Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HE NAMED ME MALALA in Theaters this October

Take a first look at HE NAMED ME MALALA, a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's life, story and personal journey as an education activist.

Pledge to see the film only in theaters this October at http://bit.ly/1IlDIMg.

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for "Superman"), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education worldwide.

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MainOne is the #1 Internet Transit Provider in West Africa

L-R: Head of Marketing; Jumoke Akande; Chief Financial Officer, Babatunde Dada; Chief Executive Officer, Funke Opeke and General Manager, Corporate Services and Development, Lynda Madu, all of MainOne, at the company’s #MainOneAt5 Anniversary Press Conference in Lagos… today.


MainOne celebrates 5 years of transforming West Africa’s internet landscape
In five years, MainOne has invested over $300m in infrastructure in West Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 30, 2015/ -- MainOne (http://www.mainone.net), a leading telecommunications and data services company in West Africa, today celebrated five years of leadership in transforming the region’s Internet landscape. Speaking at a Press Conference organized to intimate the media on the company’s five year milestone, the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Funke Opeke, discussed the evolution of the company, initially started as a submarine cable operator to becoming a full-service business-to-business communications services provider. Ms. Opeke noted that within its five years of operation, the company had made further investments in growing directly and through partnerships its fiber terrestrial network and POPs across the region and opened a Tier III Data Center, MDX-I, which was first of its kind for the region in Lagos earlier this year.

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She explained that since inception, MainOne’s objective has been to bridge the digital divide in West Africa and to become the preferred provider of wholesale Internet services and enabler of online business within the region. According to her, it has achieved this with services delivered to 7 countries in West Africa, and an impressive list of 500+ major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprises, and educational institutions in the region on its network. Today, MainOne has the region’s highest lit capacity on its submarine cable, and is the #1 Internet transit provider in West Africa, interconnected with the London Internet Exchange (LINX), Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMIX), Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN) and the Ghanaian Internet Exchange (GIX). These achievements have opened up new business opportunities for indigenous enterprises, and positively impacted employment generation.

In her words, “Despite the challenges we face in this region, predominantly a dearth and high cost of infrastructure, we are excited about the future prospects in the broadband market and are determined to remain consistent in our resolve to bridging the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world".

In five years, MainOne has invested over $300m in infrastructure in West Africa towards improving connectivity and data center services in West Africa. Within this period, the company has ensured to its customers highly available and reliable services with zero downtime experienced on its core submarine cable infrastructure over its period of operations.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of MainOne.

<b>Media Enquiries:</b>
Jumoke Akande
<b>Caritas PR:</b>
Rosemary Otalor

<b>Notes to Editors</b>
<b>About MainOne</b>

MainOne is (http://www.mainone.net) a leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa. Our world-class infrastructure enhances the productivity and profitability of our customers online.

Since its launch in 2010, MainOne has developed a reputation for highly reliable services to become the preferred provider of wholesale Internet services to major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprise, and educational institutions in West Africa.

MainOne’s world class submarine cable system running down the coast of West Africa, state of the art IP NGN network, growing regional and metro terrestrial fiber optic networks, and data center facilities enable broadband services for businesses needing solutions in West Africa.

Our network is interconnected and peers with leading operators and internet exchanges worldwide to provide global reach to our customers.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

GTBank's 5th Annual Autism Conference, “Bridging Gaps & Transforming Lives”

Top Nigerian bloggers and journalists on Monday morning of June 29, 2015, attended GTBank's 5th Annual Autism Conference on "Bridging Gaps and Transforming Lives" at the head office on Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Since 2009, GTBank Orange Ribbon Initiative advocacy program has been supporting children with developmental disabilities or special needs in Nigeria, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The program has been in partnership with ASD specialists from the Blazing Trails International Center Lewisville, Texas, USA since 2011. 

Dr. Sonya M. Armstrong, Dr. Anna Lamikanra and Oyinade Adegite of GTBank.

Dr. Anna Lamikanra speaking. 
Mra. Dotun Akande speaking.

Dr Ruth Brand Flu speaking on the challenges of traditional taboos, superstitious myths and psychological perspectives of treating autism among different ethnic cultures in Africa and America.
Dr. Adeola O. Fayemi and Dr. Marcus Tillery.

“Bridging Gaps & Transforming Lives”
There is no single answer or one-size fits all treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Learning new techniques and other truths however, can help families cope with the emotional and physical challenges and allow communities to better serve and understand children and young adults with disabilities, as they attempt to communicate and lead normal lives.
We welcome the chance to work with people in creating a climate of understanding and a network of educators and experts to further provide assistance in this awareness endeavor.
Mrs. Dotun Akande and Dr. Anna Lamikanra,
Dr. Lawrence Sutton,
Denise Hetherington, Dr Ruth Brand Flu, Dr. Sonya M. Armstrong, Mrs. Dotun Akande,
Dr. Anna Lamikanra and Oyinade Adegite.
Dr. Marcus Tillery and Mrs. Dotun Akande.
Oyinade Adegite of GTBank with top celebrity blogger Mojisola Delano.
Two GTBank executives.

