7 Tips for Driving Traffic to Your Business Blog

So you’ve set up your business’s blog and have published your first post. Now what? Once your site is indexed, the search engines will begin to send you some traffic but there are some things you can do to drive additional traffic to your business blog right from the start.

Ping the Blog Directories 

There is a great site called  retwtr.com and you should be visiting that site every time you add a new post to your blog. retwtr will automatically update a series of blog directories, letting them know you have a new post. Those directories will help to drive targeted traffic to your blog.

 

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Connect Your Business Website to Your Blog 

Make sure the people visiting your business’s main website know that your blog exists. Create a visible link to your blog so that your customers and potential new clients can participate in the conversations you’re starting with your posts.

Create an RSS Feed 

Make sure your blog has a visible RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed so that your visitors can subscribe. Visitors who subscribe to your blog will be able to quickly and easily read your syndicated posts on their own news readers, even if they don’t visit your blog directly every single day.

Utilize Social Bookmarking Sites 

This part of the process is two-fold. Join a few social bookmarking sites like fbk.com.ng , or reddit.com.ng . Spend time on these sites and bookmark not only your own posts but a few from other blogs as well. Regularly contributing to these sites will increase your credibility and will help to drive traffic back to your blog.

You can also add social bookmarking icons to your blog to encourage your visitors to bookmark your blog posts as well. The more bookmarks each posts receives, the more traffic you’ll receive.

Use Twitter 

Twitter is a great social media tool and every business should have an account. Your Twitter followers may not visit your blog every day but those who are interested will visit your blog if you tweet about your newest posts. Make sure you customize your Twitter page, update your biography, and avoid hard-selling posts.

Update Your Social Media Profiles 

Do you have business accounts on Facebook 9jabook  or LinkedIn? If not, you should. If you do, go back to each profile and add a link to your business website and blog. Many of the people viewing your profiles on these sites will click through to your website for additional information about the products and services you provide.

Update Your Business Cards 

Not all web marketing occurs online. Update your business cards to include your website and blog addresses. Point the web addresses out to the people who take your cards, encouraging them to visit you online at their leisure.

Your business blog will experience a surge in web traffic, but only if you’re willing to put some work into growing your blog and its credibility. Keep posting quality content and network as much as possible. You’ll soon see plenty of new visitors and – eventually – new

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5 Reasons Your Business Should Have a Blog – how Dotifi works: You research our premium domains and websites link and see a domain name or website you know you can resell for us

5 Reasons Your Business Should Have a Blog

Does your business have a website? If so, it should have a blog as well. While the content on your main website will remain static, the content you share on a blog will take on a life of its own. Incorporating a blog into your business’s marketing strategy will enable you to reach out and make contacts you may not have been able to create before. Not sure blogging is for you? Here are some of the benefits of building a blog for your business.

5. Building Better Relationships

Adding a blog to your business website will help you to build better relationships with both your current and potential clients. By reading the comments, you’ll get to see what your clients really like (or don’t like) about the products and services you offer. You’ll also gain a better understanding of what your potential clients are really looking for.

4. Establishing Authority in Your Area of Expertise

By providing informative content, as opposed to advertisements alone, you’ll show your audiences that you are a trusted authority in your area of expertise. Blogging gives business owners the opportunity to share their knowledge, not only telling their readers what they can do, but by shedding some light on the processes as well. The more educated your clients feel, the more likely they are to trust you when it comes time to make a purchase.

3. Blogs are Inexpensive Marketing Tools

Building a blog is incredibly inexpensive. Your blog can be on a separate website or may exist as a subsection of your business site. Blogging platforms, like WordPress, can be installed for free. You may choose to use a free or premium theme or you may opt to have a designer create a theme unique to your website. After your blog is built, you’ll spend very little on hosting and upkeep. You’ll only need to worry about the time spent creating content.

2. Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization, aka SEO, is essential to the success of your business website. A blog will enhance your SEO campaign by giving you a place from which to create links back to your main website. You’ll also be able to incorporate your site’s main keywords into your blog content in order to drive more traffic to your sites. The authoritative content on your site will not only impress your customers but will gain the attention of other website owners as well. They’ll link to your site, thus increasing your search engine rankings.

