Make We Gist

The news Wizkid album release is probably stale now, taking a sneaky peak into the whole thing. It will be right to some extent to say it’s a curse and a blessing, after almost a year of anticipating the drop of the second album from the young talented superstar (some people talk say he give us trash call am album) *covers mouth*

Well from my own point of view, even though I can’t stop playing some tracks like “Ojuelegba” and “Joy” (well, maybe that owing to the touch of Lengendary Beatz); the album as a whole does not match my expectation after eating, drinking, living the “Superstar” album. Abegi! Forget say e top download for iTunes album category. I can hear you say, “Wetin me don drop to give me right to dey yab am. Well, I will disappoint you and design an “aerosubmarine”…yeah a plane that can travel under water.*pops shoulder* :D…seh na by force to feature foreign artist ni? Tyga making a fool outta himself. Broda wizKID wey all the tracks with Chris Brown and Rihanna, you bobo us to buy album and for the broke ni**ars like you download. Well there is God in everthing we are doing. *sheds tears*

But make we no forget mention say, a black 24year old boy to top the download on iTunes. I tuale you baba wizKID *bows* and Davido ehn!…big time competitor congratulating you. Well, for me Davido’s message was: “ Thank you pal for giving my album the ample platform to blow” 😀


@acidbej

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Editor’s Post 1

This is the first edition of SPIDER WEEKLY this semester, and it’s a great thing this publication is up again. Due to the unavailability of writers, SPIDER WEEKLY was unable to kick off from the beginning of the semester. However, it is better late than never. Read more ›

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Diary


 

Make me your diary

On which you scribble the thoughts of your heart I won’t tell, I promise, I won’t

I won’t wear out

I will be here by your head-side

Open me before you sleep

Before you forget your deeds and thoughts

 

 

Turn me over

Fill me up

Let me feel your pain

As you press down on me, in writing

 

If the tears pour I will soak them up

Let it just be me and you

Drawing the dreams for tomorrow

 

Make me your diary, don’t despise

The power I wield when in your hands

Let me heal you, know you

Teach you how to grow and learn

To forget today and sleep for tomorrow

 

I am blank before you

Let me be your Secret

Let me hold your Secrets

 

Write, write on!

When it’s cold and when it’s midnight

Close your eyes if you need to remember

But do make me feel important

Tell me a story and I will give you a dream

 

Learn to love me

Learn to use me

Make me your diary


by Tim Nwaobilo

 

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A Quiet Rumble

Stealthily the future encroaches

The much awaited future

Everyone is lost in a quiet chaos,

A chaos caused by the future,
A chaos caused for the future,
A quiet bloody chaos,
Till the reality of the encroached future dawns,
The chaos continues.

Most quite lost,
In the loving arms of loving parents,
Others painstakingly endured,
The rough waters of life from young,
All meet at the final stage,
The very final stage,
Some call it the tertiary level,
Others simply call it the last stage,

The preparation begins,
Different hurdles, different challenges,
Villains made, superheroes lost,
The brilliant thoroughly tasked,
The weak ever battered,
No shine, No shame,
Principles long forgotten,
Characters destroyed and rebuilt,
Friends are made,
Territories are lost,
Lives and philosophies vastly re-shaped,
The future comes-they say.

The final battle,
The war is about to be won or lost,
Some patiently sharpen weapons,
Others simply drink to stupor,
A year to go,
Battered soldiers arraigned,
Some battered in blood,
Others in mud,
Some standing firm,
Others with feeble knees,

The long awaited future beckons,
Most approach with relative uncertainty,
Others with rugged conviction,
A quiet rumble,
A quiet chaos,
Cries and screams loudly heard,
A few victorious roars,
All approach caution,
Most stricken with fear,
A few hang on to a thread of hope,
A new war begins,
A new set of winners,
A larger set of losers,
A quiet rumble,
A quiet chaos.


 

by David Owoade

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The Aspiring Pilot

THE ASPIRING PILOT (Becoming a Pilot)
Many of us (I’m included) had childhood dreams of becoming a pilot- unarguably a dream of most boys back in the days. If you are an aviation enthusiast, and have plans/ dreams of pursuing a career in the aviation industry, you are very much welcome. Not everyone understands what a blessing it is to climb into the wind at 160 knots, ascend to thousands of feet above the ground and burst to brilliant sunshine, while the whole world just goes on beneath. It’s a privilege only a pilot gets every now and then.

I definitely hope that you understand clearly that becoming a pilot is not just a matter of ‘mouth-opening’ determination or dream (boy-hood dreams apart); it requires a great deal of hard-earned work. This career has one of the most tasking educational processes in the industry and should be known that success at every step of the way is mandatory. 

As an engineering student, you would have gathered quite a tangible knowledge of flight dynamics, aeronautics and fluid dynamics. (Even if you haven’t, it’s not necessarily a requirement). Already you are en route. Why don’t we go into the basics?


