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Akeem ReachnaijaMay 21, 2019
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Iran, on Monday, cautioned the U.S. against tending to the Islamic Republic of Iran with a lack of regard and dangers of war.

This notice comes a multi-day after U.S. President Donald Trump stirred worries about a potential U.S.- Iran struggle.

Be that as it may, in an indication of preparing encounter a year after Washington quit world forces’ 2015 atomic arrangement with Iran and reimposed endorses on it, Tehran declared a fourfold increment in its rate of poor quality uranium improvement, NAN reports.

Strains among Washington and its Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab partners on one side and Tehran and its Shi’ite Muslim intermediaries in the locale on the other have been flaring for a considerable length of time.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted: “If Iran needs to battle, that will be the official end of Iran. Never undermine the U.S. once more!”

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif answered on his Twitter account “Never Threaten An Iranian. Attempt regard—it works!”

Zarif, who was taught in the U.S., in reality, lauded Trump for before comments seen as forewarning birds of prey in his organization, who were empowering struggle.

The President “properly despises ‘military-modern complex’ pushing U.S. #ForeverWars,” Zarif composed on Twitter.

He said Trump had permitted a “B-group” of associates driven by National Security Advisor John Bolton to “garbage strategy.”

He blamed them for “draining tyrannical butchers using monstrous arms deals,” an apparent reference to Iran’s primary provincial adversary, Saudi Arabia, Washington’s most significant arms purchaser.

Trump has fixed monetary assents against Iran, and his organization says it has developed the U.S. military nearness in the locale.

It blames Iran for presenting dangers to U.S. troops and interests. Tehran has denied this, portraying U.S. moves as “mental fighting” and a “political amusement.”

England advised Iran on Monday not to belittle the purpose of the U.S., cautioning that on the off chance that American interests were assaulted, at that point the Trump organization would strike back.

The outside pastor of Oman, a Gulf Arab express that in the past helped make ready for dealings among Iran and the U.S., visited Tehran on Monday.

Yousuf receptacle Abdullah tended to local and worldwide issues with Zarif, Iranian state news organization IRNA stated, without explaining.

Citing an authority at the Natanz enhancement plant, the semi-official Tasnim said Iran was quickening the rate at which it refines uranium to 3.67 percent fissile immaculateness, appropriate for nonmilitary personnel atomic power age.

The move came two weeks after Iran, acting after Trump reimposed sanctions went for obstructing all Iranian oil fares to disable its economy, pronounced it would downsize a few duties under the understanding it marked with six world forces.

Under the 2015 arrangement, the Islamic Republic was permitted to reserve a limit of 300 kg of low-improved uranium, and ship any abundance out of the nation for capacity or deal.

Iran said for the current month that top never again connected because of the partial U.S. withdrawal from the arrangement.

Trump has denounced the agreement, marked by his ancestor Barack Obama, as imperfect for not being lasting and for not covering Iran’s ballistic rocket program and job in clashes around the Middle East.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the representative for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, revealed to Tasnim that the UN nuclear guard dog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had been informed about the move to venture up the advancement rate fourfold.

“Soon we pass the 300-kg farthest point of low enhanced uranium. So it’s better for the opposite side to do what it’s important to be done,” Kamalvandi stated, implying ventures by different forces to shield Iran’s economy from U.S. sanctions.

He said the increasing speed of Iran’s axis improvement machines stayed inside the limits of the atomic arrangement, and Tehran had no goal to leave the agreement.

It was not clear how far Iran’s present supply of low-enhanced uranium was from the 300-kg limit.

Under the arrangement, Iran may enhance uranium to 3.67 percent virtue – far underneath the 90 percent of weapons-grade, and furthermore beneath the 20 percent dimension to which Iran refined uranium before the arrangement.

Iran has compromised that in 60 days it would continue advancement past the 3.67 percent level except if remaining signatories of the arrangement – Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany – figure out how to shield its essential oil and banking parts.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 20, 2019
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Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt top the list of nations with doctors and nurses working in the United Kingdom (U.K.) despite a ban on recruiting from those countries.
According to the British National Health Service (NHS) Code of Practice, Nigeria is among 97 nations that “should not be actively recruited from” because they receive aid or suffer from shortages of medical practioners.