1. Better Branding

At the end of the day, your business’s brand is what will make a difference to your sales. Your blog will prove a valuable tool for building trust, establishing your reputation, and creating a sense of familiarity. Your happy customers will always remember your name and will refer you to friends via word-of-mouth advertising. A personal referral is the best type of free advertising you can earn.

The task of building a blog will prove relatively painless. Once it’s created, you’ll begin to experience increased web traffic and you’ll be amazed at the feedback you get from your visitors – especially as they evolve from prospects into new and repeat clients!

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Pornhub Just Released Their 2018 End Of Year Review And It’s Really Something

There’s a lot to unpack here.Posted on December 11, 2018, at 6:37 p.m.

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Every year, Pornhub put together their end of year review, which presents all the data and facts you didn’t know you needed to see. Last year’s was pretty epic (you can read that here), but how does this year compare…

1. Let’s start big — in 2018, there were 33.5 billion visits to Pornhub, which is 5 billion more than last year.

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2. The daily average for the year was 92m visitors a day, but according to Pornhub, they’ve now crossed 100m daily.

3. There were 30.3 billion searches altogether, and the year’s not even over with yet. That’s 962 searches a second.

4. You could probably guess that the US was gonna top the list of countries with the highest traffic, and it wasn’t even close. Rounding out the top five is the UK, India, Japan, and Canada.

5. But the US comes in third for the longest time spent on the site per visit. While they spend an average of 10m 37s every time they log on, the Philippines (13m 50s) and South Africa (10m 57s) beat them to the top.

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6. On average, every minute of the day 207,405 videos are watched.

7. But you don’t have to worry about Pornhub running out of new content anytime soon — almost 5 million videos were uploaded to the site in 2018, totalling a million hours altogether.

8. There were almost 8m comments on videos this year. The most common words? Love, hot, like, good, and sexy.

9. There were more than 141m video votes (you know, where you give something a thumbs up or down).

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10. For the data nerds, there was 4403 PETABYTES of data transferred altogether this year. To put that into perspective, that’s more bandwidth than the ENTIRE INTERNET consumed in 2002.

11. Some of the searches that defined 2018? Fortnite, Stormy Daniels, and…uh…Bowsette. If you don’t know what that is, I’m not going to be the one to tell you.

12. And the most searched for terms of the year? Lesbian, which is still sitting pretty at the top of the heap, followed by hentai, milf, and stepmom, which also haven’t moved since 2017.

13. The Philippines had the most even proportion of male and female visitors (62% male and 38% female), followed by Brazil and South Africa, which both hit 65% male and 35% female visitors.

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14. This year, the majority of people watched porn on their phone — a whopping 71.6%. That’s in comparison to desktop (19.7%) and tablet (8.7%).

15. Obviously when special events happen in the world, traffic to Pornhub dips. The biggest came from the royal wedding back in May, which saw a 10% drop in traffic worldwide.

16. And finally, if you just want to look specifically at the US, the biggest drop in traffic came on New Year’s Eve (down 38%).

17. But the biggest increase? Valentine’s Day of course, which was up 7%.

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Sickle Cell Cure – 26 Year Old Revée Is One Of First Adults In Canada To Be Cured Of Sickle Cell Anemia Through Stem Cell Transplant

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Diagnosed with the disease as a toddler, Revée Agyepong was always down with chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath. Today, 26-year old Revée is among the first adults in Canada to be cured of sickle cell anemia with the help of a stem cell transplant.

Two years ago, the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada announced that they have been successful in treating sickle cell disease in young patients using stem cell transplants. On hearing the news, Revée, whose health was declining, decided to leverage on the opportunity but doctors told her she was too old to undergo the procedure.

According to Alberta Health Services, the older the patient and donor in bone marrow transplants, the greater the risk of graft versus host disease, which is a type of immune rejection that can have serious health repercussions and can even result in death.

But Revée’s older sister, Stephanie started to research other centers testing the treatment on adult patients, before approaching Revée’s doctors to share with them the stem cell transplant procedure.