Top bloggers included Mojisola Delano, Orikinla Osinachi and others.
GTBank also invited the following celebrated consultants and specialists from Nigeria and United States of America..

Dr. Anna Lamikanra, Executive Director, Blazing Trails International Center (BTIC) Autism Symposium Co-Developer. She is also the Evergreen Professor at Wuhan Polytechnic University. This is her fifth Orange Ribbon Initiative Symposium for GT Bank. With many years experience as a researcher, tenured professor, community advocate and training innovator, Dr. “Lam” works to carve-out opportunities for people with disabilities. She has published many articles on educational reform.

Dr. Lam is interested in vocational education, training para-professionaland developing socializing programs for youth in transition and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She developed the curriculum for online certificate programs and a customer service training program for individuals with disabilities.

Recently, Dr. Lamikanra presented at the World Psychiatry Association on the Orange Ribbon Initiative and the status of ASD research in Nigeria. Dr. Lamikanra earned the Ph. D from Iowa State University in Technology & Social Change and Global Education Policy. She is married to Dr. Olusola Lamikanra and they have a son, Olayinka.

Ade Otubanjo
A Nigerian-born licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Ade has received many awards and honors for his exceptional service to young people with special needs.

Dr. Sonya M. Armstrong
Professor & Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, West Virginia State University.
Darren Daniels
Darren Daniels is the Managing Director of Infuse Strategy Group, LLC (ISG), a Dallas, TX based consulting firm.

Ericka Daniels
Ericka Daniels is Director of Occupational Therapy for Infuse Strategy Group, LLC.

Aliya Gordon-Redwine
Aliya Gordon-Redwine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a certified emergency medical technician (EMT).

Suzanne Wright
Suzanne Wright, is a third year doctoral student in the Audiology program at the University of North Texas (UNT).

Dr. Marcus Tillery
Princeton University School of Divinity and The Mission for Social Justice The Riverside Church, New York.

Denise Hetherington
Denise Hetherington recently retired from working as a Speech Pathologist for the Chicago Public Schools.

Dr. Lawrence Sutton
A catechist, writer, curriculum author, autism program developer, board chair-National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry NafIM.

Dr Ruth Brand Flu
A Certified Global Mental Health Leader with 25 yrs clinical experience a psychiatrist.

Dr. Adeola O. Fayemi
Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Dr. Yewande Oshodi
A qualified Medical Doctor with further Specialist training as a Psychiatrist. She also holds a Masters in Public Health.

Mrs. Dotun Akande
Founder and Proprietress of the Patrick Speech and Languages Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr Charles S. Umeh
Dr Charles S. Umeh is a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Lagos. He is also an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Lagos. He has earlier worked as Clinical Psychologist at Catholic Consulting and Education Centre, Benin City where he majored in psychological assessment.

Mrs Jessica Ellen Stamper
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a graduate of the Early Intervention Program with Autism Specialization from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri
A young and dynamic Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist and a Fellow of the National Post-Graduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPsych) with over 10 years experience as a practicing Physician.

See complete profiles on http://csr.gtbank.com/orange-ribbon/autism-event-2015/

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Muslim Governors in Northern Nigeria Caused the Insurgency of Boko Haram

The extremist ideology of Boko Haram started from the erroneous doctrine of an Islamic cleric before the very eyes of Muslim governors in northern Nigeria.
The Boko Haram insurgency worsened, because it was politicized and Nigerian military intelligence failed too.

Boko Haram terrorists are not invisible and every Muslim in the north knows where they are, because by word of mouth they have been communicating and recruiting more ignorant foot soldiers from their fellow  Muslims..

My Nigerian Times has followed and tracked the insurgence of the Boko Haram terrorist group and made all the reports public knowledge, but the administration of the former President Goodluck Jonathan trivialized the crisis in political ignorance and naivety. The present horrors would have been prevented if the government even acted on the report of DCP Olusola E. Amore of the Nigerian Police Force published by Nigerian Times on Saturday, May 21, 2011. But his recommendations were ignored by the corrupt and incompetent government of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) that was more interested in sharing political appointments, oil blocks and million dollar contracts than ensuring the national security of the country.
 The most read report on Boko Haram on a Nigerian news blogs Boko Haram Movement and Its Deadly Impact was also ignored by the government.

When Islamic extremists were attacking and beheading Igbos in the north and displaying them on the streets, other Muslims were watching them without condemning the terrorists, because they were not the target then and the government did not arrest these extremists and none of them was arraigned. That was the genesis of the crisis. It is too late to cry now.
A stitch in time saves nine.

Top Reports 

Muslims Call on 'OUTING' Extremists Posted at 17:16 WAT

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Tell Mosquitoes to 'Buzz off! Mega-Catch™ Traps Stop Mosquitoes 24/7

AMCA Mosquito Control Awareness Week Is Here! Tell Mosquitoes to 'Buzz off' 

HEBRON, Ky., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is here along with mosquitoes, and the AMCA's National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.  "Mosquito Week" aims to educate the public about mosquitoes, the diseases they spread and preventive measures you can take to minimize their impact.

