Saturday, April 21, 2018

MSc Scholarships at University of Glasgow in UK, 2018

34th Cycle PhD Scholarship Programme in International Studies, Italy

 The University of Trento is offering 34th cycle of the PhD Scholarship Programme in International Studies commencing in the academic year 2018/2019.
The University of Trento is an Italian university located in Trento and nearby Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations according to CENSIS and the Italian Ministry of Education.
The programme is conducted entirely in English. An international certificate attesting the candidate’s knowledge of English at C1 level or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)  is an indispensable requirement for admission. Foreign students are encouraged to obtain a working knowledge of the Italian language. Applicants may have their TOEFL language test results directly sent to the School. Please note that the TOEFL Code Control of the School of International Studies is 6286.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: May 24, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: The PhD programme in International Studies focuses on the study of complex international phenomena, which often prove comprehensible only when analysed with the support of various, interconnected disciplines. For this reason, the course takes a multidisciplinary approach that combines solid foundations in one or more reference disciplines with the discovery of methodologies, concepts and keys to interpretation that derive from the other core sectors in international studies.
  • Scholarship Award: Starting from the 1st January 2018 the annual gross amount of the doctoral scholarship has increased to € 15.343,28, including the social security contributions that have to be paid by the Doctoral students.
  • The University of Trento in order to enhance, even economically, those involved in the doctoral path, has decided to increase it up to the gross amount of € 16.290,00 starting from the 1st November 2018 (A.Y. 2018/2019).
  • Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Number of Scholarships: The scholarships are funded as follows: –
  • 5 scholarships by the University of Trento
  • 1 scholarship by the European Academy of Bolzano (Eurac Research) on the topic “Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance”.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Italy

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
  1. Applications for admission to the PhD programme described above are accepted from candidates (regardless of gender, age, religion or nationality), who hold:
  2. a) An Italian Laurea Magistrale, recognised by Ministerial Decree no. 270 of 22 October 2004 or
  3. b) Second level degree awarded by an Italian “AFAM” Institute (Artistic and Musical Higher Education) or
  4. c) An equivalent degree qualification awarded abroad at an officially recognized academic institution and which is considered suitable1 by the admissions committee for the sole purpose of participating in this admissions process. Foreign qualifications must be equivalent to the Italian ‘Laurea Magistrale’ (master’s degree), in terms of duration, level and subject area2 and must give access to an academic course equivalent to the PhD in the country/higher education system where the degree was issued. The preferred disciplines are Economics, Law, Political Science and Sociology, International Relations, as well as Humanities, History and Philosophy, or other disciplines related to International Studies.
  5. Applications are also accepted from candidates who expect to obtain their master’s degree or equivalent by 31 July 2018.
  6. In this case, admission is “conditional” and applicants must submit the degree certificate (to the ‘PhD Office – Cognitive, Social Sciences and Humanities’ (email: phd.office-cssh@unitn.it; fax n. + 39 0461 282191) no later than 3 September 2018. Failure to provide the degree certificate or the selfdeclaration (see Annex A) will lead to forfeiture of grant and position.
  7. Candidates who hold a foreign academic qualification that has not yet been declared equivalent3 to the requested Italian second level degree (Laurea magistrale/Specialistica/vecchio ordinamento) submit an implicit request for equivalence in their application by attaching the required documents.
  8. Candidates who hold a foreign academic qualification that has already been declared equivalent to an Italian second level degree by the academic competent bodies of an Italian university, have to upload in the online application the decree of equivalence (the Italian Rector’s Decree issued by the University).
  9. The admissions committee will publish online a list of candidate application IDs whose academic qualification has been considered ineligible.
  10. It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide all documents useful to their evaluation, especially if the higher education system of the country where the title was obtained is not comparable with the Italian one. The admissions committee may request further documentation via the administrative offices, if deemed necessary in order to establish suitability of the qualification before the start of the selection process.
English Language Requirements: Official language of the university is English. However, all PhD students are encouraged to learn Italian during their studies.


Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Application can only be made online using the form at: http://www.unitn.it/en/apply/dott. A username and password are required to access the UniTrento reserved area. Candidates must first register on the University website: http://www.unitn.it/en/account. The issue of passwords can take up to two working days. You are therefore advised to register well ahead of the deadline.

