakeholders. This highlights the increasing interconnectedness of global markets, institutions and economies as well as underlines the need for policymakers to anticipate such high-impact events and take appropriate precautionary measures when they set in, using an effective crises management framework. Globalization, through inter-border cash flows, can propel development as well as create broad-ranged systemic risks if protective politico-economic strategies are not implemented properly.

Each crisis has certain unique features and should be treated separately although they are all triggered by excessive high credit growth or flat fall in asset value. According to the U.S. Congressional Service Report on the Greek Crisis, the action roadmap involves the following:

• A prompt intervention to contain contagion and restore confidence in the system. This starts with identifying the main factors driving crises such as booms in assets and credit markets that turned to busts for Greece.
• Recession or capital flight, as suggested by Troika, is a long but promising path to economic resurgence. The impact of three bail-outs offered to Athens is expected to blossom from 2022.
• Structural adjustment in the financial system to control impact and avoid recurrence. Financial institutions must reinvent themselves and strategize on transforming regulatory constraints into competitive advantage.

On the global level, the following should be taken into consideration:
a) There should be a clear delegation of responsibility for financial stability, with clear coordination protocols during crisis. This authority should not be shared among separate agencies.
b) Flexible monetary policies and crisis management strategies should be adopted by central banks and global financial institutions by upgrading technology and developing tools and techniques that can accurately assess risks to the financial system on a regular basis.
c) Effective crisis management entails an ability to identify and handle systemic risks at an early stage.
d) Lastly, governments should recognize the importance of interdependence and integration, considering that certain risks actions may need international cooperation which, in turn, requires adequate preparation, solid framework and unwavering commitment.
In light of the strategic roadmap to avoiding a next financial crisis, popular economist Hyman Minsky, however, pointed out that though each crisis leaves behind some set of lessons when it recedes, it is only natural that these lessons are soon forgotten together with the fact that there’s always a financial breakpoint that could lead to another crisis. For example, Greece ignored warnings from its inefficient pension system and doled out money to public sector employees because they attended work and not for quality outputs. Politicization of the public sector, high unemployment and work culture issues, and tax evasion all played contributory roles as underrated corrosive elements in the Greek crisis.

Notably, Greece joined the European Monetary Union (EMU) in 2001 and enjoyed abundant access to cheap capital but capital flows were not maximised to increase competitiveness in the economy. Worse still, the EU financial regulation framework designed to control excessive accumulation of public debt failed in its responsibilities, leading to strained public finances and consequential falsification of statistical data that increased Greece’s borrowing costs until 2010, when it risked defaulting on its public debts. The Greek economy was stable and productive prior to its acceptance of EU membership, which highlights the decision as a political rather than an economic move.

Writing on the Washington Consensus, New Structural Economics and Creative Destruction point of views, the ex-Senior VP at World Bank, Justin Yifu Lin, explained that the gap between countries is a result of market failures. His adoption of Keynesianism in analysing determinants of economic growth in low-income countries which did not adopt policy recommendations from dominant development theories further pointed at government intervention and structural reforms as tools for controlling market imperfections and reducing growth gap between industrialized and developing nations. However, this approach failed, especially for Latin American countries in the 90s, and prompted advanced research which discovered the important role of markets in resource allocation and provision of development incentives. Yet, this approach abandoned structural differences between countries but believed structural change can happen spontaneously in the development process. In furtherance, the Washington Consensus preached privatization, liberalization and stabilization, and was widely accepted by development organizations around the world, but it left a vacuum for controversies on growth and development. A retrospect on some 20-century countries that achieved growth through traditional approaches clearly shows that the heterogeneity and unique characteristics of individual countries were taken for granted. Justin’s final analysis uncovered the need for markets to be a resource allocation medium while governments were advised to play more significant roles in managing investments and compensating for externalities created by champions in the growth process.

On this backdrop, the impact of regulating bank operations as a crisis management strategy is better understood through an assessment of banking business model such as Basel 3 or “the dog and the frisbee.” This refers to a set of standards established by G-20 and voluntarily accepted by financial institutions to ensure that active international banks have access to adequate funds during crisis. While these standards have been implemented by countries which are not even parties to the agreement, the problem lies with the following:

1. Not all countries applied the regulations in the same way. The standards of Basel 3 are implemented through national laws, and countries have considerable discretion in how they go about it.
2. Banks are required to maintain a minimum common equity of 7% of their assets and a “countercyclical buffer” of 2.5%. This regulation includes a capital conservation buffer of 2.5%.
3. Each nation or group of nations such as the EU, implements the accord through an independent body, using threat of fines or disassociation to enforce compliance.

