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How To Survive A Heart Attack When Alone!

You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.  Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. 

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. 

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every 2 seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this.

It could save their lives!!!

 

Culled from a web page

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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in True Life

 

The Road Not Taken – by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Poetry

 

The Audacity Of A Prostitute

Urgent sex. That was the traffic-stopping inscription on a number of white cardboard pasted recently at strategic locations along Alagbole, Ogun State.

The advertisement indeed caused a stir as it drew men to it, just as carcass would draw hungry vultures. Some gaped at it with hungry eyes; others looked like they were repulsed as they shook their heads and threw insults on the audacious lady that could have put up such a lurid advertisement.

But that did not stop them from copying the phone numbers under the pretext of verifying its authenticity. Beyond that, a few also seemed to be protesting the rate of the advertiser’s service, which was etched at a corner of the cardboard as “N500 for one hour, N1,000 for 2 hours.”

Nigeria don finish, hissed a commercial motorcyclist as he stared at the advert for a moment before driving away. Although prostitution is not a new trade in Nigeria, the audacity with which whoever is behind the pasted advertisement had carried on with the oldest profession in the world is what has made this particular approach novel and audacious.We need God intervention in Nigeria

Source: naija.com

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in True Life

 

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid While Attending an Interview

You may feel comfortable and confident about your chances throughout the job application process. A well-developed resume will get you an interview, but a successful interview is the key to getting the job. Prior to the interview your research should include what you should do for your interview, but has it ever occurred to you to look for what you should NOT do during your interview? I bet it has not! The Top 10 mistakes you need to be aware of that you should Absolutely NOT do when going into an interview are as followed:

1. Incorrect attire

Dress more conservatively than you would usually dress on an average day. You do not want to show up to the interview in a pair of jeans,t-shirt, and tennis shoes. In order to make the best impression on your interviewers and leave a lasting impression on them you should follow these guidelines:

  • Neatly arranged hairstyle.
  • Brushing teeth and arriving with fresh breath/ good hygiene.
  • Clean and conventional dress shoes.
  • Small amount/not gaudy jewellery.
  • Cleaned and neat fingernails.
  • Appropriate amount of cologne or perfume.
  • Do not have gum, candy, or other matter in your mouth.
  • No obvious and inappropriate body piercings other than single ear piercings for women.
  • No visible tattoos.

Specific items for women include:

  • Tailored skirt or pant suit in matching neutral colours. Length of skirt should be no shorter than the Knee. Underneath suit jacket should be a tailored blouse showing no cleavage.
  • Matching accessories.
  • No clubbing wear.
  • No outrageous makeup.
  • No torn tights or nylons.

Specific items for men include:

  • Matching pant suit in neutral colours. That said, no crazy or wild patterns or colours.
  • Wear a quality silk tie that compliments your suit.
  • Shirt should be long sleeved ALWAYS, in white, light blue, or conservative striped pattern.
  • Facial hair neatly trimmed.
  • Recommended no jewellery what so ever.
  • Shoes and belt must match. Find MUCH MORE right here!

2. Unprepared answers

The most common interview questions are very well known, so make sure you have the answers well prepared. Going into an interview unprepared can be a death wish! Make sure you have accurately prepared and unrehearsed can cause you to lose that great job opportunity. Here is an example of how to be prepared with an impressive answer:

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your goals?”

What not to do-

Never imply anything along the lines of ending your employment with the company you are interviewing with or moving on to bigger and better things in the near future.

How to answer-

If asked where you see yourself in certain number of years, tell the interviewer that you have a long-term commitment to the job in which you are applying and that you will grow as the position does.

3. Unprepared questions

As important as it is to have answers to questions prepared, it is equally important to have questions prepared to ask your interviewer because it will make you look more professional and well prepared. Some interview questions you can have in mind to ask are:

  • Is there anything about the company you like to see improved?
  • When do you expect to make your hiring decision?
  • When do you think I can expect to hear back from you? Having these questions in mind can give You the edge against all other interviewees the company will see.

4. Forgetting to do your research

One of the worst things you can do is go into an interview knowing absolutely nothing about the company you are applying with. Prior to the interview, it is vital to know and learn as much as you can possibly lean about the company. Some research you should do includes:

  • Preliminary company information.
  • If the company you are applying with has a parent corporation
  • What the position you are applying for entails Get the inside information to impress your interviewer with all of the knowledge you will know during your interview!

