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Nigerian Teen Invents Fan That Lasts 19 Hours Without Electricity*

Nigerian Teen Invents Fan That Lasts 19 Hours Without Electricity*

A 13-year-old Nigerian boy has invented a battery-operated fan that can last up to 19 hours when properly charged.

Ukoma Michael’s invention, branded Blue Wind, are made from aluminium and wires and come in two varieties including round and rectangular table top fans.

The ambitious young man has also beautified his craft by packaging them in cartons ready to sale.

Ukoma says his vision is to have a company of his own that will specialise in producing fans and aircrafts.

Blue Wind is a timely invention.

Earlier this month, a Nigerian newspaper published an opinion piece, titled, ‘Will 24-hour power supply ever become a reality in Nigeria?’

In it, the writer comments: “This has resulted in the use of generators to power homes, offices and stores, which has resulted in massive noise pollution.”

Adding: “We, the Nigerian youth, have to take charge because nothing is given to us in this part of the world.”

Ukoma has done just that.


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French police Apologize for Raping Black Man*

French police Apologize for Raping Black Man*

Racial profiling by French police during routine identity checks has been condemned by the courts.

French police announced Thursday that they believe the rape of a Black man by police using a baton was accidental and that evidence showing the penetration was intentional was insufficient. This conclusion was made after an internal inquiry was conducted by the police.

The statement was made after days of protests in the French capital by those outraged by the excessive use of force against a 22-year-old Black man in a Paris suburb.

The incident occurred in a housing complex in the Aulnay-sous-Bois suburb when four police officers arrived to conduct identity checks. A 22-year-old Black man, identified only by his first name Theo, was allegedly stopped by the officers, forced to the ground and beaten. The young man did not have a prior criminal record.

The abuse caused him serious injuries for which he was rushed to a hospital and required surgery due to the severity of the injuries. One of the police officers has been charged with rape, while three others were charged with assault.

Protests erupted throughout Paris in response to the brutal beating by police.

There has been little oversight of police practices in France, even after sociologists ran an independent study in 2009 proving that racial profiling is a reality. The study found that a Black or Arab person had a 6.2 and 7.7% greater chance, respectively, of being stopped by police than a white person.

While much more limited than 12 years ago, the unrest served as a reminder of the simmering tensions in neighborhoods with higher-than-average unemployment and big immigrant populations, as France prepares to elect a new president this year.


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A Bleak Future for British Youth*

A Bleak Future for British Youth*

Photo: Andrew Baggott/ Flickr

Photo: Andrew Baggott/ Flickr


By Kennedy Walker

Recently it was reported that three students at Bristol University have all died within weeks of starting term. Relatives of two of the students have indicated that they killed themselves.

This heart-breaking story sparked a public discussion around young people’s mental health and it’s clear that this is not a moment too soon. A recent Guardian study revealed that the number of students seeking counselling at university has gone up by 50% in the last five years.

These stats are shocking. So why am I not surprised by these findings?

Having just finished university I can attest to the mental strain students face. And I’m sure many others can relate. Students on three year undergraduate courses can easily find themselves in £53,000 worth of debt plus interest after graduating. And this isn’t even taking into account the cost of living and rent.

Add to this, the dire prospect for the future young people face. In 2015, research found that the U.K. proportionally has more graduates than any other rich country apart from Iceland. But it also showed that an increasing number of graduates in the U.K. find themselves working in low-paid jobs they are overqualified for – jobs that would in previous generations have been filled by non-graduates.

With soaring rent prices and living costs, enormous debts and a bleak future, it is clear to me that the reason why more and more students are experiencing mental health issues is related to how our economy is run.

Another recent study by the mental health charity Mind found that 43,000 students at the Russell Group institutions accessed counselling services in the 2014-15 academic year, compared to 34,000 three years earlier. This 28% jump shows a clear correlation between the trebling of tuition fees and students need for accessible mental health services.

This trend is serious and deserves a serious response and robust analysis. Although universities have to ensure they respond to this increase we can’t afford to focus on a symptom that has a much broader causation; students being forgotten about, not supported and actively left behind by this governments policies. With tuition fees on the up and the cost of living and housing on the same trend we need to start questioning how safe the future of our society is.


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Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores*

Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores*

Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes. Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos.

And their academic performance suffered. Internet use was a significant predictor of students’ final exam score even when their intelligence and motivation were taken into account, said Susan Ravizza, associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study.

“The detrimental relationship associated with non-academic internet use,” Ravizza said, “raises questions about the policy of encouraging students to bring their laptops to class when they are unnecessary for class use.”

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the findings will be published online soon in the journal Psychological Science. The article is titled “Logged in and zoned out: How laptop internet use impacts classroom learning.”