However, figures revealed that one in four new NHS medics are from countries ‘banned’ from working for the health services sector.

A breakdown of the figures published by the Daily Mail UK showed Pakistan with the highest number of medics with 3,413, followed by Nigeria and Egypt with 1,995 and 1,775 medics.

Others are Sri Lanka with 826 medics, Sudan 797, Bangladesh 444, Iraq 326, Myanmar 312, South Africa 290, Nepal 166 and Jordan 160.

The figures showed the number of doctors joining the NHS from these countries have doubled in the past two years.

General Medical Council figures revealed that 4,161 doctors registered to work in Britain last year despite coming from countries that should not be recruited from.

This is a 1,955 increase from the 2,206 medics that migrated from the same countries in 2016 just as over 12,000 registrations took place from nationals of these regions in the past five years.

Also, 27 per cent of all new doctors working in the NHS are said to have emanated from ‘banned’ countries, compared to 13 per cent in 2014.

Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, Richard Murray, expressed concerns that the NHS was too desperate to check if recruitment agencies were ‘ethical’ in their recruitment processes.

However, some of the individuals may have applied to work in the UK off their own backs rather than being actively recruited.

Concerns that ‘banned countries’ are being exploited emerged as NHS officials prepare to launch a global recruitment drive to fill vacancies.

He told The Telegraph UK: “The workforce shortages in the NHS mean it does need international recruitment but it needs to be done ethically. Increases in this scale from these countries are going to bring the UK into disrepute.

“I think organisations are so desperate to get professionals they just aren’t checking whether it is done ethically.”

According to the DailyMail UK, an ongoing recruitment crisis has struck all aspects of the NHS and reached unprecedented levels.

Experts, therefore, cautioned that frustrated medical practitioners are fleeing the health service in their droves due to funding issues, relentless pressure and even Brexit concerns.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 16, 2019
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A new report revealed that 29,723 Nigerian immigrants in the US ‘overstayed’ in 2018, after arriving as non-immigrants through the air or sea port of entry (POE).The report titled: “The fiscal Year 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay Report”, shows the numbers and rate of expected departures of foreigners, who arrived in the United States as non-immigrants.

195,785 Nigerians who were given visas into the US, were expected to leave ”within the above window.” However  Nigeria had 15.18 per cent rate of overstay, and a suspected ‘In-Country Overstay’ rate of 14.81 per cent. A push further revealed that 29,723 Nigerian immigrants in the US ‘overstayed’ in 2018 (No departure record for 29,004 immigrants; while only 719 travellers left the country after their visas expired).

On the other hand, Djibouti, a small Africa country, has the highest rate of visa overstay immigrants at 180; with 403 expected departures. The numbers translate to 44.67 per cent and a Suspected In-Country Overstay rate of 43.92 per cent.


Akeem ReachnaijaMay 14, 2019
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The Embassy consulate of the United States in Nigeria has suspended the interview waiver popularly known as DROP BOX application process effective MAY 14 2019.

All applicants are required to schedule regular appointment until further notice…

UPDATED

According to a statement released by the embassy on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the drop box application process has been suspended effective immediately.

Before the suspension, Nigerian holders of US visa types B1/B2, F, H, and L could renew their US visa by making use of several drop box locations across Nigeria without attending physical interviews.

With the suspension, such people will now have to visit the embassy in Abuja or consulate in Lagos for in-person interviews.


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A Nigerian-American, Susan Ojukwu has recently received the received a USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship, awarded to outstanding individuals interested in careers in the foreign service of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Susan, 17 years of age, is a recent graduate of Rochester University. She graduated with double majors in international relations and public health. Her undergraduate studies have taken her to France, Hong Kong and China.

According to a Rochester University press release, Susan Ojukwu’s passion for international health was ignited when she visited her village in Nigeria. She went on to conduct her undergraduate research on strengthening health systems and food aid in West African countries.

She’ll pursue a master’s degree in public health at George Washington University this fall. Her career goals include improving healthcare delivery, building local capacity, and expanding access to the most vulnerable populations around the world as an officer in the USAID Foreign Service. The Donald M. Payne fellowship, which provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development.