Coincidentally, Revée’s 

Coincidentally, Revée’s doctor had been thinking about conducting adult stem cell transplants for sickle cell disease. They tested Stephanie and found out that she was a perfect match for her sister. Stephanie’s stem cells were then collected and given to Revée.

Today, Revée’s blood tests does not show any signs of sickle cell disease, which means she is totally cured.

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The physics of where to put a WI-FI ROUTER: Scientist proves that the centre of your home is best for signal strength .Is WIFI Dangerous ?

The physics of where to put a WI-FI ROUTER: Scientist proves that the centre of your home is best for signal strength
Jason Cole at Imperial College London simulated Wi-Fi router locations
Through complex equations he proved the centre of a home was the best place for optimum connection
He had been frustrated by blackspots in his flat when accessing the internet
Walls, doors and corners were found to greatly decrease signal strength
His simulation found there was no substitute for line-of-sight to the router
While he has not tried the simulation in the real world yet, he tells MailOnline some people have suggested ‘taping an antenna to a robot vacuum cleaner’

Deciding where to place a Wi-Fi router at home to minimise signal blackspots is a fine art.

But a physicist has attempted to tackle the problem by mathematically working out the optimum position for a router.

He studied how walls and reflections affected signal strength and concluded that, as common sense might suggest, there’s just no beating the centre of a house for router location.

Jason Cole at Imperial College London simulated Wi-Fi router locations (shown above in the diagram of Mr Cole’s flat). He found that the best location, as common sense might suggest, was in the centre of a home. He had grown frustrated after finding blackspots in his flat

The ‘complex’ research was carried out by Jason Cole, a PhD physics student at the John Adams Institute at Imperial College London.

ARE WI-FI SIGNALS DANGEROUS?
Wi-Fi signals use very low intensity radio waves. Whilst similar in wavelength to domestic microwave radiation, the intensity of Wi-Fi radiation is 100,000 times less than that of a domestic microwave oven.

The type of radiation emitted by radio waves (Wi-Fi), visible light, microwaves and mobile phones has been shown to raise the temperature of tissue at very high levels of exposure – but that’s much higher than what people are subjected to on a regular basis.

This is called a thermal interaction, but researchers are divided as to whether the radiation we receive daily can cause damage.

The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been monitoring the safety of Wi-Fi. It says people using Wi-Fi, or those in the proximity, are exposed to the radio signals it emits – and some of the transmitted energy in the signals is absorbed in their bodies.

However, the signals are very low power. Sitting in a Wi-Fi hotspot for a year results in receiving the same dose of radio waves as making a 20 minute mobile phone call.

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Top 10 Popular Markets in Benin City, Edo State Nigeria One may be the Oldest International Market in Nigeria !

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Benin has numerous markets strewn across the city to cater for the needs of its inhabitants as well as to serve as sales outlets for the numerous farm produce cultivated in the rural areas of the state. The nodal nature of Benin makes it an ideal place for various commercial activities as these farm produce can be easily transported to cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt

A visit to the major markets in Benin shows that there is still a lot that can be done by both the government and traders to make shopping in Benin a better experience.This article is on the top 10 popular markets in Benin CityA market in Benin CityGods Market (Ekiosa) This market is located along Sakponba road, stretching across second and third east circular (Murtala Muhammed Way) roads at the very heart of Benin City. The name of the market (Eki meaning market and Osa meaning God) is related to the origins of the market.

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It is reportedly traced back to the days of the arrival of the early Jehovah Witness missionaries in Benin City, when the once bushy area was used as a venue for crusades. The local traders intended to take advantage of the large crowds that gathered during these religious events to sell their wares.Ekiosa is known as a bustling market where foodstuffs such as rice and beans brought from outside Edo State, as well as locally grown food items like yams, melons, vegetables, etc. are sold at quite affordable rates.

However, it is somewhat ironical considering its name and origin that the market is also a major hub for the sale of traditional worship and ritual materials (locally called kemwinkemwin).Shopping at ekiosa is quite convenient with parking spaces available for a small fee along the second east circular road.

Oba Market (Ekioba) The Oba market is located at ring road Benin City, right in the city centre. This market is probable the oldest of the large markets in Benin as it is recorded that business activities were taking place at the same location as far back as the 15th century as they are today.Oba market is known for the sale of food items, clothes and fabrics, traditional beads, jewellery, and it also has a major mobile phone shopping plaza as well as computer sales and repair services.

