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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

JAMB sets May 26 for rescheduled exams for over 12,000 candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Sunday said that it had set May 26 for a rescheduled Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations for more than 12,000 candidates across the country.

The Board’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

According to Benjamin, more than 12,000 candidates are expected to sit for the mop up examinations in a few of its centres across the country.

This category of candidates, he explained, are those whose biometrics were not captured during the initial period of the UTME in March.

He said: ““It would also include those who are yet to see their results since the end of the examinations in March till date and have not been involved in any form of malpractice.

“It will also include those who were unable to print out their e-slip before the earlier examinations and those whose centres were cancelled for suspected malpractices.’’

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According to him, “There are centres that were cancelled because of suspicious activities but the board was unable to identify the actual culprits.

However, he said that those who were involved and caught in illicit acts and centres where a case of malpractice had been established against them would not partake in the rescheduled examinations.

He advised candidates who might have fallen into any of the categories to print their e-slips from Monday, May 21.

NAN recalls the board had earlier promised to reschedule the examinations for some candidates whose cases were exceptional, adding that candidates, who fall under such categories would be contacted before then.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

WAEC begins registration for WASSCE private candidates

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that it would soon conduct the second series of the West African Senior School certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.

This was made known in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the council, Demianus Ojijeogu, on Sunday.

According to Ojijeogu, registration starts May 14 and ends July 6, 2018.

He said, “After obtaining the registration pin, candidates should log on to www.waeconline.org.

“Walk –in candidates, who wish to write the examination after the close of entries may be accommodated provided they register less than 24 hours to the scheduled time of the paper they intend to write . The walk-in candidates fee is 25000 only.”

The statement added that special needs’ candidates will also register online but “they must state clearly their disabilities: blind, low vision, spastic, speech etc.

“Candidates must conclude registration within two weeks of first access to the website during registration period.”

Candidates are expected to pay a registration fee of N13,950 and a commission of N500 to banks and accredited agents.

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WAEC conducted the first series for private candidates in January 2018, while the second series will now hold in August /September 2018

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Brutal Whatsapp ‘text bomb’ will crash your phone and ruin your day

Highlights
  • The bug is being forwarded via messages
  • When tapped, it could send the app and possibly the phone crashing
  • Tapping on a portion of text makes the app 'expand' the hidden symbols

WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging app, is a popular haven for spam and malware. Now, there's a new bug that is being forwarded via WhatsApp messages and can crash not just the app but also your Android phone. It reportedly contains a code which when tapped overloads WhatsApp and even the OS, resulting in a crash. This comes as WhatsApp plans to add new features to the instant messenger, including playing Facebook and Instagram videos in picture-in-picture mode.

"As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app 'expand' the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS," SlashGear reported. Such messages or "message bombs" are not new and not limited to Android. Even iMessage is not immune to bugs that could send the app crashing.

"There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats will do anyway," the report added.

Another "message bomb" which is causing the messaging platform to crash is more "nefarious, looks too innocent" and does not come with a warning. The message includes special characters that do not display visibly but are used to change text behaviour. A superfluous amount of these invisible symbols causes WhatsApp to freeze.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has not commented on the potentially disruptive bug so far.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

US Plans to Seek Visa Applicants' Social Media Info

The US State Department has said that it plans to require all American visa applicants to submit their social media information.
 
Applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, under the proposal, would be required to provide "identifiers" they have used on various social media platforms in the previous five years, in addition to old email addresses and phone numbers, Xinhua news agency quoted the State Department as saying on Thursday.
According to documents to be published in the Federal Register, the Department said it is seeking public comment on the proposed measures within the next 60 days.
Previously, social media, email and phone number histories were only required from applicants singled out for extra scrutiny. An estimated 65,000 people a year fall into that category.
The changes would impact all applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
The department estimated that 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants would be affected.
Only applicants for certain diplomatic and official visa types may be exempted from the requirements, the documents said.
The changes will need to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget at the White House.