Basically, the pilot training program which you will find in most standard aviation institutes and academies takes a student through:

Student Pilot
In this phase, the student receives the basic flight training which includes, Ground school lessons, flight aerodynamics, aircraft control, and solo flights. Obviously, the take-off and landing lessons do not begin your training in this section, as long as you are not piloting a ‘Toy-Aircraft’, you must be fully aware of all aircraft control systems and management to avoid any form of disaster; I wouldn’t want a crash on my first solo flight, there might not be another chance at it. That’s why the ground school lesson is very important and requires that the student masters it perfectly. It also comprises of flight aerodynamics; it is a lot easier to control your Bird when you know how it flies.
Private pilot
You must have successfully completed your student pilot lessons and earned your solo certificate before graduating into this phase; there is no point learning to drive with a trailer truck if you cannot drive a Volkswagen beetle. The knowledge gained from the ground school lessons and student pilot phase are some of those things your examiner will be looking to test during your private pilot check ride (PPC), so it is of utmost importance that the student pilot phase was diligently mastered. The private pilot lessons include further training in fundamental piloting skills, Basic Aircraft maneuvers, navigations, Traffic patterns, and Air traffic control. Apparently, the skills acquired from this phase enhance a smooth ride through the rest of your training. At the end of this phase, the student must have being able to fly a propeller driven aircraft or multi engine propellers such as the Cesena sky hawk or the Beechcraft Baron on his/her own without the presence of his/her instructor(solo flights).
Instrument pilot
Well in case you don’t know, pilots also have bad days on the job, that’s when weather is a problem. You don’t want to be flying in bad weather conditions where you can’t see where or how far the airport, runway, horizon, clouds or even navigational landmarks are; in short, poor visibility. The only pilots who have the ‘guts’ to fly under these conditions are instrument pilots, and trust me; it is one of the most interesting part of the job. Master it, and you can fly under crazy weather conditions. It involves mastering different instrument approach charts, missed approaches, Very High Frequency Omni directional Range (VOR) approaches, Holding patterns, and Instrument landing Systems(ILS) approaches.
Commercial Pilot
Commercial training focuses on advanced flight manoeuvres. This set of lessons moves you up to a new class of aircraft. Operating a complex aircraft and more precise flying skills is the theme for this set of lessons. Using advanced equipment is important also, so becoming familiar with how to operate the Global Positioning System (GPS) is an essential skill required. This phase consists of complex aircraft operations, short field Take-off and landings and Emergency Procedures. Once this phase is mastered, you are few steps away from working for any airline you so wish.

Airline Transport Pilot
Obviously, these phase brings into play everything that has being learnt right from the ground school lessons (student pilot phase) to the advanced aircraft checkouts and operation in the commercial pilot phase. On completion of this course phase, you will be emerging into one of the most rewarding parts of the job; an airline Pilot. Descents, energy managements, and advanced aircraft fleets are under study in this phase. In this field though, there is nothing like ‘Jack of all trade’, you have to be type rated on each aircraft type before you are licensed to fly them, it’s going to be a tough call if you want to ‘know it all’.
Every step of the way is obviously important and not only is it expensive to pursue this career, it is also tasking in every way, and so it’s worth knowing what you want and have a clear head to pursue it. I will be around with very many articles giving you help and advice through some aspects of the learning process. You have links all around the pages to give you access to books, software and guide that might be of help during your learning. If it is a dream, it can come true. If it is a hobby, you will love doing it; I think a pilot has the best job in the world.


by Jimoh Ajibola Dolapo

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4th Generation Technology

INTRODUCING THE INCREDIBLE HUGE LEAP IN TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDS


4G DEFINITION
Telecommunications standards are constantly changing as technology advances and the publics seek for more content delivered to their portable devices. The fourth generation (4G) is a telecommunications networking technology, and at the moment it networks are capable of download speeds between 100Mbps-1Gps. This speed is dependent on the network provider you choose, the level of 4G coverage and the capabilities of the mobile platform being used to receive the signal. 4G telecominication standard, being under improvement, does not have its coverage all over the world but in some parts of the world like United States of America, Canada, China, and testra.


Types of 4G

4G standard are of two types, LTE ADVANCE and LTE. Long term evolution(LTE) service has maximum upload speed of 50Mbps while LTE ADVANCE has maximum upload speed of 500Mbps. LTE ADVANCE is faster and better than LTE
4G speed

Data transfer speed is state dependent. As at now, 4G is claimed to have download speed of 100 Mbps when the subject (mobile devices and computers) is in dynamic state(motion) in a vehicle, aircraft, ship or train(high and low speed). 1 Gbps data transfer speed could be possible when the subject is static. 4G, in no doubt, will revolutionize public access to the internet

Differences between 4G and other telecom standards

4G services is far better than other standards in terms of data transfer speed, spectral efficiency, latency round trip time and access methadology.

GPRS(General Packet Radio Service)

GPRS is a packet-based wireless communication service. It is a 2G technology network that support a download speed of up to 114Kbps. Limitation of GPRS is that GPRS data cannot be sent while a voice call is in progress.

EDGE(Enhanced Data GSM Evolution)

EDGE is advance 2G services faster and better than GPRS with a download speed of up to 384Kbps. EDGE, having some 3G network characteristics is at times called 2.5G.

3G

3G network came with download speed of 3.1Mbps and upload speed of 1.03Mbps. and Streaming of video and video calling became possible with the advent of 3G service.

HSDPA(High-Speed Down-link Packet Access)

HSDPA is an enhancement 3G service. It has download speed of 14Mbps and upload speed of 5.7Mbps. HSDPA is sometimes called 3.5G.

HSPA+(Evolved High-Speed Packet Access)
while HSPA+, an advance 3G built on 4G platform, has 28Mbps download speed and 11Mbps upload speed.

4G
4G has 1Gps download speed and 500Mbps upload speed as it maxima.


