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Five Nigerian students for 2019 Global Robotics Olympics



Five Nigerian students drawn from secondary schools across the country have been selected to represent Nigeria at the next First Global Robotics Olympics in Dubai this October.

The students; Kosi Ugoji, Isaac Ibidun, Gbemileke Ogunrayewa, Sonia Bendrewere and  Toluwaniyin Ojo-Osagie, were selected from a try-out session with over 50 secondary schools in attendance.

The organisers said the FIRST Global Challenge founded by philanthropic inventor, Dean Kamen, aimed to inspire a passion for science and technology leadership and innovation among youths globally.

This year’s theme ‘Ocean Opportunity’ draws attention to the critical issue of ocean pollution to educate everyone on the need to take action to preserve oceans and wildlife.

The theme promotes collaboration and cooperation among teams, to solve some of the world greatest problems. Each team will be required to build a robot that will join forces with other robots from other teams to take out pollution from the ocean.

The Managing Director, Aramex Nigeria, Faisal Jarmakani, who is a co-sponsor of the First Global Olympics said, “Our continued sponsorship of the First Global competition is a testimonial of our belief in Nigeria and the Nigerian youth. As a nation with a growing youth population, this platform will further catalyse our potential to solve our own problems and some of the world’s greatest challenges using technology.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Roboglobal Educational Consulting and national coordinator of the programme, Mrs Remi Willoughby, said “In Africa, we need children that can think and collectively file solutions to their problems. By guiding these children to develop the skills to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, Africa and indeed Nigeria, will learn to solve its own problems by itself. This is the only way we can compete evenly in a technology-driven world.”

Jarmakani hinted that the decision to co-sponsor the project with his brother, Omar Jarmakani, was based on the need to encourage Nigerian youth to embrace technology and robotics.

Pending when the competition will commence in October, the organisers said selected students would be taught the rudiments of robot design through tutorials in maths, physics and engineering including programming especially using Java, carried out by competent instructors.

Nigeria emerged 25th of the 163 teams from 157 countries, and 3rd from the 41 African countries in attendance at the first-ever First Global Olympics in Washington DC, United States in 2017.


Igbinedion varsity bags 2022 HUAWEI Best Academy Award for 2022



A Chinese Multinational Technology Corporation, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, will today award Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), as the 2022 Best Huawei Academy.

A statement signed by the Registrar of IOU, Friday Benji Bakare, and made available to newsmen in Edo state said that the recognition is part of activities of Huawei Technologies to mark 2022/2023 ‘Huawei National ICT Competition Award Ceremony”

Bakare noted that the award is significant and a true reflection that the University’s Smart Campus Wide Digital transformation is globally acclaimed.

He disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, will also be honoured with an award of the “Most Supportive Vice Chancellor for the Year 2022 at the ceremony”

The statement read: “Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited (a Chinese multinational technology Corporation) is set to honour Igbinedion University, Okada Huawei Academy with the Prize of the Best Academy for the Year 2022.

“The recognition which is contained in a letter from Huawei Technologies dated 8th December 2022 addressed to the Vice Chancellor, is part of the activities lined up by Huawei Technologies to mark the 2022-2023 Huawei National ICT Competition Award Ceremony scheduled to take place at The Fraiser Suite, Abuja on 19th December 2022.

“The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, is also to be honoured with an award as the Most Supportive Vice Chancellor for the Year 2022 at the ceremony.

“It is significant that IUO Smart Campus Wide digital transformation is globally acclaimed”.

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NASA launches ‘most powerful’ Moon rocket, Artemis 1



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the most powerful rocket ever built on a journey to the Moon on Wednesday, in a spectacular blaze of light and sound that marked the start of the space agency’s new flagship programme, Artemis.

The 32-storey tall Space Launch System blasted off from the storied Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 01:47 am (0647 GMT).
“We are going,” tweeted the space agency.

Fixed to its top was the uncrewed Orion spaceship that would later separate and complete an orbit-and-a-half of Earth’s nearest neighbour, in a test run for later flights that should see the first woman and first person of colour touch down on lunar soil by the mid-2020s.
America last sent astronauts to the Moon during the Apollo era, from 1969-1972. This time it hopes to build a sustained presence — including a lunar space station — to help prepare for an eventual mission to Mars.

The launch came despite technical issues that ate into the two-hour launch window that opened at 1:04 am.

Engineers were forced to pause the flow of liquid hydrogen into the core stage Tuesday night because of a valve leak, though a team sent to the launch pad resolved the problem after an hour.
Later, the space agency reported that a radar site monitoring the rocket’s flight path was experiencing problems due to a faulty ethernet switch that had to be replaced.

It was third time lucky for NASA after two previous launch attempts were cancelled for technical reasons. Launch was also delayed due to weather setbacks, including Hurricane Ian that battered Florida in late September.

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iPhone 14: Apple warns customers to expect delays in shipment due to Covid-19 restrictions



Apple has warned customers to expect delays on iPhone shipments due to COVID-19 restrictions at a manufacturing factory in China.

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn’s iPhone plant in Zhengzhou, China, is operating under restrictions, temporarily impacting the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility.

Recently there were reports that workers at the iPhone assembly factory in China ran away from the premises after a spurt of COVID-19 cases forced a complete lockdown at the factory.

Foxconn, which is a supplier to U.S-based Apple, has many workers at its Zhengzhou complex and has not provided an official count of how many are infected by COVID-19.

Apple stated that it is working closely with the supplier to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker.

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