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

2018 BATCH ‘A’ MOBILISATION FOR PROSPECTIVE CORPS MEMBERS

This is to inform all prospective Corps Members, i.e. Nigerians who have graduated from Universities and Mono/Polytechnics both at home and abroad that the NYSC Online registration portal will be opened from today Monday, 26th March – Sunday, 8th April, 2018, to enable them register for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ mobilization exercise.

The Website address is any of the following:
(i) www.nysc.gov.ng
(ii) www.nysc.org.ng
(iii) www.portal.nysc.gov.ng

In order to ensure a seamless registration, prospective Corps Members are to note the following for strict compliance:

Ø. Prospective Corps Members should ensure that they have functional e-mail addresses that they can access and Nigerian (GSM) telephone numbers with which to register. Such e-mail address and phone numbers must be maintained throughout the service year.

Ø. Locally-trained prospective Corps Members are expected to use correct institution matriculation numbers to register. 

Ø. For locally-trained graduates, only those whose names appear on the Senate/Academic Board Approved Result lists submitted by their institutions will have access to register on the NYSC portal.

Ø. Foreign-trained prospective Corps Members should NOTE that ONLY those that graduated from accredited institutions are qualified for mobilization. Any foreign-trained prospective Corps Member who is in doubt of the accreditation status of his/her institution should approach the Federal Ministry of Education for verification.

Ø. Foreign-trained Nigerian graduates are to visit the NYSC portal, register and upload the following documents:

(a). West African School Certificate (WASC) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent
or,
General Certificate of Education (GCE O’ Level) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent
or,
NECO (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent
or,
NABTEB (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent
or,
High School Diploma or its equivalent for those who attended school in the USA, etc.

(b). First Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificate (Second Degree or Ph.D. are not necessary). Holders of Higher Diploma Certificates are not qualified to register.

(c). Complete official transcript of the First Degree or HND programme.

(d). International Travelling Passport showing the following pages;

i. Personal Data.
ii. Visa to the country of study.
iii. Date of first departure to the country of study and
iv. Date of arrival in Nigeria.

(e). Graduates with dual nationalities are required to upload Personal Data Pages of both international passports and present the passports for physical verification at the orientation camp.

(f). It is the responsibility of the prospective Corps Members who studied in non-English speaking countries to get their Certificates and Transcripts translated into English Language before uploading. The translated transcripts and certificates should also be presented for physical verification.

(g). All graduates of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Optometry, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing and Pharmacy are expected to have their practicing license, Certificates of Registration with their professional bodies and upload same on the portal. Payment receipts are not acceptable.

Ø. Foreign-trained graduates seeking mobilization for national service should NOT visit NYSC Headquarters, Abuja, for physical verification of their documents. The exercise will be done at the orientation camps. They are to print their call-up letters online and report to the orientation camps in their states of deployment.

Ø. Foreign-trained graduates are expected to go to the camps with the original documents they uploaded for verification.

Ø. Provisional certificates, To Whom It May Concern, on-line print-out, scanned and photocopies of credentials are not acceptable.

Ø. Foreign-trained graduates who registered for Exemption Certificate shall present all their original academic credentials and international passport for physical verification when they come to collect the certificate at the National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja.

Ø. All foreign-trained graduates who registered and are excluded from service should also present original academic credentials and international passport at the NYSC NDHQ, Abuja, for physical verification before Exclusion Letters are printed on-line.

Ø. All foreign-trained prospective Corps Members who registered but were not called up for service in the last batch should log on to the NYSC portal to revalidate their registration. This category of persons need not pay N3,000.00 (three thousand naira) again.

Ø. Anybody who presents any fake document will be demobilized, decamped and handed over to the security agents.

Ø. Prospective Corps Members should ensure that passport photograph used meet the following specifications:

o. Ensure your face (eyes, nose, ears, mouth and jaw) is fully shown without bending.
o. Ensure the picture fills the frame and its centralized.
o. Ensure the photo background is white or off-white with no shadow.

Ø. On no account should prospective Corps Members register by PROXY. They should also remember the fingers used for their biometric capturing as this will be used for verification at the orientation camps. Those who cannot be verified with their biometric at the orientation camps will not be registered.