These factors undermine Basel 3’s objective to enhance productivity and soundness in the banking sector, especially on the grounds that any bank that fails to maintain the required capital conservation buffer only faces restrictions on payments to executives and shareholders – a pointer to the same management and law enforcement failures which nearly destroyed the EU.

However, the frisbee-catching dog entails “running at a speed so that the angle of gaze to the frisbee remains roughly constant,” according to A. G. Haldane & V. Madouros. Like catching a frisbee, keeping pace with crisis is a difficult task which requires the regulator to analyse a complex list of psychological and financial factors which include innovation and risk appetite.

Restoration of confidence in the government’s ability to act credibly and wisely in its interventions is the key to crisis resolution.

Thank you.

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Celebrities / Re: Bitter Kola Changed My Life - Meek Mills' 2 Years Ailment Healed By African Herb by dk58(m): 6:07pm On Sep 19
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Education / Useful Tips On How To Groom A Horse by dk58(m): 6:01pm On Sep 19
How to groom a horse

Grooming a horse should be a routine for every owner. Most equestrians do it regularly for the huge benefits which include: an opportunity to bond for cordial human-horse interactions; and a chance to get up close and personal thereby gaining timely knowledge of any underlying health conditions. Grooming your horse is, basically, very important because it improves blood flow in the skin, keeps the animal safe from stick-mud and snow balls, and straightens tangled or coarse hair.

There are countless reasons why horse grooming is a necessity for every horse owner, but doing it right ensures best results. In this article we suggest using the following tools:
a) Rubber curry: An oval or circle-shaped brush with soft rubber teeth.
b) Dandy brush: A brush with soft bristles like those used for human hair.
c) Body brush: Usually soft-bristled, the body brush is made of horse hair.
d) Mane comb: The mane comb can be made of plastic, rubber or metal. But we recommend those made of plastic materials because they are less harsh on a horse’s hairs.
e) Hoof brush or hoof pick: This is best for removing gluey mud and snow balls from a horse’s feet. The hook-shaped grooming tool is made of different materials (plastic or metal) and are available in many tack shops.
f) Towel: Usually made of linen and similar materials, the towel is very useful for cleaning sweat marks, drying the body after bathing, and giving the coat a sparkling appearance after brushing.

*For safety reasons, it is advisable that you fasten a leather halter to your horse. You may also use “quick-release” snaps on cross ties to achieve this purpose.

Importantly, start your grooming activity from the top neck area of your horse or pony, working your way through its rear, and repeatedly switching from one side of its body to the other.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you.

Step 1: Use you Rubber Curry in circular motions to easily remove any dirt stuck under your horse’s hair. Apply caution while cleaning bony or hard areas such as the horse’s shoulders or back. Be careful not to use your Rubber Curry on the animal’s legs, but if you must, ensure that you are very gentle to avoid a revolt. Using the grooming tool on your horse’s face is totally disapproved. You could be risking an injury to its eyes if you apply such a stiff-bristled brush around its face.

Step 2: Next, use your Dandy Brush in similar motions as you would while sweeping a floor. Repeatedly “swipe” the tool in an up-down movement on the horse’s coat to free it of dirt. With each flick, you should observe small clouds of dust unless the horse is sparkling clean. The flicking action should continue for a while—even if there are no signs of dust—because you could be pushing the dirt under your horse’s hair with few swipes, unknowingly, thereby causing irritations and/or exposing the animal to other skin ailments.

Step 3: After thoroughly using the Dandy Brush as advised in Step 2, apply the Body Brush to smoothen your horse’s hair and clean off any spots or left-over dirt. Do not use the flicking technique. Instead, press and smoothly flatten the Body Brush on the animal’s coat to straighten the brushed hair. This grooming practice gives your horse a nice shine and clean look—only if the grooming process is followed in this order.