A prominent feature of Oba market is the Emotan statue and shrine located right opposite the market.Agbado Market (Ekiagbado) Agbado market is located along the Akpakpava and mission road axis of the city.

Agbado market which was created by Ogiso Ere and was named Ogiso market (16 and 66 AD) is the first market in Benin kingdom but was later renamed Agbado market. Although food items, clothes and other items can be purchased there, it is mostly known as a market where all forms of cooking utensils such as pots, pans, spoons, plates and kitchen paraphernalia are sold in large quantities at affordable prices. Agbado market also has a large plastics sale section.Shopping at ekiagbado is quite convenient because of its layout and accessible car park.

New Benin Market The New Benin market is located in the New Benin, Mission road and New Lagos road area. It is probably the busiest market in Benin City. A wide range of commodities are sold there at really good prices such as food items, electronics and electricals, clothes and fabrics, traditional beads as well as a large bush meat section.Probably due to its super busy nature, New Benin market is very crowded and quite disorganised.

Not only is there a persistent traffic grid lock around the market, it is also quite filthy due to inefficient waste disposal system. It is a common sight to see decaying food and animal remains around the market, resulting in the constant stench that seems to hang around the market.New Benin market is also associated with poor parking and unregulated street trading.

Santana Market Santana market is located along Sapele road in Benin City. Items traded at Santana market include food items, beverages, and fish mostly brought in from neighbouring Delta state.

It is a major cause of traffic jam along sapele road because of shoppers who have to park along the road because of the unavailability of a suitable carpark.Uselu Market (Edaiken Market) Uselu market is one of the most prominent markets in Benin City, located on the Ugbowo Lagos road in Egor Local Government Area.

Uselu market stocks practically anything from food items, clothes, fabrics, vegetables, meat, plastics, cooking utensils, cosmetics, drinks and beverages. It is highly patronised by people living around the Ugbowo area and also students of the University of Benin because of the proximity of the market to the Ugbowo campus.Shopping at Uselu market is quite convenient but parking could be a bit of a challenge.

Oliha Market The Oliha market is located in the Siluko road area of Benin City. It serves as a major trade outlet for the farm produce cultivated in the interior villages. Apart from the farm produce, Oliha market also has sections for clothes, food items, drinks, locally made beads and fabrics.Along with Ekiosa market, Oliha market is well known for the sale of objects of Benin traditional worship and rituals such as native chalk, red, white and black fabrics, alligator pepper, tortoise, ostrich feathers, animal skulls and bones, etc.

Oregbeni Market (Ikpoba Hill Market) Oregbeni market also known as Ikpoba Hill market is located in Ikpoba Hill in Ikpoba – Okha local government area of Edo state. Oregbeni market is not a daily market, it holds traditionally every four days. The market days usually draws customers from far and wide because of its huge stock of freshly harvested crops, fruits and vegetables and also its strategic location.Due to street trading and the large number of customers, the market days are often characterised by heavy traffic in the Ikpoba Hill area.

Ugbogiobo Market Ugbogiobo market is located in Ovia North East local government area of Edo State. The market opens traditionally every four days. It is well known for the sale of fresh food crops and fruits brought in from the hinterland. It is also a major palm oil and cassava flakes (garri) hub in Benin City.

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Kidnappers tie Ondo lecturer to tree, Machete Him Heavily and shoot him dead after ransom was paid and they coudnt find it !

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, OwoAcademic activities were yesterday suspended following the gruesome murder of a lecturer of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Mr. Taiwo Akinyemi, by kidnappers.

Akinyemi was abducted on Tuesday along with three others near Amurin Village along Owo-Akure Road.

The killing may be due to the inability of the kidnappers to pick the N500,000 ransom where it was placed as three other victims kidnapped with Akinyemi had regained their freedom.

The ransom was still intact after Akinyemi’s body was found by a farmer, suggesting that his abductors might have killed him because they could not find the money where it was dropped by the institution who negotiated his release.

