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Not At PDC? Attend NotAtPDC Instead:
The NotAtPDC virtual conference formed from several people on twitter talking about "everyone" that was not at Microsoft PDC. A few of them got together and have organized the NotAtPDC Virtual Conference. The conference consist of a lot of fun on Twitter, follow NotAtPDC and the hashtag #NotAtPDC.

The current schedule includes some really great content, and more is being added all the time, check out the full presentation schedule here.

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted: 24 Oct 2008 01:10 PM CDT


I have long been trying to find a short-cut that would allow me to jump right to the address bar in Internet Explorer. You know since I don't like to take my hands off of the keyboard unless I have to, right. ;-) Well, I finally put a little more effort into finding it and today the technology gods have smiled down on me so I thought I would share it.

So, if you want to put focus on the address bar while browsing a web page it ALT-D, and it will select everything in the address bar and allow you to enter the new address you want to visit. Here is the link to the Microsoft Support that provides a good list of keyboard shortcuts in Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306832.

ASP .NET MVP Award Recipient!!! Woohoo!!!!

Posted: 02 Oct 2008 08:10 PM CDT


It feels kind of funny posting this now, you see I have been sick for the last few days and haven't really been checking my email like I should. Well, today I called Randy Walker and before saying anything else he says "Congrats", it took me a second to figure out what he was talking about. So, I went to read my email and there it was, an email from Microsoft telling me that I had been awarded the ASP .NET MVP. I feel extremely honored to have received such an award.

I want to thank everyone in Northwest Arkansas, the South Central District, and INETA for helping and supporting our community efforts in my area. It has been a joy to build the community in Northwest Arkansas and watch it grow. I can't wait to see what new heights we can achieve now, and hope to see more Arkansas MVPs as the result.

Thanks to everyone for the congrats and you can rest assured I will use this to benefits the community and share as much as I can.

Blogengine.net and Podcasting

Posted: 26 Sep 2008 07:09 AM CDT


I have recently been working hard to launch a new Podcast dedicated to the community, and in that spirit I wanted to use a community built blog to publish my new show. I choose Blogengine.net because it supported enclosures in the RSS feed out of the box. One of the other really cool features I found was the ability to supply an alternate feed URL which allowed me to point new subscribers to my FeedBurner URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/UserGroupRadio.

This post is going to go over what I did to get it working the way I wanted:
The Requirements

* Have only blog post that are in the Podcast category be in the RSS Feed for the show
* Create post that had the mp3 file associated with it but not visible on the post. We want everyone to subscribe.

The Solution

Getting the mp3 file to show in the RSS feed

It took me a few tries and a few forums post to figure out how to get the mp3 file to show up in the RSS feed. It seems straight forward, use the file upload function when creating a new entry right? Well, that didn't work.

It created a URL that looked like this:

myfile.mp3 (70.00 bytes)

After downloading and looking at the Blogengine.net source code I found out that it actually parse all anchor tags with the following regular expression '((.|n)*?)'. For some reason the auto generated URL from the file upload didn't match.

So, I put in a complete anchor tag like so.

myfile.mp3 (70.00 bytes)

And that worked great. Sure, would be nice if that file upload had worked but that's ok. I really want to host my .mp3 files on my LibSyn account anyway, so that works out fine.

Setting up the RSS Feed

I like using FeedBurner for my feeds, it allows me to move my site and not force everyone to have to re-subscribe. I also like to use a sing category so I can control what is in the feed versus what is available on the site. Blogengine provides a unique feed for each category, the id is a GUID so the feed for a category looks like this http://mysite.com/syndication.axd?category=7f1c7a73-7290-4637-83f0-804b8499a5345 (This is not a real URL). Plugging that into FeedBurner allows me to use http://feeds.feedburner.com/UserGroupRadio to point to the category but the subscribers just use the FeedBurner URL. FeedBurner also allows me to plug-in all the iTunes required tags without having to modify the Blogengine source.

Hiding the link in the post

Once I got the file showing in the RSS feed I wanted to make it so that you couldn't see it in the actual post. This may be a little overkill for some but I have learned from other shows I have done if I really want to know how many people are listening to the show I want them to subscribe. I realize this might push some listeners away but it is a chance I am willing to take to get some accurate metrics. And besides most of the listeners will be pretty tech savvy and will probably not have an issue.

So to hide the file form the post wasn't too hard all you really had to do was remove the text between > and . My new URL looked like this:

This solution was not exactly as smooth as I had hoped for but, still I was able get my show up and running without adding any extensions or having to modify the core code.

Thanks Blogengine.net for helping me get my show off the ground!

User Group Radio is ON THE AIR!!!

