1 year ago

At New Jersey Museum, Getting Older Is a Virtual Reality

At New Jersey Museum, Getting Older Is a Virtual Reality - ABC News

A new exhibit at a science museum in New Jersey lets people get a virtual experience of what life is like as you age.

The exhibition that opened Friday at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City shows people what it feels, sounds and looks like to be elderly with the help of a high-tech exoskeleton equipped with virtual reality goggles.

The Age Suit is a collaboration between http://www.yohaig.ng/category/newspapers/the-guardian/ the California-based Applied Minds and Genworth Financial, which sells long-term care http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/nigeria.htm insurance.

The co-creator of the R70i Age Suit, Bran Ferren, says the suit simulates several http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293824-Nigeria-Vacations.html href="http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/">http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/ ailments of old age such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and a hearing problem that produces ringing in the ears.

Ferren also said it can replicate hip and joint problems.

The Genworth Aging Experience runs through April Nigeria 10th.


1 year ago

Nigeria: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

Kerry and Blinken both mention Burma, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. It's unlikely that this is a coincidence and is worth considering when one ponders the president's 2016 travel schedule.

Concussion fumbles when it delves too much into Dr. Omalu's life. This indictment of the NFL becomes a love story which takes the focus off the football players where the real pathos is. Concussion should have revealed more about the tragic lives these esteemed players led and their needless suffering due to sport.

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2 years ago

In Nigeria, Kids Embrace Dolls That Represent Them

Barbies or Queens of Africa? In Nigeria, toy giant Mattel has been outsold by a brilliant idea.

It all began in 2007, when entrepreneur Taofick Okoya went in search of a black doll for his niece. Despite Nigeria being the country with the highest number of black children in the world, he couldn't find one.

"I'm not one to criticize and complain without taking action," Okoya told Elle. He then resolved to create a doll Nigerian girls could identify with, one with darker skin and traditional African clothes.

Seven years later, Okoya sells 6,0009,000 Queens of Africa and Naija Princess dolls a month, granting him 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market. Prices vary from roughly US $6.50 to US $17.50 each, depending on accompanying clothing and accessories.

With about 170 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the continent's most populated country and is neck-and-neck with South Africa for the title of largest economy. According to data from Euromonitor released by Reuters, while toy sales increased 1% in developing countries between 2006 and 2011, emerging economies showed a 13% jump.

Okoya explains that his priority is raising the children's self-esteem and confidence. He advocates a "healthy mix" of African and Western values, and says he spent over two years campaigning about the psychological impact dolls have on children, and the importance of having a doll in their likeness. Okoya is positive this can impact generations to come.

Based on Nigeria's three largest ethic groups, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, the dolls are produced in a small factory in a Lagos suburb. The parts come from China, but the final touch is lent by the traditional Nigerian dresses and head wraps worn by Queens of Africa dolls.

Like Barbie, the dolls are very slim, a characteristic he intends to alter eventually (he tells how he initially produced fuller-bodied dolls, to which the children gave a less than warm reception).

"For now, we have to hide behind the 'normal' doll. Once we've built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies."

His success has already grown beyond Nigeria. Queens of Africa dolls are sold online and, according to Okoya, the biggest demand comes from the US, certain European countries, and Brazil.

Beyond his plans to create dolls inspired by other ethnic groups, Okoya is in talks with a WalMart subsidiary over expansion to 70 stores across the African continent.

According to Reuters, Mattel affirms they've sold Black dolls for decades, but with very limited presence in Sub-Saharan Africa and no plans for expansion in the region at the moment.

This piece was originally published on HuffPost Brazil and was translated into English.


2 years ago

UPDATE 1-Nigeria signs revised oil swaps after investigation -sources | Energy & Oil | Reuters

* NNPC says three new contracts set up after cancellation

* Sources say BP/Nigermed venture also involved in a deal

* Interim contracts to run from October untilDecember-sources

* Cancelled deals to run through September-sources (Recasts lead with NNPC comment, updates in paragraphs 7-9 and14)

By Julia Payne

ABUJA, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Nigeria's state-owned oil companysaid on Wednesday that it has set up new crude swap contracts toreplace those cancelled last month that were vital for bringingin about half of the country's domestic gasoline demand,confirming an earlier Reuters report.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) cancelled the2015 deals with Nigerian companies Sahara Group, Aiteo Group andNNPC's trading arm Duke Oil because they were "skewed in favourof the companies", it said at the time.

Though there is a change to the new contract winners, it'sunclear whether these will be more transparent.