It was gathered that the kidnappers tied the 52-year-old lecturer to a tree and used his clothes to tie him before shooting him. The kidnappers also macheted him gruesomely.

Akinyemi’s murder led to the suspension of the second semester examination scheduled to begin yesterday while students and staff of the institution moved round the school in procession as a mark of respect for the deceased.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also suspended all official assignments and rushed to the school to commiserate with the academic community, describing the lecturer’s death as unfortunate.

The body of the 52-year-old lecturer was found in a bush tied to a stick on Sunday evening after being in the den of the kidnappers for six days.

Addressing journalists, chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic (SSANIP), RUGIPO chapter, Chris Olowolade, described the death of the father of three as sad. He explained that the union had entered into negotiation with the kidnappers in order to secure his release.

“We lost him to the kidnappers and received his body yesterday. The kidnappers placed a ransom of N100 million on him, which nobody can afford but they reduced it to N7 million after two days and later grudgingly asked us to come with N500,000.

The money was taken to them and the person who took the money was directed by the kidnappers to where he should drop the money. They asked him to stop, reverse and move just to confirm if he was the actual person bringing the money.

“But after some hours, they called that the man bringing the money should come back that they didn’t see the money, only for the Rector to be called yesterday to come and identify a body. We rushed to the morgue and discovered it was his body.

“The body was recovered by the police and deposited at the morgue, it show he was badly maltreated before he was killed. We, however, recovered the N500,000 ransom taken to them. We suspect that maybe Akinyemi died in their hands before the ransom was taken to them,” he said adding that the deceased was shot at the back by the kidnappers while he was also heavily macheted before he was killed.

Addressing the institution’s community, Akeredolu explained that the state government and the security operatives tried to rescue the deceased.

He gave the assurance that the government would be committed to the security of lives and property, saying he has directed the security operatives in the state to increase road patrol to curb the activities of kidnappers on the roads.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, policemen are on the trail of the kidnappers but no arrest has been made. He enjoined the people to be more security conscious and report strange faces or movement to the police.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state has called on the state government to convene a security summit to address the incessant kidnap and killings in the state.

The state’s NMA chairman, Dr. Olawale Oke, made the call yesterday in Akure at a press conference.

The association expressed its dissatisfaction with the security situation in the state following the kidnap of a pregnant doctor and two nurses by gunmen on the Akure-Owo Road on Thursday.

“It is on this note that we are crying to the whole world that those that are carrying out their legitimate duties are no longer safe in Ondo State.

“We, therefore, call on the Chief Security Officer of this state, Rotimi Akeredolu, to do the needful by paying more attention to the security of lives and property of the people in the state so that law-abiding citizens can be more productive. There is an urgent need to call a real state security summit, which will address the present situation and proffer general panacea to insecurity,” he stated.

In another development, the police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of David Ayele, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Obi II constituency in the 2019 election.

Kennedy Idirisu, a superintendent of police and the command`s spokesman, told journalists yesterday in Lafia, the state capital that the politician was abducted by gunmen from his Lafia residence around Tudun Kauri at about 8:00p.m. on Sunday.

Idirisu said the police responded immediately the report was made by trailing the suspects and later found the victim`s car along Obi-Awe road.

He said the police was working to ensure that the victim was rescued and also stem the tide of kidnapping in the state.

“We have deployed our men to comb the area where the victim`s car was found and we are also gathering intelligence that would lead to the rescue of the victim,” he said.

The spokesperson appealed to the public to always report suspicious movements in their areas to security agencies for prompt action.

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The 7 Best Robot Toys For Kids This Christmas

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This Christmas is the perfect time for you to buy your kids a robot toy for them to enjoy and maybe learn a few things from. Here’s a look at some of the best robot toys out there for kids of all ages.

There are plenty of different robot toys out there so we’ve narrowed things down to key areas like the age of your kids, and what you want them to gain from the robot. Of course, they’re all great fun to play with but a few of these toys will also teach your kids useful skills such as programming concepts—if you’re looking for even more options to encourage an interesting in coding and science check out our favorite coding kits for kids and coding toys. As for robots, here’s our pick of the bunch.