5. Not watching what you say

Everyone makes mistakes, but it is extremely important to avoid every mistake you can! Some things you may say might offend someone and blow your chances at getting that job. Make sure to carefully watch what you say, and think about what you want to say before you say it. Some thing to avoid saying in your interview include:

  • Asking about their pay or how much they make.
  • Questioning their authority
  • Attacking/speaking against personal beliefs

Avoiding these types of statements or questions can save yourself the pain of hearing that you did not get the interview, and keep you in the race for the job!

6. Ringing of cell phones

Probably the worst mistake you can make in an interview and the by far EASIEST one to avoid is having your cell phone ring during your interview! Having your cell phone go off during your interview is a slap in the face to your potential employer, showing them that you care more about your personal calls than their company. If your phone rings during the interview you can pretty much kiss your job good-bye, here are some solution ideas to avoid this incident:

  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Silence your phones as soon as you pull into the parking lot of your interview.
  • Set an alarm so you remember to turn off/silence your phone.

By just following these simple and common sense guidelines to avoid your phone going off can save you tons of embarrassment and better yet your job!

7. Checking the time

Yes, the exact time of the day may be important to you so you can make your next task of the day on time, but to your interviewer it looks like they are wasting your time. If you check the time frequently during your interview, you will be sending a very negative vibe toward your employer and they will not hire you and waste your time.

Avoid this misunderstanding by (1) planning enough time in your day to allow more than enough time for your interview, (2) if you plan anything else during that day be sure whoever is involved in your plans knows you have an important interview to attend, and (3) don’t wear a watch to avoid any temptation to look at the time!

Let your interviewers know exactly how important this job is to you by showing them complete and utter respect during your interview and provide them with your undivided attention toward! Learn how to provide even more respect toward your interviewer

8. Asking about salary too early

We all know that money is very important to keep our lives going especially with this economy, but one of the WORST things you can doing an interview is ask about the salary you will be making. If you ask about your salary you will be showing the interviewer that you only care about the money you will be making and not about the position or the company itself.

You will find out soon enough what your salary will be, all you need to do is show patience and wait for the call that will say that “You’re hired!” and the answer about salary will follow!

9. Telling about other job offers

Getting offered a job or even multiple jobs is very exciting, but what do you do if you have another interview coming up? Well, you do NOT tell that company about your previous offers! You do not want that company to feel like you are disposable. For example, if you express that other companies have offered you a position versus a person who is desperately looking for a job and that company is their only hope, they will choose the other person who really needs the job.

Be smart, do not give the company an easy reason to dismiss you early and possibly lose your chances at a better job, higher pay, and a more successful life where you can advance in the position! Keep those other job opportunities you have received to yourself! To discover the secrets to learning how to watch what you say during an interview!

10. Tardiness

The most embarrassing thing you can possibly do for an interview is be late! Being late on your first day is bad enough, but just imagine being late for your interview, and say good bye to that job opportunity. Yes, it is very easy to get stuck in traffic, by a train, or even an unfortunate accident, but the company will see this as an excuse for your tardiness not a reason! Easy tips to eliminate all chances of being late by:

  • Leaving 15 minutes before you would normally plan to leave (Showing up early looks AWESOME).
  • Plan alternate routes to take in case the unexpected occurs.
  • Set an alarm to make sure you wake up on time and leave when planned.

Another helpful hint is IF you should happen to be running late (which there should be no reason for you to be) make sure you give the company a call, explain the situation briefly, express your empathy and gratitude, and assure them you will be there in a timely fashion!

By knowing these Top 10 mistakes of interviewing and following the guidelines to avoiding them you can assure yourself that you will have a very successful interview, and give yourself the BEST chances possible of getting the job you always have dreamed of having!

Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7018138

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Thoughts

 

‘Gates of Hell’: Mali Conflict Opens New Front in War on Terror

France has found early success in its fight against Islamist extremists in northern Mali. But Saharan terrorist groups have close ties and are prepared for a prolonged battle. The hostage crisis in Algeria shows that the new front in the war on terror could become a protracted conflict.

Last Monday Daouda Sy, a builder from the central Malian town of Diabaly, was about to become a rich man. His company had just been awarded a lucrative contract to build irrigation systems and roads, and he had already hired some 1,500 workers for the project.