But cash-strapped NNPC has no choice but to continue withsome form of swap arrangement. The only other form of gasolineinput comes from a fraud-ridden import subsidy scheme andrevamping its refining system, neglected for years, has alreadymet crude supply obstacles. Continued...


2 years ago

Nigeria in talks with Boko Haram over kidnapped schoolgirls

RTR3OSJA-1.jpgMay 2, 2014: Students join a protest demanding the release of the abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok.(Reuters)

The Nigerian government is talking to the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to try to get the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, the president said.

The government is talking to Boko Haram members and it is trying to make sure they are genuine leaders, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a tweet late Tuesday quoting President Muhammadu Buhari . Buhari is in France on a three-day state tour.

Military from Nigeria and Chad freed hundreds of hostages from Boko Haram captivity earlier this year but none of those rescued were from the 219 girls abducted in April 2014 from a school in Chibok.

Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremist group has used dozens of girls and women in recent suicide bombings in Nigeria and neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, raising fears they are kidnap victims.

Buhari predicted in July that Boko Haram would be defeated in 18 months or less. But he conceded that Nigerian authorities lack intelligence about the girls still missing after the mass kidnapping from the northern town of Chibok -- an act that stirred international outrage and a campaign to "Bring Back Our Girls" that reached as far as the White House.

Buhari said his government is open to freeing detained militants in exchange for the girls' freedom.

More than 1,000 people have been killed since Buhari was elected in March with a pledge to annihilate Boko Haram, whose 6-year uprising has killed around 20,000 people. At least 2.1 million people have been driven from their homes, some across borders.

Earlier this year, troops from Chad and Nigeria drove the extremists out of some 25 towns held for months by Boko Haram which had declared an Islamic caliphate aligned with the Islamic State group. The insurgents have returned to hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombings.

In Cameroon, a new report says that more than 380 people have been killed by Boko Haram in the north, and the military's response has left dozens more dead.

Amnesty International said Wednesday that the extremists have committed war crimes "and caused untold fear and suffering to the civilian population."

In the last two months alone, more than 70 people have been killed in a series of suicide bombings. A 13-year-old girl is among those who have been used to carry out the attacks.

Amnesty's report also said that the government's efforts to quash Boko Haram have led to dozens of deaths, and many more young men remain missing.


2 years ago

Lagos warns military officers against plying BRT lane

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday urged security personnel to comply with the State Traffic Law and desist from plying Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor along the Ikorodu Road axis.

BRT bus2General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Bashir Braimah spoke on the backdrop of a joint enforcement against BRT violation with the

2 years ago

Nigerian troops free 241 women, children in Boko Haram camps

The Tuesday operation unfolded in the villages of Jangurori and Bulatori, the statement said.

The operations also netted the arrests of 43 militants belonging to the Islamist group, including a local leader, Bulama Modu, who the Nigerian military says was acting as the "emir" of the village of Bulakuri.

The raids destroyed both camps, army spokesman Col. Sani Usman told Punch, a Nigerian newspaper. The military also confiscated weapons, some of which were buried by militants who appeared to be abandoning their posts during the raid, he told the paper.

"Apart from arms and ammunitions, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin, he confirmed that the terrorists also gave him a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits," Usman told Punch.

Troops also arrested a suspected militant in Wudla village who provided the names of terrorists who helped stage an attack in northern Cameroon this month, Usman said. They hailed from Dara Jamel, where the insurgents operate a bomb factory, he told Punch.

Boko Haram fast facts

On September 3, Boko Haram militants "came in from across the hills in Nigeria" and attacked a crowded market in Kerawa, Cameroon, Col. Didier Badjeck, a spokesman for Cameroon's military, told CNN. The militants also attacked an infirmary near a Cameroonian military camp, Badjeck said.

The attacks left an estimated 30 people dead and another 145 people injured.

Days before, Boko Haram terrorists rode into the northeast Nigerian village of Baanu on horseback and fatally shot 68 people, according to residents and a local militia.

Boko Haram has increasingly and violently asserted itself not only in Cameroon and its home base of Nigeria, but also in other western and central African countries, including Niger, Benin and Chad.

It wants to impose a strict version of Sharia law across Nigeria, and in that effort, it has perpetrated bombings of marketplaces, churches, mosques and other public gathering spots. Kidnappings are also one of the group's hallmarks, the most notorious coming last year when it abducted more than 200 girls from a school in the northeastern Nigerian city of Chibok.

Those girls' fates remain a mystery.

CNN's Nana Karikari-apau, Ngala Killian Chimtom and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

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