Most of the time, a mosquito bite is nothing more than a minor irritant, unless that mosquito is carrying a potentially deadly virus.  "Over the last few years, the U.S. has had increased cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus and other exotic diseases such as dengue fever and Chikungunya threaten our shores," reports AMCA Technical Director Joe Conlon.

Not all mosquitoes carry diseases. However, a single bite from the right mosquito at the right time, and you're infected.  Prevention is the best protection advises Conlon. "To ensure the safety of family, friends and pets, it's extremely important to make sure you're taking the proper steps: first, reducing mosquito breeding through water management and source reduction, and second, reducing mosquito populations."

Mega-Catch™ Four-Step TRAP Program - Trap, Repel, Avoid, Prevent

In addition to being a valuable research tool, used by entomologists and mosquito control agencies worldwide, mosquito traps have become popular with homeowners wanting to rid their backyards of mosquitoes and other biting insects. Mega-Catch™ Traps provide an eco-friendly alternative to spraying.  Conventional pesticides lack longevity and effectiveness and can be harmful to the ecosystem. Mosquito traps on the other hand disrupt the breeding cycle by attracting, trapping and killing female mosquitoes. The capture of only a few mosquitoes daily can have a substantial impact on current and future mosquito populations as just one female mosquito is capable of laying up to 250 eggs at a time and as many as 3000 eggs during her lifetime.

Repellents don't kill mosquitoes and do nothing to reduce mosquito populations. However, they are effective at preventing bites and many experts consider them to be the number one weapon against mosquitoes.  The CDC recommends repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, OLE (Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus) or IR3535.

The best way to avoid getting bitten is to avoid going outdoors during periods of peak mosquito activity – typically dawn and dusk. When outside, be sure to wear repellents and protective clothing i.e. loose-fitting, light-colored, long sleeved shirts and pants.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, so avoid wearing black, navy blue and red.

Prevent mosquitoes breeding!  Do a 'water collection' inspection: empty wheel barrows, buckets, barrels, kids toys and plant dishes, in fact any and all water-collecting objects.  Clean out clogged gutters, which are one of the most often-neglected breeding sites.

This 'Mosquito Week' and every week, tell mosquitoes to 'buzz off' and make your backyard a safer, more enjoyable place over summer.

For more information on National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, visit AMCA online at www.mosquito.org.

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Sahara Partners United Nations on Youth Development

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Sahara Group is partnering with the United Nations on the "Building Bridges" project which seeks to position young people for effective participation in activities that will be designed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for youths across the globe.

The Building Bridges project was officially launched on February 5, 2015 at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. It is expected to articulate a "youth agenda" into the unfolding Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

In Nigeria, the Building Bridges platform held a conference themed Beyond 2015; Promoting Gender equality and Good governance, where Sahara and other partners joined the conversation on the challenges and opportunities for youths as various SDGs are unveiled under the aegis of the UN.

The conference provided a "peek through the minds of youths" at expectations in 2030 as the world continues to seek a safer, more inclusive and prosperous world.

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Babatomiwa Adesida, Manager, Sahara Foundation said the event featured frank discussions by over 1000 young Nigerians from different religious groups, ethnicities, geographical locations and economic backgrounds on their hopes for the planned SDGs.

Sahara Foundation is the Corporate Responsibility vehicle of the Sahara Group with focus on the environment, sustainable community development, healthcare as well as education and capacity building.

Adesida said Sahara was delighted to be part of UN's efforts at amplifying the voices of people directly affected by poverty and injustice and getting their perspectives on global framework needed to change the world.

"Sahara is a major stakeholder in leading conversations and aligning with partnerships that provide a voice for the youth development and empowerment. We have successfully implemented several capacity building and entrepreneurship programmes for youths in our locations across the globe. We consider it a huge privilege to work with the UN in a bid to shape the world with active participation of the leaders of tomorrow," he stated.

According to him, the company continues to seek avenues to promote sustainable development across markets where it operates through its Personal Corporate Social Responsibility (PCSR) activities. 

He added: "Sahara is always happy to contribute its quota to worthy causes around the globe.  We remain unwavering in our passion and commitment to being a change agent for providing growth and development platforms that bring energy to life."

Sahara Group has since been inducted into the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) in recognition of its contribution to activities that promote inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication, capacity building, food security and access to potable water.

The advisory group is expected to among others; help shape the SDG-F's activities on capacity building, dialogue, research and Knowledge Sharing, Resources and infrastructure as well as advocacy and creating awareness.


Sahara Group is a leading privately owned Power, Oil, Gas and Infrastructure Conglomerate with operating entities active in the downstream, midstream, upstream, infrastructure and power sectors. Sahara currently has its operations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and continues to explore new frontiers to replicate it passion for seeking creative, cleaner and sustainable ways of being the provider of choice wherever energy is consumed.

Please see additional information at http://www.sahara-group.com.

Sahara Group

CONTACT: Bethel Obioma - +234-1-2793811 - bethel.obioma@sahara-group.com

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