 

Future Options
4G will not be available on a large scale for a few years as standardizations are made and more companies combine their efforts to define the standard, but there is asurance that when the time comes it will be an incredibly product.


by Olugbenga Olakunle

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Spider Weekly #16

El extremo!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step (and also ends with one step). We began a journey to redefine editorial activities in the department. I am glad to say that we’ve achieved our aim. We kept our promise to ensure that the Spider Weekly was published every week irrespective of whether there were tests or NUGA was in full swing.

First, I must appreciate the executives of NIMechE OAU for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.

Thanks to every one who contributed to make this journey a remarkable success. Thanks for the encouragement, the applauses, the tips for improvement and the few jabs we got. They all culminated in improvement each week.

My editorial team did a great job. Taiwo, Dome, Abramoloy, Timothy, Seun, Tunji, Sade, Hassan, Treasure, Kunle, Lanre and Sanmi; thanks for buying into the vision and making the weekly magazine a reality. Thanks to Demola, the only Part V student who submitted his project article (did I fail to mention that he is the best graduating student for this set?). Thanks to Abraham and all other guest writers for sending in articles despite not being in the editorial team.

We appreciate our lecturers for their encouragement. Dr. Koya, Mr. Popoola, Mr. Adewole, Mr. Oladosu, Dr. Obayopo, Dr. Malomo and Dr. Muritala. Thanks for supporting us in an endeavour that is not academic.

Finally, thanks to the Logistics team, Areo and Tunde, for signing up to do the back-end job. These guys really need to have their citations included in the magazine.

A good leader is expected to produce other leaders, and I am happy that there’s a number of individuals who have been coached to continue the work next session.

Encomiums have been showered on those deserving of it. This week, we include the concluding part of The Black Widow. In Psychoavulsion, Dome writes about maximizing relationships in order to achieve more. Abramoloy gives us our week’s dose of poetry, and Taiwo provides the session’s last rundown of global events.

That’s it for the last edition of the Spider Weekly for the session. I’ve had a great time working in this capacity. It’s been a great concluding session for me. As I gracefully bow out of Great Ife in the next couple of weeks, I know that I am leaving this campus as an all-round individual, a global engineer. Truly, it’s been fun, it’s been interesting and it’s been an opportunity for growth.

My last words for Mechengers is this: make the best of every opportunity. Somewhere along the line, you will meet a situation that would require a skill that you were supposed to have picked up earlier while facing a totally different scene.

Be the best that you can be. We’ll see at the top.

 

Jonah Ibiamagabara

Editor-in-chief

 

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

—Frank Herbert

 

PS: Don’t forget that all the past issues of the magazine are still available for download.

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The End

So my dearest Mechengers, we have finally come to the week we have all been waiting for. The beginning of the end for some of us, and the approaching of transition for others. Especially those in Part 1 who have been in Part 1 for like eternity. From March, 2013 to May 2014. ASUU gave us a full dose of their therapy. Wonderland Nigeria! A land where anything is possible.

It is also the end for some of us in another way. Mr Jonah (God bless his steel heart) has informed us that this edition will be our last, which makes it somewhat emotional. That after six years, we are leaving the place we have come to consider home, and the people we have come to take as family. Seems like yesterday when we were but just freshers!

And it’s the beginning of exams. The best part of the semester cos you get to show what stuff you’re made of. Whether chaff or the real thing. The most important thing in this season I believe is to know what works for you and organize your time appropriately. Don’t try to copy somebody else’s study itinerary. Don’t do night reading if you’re not a night walker. All you have to do is eat, read, read again, and read some more. Of course with exams and other things in between.

A couple of weeks ago, a mechenger (a former MESA president of our illustrious department) organized a seminar where he spoke about a lot of things. During the course of the seminar, he made us chose a team from a group of world leaders. I would not go into details of the outcome of the game but the whole essence was this: if you’re in a group (say your class), and a team is to be formed, are you going to be picked? If five or ten people are to be chosen, are you going to be among those chosen? His point was that relationship is the most important ingredient in our university experience. Do you have the phone number of your classmates? Do you participate in class activities or are you among those who think it’s not your business? Are you the type who always spearhead the opposition party? Do you think you are better or wiser than the rest, and do not need them?

You see, in the industry what they care about is not whether you’re a first-class, second class upper, intelligent, wise, handsome or even creative. What they are interested in is whether you are a team player. They want to know how well you work in a team. Because you won’t be working alone. You will have to work with other humans. You will have to work with more people from other professions than Mechanical Engineers. How well can you collaborate with others?

Your class is where you learn the basic rules of human interactions and when you exclude yourself, you rob yourself of the most important learning opportunity. And if you’re the type who opposes everything, your classmates will rightly deny you the opportunity for intercourse. At the end you will be worse off, because you cannot be a genius in isolation. You are who people think you are, and if they don’t know you’re a genius, because you have built and obnoxious wall of thorns and antagonism, then you are just another mediocre on the street. The type no one wants to remember when opportunity pops up.

This attitude is one of the problems we have in Nigeria. Everybody wants to be his own boss. They don’t want to work together. You enter a street and you find many artisans or technicians in their various corners, practicing the same trade and fighting over customers. When they could come together and form something bigger and better and enjoy economies of scale. Then they’d be able to produce more and have access to facilities which they’d not be able to individually. In his book “Solution to Mass Unemployment in Nigeria”, Prof. Ogbimi, F. E. opined the point that industrialization is a group effort. Each person in the skill framework, no matter how versatile, is only a point in a network. He fails readily outside the network.