Banky W Reacts To President Buhari's Speech That Nigerian Youths Are Lazy


Nigerians have continued to react to a controversial statement by President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly condemning Nigerian youths.
Banky W
 
Nigerian musician, Banky W has reacted to a comment ascribed to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he said that a lot of Nigerian youth want everything for free.
 
Buhari made the speech while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday. The president said a lot of Nigerian youths have not been to school and they want everything for free.
 
According to the President, “We have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. More than 60 percent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free.”
 
Reacting, Banky W took to his Instagram page while sharing the video and wrote:
 
"So apparently, this is what our President thinks about "a lot of the Nigerian youth". What do you guys think?
 
I have a suggestion. Whether you agree, or disagree with the President's comments, this time, do a little bit more than posting, commenting, retweeting, and complaining. Go and register to vote.
 
I've sat in countless meetings, seminars, conferences and hangouts with young people. We are always great at pointing out our issues.. but the truth is that we can sit around and complain from now until Kingdom come. IT WILL NOT MATTER. INEC will not count your tweets. Let's turn the month of May into #PVCMay. 
 
Even if you don't know who you're voting for.. even if you hate every single candidate. At least register.. so that if someone comes along who you feel compelled to support, you can. 
 
If you're really serious about wanting Nigeria to be a better place, go and register to vote. Get your PVC asap. The registration period will end LONG before the elections come, so if you think you can wait until next year, you are wrong.
 
Get your PVC today. Or don't bother complaining about anything, because it won't matter. Your tweets will not count. Your vote will."

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Here is Timaya's New Amazing Luxury Mansion #PhotoNews

 New photos have been released showing the interior and exterior of Timaya's new amazing mansion in Lagos.

 
 
Timaya stunned Nigerians some time ago when he revealed that he had built a new mansion in Lagos. He went on to even released some photos to prove how magnificent the building was as many others congratulated him for the feat.
 
Now, some more photos have been released to show the true grandeur of the edifice which continues to awe people who see it everyday both physically and on social media.
 
The "Dance" crooner shared the new photos himself on Instagram, leaving social media users gasping in pure wonder.
 
See more photos below:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Dear Buhari, Nigerian Youths Are Not Lazy

 
Written by a Nigerian in diaspora, Oreoluwa Ore
 
There have been more reactions to the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that several Nigerian youths are lazy and uneducated as made on international soil. 
Mr President, how dare u call Nigeria youth Lazy? How can u be this facile in thinking? Do you even know that this same LAZY youth are making things happening around the globe? While I was a student of Federal University of Ibadan, this same LAZY dude was into marketing and even as an up coming, whose brand was not well known at that time with peanut pay, I still enjoyed doing it with so much pride and joy.
 
This same dude engaged in community development and rural education, I bet you don’t even have an idea how difficult it is to engage rural communities and achieve productive result yet I did and it was with great passion. As a student, I attended all kinds of seminars and IT training just to acquire more knowledge outside the four walls of the class room, all expenses paid with my little pocket money savings.
 
Mr President, do u know how difficult it is to finish from a DILAPIDATED University education system with a 1st class, 2.1 or 2.2.? Well I will not blame you because the authenticity of your SSCE certificate is still a controversial topic till date. The saying is true “you can’t appreciate what you don’t have”
Despite power outage, despite unemployment, indiscriminate killings and corruption we still thrive within. I worked as a training officer in a reputable company and then travelled out of the country to gain experience and exposure and I assure you it’s been a success story all the way. 
 
Have you asked yourself why Nigerians make it everywhere in the World except Nigeria? Oh! My bad, I have forgotten you can't think beyond the locus of your shadow. 
 
We have a Country where over 400 youths would wake as early as 4.30 am, knot their ties, wear their iron pressed skirt suits and trek kilometres to apply/sit a test for just 5 vacant positions in a Company where they would be underpaid at the end of the day. Yet to you, they are lazy.
Have you been to Oshodi and see young people struggling to catch buses to their places of work as early as 4.30am? You can stroll down to Computer Village too. Ariaria (Aba Market) should also be part of your schedule. You would have a good sight of works done by very industrious intelligent young Nigerian persons.
 