Step 4: The next activity is with your Mane Comb. Use the tool to brush and straighten your horse’s tail, but the warned, this can cause hair breakage. We suggest use of the Dandy Brush for this purpose because of its very soft bristles—especially if you desire to see your horse tail growing longer.

Brushing your horse’s tail is part of the grooming activities. But if you don’t have a Dandy Brush, it is advised that you skip this step or, preferably, apply warm water to rinse its tail. Next, massage any good tail conditioner to avoid knotting.

Step 5: Now, move over to the feet with your Hoof Pick/Brush if you already know how to pick a horse’s feet. You should start the cleaning process by smoothly weaving your hand/fingers through its leg and follow up with a gentle squeeze on the ankles (which equestrians refer to as fetlock). Running your hand too high on the foot can create imbalance.

While picking the hollow areas of your horse’s hooves, always ensure that you flick or scrape away from you as if peeling a carrot. This is to protect you from injuries that can happen if the animal suddenly shifts from its position.

Step 6: The next activity is towelling your horse. You can use a clean rag or plain towel to wipe the horse’s coat and give it a sparkling-clean and beautiful appearance.


You can groom your horse before or after a ride. But guess what. Some horses really enjoy this “after-ride” pleasure. Regular horse grooming is required to relieve the animal of dirt and/or sweat marks that usually build up during activities on the trails or in the arena, so you should consider making it a key routine.

Politics / Re: Ghanaian Government Arrests 107 IPOB Members, Deports 30 by dk58(m): 11:55am On Sep 17
Romance / Re: Beautiful Pre Wedding Photos Of A Nairalander by dk58(m): 11:32am On Sep 17
Peeking into the future is a waste of time
No one knows what tomorrow brings
But gleaning through the pictures makes me smile with pride
Love is such a beautiful thing
What a sweet thing to dream, feel and cherish
It's an adventure for the brave hearts
Not a selfish game for gold diggers
Love, oh sweet love, makes you live forever

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Business / Re: CBN Shuts Down AbokiFX Bank Accounts by dk58(m): 4:03pm On Sep 16
The Naira is depreciating with fast wheels
Word on the street says everyone has Buhari on their lips
CBN has no magic for the excruciating pain we feel
Like traditional priests in a feast, they need abokiFX to appease their hidden gods
Politics / Re: Boko Haram Attacks Army Convoy In Borno, Kills 12 Soldiers, Steals Cash- Gazette by dk58(m): 3:57pm On Sep 16
Nigeria is comparable to an x-rated movie scene where obscene moves are always expected
Religion / Re: Omega Power Ministries (OPM) Empowers Rehabilitated Sex Workers (Photos) by dk58(m): 11:24pm On Sep 14
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Give them cash, send them guards, blame it on Buhari...Real transformation starts from within
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Politics / Re: ESN Kills Reverend Emeka Merenu In Imo State (Pictures) by dk58(m): 11:20pm On Sep 14
May your soul rest in peace, Reverend

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Education / Why Is Whistleblower Protection A Trending Issue? by dk58(m): 11:14pm On Sep 14
Whistleblower Protection and COVID-19

The pivotal role of accountability and transparency in building and maintaining public trust in organizations is indisputable. How the Chinese government and World Health Organization (WHO) undermined public health at the initial and peak stage of COVID-19 pandemic, and consequential global spread of the deadly virus, buttress this assertion. Good corporate governance therefore lends credence, in most cases, to the effectiveness of whistleblowing activities and the level of protection offered in legal systems (Samantha., 2020; Nath et al., 2019; Alam et al., 2019).

According to the United States Department of Labour, a whistleblower is an individual who—without authorization—divulges classified information about an organization. The disclosed private data is usually related to fraud, corruption, mismanagement etc. Whistleblowers generally attribute their actions to selfless concern and commitment to public interest. The term “whistleblower” was first used to refer to public office holders who reported corruption, waste of resources and mismanagement in the government. Whistleblowing now includes activities of employees in public/private establishments which alert a larger group of past or present setbacks to their interests as a result of unethical conducts. On the other hand, whistleblower protection refers to the international framework which offers legal cover from disciplinary or discriminatory actions against people who report workplace wrongdoings to competent authorities in good faith. Whistleblowing is an act of good faith conducted on reasonable grounds. It is usually buoyed by commitment to legal and moral standards (Noam & Brian., 2020; Alam et al., 2019).