We can only change Nigeria when we work together. When we have a network of many people with the right mindset and attitude. If you exclude yourself now, you will be irrelevant in the scheme of things when we shall achieve that change. It is never too late. You can start now. Make yourself available wherever you find yourself. Be the solution provider. Always volunteer to serve. Only then can you become important. Together, with God’s grace, we shall cause that change that Nigeria needs so desperately to happen.

So as I come to the end of this piece, I want to wish you all the best and God’s favour in your exams. We came, we saw and we conquered. We are leaving better than we came. For those we are handing the baton to, continue the trend and come out better than us. Especially the Editorial, it must not die. We are Mechengers!

I want to use this opportunity to commend my classmates, the best class in this graduating set. A class filled with so many great minds. I don’t know how we ended up together (as if we were specifically selected!), but I believe it is for something great. Something bigger than we realize. Indeed, we are Prime Movers!

As we go on to greater height, remain mechanical!

#teamPrimemover!

#teamOAU!

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Domeremember John Enya is a charismatic 500 level mechanical engineering student of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. He discusses every day issues and experiences encountered in the attempt to lead a life as a collegian, seeking to challenge mindsets by considering thought-provoking topics and questions.

Psychoavulsion is a compendium of some of his thoughts.

 

 

 

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Global Eyepiece #16

 

IRAN PETROL PRICES SURGE AS SUBSIDIES CUT

Iran has cut state subsidies on petrol in a move that saw prices rise at midnight by up to 75%.

Reports said Iranians rushed to fill up their cars before the deadline.

The government of President Hassan Rouhani hopes the move will bolster an economy battered by Western sanctions.

Petrol in Iran is still among the cheapest in the world but analysts say the increase will be unwelcome in a country where a quarter of adults are jobless or under-employed.

The subsidies have been blamed for making petrol cheaper than bottled mineral water.

The cost of subsidised petrol – which is available in limited amounts to each motorist – rose from about $0.16 (£0.09) a litre to $0.28 a litre at midnight.

The price of petrol sold outside that ration rose from $0.27 to $0.39 a litre. Diesel and natural gas prices also rose.

In 2007 there were riots at some petrol stations when cheap fuel was rationed for the first time. However, there have been no reports of unrest after the latest price hikes.

“We have been preparing for two months to implement these plans in provinces, cities and rural areas,” Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying by state news agency Irna.

So far this year Iranians have also seen electricity bills go up by 24% and those for water by 20%.

President Rouhani is currently negotiating with world powers to scale back Iran’s controversial nuclear programme in return for an easing of international sanctions.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27152960

 

NETANYAHU SAYS ABBAS MUST ABANDON UNITY DEAL WITH HAMAS

Benjamin Netanyahu: “He can have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas – he can’t have both”

Israel earlier suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity deal between the two factions. The US has voiced its “disapproval”, but is not ready to declare the talks over and is “still making the effort”. Fatah and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to form a unity government within weeks and hold elections six months later. They have been at odds since Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in 2006, ousted forces loyal to Mr. Abbas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip during clashes in 2007 and set up a rival government.

Mr. Netanyahu told the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen that Mr. Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority and leader of Fatah, could “have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas – he can’t have both”.

He said Israel would only resume peace talks with Palestinians “when they decide to abandon the course of terror”. “As long as I’m prime minister of Israel, I will never negotiate with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas terrorists that are calling for our liquidation,” he added. The chief Palestinian peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, insisted that Palestinian reconciliation was an internal matter.

“Israel had no right to interfere in this issue,” he told the Associated Press.

The prime minister of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, meanwhile said he was not surprised by Mr. Netanyahu’s decision. “The Israeli position was expected. This is occupation, and absolutely they do not want the Palestinian people to be united and want the division to continue,” he explained. Earlier, President Abbas said there was “no incompatibility between reconciliation and the talks” and that he was committed to peace on the basis of a two-state solution.

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Mr. Abbas on Thursday and told him of his “disapproval”, but added that the US would remain committed to peace talks.

“We will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities of peace” he said. He added that both leaders would have to make compromises in order to find a way forward. However, even before the latest announcements, no agreement had been reached on an extension to the negotiating period scheduled to end on Tuesday, reports the BBC’s Yolande Knell in Jerusalem.

Israel, along with the US and the EU, considers Hamas a terrorist group. In a statement released after a five-hour meeting of his security cabinet on Thursday, Mr. Netanyahu called the reconciliation deal “a direct continuation of the Palestinian refusal to advance the negotiations”. He said Israel would take “a number of additional measures” in response to the Palestinians’ “unilateral moves”, but provided no further details.

Israel has already said it will deduct debt payments from tax revenues collected on behalf of the PA – which governs parts of the West Bank not under Israeli control – and limit its access to deposits in Israeli banks.

That move came after Mr. Abbas applied to join 15 international treaties and conventions, which Israel said broke a commitment by the Palestinians not to join. Mr. Abbas took the step because Israel was refusing to release a fourth group of 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners. Israel had made such a release contingent on progress in the peace talks. A senior US official said the White House would be forced to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Hamas and Fatah formed an administration. “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties,” the official told the Reuters news agency.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27142594

RIO POLICE IN FRESH CLASHES WITH RESIDENTS AFTER BURIAL OF DANCER

Brazilian police have clashed with residents of a Rio de Janeiro shantytown that was hit by deadly protests on Tuesday.