The research was conducted in a one-hour, 50-minute lecture course with 507 students taught by Kimberly Fenn, MSU associate professor of psychology and study co-author. In all, 127 students agreed to participate in the study, which involved logging onto a proxy server when the students went online. Of those participants, 83 checked into the proxy server in more than half of the 15 course sessions during the semester and were included in the final analysis.

Intelligence was measured by ACT scores. Motivation to succeed in class was measured by an online survey sent to each participant when the semester was over.

Interestingly, using the internet for class purposes did not help students’ test scores. But Ravizza said she wasn’t surprised.

“There were no internet-based assignments in this course, which means that most of the ‘academic use’ was downloading lecture slides in order to follow along or take notes.”

Previous research, she added, has shown that taking notes on a laptop is not as beneficial for learning as writing notes by hand.

“Once students crack their laptop open, it is probably tempting to do other sorts of internet-based tasks that are not class-relevant.”

In her courses, Ravizza said she has stopped posting lecture slides before class. Instead, she waits until the week before the exam to upload them so there is no reason for students to bring a laptop to class.

“I now ask students to sit in the back if they want to bring their laptop to class so their internet use is not distracting other students,” she said.


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Gaza Teen Uses Candle Heat to Generate Electricity*

Gaza Teen Uses Candle Heat to Generate Electricity*

A sixteen year old girl in Gaza has discovered a way to overcome chronic power shortages, by constructing a device that can generate electricity from the heat of candles.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA ) said that electricity blackouts were triggered when the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) shut down completely in April, having exhausted its fuel reserves due to a shortage of funds. The OCHA said that the blackouts lasted for 18-30 hours a day.

RT reports:

Faced with regular blackouts, Shahd Abu Lebda, 16, told New China TV that she

“depends on the principle that ‘a person in need will find a way’ – which pushed me towards inventing a device that generates electric charges for smart mobile phones from the energy of heat that comes from candles.”

The teen started the project after attending a course on creative thinking, Lebda’s invention has received a mixed reaction from social media users.

“Energy needs energy, how many candles do I need for a fully charged battery?” Nasser Ramadan wrote on Facebook.

“But that will need lots of candles before you fully charge one battery of cellphone, hope she can create more alternatives rather than just candle…,” Carolina D. Dela Paz noted.

“Makes sense: use 20 dollars’ worth of candles for what would take 15 cents worth of electricity. You go girl maybe you can come up with another costly idea,” Dewayne Smith wrote.

Gaza’s power supply comes from three sources. Around 60 MW is generated by the self-governing Palestinian territory’s only power plant, with 30MW imported from Egypt and 120MW supplied from Israel, according to the OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

The Gaza Power Plant (GPP) shut down completely in April, after exhausting its fuel reserves due to a shortage of funds. That triggered electricity blackouts of 18-20 hours a day, the OCHA said.

Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007, following the takeover of the territory by Hamas.

According to the OCHA, “despite relaxation of some blockade-related restrictions in recent years, 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza remain ‘locked in’, denied free access to the remainder of the territory and the outside world.


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Teenager Dies Five Days after HPV Vaccination*

Teenager Dies Five Days after HPV Vaccination*

Shazel Zaman, 13, died 5 days after having her second dose

Shazel Zaman, 13, died 5 days after having her second dose

A teenage girl’s family has stepped up to the media to warn of the risks of the HPV vaccination after Shazel Zaman, 13, died 5 days after having her second dose.

Prior to the vaccination, her family stated she was a healthy, typical young teenager. Her sister, Maham Hussain, 19, said

“Before that she was perfectly normal, and active. Our own GP was really shocked that she had passed away. The reason we are speaking out is to raise awareness of what might happen.”

“She had the injection on the Wednesday. On Friday she was complaining of a sore arm – no swelling just redness.

“On the Saturday she complained of a severe headache, and by the evening she was throwing up. Come Sunday she was very pale, and my aunt took her to Fairfield.

“Whilst she was there she was in and out of consciousness. My aunt had to get a wheelchair for her.

“She had a blood test, and her heart rate checked, and everything was said to be normal.

Maham Hussain (19) who’s 13-year-old sister collapsed and died. PHOTO COURTESY: Manchester Evening News

“She was asked to provide a urine test and when my aunt took her to the toilet she fell to the floor, she was so drowsy.

“My aunt took her back to the doctor and that’s when the doctor made the comment that Shazel ‘came across as a lazy child’.”

Come April 17, just five days later, Shazel Zaman was found blue with no pulse. Life support sustained her while the family requested an MRI and CT, of which they paid £670 for, at Oldham Royal Hospital in the U.K.