Best For Toddlers: Dimple Wireless Remote Control Robot Puppy ($45)

There’s barely an age that’s too young for robot toys these days. That’s thanks to cute robotic toys like Dimple the Wireless Remote Control Robot Puppy. The pooch offers multiple different play modes, with the ability to sing, dance, crawl, stand, and speak. He can teach your kids the alphabet, as well as play familiar songs to teach them key concepts. As you’d expect, he’s super cute looking too.

Dimple charges via USB and his remote works from up to 6.5 feet away, so he’s simple to use yet technologically sound. Consider him a fine introduction to intelligent toys.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Simple Programming: Makeblock Codey Rocky ($99)

The Makeblock Codey Rocky is a cute little robot that rides around on wheels. You can teach him basic actions like following a circuit, relaying a message on his LED screen, and even get him to say hello.

Where things get smarter is through his 10 programmable electronic sensors, including a gyroscope, so that programming potential is fairly varied. You can even attach building blocks like LEGO pieces to him, to expand his look and style. There’s the option of hooking him up to IoT devices too.

This gets a little complicated though, so Codey Rocky’s greatest strength as a Christmas gift lies in the simple tasks you can teach him, and his durability. Your toddler can drop him without much issue, while your older child can teach him basic commands. Effectively, he can grow with your child’s knowledge. We looked at him in-depth earlier this year.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Voice Activation: Wonder Workshop Dash ($120)

Wonder Workshop’s Dash is a lot like Codey Rocky but with a few neat extra features. Notably, Dash will listen to your child’s voice and respond accordingly. As well as that, kids can program it, giving them the opportunity to learn about loops, events, and conditions. Dash Challenge Cards are included which teach you and your child more about what everything means. Several games are built into Dash but you can code many more too.

The robot is used in various schools around the world, so you know it’s educational. For older kids, consider buying Cue, a similar but more advanced take on Dash with a slew of features that appeal to tweens and teens.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Star Wars Fans: BB-8 Sphero ($100)

Who doesn’t love BB-8? The beloved Star Wars robot is cute and full of personality. The BB-8 Sphero captures some of that magic, and gives your kids a cute robot companion of their own.

The device has autonomous behavior so BB-8 will happily head out on patrol on his own, checking out what’s going on around your home. He’ll also happily watch Star Wars films with you, and react accordingly.

He’s smart too. You can use character specific commands to program him, learning a little about STEM subjects along the way. There’s the option of controlling him via your smartphone or a rather neat Force Band too, giving your kids plenty of control. He’s cute and plucky — just like the film version.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For The Cute Factor: UBTECH JIMU Unicornbot ($120)

Robots are often cute but, well, they look like robots. The UBTECH JIMU Unicornbot looks like a unicorn that was transformed Robocop style into a cyborg. Luckily, he looks far happier than Robocop. Kids need to build the robot themselves with 440 snap together pieces keeping them occupied for much of Christmas morning.

Once constructed, it’s possible to use the unicorn’s many sensors to program him to do many things. You can get his magical horn to change color on command, or you can teach him to wander around the room. It’s all done via Blockly coding so it’s pretty intuitive. Even if your kids don’t remember much from their programming lessons, who could resist the allure of a cute unicorn roaming around?BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Alexa Support: Anki Vector ($250)

You name it, there’s Alexa support. Admittedly, the Anki Vector doesn’t have Alexa support just yet, but it’s coming soon. Regardless, it’s a pretty powerful robot that’s keen to help out at every turn.

He’s voice-activated and answers questions as varied as what the weather is to converting measurement units for you. He’ll take photos, time dinner, and solve mathematical equations along the way. As well as that, Anki Vector can independently navigate, head back to base when he needs to charge up, as well as recognize people and dodge obstacles. You can’t program him like with the other robots, but he is a tiny glimpse into a future that could be awesome or could all go a bit Terminator-ish.BUY ON AMAZON

Best For Advanced Robotics: Sphero ($150)

If your child is a little older, they’ll be less fussed about how cute the robot is and more interested in what it can do. Sphero is a good solution here. It’s a robotic ball that can be programmed quite extensively. With an 8×8 LED matrix, you can animate it and display real-time data as you progress. There are also programmable sensors including infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Impressively, it’s waterproof and durable too.