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse dozens of angry protesters from the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela. The protesters were returning from the burial of a man whose death – allegedly at the hands of police – triggered the earlier clashes. Authorities say they will investigate the death of TV dancer Douglas Pereira. Rio’s public safety director, Jose Maria Beltrame, said they would proceed “with the utmost rigour and transparency”.

The latest clashes came weeks before Brazil is to host the football World Cup. On Thursday, cars were torched and hundreds of residents were unable to return to their homes as protesters blocked roads with burning barricades. Police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters. One person was detained, according to Brazilian G1 news portal. Authorities temporarily closed the main avenue of the nearby Copacabana district, which is famous for its sandy beach.

The residents had been walking home from Mr Pereira’s funeral. At the burial, his mother, Maria de Fatima Silva, told the BBC’s Julia Carneiro that she would seek help from the human rights group Amnesty International. “This cannot go unpunished, he can’t become just a statistic,” she said. “This story about him being a criminal is just not true. He was not a delinquent,” she told our correspondent.

 

According to some residents, Mr. Pereira had been trying to flee from a shoot-out between police and drug dealers and had climbed over a wall to hide. They said he had then been found by police, who, believing he was a trafficker, had beaten him to death. One person died in Tuesday’s clashes.

Officials said on Wednesday that the dancer had been killed by a bullet, contradicting an earlier version that stated he had died from a fall. The Rio authorities have promised that, if there were any indications that police were linked to Mr. Pereira’s death, swift action would be taken.

Pavao-Pavaozinho is one of the poor districts of Rio that has been part of a police “pacification” programme, in which the security forces move into an area in an effort to wrest control from the drug traffickers who run it. It is an attempt by the city authorities to drive the armed gangs away from communities and restore police authority ahead of the World Cup in June and July but the programme is controversial as Brazilian police have been accused of using excessive force, at times killing residents not connected to any gangs.

Amnesty International says some 2,000 people die every year in Brazil as a result of police violence.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27151938

 

APPLE, GOOGLE TO PAY $324 MILLION TO SETTLE CONSPIRACY LAWSUIT

Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources familiar with the deal said, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin.

Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another’s employees in order to avert a salary war. They planned to ask for $3 billion in damages at trial, according to court filings. That could have tripled to $9 billion under antitrust law.

The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and the opportunity to peek into the world of Silicon Valley’s elite. The case was based largely on emails in which Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other’s prized engineers.

In one email exchange after a Google recruiter solicited an Apple employee, Schmidt told Jobs that the recruiter would be fired, court documents show. Jobs then forwarded Schmidt’s note to a top Apple human resources executive with a smiley face.

Another exchange shows Google’s human resources director asking Schmidt about sharing its no-cold call agreements with competitors. Schmidt, now the company’s executive chairman, advised discretion.

“Schmidt responded that he preferred it be shared ‘verbally, since I don’t want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later?'” he said, according to a court filing. The HR director agreed.

The companies had acknowledged entering into some no-hire agreements but disputed the allegation that they had conspired to drive down wages. Moreover, they argued that the employees should not be allowed to sue as a group.

Rich Gray, a Silicon Valley antitrust expert in private practice, said the companies had an incentive to avoid trial because their executives’ emails would make them look extremely unsympathetic to a jury. However, the plaintiff attorneys risked an appeals court saying the engineers could not sue as a group at all.

“An appellate court could say, ‘Hey we just don’t buy that,'” Gray said.

Trial had been scheduled to begin at the end of May on behalf of roughly 64,000 workers.

Spokespeople for Apple, Google and Intel declined to comment. An Adobe representative said that the company denies it engaged in any wrongdoing, but settled “in order to avoid the uncertainties, cost and distraction of litigation.” An attorney for the plaintiffs, Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, in a statement called the deal “an excellent resolution.”

Corporate defendants in antitrust cases often agree among themselves what portion each will contribute towards a settlement, said Daniel Crane, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. One likely formula would be to divide the damages based on how many employees each company has in the class, he said.

Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel in 2010 settled a U.S. Department of Justice probe by agreeing not to enter into such no-hire deals in the future. The four companies had since been fighting the civil antitrust class action.

Walt Disney Co’s Pixar and Lucasfilm units and Intuit Inc had already agreed to a settlement, with Disney paying about $9 million and Intuit paying $11 million.

Any settlement must be approved by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. A hearing on final approval of the Intuit and Disney deals is scheduled for next week.

The plaintiffs and the companies will disclose principal terms of the settlement by May 27, according to the court filing on Thursday, though it is unclear whether that will spell out what each company will pay.

Some Silicon Valley companies refused to enter into no-hire agreements. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, for instance, rebuffed an entreaty from Google in 2008 that they refrain from poaching each other’s employees.

Additionally, Apple’s Jobs threatened Palm with a patent lawsuit if Palm didn’t agree to stop soliciting Apple employees. However, then Palm Chief Executive Edward Colligan told Jobs that the plan was “likely illegal,” and that Palm was not “intimidated” by the threat.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is In Re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, 11-cv-2509.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-apple-google-lawsuit-exclusive-dUSBREA3N28Z20140425

FROM GOD.COM TO PHOTOGRAPHY, KOREA FERRY FOUNDER HAS DIVERSE INTERESTS

The head of the South Korean family that operated the ferry which sank last week is a billionaire once jailed for fraud, a photographer who has held an exhibition at the Louvre under a pseudonym and the founder of a church which owns the website http://www.god.com.