Why is whistleblower protection a trending issue?

Whistleblower protection is the bedrock of transparency reforms in corporate governance but most countries are yet to enact and strictly enforce legislations for this purpose (Waheduzzaman., 2019). For example, the coronavirus pandemic which originated from Wuhan, China could have been averted if the Chinese government and WHO responded swiftly to claims by Li Wenliang, the whistleblowing doctor who first warned colleagues of the fast-spreading disease. Unfortunately, due to the government’s strong internal anti-corruption framework which suppresses freedom of speech, Wenliang was arrested, detained and charged for disrupting public order by spreading false rumours. He was later exonerated from the charges but his acquittal was a result of public outcry. The doctor who first reported existence of COVID-19 to the international community in December 2019 eventually contacted the disease in late January 2020 and died the following month (Helen., 2020; McDald et al., 2019).

However, his courage and retaliatory action from the Chinese Communist Party (CPP) highlight lack of commitment to whistleblowing protect even in developed nations, inclusive of the United Kingdom, Canada, France and USA, where nurses and doctors were reportedly warned, disciplined and even fired for reporting workplace concerns about coronavirus precautions (Mintz., 2015). This highlights the need for an institutional, normative and judicial framework at the global level where governments and corporate organizations are most likely to choose profit maximization (including bribery and money laundering) to the detriment of the law—a circumstance which calls for collaborative efforts among civil society groups, media, international organizations, governments, private sector, anti-corruption and labour protection agencies. Few examples are Snowden, Panama Papers, Cambridge Analytica, Dieselgate and LuxLeaks (Moore et al., 2017; House., 2014).

Read more from Irobiko Chimezie Kingsley: https://meziesblog.com/why-is-whistleblower-protection-a-trending-issue/
Politics / Re: Emir Of Bungudu Kidnapped Along Kaduna-Abuja Highway by dk58(m): 10:52pm On Sep 14
smileyUn-men-known gun everywhere in this country.
Can men owe God and live long enough to face His blazing wrath?
Not when God knows those with pot belly attract a**licking dogs
Pay your debt to this country with responsible behaviors
It's a mandate for everyone to say no to kidnapping
Crime / Re: Nigerian Hoteliers Enabling Internet Fraudsters Activities - EFCC by dk58(m): 10:40pm On Sep 14
The economy is too hard
The hoteliers need cool cash
Our police say dem too harsh
Same police know say guys ain't smiling
Niggas died with EndSARS cos nothing works in this country
All they need are just laptops, free hotspot, some hot drinks, and what more?
Celebrities / Re: 2baba Married My Daughter - Pero Adeniyi's Father, Prince Jide Adeniyi by dk58(m): 11:37pm On Sep 03
A house can't stand on faulty foundation.
Integrity, faithfulness, loyalty, self-respect and good morals--and whatever you've got.
You hardly find all these virtues in one person
No one should throw stones unless, of course, you're 100% clean
Crime / Re: Abia Police Arrest Ex-convict, Two Others Over Murder [VIDEO] by dk58(m): 11:26pm On Sep 03
cool Young crooks and big fools they are
They hate school and books
They love booze and boobs
Crime / Re: Lekki Now Hotbed Of Cybercrime, 402 Suspects Arrested In 3 Months - EFCC by dk58(m): 11:23pm On Sep 03
You should not scam people.
Because it's a crime
But the government of my country is guilty, too
Everyone knows. Your government hates competition.

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Business / How Fintech Is Benefiting Individuals And Businesses by dk58(m): 11:05pm On Sep 03

The past few decades have been very important in the development of financial technology. The world of finance has also witnessed numerous changes that have helped it to further develop. The older banking industry is slowly starting to go out of fashion, and the new financial technology is helping countries around the world to face the challenges raised in the modern world.

The Fintech industry is giving people around the world more autonomy and better control over their finances. This means potentially greater access to wealth as well. Modern technology in the financial markets is actually helping ordinary people to better control their finances and even have access to money in a more efficient way.

Well-designed, user-friendly platforms and applications have the power to change people’s relationships with money. This happens very fast and in a way that has never been possible before.