Ø. Only prospective Corps Members who want their call-up numbers sent to them through SMS and wish to PRINT their call-up letters online are expected to pay the sum of Three Thousand Naira (N3,000.00) (see NYSC Portal on how to make payment).

Ø. Prospective Corps Members who do not want to pay the N3,000.00 have the option of going to their institutions to check their call-up numbers and collect their call-up letters.

Ø. All prospective Corps Members who had paid for the on-line registration before but were not mobilized need not pay again.

Ø. A married female prospective Corps Member (whether locally or foreign-trained) should upload copies of her marriage certificate, evidence of change of name and husband’s place of domicile during registration.

Ø. The orientation camps are not ideal for pregnant and nursing mothers. Prospective Corps Members in this category are therefore, to note that they will not be accommodated.

Ø. Prospective Corps Members with serious health challenge should indicate their TRUE HEALTH STATUS during registration to enable concessional deployment for them.

Ø. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE THE PORTAL IS CLOSED ON SUNDAY, 8TH APRIL, 2018 THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER REGISTRATION. 

Signed.
Management.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The World's Billionaires 2018 - Forbes

Highlights
  • Bezos' fortune shot up to $112 billion that put him way ahead of Gates
  • After the announcement, Bezos' worth rocketed again to $127 billion
  • US President Donald Trump's ranking fell to 766th place from 544th

Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of online retail giant Amazon, is now the world's richest person, according to Forbes magazine's annual billionaires list published Tuesday. It was in October last year that the net worth of Jeff Bezos surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' $90 billion, but this is the first time he has been named as richest person by the magazine. The fortune of Jeff Bezos went to $112 billion (roughly Rs. 7.27 lakh crores), according to Forbes, after Amazon stock's value rallied by 59 percent over the past 12 months. After the announcement, Jeff Bezos' worth rocketed again to $127 billion in line with a spike in Amazon stock, widening the gap between him and Gates.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett held on to his number-three ranking, followed by French industrialist Bernard Arnault, who jumped to fourth-richest person from his previous number 11 spot, mostly thanks to euro strength against the dollar, the magazine said. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was fifth on the list.

US President Donald Trump's ranking on the list fell to 766th place from 544th in the last edition, his wealth now being estimated at $3.1 billion (roughly Rs. 20,100 crores), $400 million less than a year ago.

Two Chinese billionaires rose to be among the 20 richest people in the world: Ma Huateng, CEO of Chinese internet giant Tencent who is the richest person in Asia and number 17 in the world, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma.

There are now a record 2,208 billionaires in the world, Forbes counted, and their combined worth is $9.1 trillion, up 18 percent from last year. The US has the most billionaires (585), followed by mainland China (373). Forbes' list contains 259 newcomers, including the first-ever cryptocurrency billionaires. Falling fortunes or political headwinds, meanwhile, pushed 121 people out of the illustrious list, including all 10 Saudi Arabians, the magazine said.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

WAEC makes changes in exam timetable over Jumat service

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has bowed to pressure and amended the part of its 2018 May/June Examination that clashed with the Friday Juma’at prayer.

The affected subject is Chemistry 1 and 2, which was originally slated for 2pm to 5pm on Friday, April 20, 2018.

The Director of Public Affairs, WAEC Nigeria, Mr Demianus Ojijeogu confirmed the slight amendment following reactions from Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

“For the sake of the people who will go to the mosque, the exam will be delayed till they come back.

“The paper will be delayed till 2:30 pm or 3 pm, when the Muslims will return from the mosque,” Mr Ojijeogu told Premium Times on Saturday “

Ishaq Akintola, President of MURIC, had said it was an “injustice” against Muslims, whom he claimed had become “endangered species”.

According to him, WAEC has been fixing examinations during Jummat time for some years which is “illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful.
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2018 UTME: JAMB gives latest about results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged its 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates to patiently await the results of the just concluded examinations.

The Head of Media of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the board was working diligently to ensure that the results are processed and posted on the board’s website soonest.

