Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Five ghost projects of China http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19049254
I see! Indeed it might be true that Obama has not been able to get unemployment under 8% as he claimed he would do when the stimulus plan was passed. But is that the ONLY record his has?
When I listen to the campaign speeches that Obama is giving on the campaign trail, it seems to me that he very much IS running on his record! Of course he is going to point out his differences with Mitt Romney, would you not do that if you were running? However, I do not see him "running away" from his record, not even the term Obamacare!
I was pleasantly surprised while listening to an address he gave to a crowd in Colorado, he indeed used the term Obamacare! Chances are he will refer to it again. I agree that the Republicans have their talking points and also the fact does remain as I noted, that unemployment is indeed above 8%. But it seems to me I hear Obama reminding us that he does have a record he can run on some of which comprise of the following:
- He passed the health care bill (Mitt flip flops so much on this, it makes one dizzy)
- The bill allows kids to remain on their parents insurance till age 26
- Insurance companies cannot reject you due to an existing condition
- He signed a major trade bill with South Korea
- He prevented the American Auto industry from collapse or going bankrupt (Mitt has sadly blatantly lied on his flip flopping on this)
- He ended don't ask don't tell and allows Gay and Lesbians to serve openly within the armed forces
- He has created over 4 million jobs since taking office, not enough by any stretch, but job shave been created
- He ended the war in Iraq
- He embraced an unpopular surge in Afghanistan something his opponent in 2008 John McCain supported
- Without American boots on the ground he aided the removal of Qaddafi (Despite the senseless charge of leading from behind)
- He killed Bin Laden
Monday, August 13, 2012
Oga Minister, don't toy with Nigerians like this, the days of professor Pella are long gone! If there is one measure to which President Goodluck Jonathan will be clearly judged come 2015 will be the issue of improvements in the power sector.
If the administration is not going to deliver on such promises, it should refrain from making such pronouncements. In addition such announcements mean NOTHING if the people do not certify the obvious and claimed gains in the power situation in their lives. So the claims being noted in this report require some forms of verification. That said, this is usually nothing to celebrate about, but in Nigeria, sadly, it is!
FG to Raise Power Output to 9,000MWMinister of Power, Bart Nnaji
By Chuks Okocha and Onyebuchi Ezigbo
A statement from the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, which detailed the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan since his inauguration in May 2011, said government would attain the new output when it completed the 10 projects under the National Integrated Power Plants (NIPP).
It said on assumption of office, Jonathan inherited 10 abandoned projects under the NIPP and had since then revitalised the projects.
The projects, which on completion, will add additional 4960mw to the national grid are: Ihovbor in Edo State (451mw), Omotosho in Ondo State (451mw), Olorunsogo in Ogun State (750mw), Sapele in Delta State (451mw), Geregu in Kogi State (434mw), Egbema in Imo State (338mw), Gbarain in Bayelsa (225mw), Omoku in Rivers State (225mw), Calabar in Cross River State (561mw) and Alaoji in Abia State (1074mw).
“Government has improved power generation from under 3,000mw in 2011 to 4,300mw by August 2012. Therefore, when the 10 NIPP projects are fully on stream, which will be within the next few months, the total national generation capacity will not be less than 9000mw, a 200 per cent increase in generating capacity as compared with the figures for 2011 and the highest ever by any administration since independence,” the Federal Government said in the statement signed by the Media Director in the office, Mr. Olusanya Awosan.
The Federal Government Sunday raised hopes of improvement in power supply as it announced plans to raise electricity output from the current 4,300 megawatts (mw) to a record 9,000mw in “the next few months”.
The statement was in response to the criticism by former Federal Capital Territory Minister and chieftain of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who accused the presidency of “seeking to outsource governance”.
“This administration met 10 abandoned NIPP projects and has successfully revitalised all. More importantly, they are all within the range of 95-100 per cent completion stage and are awaiting gas supply, which government has taken very concrete steps to address.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
At the start of the Olympics, swimming great and legend Michael Phelps took quite a media beating when he lost his "signature race" the 400 meters to Ryan Locthe. All hell broke loose on the media. Fast forward a few days later, Phelps is once again super human and a legend. America is now used to "super humans" in all aspects of our lives.
Fareed Zakaria, has indeed created a highly respected and legendary reputation for himself as an intelligent global voice, and a highly respected journalist. Indeed what he did was inexcusable. Fareed will have to face the music as well as the consequences of his actions.
Now we all get to wait and see what his fate will be from his employers at Time Warner. My plea is for the man who did the crime to be allowed to do his time, and resume continuing his great journalistic contributions that are badly needed in today's highly polarized world.
He has been a great source of wisdom, and moderation when it comes to the affairs of the world and America. His program on CNN presents a true global perspective. There are preciously far to few voice like his in the media for him to be permanently muzzled due to a serious lapse in judgment.
The lapse in judgment and the possible punishment reminds me of a famous story in the bible, as Mary Magdalene was about to be stoned, Christ asked the mob, he who is without sin, cast the first stone. As one by one the crowd left till there was none, Christ turned to Mary and noted, now go and sin no more. Ironically, since man nor woman is perfect, we know he did not expect her to be completely perfect thereafter, but he gave her a second chance.
What is instructive here is to note, like Phelps is not super human a hundred percent of the time, his comeback to win further gold medals is a lesson, even our super humans are not perfect and are only human after all.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Initially, I said, now what!? Snoop Lion!!!? However, we have witnessed Puff daddy become P Diddy and also Prince become the symbol... right?
Consider this, despite Sean Combs / Puff Daddy becoming P Diddy, and now "Diddy" In 2012, Forbes lists Sean Diddy Combs as the second richest African American in the United States with an estimated worth of 550 million dollars! So before you crack up in a second round of laughter as I am sure you did as I did, take a minute to realize what is in a name might just either be a key to ultimate success or more importantly have no negative effects on success... So if you have been toying with the idea of changing your name to Jonathan Killme Doe, you should know, it could grow, on people, might take you to the next level, maybe not heaven, but on earth, make you rich without dinning with the devil...!