Thanks to modern technology, more people than ever before have access to the financial markets. No matter what you are interested in, you can easily become part of the trading markets around the world. Whether it is Forex trading or any other investment market, all you need is an internet connection to get started.

By taking advantage of modern technology, Forex brokers around the world are able to offer traders access to numerous trading assets without any barriers. In fact, some of the brokers even let you start trading with no money by using different types of promotions and bonuses. They also work very hard to help newbies further develop their trading skills. This is primarily done by offering traders demo trading accounts and other, similar services.

As the Fintech industry continues to develop, people have a lot easier access to money. This is a very positive development for individuals all around the world. As of today, it is not a problem to send money from one place to another using Mobile Banks, and the industry still has huge room for growth.

One of the best things about Fintech is how much it can make everything more accessible for everyone. Fintech gives people the ability to easily access not only money but investment opportunities as well.

What makes Fintech truly unique is its ease of use. No matter what you are using it for, it gives you access to everything you need in just a few clicks, on your smartphone or on your personal computer.

Read more: https://meziesblog.com/how-fintech-is-benefiting-individuals-and-businesses/
Career / Re: Tips On Salary Negotiations by dk58(m): 10:43pm On Sep 02
Great suggestions. But this is Naija, a country where most bosses/employers see themselves as demi-gods. Very few job seekers know their value, and among this group, the current economic condition and financial challenges deprive many of the courage to negotiate. You might have seen job adverts specifying "very fair, pretty and sociable" females or "tall and handsome" males.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Saudi Arabia First Female Soldiers Graduate (Photos) by dk58(m): 10:42pm On Sep 02
Kudos to Saudi Arabia...This is a giant stride for womanhood and mankind
Education / How To Revive The UK Economy After COVID-19 by dk58(m): 10:33pm On Sep 01
The Covid-19 (a mutation of the SAARS family of viruses) virus pandemic made its way across the borders of the United Kingdom, from Far East Asia, during January 2020. In response to this public health crisis, following the advice given to the Conservative UK government headed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson; by Epidemiologists, Medical Scientists, and other Medical Academics; The UK initiated a lockdown and containment strategy for the purpose of controlling and eradicating the Covid-19 virus. This involved the legal enforcement of self-isolation and social distancing protocols, which entailed a shutdown of the majority of the UK economy.

As of May 7th 2020, the UK is amidst its 7th week of Covid-19 restrictions, with little sign of these restrictions either being scaled back or coming to an end. Thus, by self-evidence and implication, the economic situation that the UK now finds itself in is nothing short of dire and catastrophic. After, according to the Bank of England, the first 3 weeks of Covid-19 restrictions yielded a -35% drop in GDP, it follows logically, that the UK economy will find itself in a severe economic depression after the Covid-19 restrictions have ended, the likes of which it has never experienced before. With less tax revenue to accrue as a result of business closures and job cuts, conjoined with an inability to borrow enough due to a degrading of the UK’s credit rating by Fitch and others, this is clearly the time for new thinking and new ideas when it comes to governmental procurement of resources and finance.

Henceforth, in this paper I will argue for the direction in which feel I feel The United Kingdom ought to be headed in after these Covid-19 restrictions have ended.

Now it has been reported by various sources in the media that national debt will exceed well over 100% of GDP over the coming year. Of course, this provides incontrovertible proof that economic austerity as a mid-long-term fiscal strategy has been a catastrophic failure for the UK economy. From this, of course, it must be concluded already that, the successive Conservative governments led by Theresa May and Boris Johnson have both let this country down badly with respect to economic policy.

Consider that the UK economy is already going to be around 40% over budget in terms of public spending due to the Covid-19 economic measures, and that is before increased spending on the NHS, Policing and other public sector commitments are taken into account. This should push public spending up to; possibly well above; 100% over budget if the crisis continues into mid-late 2020. What this implies then, is that there has been a 25% increase in public spending attributable to each of the four years which have passed since the EU Referendum. There’s a name for that – it’s called “kamikaze economics.” The failure to invest in our safety has turned austerity into its opposite and put our country and its people under existential threat.

The correct strategy, I ascertain, would have been a Keynesian type model where the UK increased public spending in order to invest in vital infrastructure projects, such as the HS2 High Speed Rail Network, a third runway at Heathrow Airport, building new towns in Mid and North Wales, in order to ease the pressure on the M4 corridor in South Wales, and, redeveloping other economically underperforming areas of the UK such as the North West and North East of England.