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Missionary Bobby Burnette had a vision from God. It was several years ago, while walking on the undeveloped land in Fond Parisien, Haiti that had been donated to Love A Child.

At the time, he was praying to God for guidance. The Love A Child ministry had been given a huge parcel of land, but how were they to use it to best serve God’s kingdom? Looking over the many acres of scrub, he suddenly had a vision of hundreds of brightly colored houses. He saw beautiful homes on streets lined with lush gardens.

Bobby was confused. He guessed that God was instructing him to build houses, but he had no idea where he was to find the people to live in them! All those years he waited, confident that God would eventually provide the answer.

The earthquake in 2010 left thousands of families
without homes.
Makeshift shacks made of debris and scraps of fabric were cobbled together in every available open space: along roads, in ditches, and even on the grounds of the demolished Presidential Palace. People were desperate for shelter; they literally had nowhere to go. Love A Child took in as many people as they could assist, filling every building in its compound with injured victims. After serving as a massive field hospital for several months, Love A Child agreed to clear 62 acres of land for the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to build a large “tent city.” Camp Hope, as it became known, was an immediate solution to a pressing problem. The tents provided shelter for people displaced by the earthquake, but conditions were far from ideal. People needed permanent housing – a place to rebuild their lives and re-imagine their futures.


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Finland is consistently ranked at the top of the list of best education systems in the world. In fact, the World Bank recently declared the country “a miracle of education.”

On Universitas 21’s latest ranking of the world’s top universities, Finland finished top spot when levels of GDP per capita were considered – with impressive scores that exceeded expectations, given the country’s income level.

So, the big question is: What makes the Finland education system unique?

We did a close review and discovered some really interesting facts behind the success of this small and quiet north European country.

Less Formal Schooling

Contrary to the general norm nearly everywhere else on the globe, Finland believes less is more. And this philosophy is reflected in all facets of national life, including the education system.

Whereas the school starting age of kids in most countries keeps getting lower and lower, in Finland children don’t start formal school until they reach the age of seven. Yes, seven!

And, oh, for the record, that’s just about the oldest age to start school anywhere on the globe.

The children are given a lot of liberty. They are allowed to be children, to learn more naturally and informally through playing and exploring – rather than the formal system of children sitting locked up in a classroom with a teacher reading out instructional materials.

The goal and method of teaching are quite unique too. Teachers don’t focus on teaching pupils knowledge to help them pass a test or exam. Instead, the overall objective is to get the students to concentrate on things that will help them really understand the lessons and how to creatively apply the concepts in everyday life.

You may be asking: Won’t that approach slow them down? No, quite the opposite! The children start formal education when they are actually developmentally ready to learn and focus.

After the first year of school, the next stage for the child is nine years of compulsory schooling. At the end of the ninth grade, everything is optional and at the age of 16, the student can decide on any of three paths:

A three-year Upper Secondary School programme.
A three-year Vocational Education programme
Join the workforce (Less than 5% of students follow this track).

Fewer Students, More Individual Attention

You probably already imagined this scenario. You guessed right. Fewer students in a class often mean the teacher can provide better care and attention to the pupils.

Typically, a Finnish teacher is assigned about 3 to 4 classes of 20 students a day, so they are responsible for between 60 to 80 students daily. This is a more reasonable number and a lot smaller than the average teacher in most other countries has to manage every weekday.

Less Time in School, Fewer Instructions

In Finland, school usually starts at 9 am or 9:45 am; and ends by 2 pm or 2:45 pm. Surprised? There’s more: The average Finnish teacher provides fewer instructions to his/her students in a day than the regular teacher elsewhere in the world.

When computed, the total instruction time clocks to about 600 hours a year or 4 lessons daily. But here’s the catch: The topics are fewer but more in-depth. The focus of the lessons is not in the period or number, but on creativity, skill acquisition, and real-world application.

The younger kids are allowed sufficient time to play, so they can discover, be creative, and learn in the process. When they are 7, they start formal schooling and are taught how to read and write.

For the older kids also, there’s a deliberate effort to avoid the pupils getting too tired or stressed so they can learn well. They are given only a reasonable amount of homework, have a fewer number of school days a term compared to other kids around the world, and take 10 to 20 minutes breaks between the lessons.

