Contrasting tales of two unemployed graduates

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It only took a recent function at the weekend for me to realise the young graduate’s plight in the face of the vacillating state of the Nigerian Labour Market.

John (not realname) had obviously lamented in a group conversation of both Final year students and Youth Corps members about the gross inability to get a job after graduation.

He said: “Now I have even moved closer to God; knowing fully that he is the way, truth and life to anything in this country. Now wey service wan start (National Youth Service Corps): Mama dey expect, everybody just dey expect “small something” from me.

His own lament elicited a louder scream from me. I had naturally yelled in hysterical laughter.

Moments after the conversation, I remembered my own plight too, I’m also a Final year student- My mum should also expect too.

Originally, the Government should take the blame. But…

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Singapore confirms 41 locally-transmitted Zika cases

The Muslim Times


Source: Aljazeera

Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and says it expects more incidents to be identified.

All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the country’s health ministry and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Sunday.

The seven patients remained in hospital, the statement added.

On Saturday, authorities had confirmed a 47-year-old Malaysian woman living in southeastern Singapore as the city-state’s first case of a local transmission of the virus – which has been linked to a rare birth defect.

The authorities said they tested 124 people, primarily foreign workers employed on a construction site. Seventy-eight people tested negative and five cases were pending, while 34 patients had fully recovered.

Four Singaporean men had developed symptoms of the virus in the past week and were hospitalised on Saturday. It was not clear where the foreign…

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Did you know?? 

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​School buses are yellow because you see yellow faster than any other color, 1.24 times faster than red in fact.
Over 30 of Paul Walker’s cars were stolen from a warehouse within 24 hours of his tragic death.
A survey found that almost 9% of Americans fear zombies, which don’t even exist.

Sometimes, the only reason why you won’t let go of what’s making you sad is because it was the only thing that made you happy.

Mathematician Paul Erdos could calculate in his head, given a person’s age, how many seconds they had lived, when he was just 4 years old.

In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War ground to a halt for two days because both sides wanted to watch soccer player Pele in an exhibition match.

Cy Twombly’s painting “Untitled” (Picture above) is worth up to US$2,3 million.
All three Grammys Elvis Presley won, were for his gospel…

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Answer to Brain teaser 

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Today we have no winner. Everybody got the answers correctly but no one complied with the rules of the game. I know some of you do it just for fun (I appreciate that) and others do it to win but in order to win, you have to play with the rules. I wrote it down in the post and will repeat it here so next time you won’t repeat the same mistake.

Toqualifyaswinner,youhavetoanswer allfourquestionsinonecomment.Alsoyouhavetocommentonfiveotherpreviouspostoftheday.Thetimeyoucommentonotherpostdoesnotmatteraslongasitsdonebefore8pm.Ifyouanswerallquestionsina commentandnotcommentonotherpost thenextmosteligiblepersonwillwin.Theprizeisairtimeofanynetworkofyour

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20 Questions with N.A. Granger

Author Don Massenzio

Today, I’m excited to sit down with mystery writer N.A. Granger. She has a very interesting background in writing that eventually led her to writing mysteries. She is going to share some of her work, her inspiration and a bit about herself in this edition of 20 Questions.

Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wish I could describe a light bulb moment or swear I came out of the womb wanting to write! The real truth is, because I spent my career as a bench scientist (and teacher), I actually was a writer as an academic – manuscripts, reviews, book chapters and books. Obviously creative, but formulaic and not the let-your-mind-wander-where-it-will sort of writing. I vowed when I had time (not until I retired, as it turned out) to just write what I wanted to write, and I put a writing mystery book…

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7 Tactics To Grip A Reader At The End Of A Chapter

Sacha Black

end of a chapterWhen you write the end of a chapter, you want readers to be desperate to turn the page and read on irrespective of the fact its 3:41AM and they have work the next day.

You want your book to be the cause of their bleary eyed appearance as they clutch the work coffee machine and growl at any one who comes near.

But what is it about a chapter ending that makes someone read on, rather than put it down and go to snoozeyland?

Here are nine tactics you can use to grip a reader and tickle their temptation soft spot to read on.

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Struggling authors, please read.

Author Kyle Perkins

By Kyle Perkins.

So lately I have heard from a few people that they feel like they should just give up on writing because for whatever reason, they are feeling like it just isn’t worth it anymore. Whether they feel like they aren’t getting enough attention, don’t have enough fans, or whatever the case may be, they are wrong, and here’s why.

Writers and authors have a gift, and because we have that gift, we have an obligation, a responsibility to use it. We may “just” arrange words in such a fashion that people enjoy reading them, but a heart surgeon “just” transplants hearts, and astronauts “just” go to space. We need to stop treating writing like it is simply a hobby that “anyone” can do, because that’s not the case. We “just” take people to places they can’t go on their own, and give them a form of escapism…

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Georgia PTA Slams Governor for Lies on Charter Referendum

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Georgia PTA, representing PTAs and a quarter million parents across the state, unanimously endorsed a resolution criticizing Governor Nathan Deal for deceptive language in a proposition that will be presented to voters in November.

A group that represents a quarter million Georgia parents says Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers are being “deceptive” and even “intentionally misleading” with wording they have chosen for November’s constitutional amendment affecting schools. The amendment to the state constitution would eviscerate local control and create a statewide district modeled on Tennessee’s failed Achievement School District. In Georgia, the takeover district would be called the “opportunity school district.” The Governor says it would “increase community involvement” when it would actually supersede local control and tax districts to pay for schools no longer in their district.

It is a classic case of charter lies, and the Georgia PTA is irate.

Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8…

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