It has long been pointed out that the UK economy is characterised by an unhealthy asymmetry in terms of GDP, given that London and the South East of England economically outperforms the rest of the UK in some cases, by approximately 25-50% - possibly more in some cases due to the structural abnormalities outlined above. Of course, we have all been idiots to have tolerated this for so long. Henceforth, it needs to be pointed out right now, in the following paragraph, that this is not just a problem pertinent to the political right.

To elaborate, it’s just a simple case of having to spend money in order to make money. There has never been anyway round this. It’s the same old rule for any economic entity – system, organisation, or business etc -- looking to market itself as a brand offering services for consumption. Thus, it is necessarily the case, that upgrading and developing what is produced is absolutely essential, for anyone, or anything, to remain economically competitive. Our country is not exempt from this rule, though it is as if we have been trying to pretend that it is throughout the entirety of its existence.

Of course, taxation and borrowing alone would not have been the solution to this problem – lest we would surely be levelling the kamikaze economics critique mentioned above at Labour and the political left instead. To put things bluntly, the problem with our state, The United Kingdom, is that our state takes money, but it doesn’t make money.

Occam’s razor, of course, obviates the solution to this, that by implication, the UK has to acquire revenue from other sources, and by other means, for the purpose of making itself economically viable again. To not only rescue itself from this current economic mire, but also to use this catastrophe as an opportunity, as a springboard, to rebalance the UK economy in order to make it strong and resolute for future generations. Specifically, what I’m broadly proposing here is the following tri-conceptual plan:

The Establishment of a “Corporate State”
*The “Corporate State” argued for in the following, needs to be distinguished from the Corporate Sate (or “Corporate Statism” ) from the pre-2nd World War era of the 20th century. In clarification, this Corporate State has nothing to do with the political ideology of fascism, and does not entail the corporate economic community as a whole partaking in governmental policy making for its own benefit. Additionally, it does not imply “State Capitalism” either. To elaborate, the Corporate State argued for here does not own nor seek to own, either the entirety, or majority part of the economic system of which it tasked with administering.

Conversely, this Corporate State concept implies, that the Post-Covid-19 restricted State of The United Kingdom should effectively bail out capitalism, in order to go into business (i.e. hedge-funding, stock market, shareholding etc.) as a fully functioning, competitive economic entity operating within its own economic system. This for the purpose of making money for itself, and by entailment, for the people of The United Kingdom, for the purpose of building the type of society that we all want to live in – one that is safe, secure and prosperous. A society that not only prioritises reproducing itself monetarily and economically, but more importantly, prioritises its own survivability; above anything else.

The Establishment of a Benign Form of “Neo-Colonialism”
*The “Neo-Colonialism” concept argued for in the following needs to be distinguished from the “Neo-Colonialism” concept postulated by Marxian influenced 20th century Geopolitical and Economic theorists on the political left. According to the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy their “Neo-Colonialism” can be described as:
“[T]he subtle propagation of socio-economic and political activity by former colonial rulers aimed at reinforcing capitalism, neo-liberal globalization, and cultural subjugation of their former colonies. In a Neo-Colonial state, the former colonial masters ensure that the newly independent colonies remain dependent on them for economic and political direction. The dependency and exploitation of the socio-economic and political lives of the now independent colonies are carried out for the economic, political, ideological, cultural, and military benefits of the colonial masters’ home states. This is usually carried out through indirect control of the economic and political practices of the newly independent states instead of through direct military control as was the case in the colonial era.”

Just to clarify, the benign Neo-Colonialism argued for here exists primarily for the purpose of assisting, and not dominating; nor indirectly controlling, both ex-British Empire and non-British Empire states for the purpose of maximising their economic potential; potentially facilitating the fulfilment of their economic aspirations in the process.

In relation to this, it is contemporarily the case that large subsets of the UK population are constantly bemoaning the ill-effects of inward migration upon the UK’s economy and public sector service commitments. As some form of remedy, perhaps the country could return the favour to the likes of Pakistan, India and Poland et al., by exporting some of its skilled UK citizens in return. This for the purpose of helping to optimise their economies, and their public sectors, whilst releasing some of the burden upon our own economic and public sector commitments.