The family will have to wait several months for autopsy reports before they may find answers to their tragic loss. Deputy Bury Coroner, Lisa Hashmi has commenced an investigation into the teenager’s death to deem if it was “unnatural” or not.


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Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Spreads in Northern England*

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Spreads in Northern England*

One of the most widespread sexually transmitted infections has become invincible to traditional treatments.

British sexual health doctors are reporting an outbreak of a highly drug-resistant gonorrhea strain first registered in Leeds in northern England.

The disease caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium is virulent in all kinds of unprotected sex.

Normally, it is cured with a combination of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone, but the new strain easily overcomes the treatment.

Since March, there have already been 12 cases of mutated gonorrhea registered, all in heterosexuals, in Leeds and four more in Cheshire’s Macclesfield, Greater Manchester’s Oldham and North Lincolnshire’s Scunthorpe.

“It doesn’t sound like an awful lot of people, but the implication is there’s a lot more of this strain out there and we need to stamp it out as quickly as possible,” a consultant in sexual health based in Bristol, Peter Greenhouse, told the BBC News website.

A similar case of complete resistance to ceftriaxone antibiotics was reported in 2011 in Japan, the BBC reports.

Greenhouse explained that should the new strain becomes predominant in the U.K., Brits are “in big trouble” and meticulous effort would be needed to have all the infected people “traced and treated.”

More undiagnosed cases are likely to be on the way as the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV has reported that those people with the disease have had sexual partners from across the U.K.

There is the possibility that we’ve got a very resistant strain of gonorrhea,” the association’s president, Dr Jan Clarke, told the BBC.

“An outbreak control team meeting has been convened and STBRU are currently performing next generation sequencing on these strains to better understand the molecular epidemiology,” the association said.

Last year, nearly 35,000 cases of ‘ordinary’ gonorrhea were reported in England, a 19% growth on 2013 figures, making it is the second most widespread sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the U.K., with the first position yielded to chlamydia.

Primarily, the disease affects young people under 25.

The major problem with gonorrhea is that about 10% of men and practically 50% of women do not experience symptoms of the disease – until the infection takes over.

When symptoms become evident, they take the form of green or yellow purulent discharge from genitals, painful urinating and bleeding in between periods for women.

Improperly treated infection could end up in infertility or could be passed to a newborn.

A statement issued by Dr Mike Gent from Public Health England maintains that although alternative kinds of antibiotics are currently being tried to cure the new gonorrhea strain, “the resistance to first-line treatment remains a concern,” as the Leeds outbreak might signal the rise of untreatable forms of gonorrhea.

To curb the spread of the new disease, Dr Gent urged the public to practice safe sex and use condoms.


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U.K. State School Pupils ‘get better degrees’ than Private School Pupils with same A-Levels*

U.K. State School Pupils ‘get better degrees’ than Private School Pupils with same A-Levels*

By Richard Garner

Students who attended state schools are more likely to get top degree passes than former independent school pupils with the same A-level grades, new research shows.

The figures, based on the degree results of all students who graduated in 2013/14, show that 82% of state school pupils got firsts or upper seconds compared with just 73% of those from independent schools.  State school students who scored two Bs and a C at A-level did on average 8% better at degree level than their privately educated counterparts.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust – the charity which campaigns for equal access to education, said the research backed up calls for more to be done to ensure  state school students – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – were properly represented at university.

The fact that they are more likely to get a better degree than their private school peers shows how important it is to improve access to help able young people fulfil their potential,” he added.

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment at Buckingham University, said the gap could be down to independent schools stretching their pupils more and getting the best out of them before they went to university. Conversely, some state school pupils are not pushed to their full potential until degree level.

In addition, private school pupils may slow down at university because they are more confident about securing a job whatever their degree score.

Professor Smithers said:

“Independent school pupils tend to go on to better jobs and may be more relaxed about going to university.  They may know they can get an offer of a place in chambers or in the family firm when they leave university.”

The study also prompted concern that white graduates did much better than those from black or ethnic minority backgrounds – with 76% obtaining a first or upper second degree compared to just 60 per cent of those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

In addition, girls were more likely to score highly than boys – with 74% gaining top level degree passes compared with 70%.

Graduates from an area with high participation at university were also likely to fare better than those from low participation neighbourhoods – with 77% achieving first or upper seconds compared with 66% from areas with the lowest participation.

Professor Les Ebdon, director of OFFA – the university access watchdog, said the findings show “worrying and unexplained differences in results between groups of students”.

“A significant proportion of black and minority ethnic students, students from disadvantaged neighbourhoods and those who study part-time are getting through a university’s door but then missing out on a first or upper second class degree,” he said.

Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of HEFCE, said:

“Once again, robust analysis shows persistent unexplained differences in degree outcome for particular groups of students.”

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