Many young women in the Country, after their legitimate work for the day, do 'extra work' at night (what you know as the service of the 'other room') so as to cater for the needs of their immediate families.
 
Ask Jobberman, Jijing and other job assistance 'consultants'/ agents how many young Nigerian urban professionals visit their websites per hour. Ogbeni wos wobi. While your son, Yusuf was busy enjoying and riding till he crashed a 56 million naira Power bike with his friend; since he never worked for it, other young persons were at creeks of Ijebu, Ibadan, Osun, Ekiti, Owerri, Benin, Kano, Kaduna etc fighting in defence of democracy- that its dividends be shared among all.
 
Abroad, we the Nigeria youths are breaking boundaries in the health, IT, engineering, HR, Banking, entertainment, political sectors and more. Ask google cooperation, Youtube, Facebook, GSK international, Nestle, Microsoft, NHS UK, Dangote group and so on. Additional knowlege comes in handy. 
 
I know a lot of graduates with ideas, who if given just 500,000 Naira would create business empires. Yet to you, they are lazy and sit-at-homes.
If you say we are lazy and we want everything for free including sending you away to Daura in 2019, we accept the challenge. We would chase you out. Its a promise. We won't sit at home anymore for freebies. Now we know freedom is not free. 
 
I want to seize this opportunity and call on all Lazy Nigeria youths home and abroad who after graduating from a prestigious universities picked up a vocational training and those who got a car on instalment to begin @ubernigeria and public transport services including okada, to my Lazy Nigeria youth who are doing legal hustle, let the whole world know that WE ARE NOT LAZY.
 
Let us all get our PVCs, let’s prove this president of circumstance wrong and let’s vote him out. Let’s tell him that the youths are really working hard and not LAZY. 
 
Thank you so much Mr president, The sleeping giant is now fully awake.

Written by a Nigerian in diaspora, Oreoluwa Ore



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We've Been Inspired By Our Own Youths - Theresa May Speaks After Buhari's 'Lazy Nigerian Youths' Comment

Theresa May
Few hours after Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari said that youths in his country did not go to school and want everything free, British Prime Minister has said their own young people inspire them.

 
While speaking at the first meeting of Commonwealth heads of government at Queen Elizabeth’s home in Windsor, United Kingdom, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May says the young people of the Commonwealth, leading the youth forum and participating in other activities, have inspired the heads of government.
 
According to TheCable, she said; “Good morning everyone and welcome to Windsor castle. I think in the best Commonwealth tradition, in the intimacy and privacy of our retreat today.

“First of all, I like to thank Her Majesty, the Queen for her generous invitation into her home, the first time I think the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting has been held here in the remarkable history of this building.

“I am also struck by the number of heads of government we have assembled here today. That is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to revitalise the Commonwealth and to tap into its vast potential.

“I think I speak for everyone in the room when I say we have all been inspired by what we’ve seen and heard, particularly from our young people.”
 
May went on to say the onus now lies on the heads of government to build on what was presented by the discussions from the women, business, people and youth forums.
 
“Yesterday, we spoke about the shared challenges as we strive to build a more sustainable, a more prosperous, a more secure and a fairer Commonwealth.

“And today is a chance to build on that, to talk frankly, and openly with the tradition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government retreat.”
 
The UK Prime Minister was speaking just few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari told a panel discussion at the Commonwealth business forum in Westminster, London, that youths in Nigeria who did not go to school were dependent on revenue from oil to survive.
 
He said the youths, who make up 60 percent of the population, were waiting to get social amenities free without doing anything.
 
"And then the economy. We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 60 percent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free."



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Friday, April 20, 2018

BMW Develops Wireless Charging Pad Can To Charge Cars For Hours

BMW which is a German multinational company which currently produces automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945 has developed a special form of charging phones.

 
The vehicle and the charging pad
 
BMW is the first automaker to offer wireless vehicle charging from the factory on a model.
 This short clip explains how “BMW Wireless Charging”, the technology that allows energy transfer to take place without the use of cables.
 
 
 
The system consists of a base pad with integrated primary coil ,which can be installed in a garage and outdoors,and a secondary coil integrated in the underside of the vehicle.
 
An alternating magnetic field is generated between the two coils, through which electricity is transmitted without cables or contacts at a charge rate of up to 3.2 kW.
 