ANZEIGE

Since Tuesday, however, Daouda Sy has been a refugee with nothing but the clothes on his back. “We heard shots at around noon, and we knew right away that they had arrived,” he says. Bearded men wielding Kalashnikovs attacked the company’s building, disabled the brand-new pickup trucks and vandalized the offices. Daouda Sy and his driver hid for a while and then fled.

It took the two men several days to reach safety in the capital Bamako. The builder never thought that the Islamists from northern Mali would come as far as Diabaly — especially now that the French are in the country, with their Rafale jets and Gazelle helicopters firing at Islamist convoys and shelters.

Nine months ago, Islamists with the organization Ansar Dine captured the entire northern half of Mali, where they established a brutal regime based on sharia law. For months, it seemed little more than a regional conflict in the Sahara. Now, though, it has expanded to become the new front in the global war on terror. In recent weeks, jihadists began trying the capture the rest of the country, prompting tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Now the West has intervened. At the request of the Malian government, French troops began striking back on Friday, Jan. 11, with the West African economic community ECOWAS providing support.

‘A Threat to All of West Africa’

“This war is an issue for all neighboring countries,” said ECOWAS Chairman and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on a visit to Berlin last week. “From Mali, the Islamists pose a threat to all of West Africa.” There is concern that Mali could turn into another Afghanistan, a failed state that terrorists could use as a base and safe haven.

Just how justified that fear is — and how imminent the threat — became clear last Wednesday, when Islamists cooperating with Ansar Dine attacked the In Amenas gas plant in the south of neighboring Algeria, taking hundreds of hostages in the process, including many foreigners. They demanded an end to the French intervention in Mali and the release of two extremists from American custody — and threatened further attacks.

The Islamists in the Sahel zone are a serious threat. They are “motivated, well-equipped and well-trained,” said French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The French force, ECOWAS troops and Mali’s ramshackle army could face a protracted conflict if the Islamists shift to guerilla tactics. “France has opened the gates of hell,” a spokesman for the Islamists said ominously.

Northern Mali has been cut off from the outside world since the first air strikes. In the northeastern city of Gao, local journalist Moumouni Touré watched as an Islamist leader with wire cutters tampered with mobile phone towers. “They are severing the connection so to prevent the local population from providing information to the French,” says Touré.

In Gao, the first French bombs struck an Islamist camp and a checkpoint the Islamists had set up on the road to the south. Touré felt the earth shake when the bombs detonated. He estimates that the first wave of French attacks killed at least 60 people.

‘Fear Has Changed Sides’

The population cheered and the Islamists became less and less visible in the streets. People came out of their houses again, listening to music and smoking, two activities the Islamists had banned. “Fear has changed sides,” says Touré.

The attack by Mali’s former colonial rulers could hardly have surprised the Islamists, who had been in control of the cities of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu for nine months by the time the attacks began. During that time, they have destroyed historic monuments and punished their adversaries with public executions, lashings and amputations. But they have also taken precautions. Residents of Gao report that the Islamists have dug large bunkers far out in the desert that are large enough to hide vehicles inside. The bunkers are reportedly filled with food, weapons, ammunition and gasoline, suggesting that the Islamists are far from finished.

According to Philippe Hugon, a Paris-based expert on Mali, it could be possible to drive the Islamists out of major cities within about six months. But years could go by before remote areas along the borders with Algeria and Niger are under control.

The Islamists began their campaign a year ago. On the night of Jan. 16, 2012, jihadists ambushed a Malian army unit near Adjelhoc in northeastern Mali, surprising the soldiers in their sleep. More than 80 people died in the fighting.

The winners of that skirmish are under the command of a man with a colorful personality: Iyad Ag Ghaly, a member of the Tuareg people. For years, he served as a mediator between the government in Bamako and the unruly ethnic group, which has repeatedly taken up arms to fight for its autonomy. He also helped the German government resolve a hostage crisis in 2003. But when Ag Ghaly was politically sidelined within the Tuareg movement, he turned to radical Islam. His group, Ansar Dine, now controls the northern part of the country.

Ag Ghaly has raked in millions through drug and weapons smuggling, as well as kidnappings. He bought large numbers of weapons at rock-bottom prices from the stockpiles of the former Gadhafi regime in neighboring Libya in the wake of the revolution there. Then Ansar Dine joined forces with other jihadists, including branches of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has operated for years in the desert regions of Algeria, Libya, Mauretania and Mali.

