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0il tanks exhausted, think tanks needed

0il tanks exhausted, think tanks neededPart 4 of 5

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 and emeagwali.com.

The man with wisdom is a shining torch that sheds light in our darkness and guides us out of our ignorance. I am often asked: "How do we build a stronger Nigeria through technological innovation?"

I came across the answer in 1963 sitting on the verandah of our house along Gbenoba Road, Agbor, Midwest Region. I was silently reciting a quotation on the masthead of the newspaper called the West African Pilot. It read: “Show the light and the people will find the way.”
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Warners’ Stellian honored with 'Emerging Award' at Minnesota Family Business Awards

Warners’ Stellian honored with 'Emerging Award' at Minnesota Family Business AwardsWarners’ Stellian Appliance Co. Inc. is named as the winner of its 2010 Emerging Award during the Minnesota Family Business Awards ceremony held Tuesday in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Family Business Awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding Minnesota-based family businesses and promoting the considerable value family businesses bring to the state's economy and quality of life. Nearly 50 of Minnesota’s premier family businesses applied for the recognition.
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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discusses 2010 election results; possible recount in Governor's race

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reviewed election night 2010 and discussed the potential recounts in the governor's race and other legislative races. "More than 55 percent of Minnesota's eligible voters went to the polls to cast ballots in federal, state and local races," said Ritchie. "While the results of yesterday's election will not be official until the state canvassing board certifies the election, it now appears that three legislative House races and the governor's race could potentially trigger automatic hand recounts."

An automatic recount is triggered by Minnesota Law (Minnesota Statutes M.S. 204C.35) when the margin between state, judicial and federal candidates is less than one-half of one percent. The legislative House District races that may trigger a recount include the race between King Banaian (R) and Carol Lewis (DFL) in district 15B; Kelby Woodard (R) and David Bly (DFL) in 25B and Rich Murray (R) and Robin Brown (DFL) in 27A.
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Ellison receives 100% rating from the 
Human Rights Campaign; Makes plea for “Equality and Inclusion”

Ellison receives 100% rating from the 
Human Rights Campaign; Makes plea for “Equality and Inclusion”Congressman Keith Ellison (Minneapolis) received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress. The scorecard rates members of Congress on their support for legislation affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

“I am honored to have my work in Congress recognized by the tireless advocates for equality at the Human Rights Campaign,” Ellison said. “My life’s work is based on the principle that all Americans, regardless of race, class, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be guaranteed equal rights,” Ellison stated. “In light of the recent horrific tragedies within the LGBT community, I can hardly think of a more critical time to combat division and hate by raising a message of equality and inclusion and I thank HRC for their dedication to this work,” Ellison concluded.
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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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