This form of power supply to the high-voltage battery is extremely convenient for customers and involves a charging time of around three-and-a-half hours. Wireless charging for the high-voltage battery will be made available as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid starting this year


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Senator Honore Ajuo Ngam: Source of Inspiration for Cameroon Youth

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Senator Honore Ajuo Ngam

This reflection is inspired by the fact that although power structures in Cameroon had historically excluded youth from decision making processes on grounds they were leaders of tomorrow, Barrister Honore Ajuo Ngam took the bull by the horns and challenged the status quo to the contrary. It is the more informed by the fact that since the reintroduction of multiparty democracy in Cameroon in 1990, many a leading political party reduced the role of the women and the youth wings to cooking food and decorating event venues, for the other wing, and carrying chairs to and fro the event venue, for the other wing. It is also informed by the fact that although many a Cameroonian had become frustrated, disenfranchised, and irked by the fact that a small minority of octogenarians have confiscated political space, to the exclusion of the youth, Barrister Honore Ngam refused to see that as an unsurmountable challenge. He dared
to dream and succeeded.

Point is, Barrister Honore Ngam, now Senator, has by his political trajectory, become a veritable source of inspiration for the many Cameroonian youth who had since given up on politics on grounds the environment was not enabling enough for youth to strife. In realizing such a feat in less than six years of his joining active politics, Honore Ngam has demonstrated in triumphant detail that the only best way to predict the future is to create it. A walk down memory lane would help young Cameroonians understand how he  did not only predict but created the future.

Political Life:

Coming to the realization like Nkwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first President, that 'seek ye first the political kingdom and everything else would be added unto you', Honore Ngam decided to move past the idea of just being a simple militant of a political party to taking active part in decision making. In 2012, he fought and was elected legal adviser to the Fundong Electoral District of the SDF. The following year, that is, 2013, he decided, even to the
surprise of family members and close friends who were worried about the political terrain in Fundong then, to contest the council seat on his SDF ticket. Although intestinal quarrels and internal dead threats had almost turned his SDF party then in Fundong into pieces, Honore Ngam refused to be intimidated by the mounting CPDM influence. The elections resulted in the SDF picking up only six council seats with Honore as one of the SDF councillors as the CPDM won a relative majority. This was the first reintroduction of multiplayer elections that the CPDM was winning the Fundong Council. Rather than being discouraged, the reverse SDF gains in Fundong emboldened the young uprising local SDF star. By 2014, the District Executive of the SDF in Fundong was in shambles. The deadlock had reached a level where the SDF Region had to intervene. After attempts at reconciling the warring factions within the Fundong District had proven futile, Honore was called in as neutral arbiter to head a caretaker committee for a six month period,
renewable. During his tenure as Caretaker Committee Chairman, Honore put in the extra energy and the extra hour to rebuild the party that was once the pride of Fundong. In the process, he endeared himself to the women and youth of the party who had simply been bored with the old and confrontational management style of the old guard that when time came for District elections to be organized, Barrister Honore's candidature was plebiscited. It is the work he has been doing as SDF District Chairman in Fundong from 2014 through 2016 to 2018 that the National Investiture Committee of the SDF found very little difficulty investing him as candidate for the senate elections of April 24, 2018. That is also the reason why fellow councillors from both the SDF and CPDM across the Region did not hesitate to vote his SDF list. Through the 2018 senatorial elections results in the politically-minded Northwest Region, the youth overwhelmingly decided to vote out octogenarian CPDM senatorial candidates. Not that youthfulness was the only factor that militated in favour of Senator Honore Ngam. He had cultured himself to this day through a sound and profound education.

Educational Background:

There is no gainsaying the fact that Honore Ajuo Ngam's soundness and profoundness in education inevitably makes him one of the finest brains in Boyoland. This is justified by the fact that there was thoroughness in his primary and secondary education that took him through some of the best schools like Sacred Heart College, Mankon. Animated by his personal belief, even at that young age, that education was an instrument of liberation from the manacles of ignorance, disease, malnutrition and injustice, which plaques Cameroon, Honore defied even suggestions from his father to study journalism and went forth to do Law at the University of Buea. After years of tutelage and after gaining admission in the Cameroon Bar, he did not seem settled with a B. A in Law. Cumulatively with his impressive work of defending
the defenseless in courts across Cameroon, Honore went on to successfully complete a maitrise course in the University of Dchang and a Masters Degree course on International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Action from the Yaoundé based Catholic University of Central Africa. Coupled with a dozen lot of professional courses and training facilitations in various areas of litigation, human rights and above all, elections monitoring, all of Honore Ngam's actions seemed to have had a providential link to a political future. From the Cosmic Chambers of Barrister Paddy Yong where he brilliantly did tutelage to the crowning glory of the Commercial Avenue Crown Law Firm where he is senior founding partner, Honore had never settled for anything less. It could be said that his years of tutelage at Paddy Yong's Cosmic Chambers did not only sharpen him legally but also politically as although he went into practice with the understanding that a successful professional life was all what was needed

in life, he saw in Senior Barrister Paddy Yong's political ambitions the translation of the ideology of  Harold Laswell, the repute American Scientist, who at first thought it was enough to be a successful scientist,  that ' politics decides who gets what, where, when, why and how'. Not that before getting to tutelage at Cosmic Chambers Honore Ajuo Ngam was stranger to politics. He might have been dormant to politics but politics had historically run through the family blood.

Family Background:

That Barrister Honore Ngam decided to contest for Council Elections in 2013, of all elections, was like revisiting the family roots or reconciling with history. It was his grandfather, the very towering late Honorable Chia Ngam that was very first Chairman of Fundong Local Council area from the 70s through the 80s. The former Customs Officer and senior prince of Kom palace only abandoned that mayoral position when time came for him to represent Kom in Parliament in the late 80s and early 90
where he was eldest member of Parliament and consequently had to address Parliament. By becoming Boyo's first ever elected SDF Senator, young Barrister Honore Ajuo Ngam has just reedited history as his maternal uncle, Hon Ngam Chia, son of late Hon Chia Ngam, was Sdf's first ever elected Boyo MP from 1996-2001. Like Senator Honore's grandfather, Hon Chia Ngam, who for his old age, handled the affairs of Parliament until a new bureau was elected, Honore Ngam, by virtue of the fact that he is likely to be the youngest Senator, would join Senator Mukete to pilot the affairs of the House until a new bureau is put in place after the April 24, 2018 inaugural and immersion session.

Honore as an Inspiring Role Model:
From the foregoing, there is no gainsaying that Senator Honore Ngam as a blaze trailer not just a trail blazer, has inspired and will continue to inspire hope in an otherwise Cameroonian youth that had since given up hope of ever taking part in the decision making process in Cameroon. He
unquestionably, is a source of inspiration for many more youths who are taking the last minute decision not only to register but to take active part as councillors and MPs at the upcoming general elections. His victory and phenomenal ascendency is testimony to the fact that with commitment,  dogged determination and consistency, the new generation youth and elite that have been fashioned out by the new momentum ignited by the 2016 Common Law Lawyers and All Anglophone Teachers Trade Unions strike actions, could upset the Cameroon political apple cart and send the old guard that has crumbled our economy, parking. Honore's victory is an invitation to Cameroonian youth to seize the moment, as if it were, to explore the 'carpe diem theme'. In seizing the moment, youths whom the Cameroon political system has for years try to disenfranchise, should remind themselves and like Senator Honore did, that the penalty one pays for not doing politics is that one ends up being ruled by his/ her inferiors.
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Russian Research Institute Develops New HIV Medicine

The Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Rospotrebnadzor in Russia has created a fundamentally new HIV drug.
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The Russian Central Research Institute of Epidemiology has developed a new gene therapy medicine for people who have the HIV, head of the federal health and epidemic watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said on Wednesday.

“The Central Research Institute of Epidemiology, Rospotrebnadzor created a fundamentally new drug for gene therapy, gene prophylactic treatment and molecular vaccination against HIV.

“A highly active antiviral drug called Dinavir, which will soon be clinically tested, has been created,’’ Popova said on the sidelines of an international conference on HIV and AIDS in Moscow.

The official noted that Russia was facing a number of problems related to treatment of HIV and AIDS, including high prices for treatment and lack of proper medication.

Millions of people have been infected with it causes for the disease were discovered in early 1980s, prompting the development of medicine that would help tackle the deadly virus.

 -NAN



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