Not a Chance

One of Ag Ghaly’s closest allies is Mokhtar Belmokhtar “the One Eyed,” a nickname the Algerian extremist owes to a war injury he suffered as a teenager while fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. He also has another nickname, “Mr. Marlboro,” because of his involvement in the smuggling of cigarettes and other contraband through the Sahara.

Belmokhtar, held responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings, has been at the top of Paris’s most-wanted list for some time. His group of jihadists also threatens uranium transport routes in neighboring Niger, where France mines the mineral for its nuclear power plants.

It was Belmokhtar’s fighters, likely a group of about 40 men, who captured the gas plant in In Amenas last Wednesday. The Algerian army responded immediately and with great force. During the attack to free the roughly 600 hostages, dozens lost their lives. Even before the fighting was over, the terrorists warned that they were preparing other attacks on foreigners in Algeria. Belmokhtar’s men allegedly prepared for the attack in northern Mali, where they were under the protection of Ag Ghaly.

The Malian army didn’t stand a chance against Ansar Dine. It is in terrible condition, both technically and in terms of troop morale, despite a long-standing US effort to train the Malian military to fight al-Qaida. Secret cables from US embassies, published on the whistleblower website Wikileaks, indicate the low esteem in which American diplomats have held the Malian army in recent years. The force lacks basic reinforcements, most of its vehicles are broken down, training is miserable and morale has hit rock bottom. Mali has no air force at all.

American specialists did train four crack units, totaling 600 men, to fight the terrorists. But it backfired: Three of the elite units have defected en masse to the rebel Tuareg. Most of the commanders, after all, are Tuaregs.

German Security at Stake

Captain Amadou Sanogo, trained in the United States, was one of the soldiers who didn’t defect. Instead, he inflicted even more damage when, last March, he and a few close supporters overthrew the government in Bamako and ousted the elected president.

Dioncounda Traoré, the interim president serving at Sanogo’s pleasure, continues to have a legitimacy problem. This complicates any international effort to come to Bamako’s aid, given that such an effort would solidify the power of a regime that came into power through a coup.

At least Traoré mustered the courage to ask France for help in the week before last, likely in the face of resistance from parts of the army. Malians, however, gave the former colonial power an enthusiastic reception, cheering its soldiers as saviors. ECOWAS troops from Chad, Nigeria and Ghana began arriving in Mali on Wednesday.

ECOWAS Chairman Alassane Ouattara traveled to Berlin last week to ask for more assistance. He met with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose support for the French effort has so far been limited to providing two transport aircraft. Ouattara remained polite, but sitting in front of his country’s flag in a suite at the Hotel Adlon, he told SPIEGEL: “Germany must become involved, and that includes sending troops.”

Ouattara, of course, sought to dispel German fears that Mali could turn into another Afghanistan, an endless mission with many casualties and little progress, saying: “I see no parallels.” Radical Islam has no support among the population of Mali, he said. “There is only a small number of terrorists in Mali, and most of them are foreigners.”

Ouattara also pointed out that there is no country in the region that secretly supports the fanatics, as in the case of Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban. But most of all, Ouattara argued, it would be a disaster if the allies failed to defeat the terrorists. Germany’s security, he noted, is also at stake in the Sahara.

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan

Courtesy: Spiegel Online International

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Politics, Thoughts

 

Nigeria Gets Three More Federal Varsities

The Federal Government, in its first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in 2013 on Wednesday approved the establishment of three additional federal universities.  The three new Universities are:

Federal University of Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State

Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara State

Federal University of Gashua, Yobe State

While briefing the public on the outcome of the meeting, the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku and his counterparts, Mr. Edem Duke (Tourism and Culture), Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufai (Education), and Dr. Yerima Ngama (State, Finance), stated that the establishment became necessary due to the upsurge in the number of youth yearning for university education.

The Minister of Education, Prof. (Mrs) Ruqqayatu Rufai, stated that the Universities will take off during the 2014/2015 academic year.

With this new development, every state in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, can now boast of at least one federal university.

What remains to be seen, however, is the buoyancy of these universities in terms of research and infrastructure.  As at now, most of the federal universities on ground lack basic needs for effectiveness.

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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Politics

 
 
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