During the breaks, the children are allowed to go outside and play, so they can focus on studying again. The children also eat free, healthy lunch at school. The end goal is to ensure both the students and teachers are well rested and ready to learn/teach.

The System Prioritizes Play

We already mentioned that Finnish students get the least amount of homework in the world, as the focus is to allow the pupils adequate free time, play, breaks, and rest, so their minds are sharper and their body well relaxed and refreshed for learning.

Students in Finland typically don’t have afterschool tutors or lessons. It sounds ironic when you take into account that Finnish students score higher than students from Asian countries who receive tons of extra lessons or afterschool instructions.

Finnish students get the work done in class diligently, and teachers feel that is adequate. There are no pressures on the students to do more than what is necessary to learn a skill. And when there are assignments, they are often open-ended and not really graded.

Teaching as a Profession Is Revered

Most students in both developing and developed countries rarely think of teaching as a career choice, perhaps after observing the profession is generally undervalued and their teachers often underpaid.

The reverse is the case in Finland – specifically in terms of the treatment and respect accorded to teachers.

Teaching is a very prestigious profession in Finland. Teachers work fewer hours and are paid relatively well compared with their colleagues in many other countries. They are also entrusted with the authority to plan their teaching in a way they think best suits their students.

Teaching is an extremely selective profession in Finland, and it’s not easy to get accepted in the special programme to qualify as a teacher. In fact, you have to be well motivated and gifted to make the grade.

But before applying for the teacher’s education programme, it is mandatory you have a master’s degree in your subject. That is if you’re going to take any of the high school or middle school classes.

If you’re applying to be a kindergarten, preschool or elementary school teacher, you must also have a master’s degree or at least a bachelor’s degree.

No Standardized Testing

While the practice in most countries is that students take standardised tests and exams to track their progress, in Finland students take just a single test, called the National Matriculation Exam, during their entire time in elementary or high school.

However, the test assessment is more than just what the student scores. Rather, it measures the general academic maturity level of the student, which are standards by which a mature, educated person is evaluated in Finnish society.

Free Education at All Levels

Finland is one of the few countries in the world that offer absolutely free bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programmes — not only for its own citizens but also students from European Union and EEA countries.

Yes, you read right: International students from eligible countries studying any course in Finnish universities do not pay a penny in tuition. There are no fancy private schools or universities anywhere with their own study plans. Instead, there’s a national standard for what every school must teach.

In Finland, capitalism (which, for example, allows you to pay to get good education for your child or yourself) is seen as a system that produces a mass of ignorant people versus a small, well-educated elite; thereby making poor education/good education, and poverty/wealth divides kind of “hereditary.”

In summary, Finnish society is a welfare state and aims at taking care of everybody, not just those that can afford it. Naturally, it starts with universal healthcare, in which families receive medical care when needed in any of the comprehensive networks of child welfare clinics.

So, the much-lauded Finnish education system is only an extension of a grounded tradition of a welfare state. Besides, Finland appears to be very conscious of the important roles teachers play in moulding and influencing the next generation and consequently invests heavily (time, efforts and resources) in the recruitment process and general education system.


Akeem ReachnaijaApril 24, 2019
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On Tuesday, President Trump hosted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the Oval Office for a closed-door meeting, during which the leader of the free world spent an inordinate amount of time complaining about lost Twitter followers, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

The Twitter chief, for his part, tried to reassure the president that the company’s staff merely wants his follower count to be as bot-free as possible.

This is what the most powerful person in the world was preoccupied with Tuesday.

A large percentage of the meeting, which included senior White House officials such as Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, was spent addressing the subject of @realDonaldTrump’s follower count. The president stated his belief that he had lost some of his roughly 59 million followers in anti-Trump, anti-conservative Twitter purges, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Dorsey, according to this knowledgeable source, had to explain to the president that like other Twitter users, @realDonaldTrump periodically loses followers when the site deletes fake or bot accounts. Dorsey even said he himself had lost followers as a result of Twitter’s efforts to delete fake accounts.

During this private gathering in the West Wing, Dorsey assured Trump that the company wants him, and everyone else on Twitter, to have only real followers, according to the source.

Trump also said he’s heard from other prominent conservatives about problems with Twitter, though he declined to name names.