Powered via the Sphere Edu app, it’s possible to program it via drawing, using Scratch blocks, or by writing Javascript, so it caters for a variety of different skill levels. It might not be cute, but it’s certainly powerful.

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Buhari must go, Obasanjo insists ! When Will you Go Obasanjo ?

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has insisted that the country’s current president Muhammadu Buhari must be voted out when the West African nation goes to poll in 2019.

Obasanjo, who supported Buhari in 2015 against Goodluck Jonathan, said in a statement on Sunday that his former ally had done almost nothing to reposition the country.

Buhari rode into power in 2015 on the wings of populist promises of remodelling the economy, fighting biting insecurity, especially in northeast Nigeria and rein in the reign of corruption that has blighted the country for decades.

But critics like the former president said Buhari’s government has performed way below expectations.

In January, the former president accused Buhari of being nepotistic and said the president was lacking in the requisite capacity to make Nigeria better.

Obasanjo acknowledged his complicity in making a man who he said “is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy” the president. He said he thought that Buhari could make “use of good Nigerians in that area.”

“The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today,” Obasanjo said in a 13-page statement titled ‘The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement’ at the beginning of the year.

He doubled down on those claims in the Sunday statement issued by his media aide Kehinde Akinyemi.

Akinyemi said his principal believes that “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.”

That Sunday statement came after a News Agency of Nigeria’s report said Obasanjo had chosen to be a neutral participant as Africa’s most populous nation prepares for general elections.

The report noted that Obasanjo had shifted “gear to neutral, from outright partisanship and endorsement of the opposition candidate.”

“It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family,” Akinyemi said.

“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former president said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.”

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Legendary Lateef Jakande, modest life in retirement

“You mean Jakande is living here in Ilupeju? I can’t believe it. I thought he lives in Lekki or Ikoyi,” said a commercial motorcyclist who took this reporter from Anthony Bus Stop to the Ilupeju residence of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, the first civilian governor of Lagos State.

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Jakande, now 88, was born on July 29, 1929 and served as the first governor of Lagos between October 1979 and December 1983 when he religiously implemented the four cardinal programmes of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN.

Alhaji Lateef Jakande, popularly known as LKJ, is one of the last men standing among the group of eminent Nigerians who served their respective states as first civilian governors. He was Lagos governor for four years and three months, having been re-elected for a second term in 1983, only for the tenure to be truncated by a military coup.

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Thirty-four years after, his legacies pervade the entire length and breadth of Lagos State. Many market men and women, artisans, traders, Danfo drivers, Okada riders and many business men in Lagos might not have met him before but his name resonates often among them.

But has the state accorded Jakande the honour and respect he deserves today? This is the poser analysts and commentators have ceaselessly pondered on.

Jakande’s record has not been surpassed by any governor, be it military or civilian, that served afterwards.

Despite bestriding the state’s political sphere like a colossus, Baba Kekere, as he is fondly called (a reference to Awolowo Junior), is living a decent and modest life, enjoying the later part of his life in his one-storey building at Ilupeju.

Unlike many politicians who amassed stupendous wealth and resources after serving in any capacity and acquiring mansions and flashy cars, LKJ continues to live a modest life in retirement as a politician and one of the most successful media managers the country has ever produced, having started as a journalist, rising through the ranks to become the Editor- in- Chief of Tribune newspapers, and then a newspaper publisher.

His Number 2 Bishop Street, Ilupeju residence is devoid of the paraphernalia expected in a former governor’s residence, especially one of such status.

Except a few people who visit him to solicit for assistance in securing jobs, the former governor’s residence cannot be described as a beehive of activities to where people, especially politicians, throng. Politicians do not flock there because he no longer influences political decisions in the state.

Deji, one of his sons who was in the House of Representatives, was defeated in the APC primaries in December 2014. During a visit by this reporter, efforts to have a conversation with the octogenarian could not yield much result, as he could hardly speak for a long time.

He, however, said he was delighted that Lagos had developed tremendously and that he had no regret serving as governor of the state.

According to him, he is fulfilled that he was able to provide mass houses for Lagosians and implemented free education.