Benjamin said that modalities were being put in place to ensure all the results are transparent and accurate.

He reiterated that the board was delaying some of the results because each has to undergo total scrutiny before being posted on its website to avoid cancellations later.

According to him, some of the results would be ready by Monday, March 19.

He also assured that all technical difficulties encountered to access the website were being addressed.

NAN reports that number of candidates, who sat for the examinations earlier, were yet to receive their results.

While some said that they received the reply of “your results are not ready yet”, others complained that the site says “you did not register for this examinations.’’

NAN also reports that the examination, which was scheduled to end on Saturday, March 17, ended on Friday, March 16.
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Monday, 5 March 2018

Instagram Voice, Video Calling Features Spotted: Reports

Highlights

  • Instagram is found to include evidence for voice and video calling
  • APK teardown of the Instagram apps revealed the new features
  • Instagram refused the confirm the development
Instagram may already be your favourite app for sharing memories. But soon, it is likely to become a destination for your voice or video calls as an APK teardown of the Instagram for Android and Instagram Direct apps has shown some mysterious files that are pointing towards the new features. 

Facebook, the parent company behind Instagram, could use the voice and video calling support to take on Snapchat, which already faced criticism for a recent redesign.

The APK files of the Instagram and Instagram Direct apps includes button icons for "Call" and "Video Call" functionality, reports TechCrunch, citing Twitter user Ishan Agarwal. An Instagram spokesperson refused to give official confirmation on the new finding and told TechCrunch, "I'm afraid we can't comment on this one." However, there is a history of burying unreleased features within the app code.

Folks at XDA Developers claim that they've spotted a couple of strings within the Instagram app that are defining the video chat feature. Incidentally, a video call button was spotted in January that appeared to be testing internally.

It is worth noting here that while features to enable voice and video calls are new for Instagram users, these aren't something fresh for Snapchatters. Snapchat launched video calling support back in 2014 and added features to record audio and video notes in 2016.

Having said that, the addition of voice and video calling is expected to give a sharp edge to Instagram to fierce the competition created by Snapchat. Instagram already has Facebook and WhatsApp as the two platforms to make communication for its users easier and convenient than what they can get from Snapchat. Moreover, Instagram could enable calling support to Facebook and WhatsApp accounts to reach new heights.

As of September last year, Instagram has a userbase of over 800 million users - with 500 million daily active users. It lately brought features such as customisable privacy controls for Instagram Direct, 'Type' mode for text-only stories, and GIF stickers to attract more users.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

WhatsApp for Android Now Gives You 4,096 Seconds to Delete a Message for Everyone

Highlights
  • Delete for Everyone was introduced in November last year
  • Currently, users have a 7-minute window to delete messages
  • Now, the Android beta gives users 4,096 seconds to delete a message
WhatsApp's long-requested and only recently introduced Delete for Everyone feature looks set to get an update. The most recent WhatsApp beta (v2.18.69) for Android now gives users up to 4,096 seconds (68 minutes and 16 seconds) to delete a message for everyone in a chat. Currently, in stable builds, the window a user has to delete a message for everyone is 420 seconds (or 7 minutes). 

Depending on how well it's received, this extension can be expected to make its way to the stable build soon. It is also reportedly making its way to the iPhone app soon.

The change was first spotted by WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp update tracking site. The site notes that v2.18.68 WhatsApp beta version for Android includes an update to the Stickers feature that disabled by default - a slight modification of its icon. Since the news was reported on Friday, WhatsApp has released two more beta versions for Android (v2.18.70 and v.2.18.71), and WABetaInfo has spotted new disabled-by-default features like Locked Recording (locking the voice message record button into place when recording), and sticker pack size display.

Another feature WhatsApp was recently spotted in testing, but once again disabled by default, shows whether a message has been forwarded. The Forwarded Message label shows up on top of message if it has been forwarded from another, or same chat. The move if nothing classifies forwards, and could be amongst the first steps to combat spam and fake news. The feature was spotted in WhatsApp beta (v2.18.67) for Android. The same version also brought Stickers to Android - but can't be used.

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