Consider that an advantageous by-product, might be the facilitation of a shift of public attitudes towards inward migration, in a more positive direction, in turn, facilitating a more blended and harmonised form of multi-culturalism, enabling smoother cooperation, social-cohesion, and more nuanced understandings between different ethnic communities.

Also in support of Benign Neo-Colonialism, consider the fact that in Latin America and Africa there are, on the negative side, constant economic woes, but approaching two billion potential consumers. UK benign neo-colonial intervention within these areas could not only help to fix and optimise these problem economies, but also help to extend global capitalism, and create new markets, by effectively creating new consumers. This of course, implies more money to be made and the generation of extra resources for them, for us, and potentially, for other members of the global economic community.

Instilling a Societal Attitude Change
To intellect, to power and to each other. Firstly, to intellect. As mentioned earlier, UK society needs to shift its primary priority from reproducing itself monetarily and economically, towards facilitating its own survivability. In order to achieve this, there needs to be a change in both the lay public, and academic attitude, towards the scientific method and the quantitative disciplines. More specifically, the focus of attention here needs to be directed towards the humanities, which have become in recent times, stuck-fast within a quagmire of theological and Freudio-Marxist quicksand.

The metaphysical and lexical simplicity of such all explanatory theological and Freudio-Marxist conceptual schemas, and their derivatives, appeals to the lay public in a way that scientific and quantitative explanations cannot. This due mainly to the fact that such conceptual schemas are usually composed of maybe a half-dozen or so concepts, which offer quick and easy, but mainly fallacious, interpretive explanations, of the various economic and socio-existential circumstances that ordinary people usually find themselves in. The epistemic respect that these ideas command within the lay public, only serves to build up unreasonable expectations within the publics minds of what can be achieved both politically and economically. Of course, this negates any effort at instilling any kind of political or economic realism within the public psyche.

Secondly, to power. UK society needs to revise its attitude towards accountability, and to become more system focused, supporting a more engineer-like approach to government and economic management. To elucidate, the command and control model of government needs to be consigned to history, because it is widely accepted, as both a social scientific and axiomatic fact, that the “person in control pulling the levers and steering the ship” idea, is of course, a complete and utter logical fallacy. This needs to be exchanged for something akin to a “circuit-board” type analogy, whereby the engineers (the people in charge) seek to optimise parts of the system (the circuit-board) by systematically repairing and improving its function – via intermittent “piecemeal testing”. The public need to accept this as being closer to reality than either Plato or Descartes, and thus, to accept some measure of political and economic realism in the process.

Thirdly, towards each other. Given the current economic context, it would be profoundly unhealthy for the various members of UK society to keep on killing each other over Jesus Christ and Karl Marx. What UK society collectively needs to kill right now at this very moment, is this toxic ideological dialectic itself, which has in large part, caused a stymying of both economic growth and intellectual progress – hampering the UK’s efforts at maximising its own survivability in the process. The Covid-19 crisis and its existential implications ought to serve as a wake-up call to everybody right now with respect to this.

Of course, then, by logical implication it follows, that the UK simply cannot tolerate members or supporters of any one political party in opposition attempting to cause socio-economic problems for the incumbent government any longer. For this only serves to deprive the country of the vital resources it needs to protect itself from problems like pandemics.

Finally, what also needs to be killed, is the jealousy and antipathy shown towards each other by ordinary members of the public over ideology, theology, economic circumstance and career success etc. What ought to be aimed for, is a shift from jealousy and antipathy towards a culture of self-improvement, where ordinary people can take pleasure in the success of each other. In further support of pushing against such social negativity, the question needs to be asked – “how much economic growth is lost due to individuals sniping and trying to throw a spanner in the works for each other, rather than focussing upon getting the job done?” The answer to this must be, by logical abstraction, well into the negative quantitatively, but obviously in practice it is practically immeasurable.

Of course, overcoming this sort of problem entails facilitating a more equal society characterised by pragmatism and instrumentality rather than ideological or theological fixation. Personally, I would much rather members of the public continue to worship Jesus Christ, and to celebrate Karl Marx and the workers movement in a more moderate and positive fashion, than to cease to exist entirely.


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