At other times in his chequered past, Yoo Byung-un, in his 70s, has been a bankrupt and an inventor of household and health-related devices. He was investigated and cleared of complicity in the suicides of 32 members of his church in 1987.

Prosecutors have raided Yoo’s house in their investigation into last week’s ferry sinking in which hundreds of passengers, mainly school children, were killed or are missing presumed dead.

Son Byoung-gi, the lawyer representing Yoo and his family, told Reuters that they had not been summoned by prosecutors and that as far as he was aware there were no irregularities in the financing of the company.

“Yoo and his family will take all legal and social responsibility for this tragic accident if they have to as major stakeholders of the company,” Son said.

Prosecutors have also raided the shipping company’s offices and financial regulators are investigating borrowings of the company and of businesses that are part of a wider holding firm.

Financial filings show that Yoo has no stake in the shipping company Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd, which took over the ferry assets of his business empire when he went bankrupt in 1997. It is now majority owned by an investment company run by his two sons.

Son, the lawyer, confirmed that Yoo was Ahae, the pseudonym for a reclusive photographer who once hired part of the Versailles palace and the Louvre in Paris for an exhibition as well as commissioned British composer Michael Nyman to write a symphony for the occasion.

Yoo has a wide range of other business interests from organic farms to a resort in California, according to official documents and information on company websites.

Yoo’s two children Yoo Dae-kyun and Yoo Hyuck-ki are majority owners of the shipping company Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd through an investment vehicle. The ship company was formed to hold assets of part of Yoo’s empire after bankruptcy.

The investment vehicle of the two sons, I-One-I, owns a stake in Ahae Corp, a paint manufacturing company, which in turn owns 10.2 percent of Ahae Press France, according to its filing with South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service earlier this month.

I-One-I’s shipbuilding unit Chonhaiji also owns 24.51 percent of Ahae Press France.

Ahae Press France organised the Paris exhibitions and Ahae Press Inc. maintains a publicity website for Ahae, the photographer. An official French government bulletin with the monthly listing of companies domiciled in France lists the March 19, 2012 founding of Ahae Press France in Paris, managed by Yoo Hyuk Kee.

“LITTLE CHILD”

Ahae means “little child” and was a nickname used by a church of which Yoo was a founding member, according to the church website.

Ahae was said by his website to have taken 2.6 million nature photographs over a period of years on the grounds of one of his properties.

Ahae describes himself on the website (ahae.com/) as having been born in 1941 in Kyoto, Japan where his family was displaced during Japanese colonial rule of Korea.

The photographer identifies himself as having a “broad spectrum of interests” including designing and inventing “household items; numerous health-related products; and various boats and small ocean-going ships that now plough the waters of the Han River in Seoul and further afield”.

Yoo’s corporate interests have encompassed cosmetics, organic products and Yoo’s shipping interests started with a ferry operation on Seoul’s Han River in 1986 before it expanded into a sea-going ferry company.

The website identifies Ahae as the owner of an organic farm in the United States called 123Farm at the site of the Highland Springs Resort in California. Yoo was chairman of the board of the company that bought the resort.

I-One-I subsidiary Dapanda owns 9.9 percent of the Highland Springs Conference and Training Centre at the resort, according to regulatory filings.

“Ahae has been a conservationist all his life and has done everything within his power to ensure that his business activities do not conflict with his endeavors to maintain the purity of the natural world,” the website biography states.

RELIGION AND CONVICTION

“Ahae” is the nickname used in reference to Yoo in correspondence on a Evangelical Baptist Church website EBC World (www.ebcworld.org).

The name itself may be taken from a Korean poem written under Japanese rule and is believed to refer to Jesus and his 12 disciples, among other interpretations.

The Evangelical Media Group (www.god.com) founded by Yoo said “he first began to live for the sake of the gospel in 1961” and that the shipping company founder “worked as an inventor and businessman to support the spreading of the gospel all over the world”.

Yoo was one of 11 students admitted to a bible school called the “Good News Mission” set up in South Korea by Western missionaries in 1956.

The Evangelical Baptist Church runs a rural training camp nestled between leafy mountains near Anseong, a city two hours south of Seoul. Carriages from a subway train sit in the clearing in the woods at the camp.

Men who identified themselves as members of the church refused to allow Reuters journalists access to the area, and denied they were connected to Yoo’s family, despite reports that Yoo takes photos and his subsidiary companies sell products on the site.

Ahae Press bought an abandoned French village last year, according to media reports.

 

BANKRUPTCY AND PROBE

The business empire built by Yoo expanded rapidly in the 1990s before Semo Co. Ltd, his holding company, went bankrupt.

According to company filings, Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd was set up on February 24, 1999, a day before a court approved the restructuring of the bankrupt Semo, and became a key entity to consolidate Semo’s shipping business.

Yoo was a founder of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Korea and prosecuted and jailed for four years for fraud in 1992.

The court case records show that Yoo was convicted of using the funds and property of church members to fund the expansion of his businesses.

Yoo was investigated in 1987 when 32 members of his church were found dead, bound and gagged in a factory near Seoul. He was not charged.

Yoo denied that he had any involvement in the deaths in a magazine interview after his release from jail in the fraud case.

“I feel really insulted just to think that people link me to the accident,” Yoo said in the 1999 interview with monthly magazine Chosun.