While former governors who served from 1999 to 2011 had access to substantial resources from the pension and retirement benefits allocated themselves, those who served prior to 1999 when Nigeria returned to civil rule were exempted from pension.

This is where many analysts faulted the present crop of politicians for not adequately taking care of those who laid the foundation for them.

Rights activist, Mr Yinka Odumakin, argues that Jakande would not even accept the kind of pension and retirement benefits which the governors allocated to themselves.

“What they are allocating to themselves is immoral, criminal and I don’t think people like Jakande can take that. What they are doing is criminal. They (former governors) should be given their due, they should be supported in their old age in decent ways but not with these criminal retirement benefits and packages that governors have allocated to themselves,” he said.

Many people believe that Lagos State has not done well to appreciate a man who gave his all in the service of the state, who professed a philosophy of service above self and accomplished projects and programmes that directly touch the lives of the people till today.

Governor Akinwumi Ambode acknowledged this during Jakande’s 87th birthday celebration where he was represented by his deputy, Dr (Mrs) Idiat Adebule.

“Alhaji Jakande is truly a progressive politician and administrator par excellence. We cannot forget his memorable years of selfless service to the people of Lagos State. He is a selfless leader who has set the precedent for us to follow and we shall not relent until we have surpassed his achievements in providing good governance in the state,” Ambode said in 2015.

Odumakin further said, “He (Jakande) remains a reference point of governance in Lagos State. He recorded unparalleled achievements. Nobody has met his standard. He faithfully implemented the four cardinal programmes of the UPN in his four years in terms of education, health, housing and the rest of them,” he said.

Barr. Monday Ubani, the second Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said, “The man did almost everything, almost every aspect of infrastructural development was touched. He touched the housing sector, you know the Jakande Estates all over the place. He touched roads. There is no aspect of governance that that man did not touch. In fact, he is one of the best. The only person that is trying now is Ambode and if Ambode continues the way he is going now, he may likely meet the record but he may not surpass it,” he said.

“The man has a name. He and Samuel Mbakwe of the old Imo State and Abubakar Rimi of Kano State, these were the old governors of the 80s and I think we should be able to recognize them and give them a prominent place in our national life but that has not been done,” he added.

One area where Jakande endeared himself to the hearts of every Lagosian was in the implementation of mass housing projects across the state, the same way he built schools and put in place many iconic projects that have become permanent features of Lagos today.

His low-cost houses are in Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Amuwo-Odofin, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry, Isheri/Olowu, Orisigun.

The houses were allocated to workers in a way that was quite easy and convenient for them to pay.

Lateef Jakande’s government built the current Lagos State Secretariat which houses all the state ministries as well as the popular Round House which was occupied by subsequent governors. Other monuments he embarked upon were the House of Assembly complex, State Television, Lagos Radio and Lagos State University.

He also established the General Hospital in all zones in the state, a Teacher Training College and a College of Education, the Water Management Board and Waste Disposal Board.

Also notable among his achievements were construction of numerous water works which ensures availability of potable water.

Jakande was said to have modernized and expanded the Iju Water Works which was first commissioned in 1915. This increased its daily capacity from 159 million to 204 million litres of water per day.

His government constructed, rehabilitated and resurfaced the Epe/Ijebu-Ode Road, Oba Akran Avenue, Toyin Street, Town Planning Way, Alimosho-Idimu-Egbe Road, Idimu-Iba-LASU Road and the new secretariat road, among others.

In the area of education, Jakande’s government raised primary schools in Lagos State to 812 with 533,001 pupils (against 605 primary schools with 434,545 pupils he met in 1979) and secondary schools to 223 with 167,629 students (against 105 schools with 107,835 students in 1979). His government constructed 11, 729 classrooms with a maximum of 40 children per class between March and August 1980, by 1983, he had constructed over 22,000 classrooms.

In July 1983, two commercial passenger boats named “Baba Kekere” and “Itafaji” to run the Mile 2 – Marina (CMS) route via the lagoon were inaugurated by his government to mark the official launch of the Lagos State Ferry Services. He established the Small Scale Industries Credit Scheme which preceded the EKO Bank as well as LASACO Assurance Company.

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