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A Nigeria without oil

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Excerpt from Nigeria’s 50th anniversary lecture at the Embassy of Nigeria, Paris. . Lecture video and audio are posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1mClXleezY


I wish to look back to 1960, and forward to 2060, to share my thoughts about the challenges to, and opportunities for, building a stronger Nigeria through technology. In the past 50 years, Nigeria has grown economically stronger through its use of technology to discover and then recover petroleum. Fifty years ago, Nigeria had only one oil well. Fifty years later, that first oil well is empty and abandoned. Do the math: "How many oil wells will Nigeria have left in 50 years?"
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Plymouth Avenue Bridge closes as a safety precaution

The City of Minneapolis has closed the Plymouth Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River to all traffic as of Friday, Oct. 22. The bridge was closed as a precautionary measure following an inspection that revealed corroded cables within the internal bridge structure.

The bridge will remain closed as a safety precaution until further investigation can be completed and repairs can be made. The Plymouth Avenue Bridge is a post-tensioned box girder bridge, a type of bridge design that includes multiple redundancies in the structure, and which is not a fracture-critical design.
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Muslims for Peace campaign

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest Muslim-American organization in the United States (here since 1920), has launched a nationwide “Muslims for Peace” campaign that features the peace message on 100 NYC transit buses and is being delivered door-to-door across the US (http://MuslimsForPeace.org). The St. Paul, Minnesota chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will participate in the brochure distribution Saturday, October 30th between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm..
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Insight News 2010 Voters Guide

Insight News 2010 Voters Guide

Correction:

The article published in the October 11 edition of Insight News entitled " Alecia Carter named Mrs. St. Paul International 2011," incorrectly listed the title for Dr. Cheryl Chatman. Chatman is Concordia University Executive Vice President, and Dean of Diversity. Concordia College was stated in error.

ANC veteran sounds alarm over media 'Self-Censorship'

ANC veteran sounds alarm over media 'Self-Censorship'(GIN) – South Africa’s media organizations this week marked Black Wednesday, when the former apartheid regime outlawed The World and Weekend World newspapers and Pro Veritate (a Christian publication) for publishing ‘inflammatory material that threatened the nation’s security.” Scores of critics and 19 black consciousness organizations were also detained on Oct. 19, 1977.
Yusuf Abramjee, chair of the National Editors’ Forum said it was important that the media industry in South Africa honor this day, especially now that media freedom is in the spotlight.

In August, the ANC party set off a storm of controversy with a proposed Tribunal and Public Information bill to check the press which, according to President Jacob Zuma, “tends to go overboard sometimes.”
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Twelfth Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture focuses on Haiti Reconstruction

Twelfth Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture focuses on Haiti ReconstructionFormer Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson waxed warm on his topic with his relevant and thought-provoking delivery at the Twelfth Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture last Friday. The event was held at Florida International University’s South Campus, as part of its African & African Diaspora Studies Program Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series.

Due to the catastrophic devastation wrought by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, this year’s Lecture, “The Renaissance of Haiti: A Template for Caribbean Integration,” addressed critical issues pertaining to Haiti’s rebirth and the special responsibility of metropolitan countries to ensure it.

Patterson is an engaging and self-effacing lecturer, presently the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Special Representative on Haiti’s Reconstruction and authorized by its government to represent it in appropriate fora. Most notable on Friday night, was his sound historical knowledge of Haiti’s - the then ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ - powerful 1791-1804 slave revolution. This was bolstered by a clear understanding of its potential and the current obstacles to achieving this. Mr. Patterson was firm in his assertion that history should not be repeated in the imposition of prescriptions for Haiti, whatever the context, but that the Haitian people, as one nation, should chart their own destiny. As he succinctly put it: “Every crisis presents an opportunity.”
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The Daily Snapshot from the White House

The Daily Snapshot from the White HouseFirst Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, Assistant White House Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator, left, work with students from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools during the White House Kitchen garden harvest on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 20, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Public order breaking down in Conakry, Guinea, as vote nears

Public order breaking down in Conakry, Guinea, as vote nears(GIN) – Fighting broke out Monday between supporters of Guinean presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo and police, just before the much-delayed run-off vote scheduled for Sunday.

In one incident, supporters gathered to welcome Diallo after he returned from campaigning were caught in a melee of rock throwing and tear gas, witnesses said.

In another suburb, a group of women gathered at the headquarters of a political party that supports Diallo, also were dispersed by police. Diallo has threatened to boycott Sunday's vote unless the head of the national independent electoral commission, who allegedly favors rival Alpha Conde, resigns.
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Attention: Pediatricians and Biomedical Engineers

Jamaica is in need of Pediatricians and Biomedical Engineers

If you are or know of a anyone who would be able to spend 3-4
weeks in Jamaica, please contact the JMO for participation details.

Participants would be:
- staying at an all-inclusive resort (breakfast and dinner included)
- provided ground transportation between the hotel and the volunteer health facility each work day
- responsible for their own airline travel and workday daily lunches.

If you are or know of a anyone who would be able to spend 3-4
weeks in Jamaica, please contact the JMO for participation details.

JAMAICA MINNESOTA ORGANIZATION
P.O. Box 580726
Minneapolis, MN 55458
612.481.4306

NABS and NOAA Partner to Bring Undersea World to African-American Students

NABS and NOAA Partner to Bring Undersea World to African-American StudentsThe National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries are working to bring the wonders of coral reefs and life below the sea to African-American students nationwide during a science and education mission, this week thru October 21, at the world’s only undersea research station.

The mission, “Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk,” is structured to help students and the public better understand their connection to the ocean and their role in helping sustain it. During daily live Web broadcasts from the Aquarius Reef Base, scientists and educators living and working underwater highlight the importance of conserving the nation’s marine resources. Science program themes during this mission include biodiversity, climate change and technology for field science.
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