“Do you know how I feel? I feel like I’m a woman living in a small village and one day you suddenly got sexually assaulted. This is really unfair but you can’t talk about it to anyone in our (Korean) culture and there’ll be just rumors getting out of control that you are the one who screwed up.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/24/us-korea-ship-founder-insight-idUSBREA3N1AA20140424

OBAMA WARNS NORTH KOREA ON NUCLEAR TEST: SOUTH KOREAN MEDIA

U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Friday against conducting another nuclear test, saying that it would draw a firm international response.

“If North Korea were to make the mistake of engaging in another nuclear test, it should expect a firm response from the international community,” Obama said in an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper.

Obama arrived in Seoul on Friday for a visit in which he will seek to reassure South Korea that he is committed to pressuring Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

 

Although North Korea has ramped up provocative behavior in recent weeks with talk of a new type of nuclear test and a flurry of rocket launches, South Koreans have been preoccupied with one of the worst tragedies in their history, the sinking of a ferry carrying hundreds of youngsters to a vacation idyll.

“I know my visit now comes as South Koreans are in mourning and my visit will be an opportunity to express the sympathy of the American people,” Obama said.

The U.S. president arrives in Seoul after starting a four-stop Asia tour in Tokyo on Wednesday. He is also due to visit Malaysia and the Philippines.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-usa-korea-nuclear-idUSBREA3O09P20140425

SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN JET MAY TAKE YEARS: U.S. OFFICIAL

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane’s wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed.

The official, speaking under condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone had turned up no wreckage.

He said the search for the jetliner, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, would now enter a much harder phase of scouring broader areas of the ocean near where the plane is believed to have crashed.

“We went all in on this small area and didn’t find anything. Now you’ve got to go back to the big area,” the official said. “And now you’re talking years.”

On Friday, the undersea drone Bluefin-21 is expected to finish what may be the last of its 16-hour trips to depths of more than 4.5km (2.8 miles) searching a 10 square km (6.2 square mile) stretch of seabed about 2,000 miles northwest of Perth.

Authorities had identified the area as their strongest lead in determining the plane’s final resting place after detecting what they suspected was a signal, or “ping”, from the plane’s black box recorder on April 4.

But the U.S. official said Malaysia would have to decide how to proceed with the search, including whether to bring in more underwater drones, even with the understanding that the search could continue for years without a refined search area.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-malaysia-airlines-idUSBREA3O0B520140425

IS PISTORIUS BEING COACHED?

South African newspaper columnist Jani Allan accused Oscar Pistorius of taking “acting lessons” before his testimony at his murder trial. Pistorius has claimed that he accidentally killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder to his home in Pretoria.

I have to admit, as a criminal defense attorney, I found his testimony unusually well-focused and on-point as he attempted to accomplish what he needed to. It was this: to convince the judge (there is no jury in this case) that he was acting out of instinct and fear–rather than anger and hatred–when he fired four fatal shots through a locked bathroom door.

Is it not Pistorius’ right to figure out how to best present that position to the judge? Is it somehow wrong for a defendant to craft or polish his presentation to positively affect the judge’s (or jury’s) decision? Yes, it is his right, and no it’s not wrong; welcome to the underbelly of litigation. However, it’s the same underbelly that exists in business and even in social interactions.

We all learn even as children to speak properly, to “mind our manners” and to “put our best foot forward.” Suggesting that people don’t prepare for or rehearse important interactions is not just folly; it goes against what we’ve been taught since we’ve learned to listen. On that first date, we try to look as good as we can, be as funny as we can, appear as insightful as we can. Before a job interview we study the employer and the industry. Before asking for a raise, we present our value in the warmest light possible.

Good lawyers have spent their careers learning how to present their clients in the most favorable light possible during litigation. It’s our responsibility. Criminal defense lawyers learn how to be persuasive and genuine when presenting their side of the story. We are trained to represent clients, any clients, as best we can and to seek the proper result for that client. Prosecutors know how to polish their presentations as well.

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In civil law, when many millions of dollars are on the line, corporate representatives plan for hours, days, weeks, months–even years–to properly present their side of the case. They take part in mock trial, the sole purpose of which is to identify and correct weaknesses in their presentation, to gain insight from how that presentation worked with mock jurors.

Back to the question at hand: Did Pistorius have acting lessons? This will now sound insincere, but I have never, not in 30 years of practice, had a client take “acting lessons” or any other lessons regarding how to testify. But I have spent hours with witnesses and clients reviewing with them how to present themselves and their story in the most compelling and believable way.

But remember this: Law enforcement officers also go through extensive training in how to present themselves in a courtroom, from subtleties as simple as turning toward the jury when answering a question to presenting their testimony in simple, easy-to-understand phrases, to raising and lowering their voices at just the right time. Expert witnesses are paid well for their ability to communicate their testimony effectively and believably to a jury.

So is it any less appropriate for Pistorius to have reviewed his testimony with his lawyers? Would it be wrong if Pistorius had the benefit of a “testimony presentation expert”? The answer is no, it is not inappropriate, as long as Pistorius was telling the truth.

The important question is: Did he present his testimony in a way in which the judge believed he was sincere? Or will the judge believe he was coached and acting? Judges and jurors alike are not easily fooled, and they bring to the courtroom life experiences that prepare them to detect deception and insincerity.

It is also the duty of the advocates on both sides of the story to advise or remind the fact finders that testimony is what it is: prepared, coached, rehearsed and presented as well as possible.

My belief is that Pistorius was absolutely coached. I also believe the judge thinks so, too, and when she weighs Pistorius’ testimony, she will take into consideration that it was perhaps too well polished and that it was too well rehearsed. That was, after all, a significant goal of the blistering cross examination, to show that coaching.

I say we trust in fact finders — in this case the judge, and, in the United States, the jurors — and understand that they know how to balance the content of a testimony with the sincerity, or lack of sincerity, with which it was delivered.

By Mark O’Mara, CNN Legal Analyst

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/23/opinion/omara-pistorius-acting/index.html?hpt=hp_t5

MAN LEAVES $1,000 TIP FOR DOG’S SURGERY

Good people, not to mention good tippers, do exist. Christina Summitt knows that for sure now after what happened Saturday night.

The paw-print tattoo on Summitt’s wrist often leads to conversations with strangers about her love of animals; she’s a volunteer with a pit bull rescue group and spends lots of time finding homes for animals of all kinds.

While tending bar at the Holiday Inn in Clinton, New Jersey, Summitt got to chatting with a friendly couple before the night got busy. The man asked her if she had dogs of her own; she confided that her “baby,” a Great Dane-black Labrador mix named Tucker, was at the veterinary hospital after having emergency surgery hours earlier after he swallowed a hard plastic ball. She was worried about him.

The man said something about surgery being expensive. She confided the estimate was around $2,700, but she would do whatever she had to do for the dog, whom she adopted in 2011. Summitt, 37, works three jobs — full-time as a chef at the hotel, Saturdays as a bartender, and as a food prep worker two days a week at a deli in her town. Her husband works full-time and Summitt has three stepchildren.

The couple ordered drinks and dinner at the bar. When it was time to close out their $80 tab, the man filled out the receipt with a tip — for $1,000.

Summitt said she started shaking and crying. She showed the bill to her sister, who tends bar with her, to make sure she was seeing three zeros after the 1.

“I went back over and said ‘Sir, I cannot accept this, what is this for, why would you do this?'” she said. He told her to put it toward Tucker’s medical costs.

“I just stood there in shock. I walked around and hugged this couple. They said, ‘We’ll be praying for Tucker.'”

Hotel manager Michelle Satanik told CNN she followed up with her comptroller and also tracked down the customer this week to verify that the gesture was legitimate. CNN has attempted to contact the generous tipper through Summitt, who kept his name anonymous for his privacy.

“Apparently this man does this quite frequently. Just a really nice guy and humanitarian,” Satanik said. “I have never ever seen a $1,000 tip like that.”

Summitt says she’s since gotten messages of support from all over the world.

“I would also love nothing more than to publicly thank this couple in front of the world. I’ve never seen a random act give so many people so much hope,” she wrote.

Tucker is recovering at home.

By Daphne Sashin, CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/23/living/bartender-tip-dog/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

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Taiwo Adekoya is a 500 level mechanical engineering student of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.

His penchant for observing global events is unusual is an environment where many hardly know anything other than when the next assignment is due. Check out his weekly compilation of global news events in Global Eyepiece.

 

 

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Fishing

Finally the cock crowed, and the morning sun came out

A new dawn, a new day, a new opportunity

But yet, still without any positive result,

We stood on the sea, with our nets in our hands,

Though tired, but ready for another throw into the deep.

 

All night we spent fishing tirelessly,

Tried every method we knew,

Looked into every side we could,

Baited with every technique we could think of,

But, yet after a whole night journey,

 

Here we stand in a new day, ready to take it over again afresh,

Not because we were not depressed,

But, we know that we have no other option other than to fish.

There at shore we stood when an help came.

We saw HIM like a star, But, HE told us HIS name is LIGHT

 

HE addressed our issue and told us we could do again in a better way.

Then a new thought HE gave us, a new light HE shed on our labour

Told us it is a new morning fishes are coming up to play

Fishermen HE said, let’s do it again.

So, again we launched into the deep,

 

And to our greatest amusement, we caught fishes more than our nets could take

Just in one throw.

So after we were done washing our nets,

I sat down and reflected on our labour.

How we came yesterday evening to sea to fish

 

How we had failure upon failures at every throw we made

But, yet after every failure we still were ready to go back and do it again

Why, I asked myself?

I guess it was because we had no other option

Our whole depended on us cashing fish to sell for our livelihood.

 

This is our life, we are not the people that sell in the market,

Our main thought every day is to stand up a caught fish.

But, why the failure I asked myself again?

We had every training and experience, this was not our first time,

But, things just resulted this way.

But, thank GOD it’s a new day,

The fishes are coming up the river and we have the opportunity of catching

Catching more than our nets could take.

It’s another time of exam,

Don’t just fish the way you’ve done it all night of the semester

 

Take things new.

Refresh your emotions, refresh your strength, refresh your mind.

Let’s launch again into the deep in much more unique way,

Let’s get the best we can get this season.

Be your best, fish for the best,

 

Don’t forget that it is a new morning, a new day,

Opportunities awaits you to grab,

Success is in your bossom to enjoy.

Above all, try things new.

It’s your best season of harvest

 

From the depth of my heart

I Love You.

I so much appreciate you for all your time and contribution to our growth this semester

Thanks a lot for being there.

 

With great gratitude and love,

I say, “Success in your Exams”

Love you lots

 

Never forget that though life is a race, but we are not competing, only be your best.

 

Abraham Moloy

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Akinwale Abraham Tobiloba Omoloye aka Abramoloy is a 200 level mechanical engineering student of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.

He sees poetry as a source of a unique life, giving a new feeling about everything around us.

Check out other poems in Rhythm & Soul.

 

 

 

 

 

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