Posted: 24 Sep 2008 10:09 AM CDT

uGRadio_144x144Over the last several years I have been involved with the developer community that has been growing in Northwest Arkansas. After attending a Community Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX hosting by Caleb Jenkins I realized that many user group leaders struggle with the same problems, after looking around I realized that there wasn't really any resources around to help us.

So I decided to start a podcast dedicated to the ones that keep user groups and technical communities going. Hopefully through open dialog and sharing we can help make it easier to keep them running and maybe even take them to the next level. The new podcast called User Group Radio, as you might have guessed, and you can find out more about it at http://usergroupradio.com.

If you are passionate about community, have a story to tell, or have a question please email it to show at usergroupradio dot com. In our first full episode I will be talking to Michael Paladino about his experience launching the Ft. Smith .NET User Group earlier this year. Look for this episode to be released the first week of October.

4th Annual Podcast Awards: The People's Choice

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 07:09 AM CDT


The Fourth annual Podcast Awards will recognize the best podcasters in the world by allowing the people (Listeners and Podcasters) to nominate, and then vote for their favorite podcast.

This will culminate with awards and prizes being awarded during the 2008 Online Awards ceremony!.

The nomination submissions start Sept 15, 2008 followed by voting in early October the site will see over 300,000 hits per day based upon 2007 levels.

If you have a favorite podcast and would like to give them some props then head on over to http://podcastawards.com and nominate them for a People's Choice award. Even if they don't win I am sure they would appreciate the nomination.

You only get to submit the form one time, so be sure to fill in all the nominations you would like to make. Also, do not submit the same show for more than one category, unless it is for "People's Choice" or "Best Produced" and one other category.

There are several great technology podcast out there and let's make sure they are represented well.

JetBrains releases ReSharper v4.1

Posted: 04 Sep 2008 08:09 PM CDT

If you are a ReSharper fan like I am you need to know that v4.1 has just be released. This version has a huge list of improvements, the main one are support for VS 2008 SP1, Better ASP.NET support, Performance improvements, and a ton of stability improvements and bug-fixes. Read the 4.1 release notes to see all the goodness in this release. If you are new to ReSharper check out the feature map to see what you are missing.

Generate your own RSS feed with WCF: Syndication

Posted: 03 Sep 2008 08:09 PM CDT

On a recent project I needed to expose some data via an RSS feed. I came across Derik Whittaker's blog post Generate your own RSS feed with Argotic.

Argotic Syndication Framework is a Microsoft .NET class library framework that enables developers to easily consume and/or generate syndicated content from within their own applications. The Argotic Syndication Framework is very powerful and easy to use.

I didn't go with the Argotic Syndication Framework for the project because I didn't want to have yet another assembly in my project, maybe a lame reason but I found the solution I needed already existed in the .NET Framework with WCF: Syndication. WCF: Syndication is a set of classes available in the .NET Framework that enables the creation and consumption of RSS feed in RSS and ATOM.

I thought it would be a good exercise for me to take Derik's original article and show how you would accomplish the same thing using WCF: Syndication, so here goes.

In this post we will review the following steps needed to add a feed to your site.

1. Creating the xml (rss feed) document for publication
2. Creating an access point for the feed
3. Adding the feed to your site

Creating the xml (rss feed) document for publicationimage

Using the Syndication objects available in the .NET Framework is pretty easy. The first thing we need to do is add a reference to the assembly that holds the classes we need to add a reference to the System.ServiceModel.Web.dll. Once we have the reference to the assembly all we have to do is add a using statement and away we go.

public SyndicationFeed GenerateRssFeed()
var items = RssRepository.GetRssItems();
var syndicationItems = new List();

var feed = new SyndicationFeed("Main RSS Feed for site", "Title", null);

foreach (var rssItem in items)
var newItem = new SyndicationItem
Title = new TextSyndicationContent(rssItem.Title),
Content = new TextSyndicationContent(rssItem.Content),
Id = Guid.NewGuid().ToString()

newItem.Links.Add(new SyndicationLink(rssItem.Link));
newItem.Authors.Add(new SyndicationPerson("author@example.com", "Author Name", "http://example.com"));

// Add the new syndication item to the generic list

// add the SyndicationItems to the Syndication Items
feed.Items = syndicationItems;

// Return the Syndication feed
return feed;

Creating an access point for the feed

Following along with the original post we now need to create an access point for users to be able to consume the feed. Instead of using a static .xml document to expose the content lets look at how we can dynamically generate the feed. The simplest way is to create an .aspx page and change the content type to "text/xml" and place the following code in the Page_Load event.

Another good idea is to add the OutputCache to the page.

// Put this code here in your html part of the page.
// This will cache the output for a given number of seconds
<%@ OutputCache Duration="600" VaryByParam="none" %>

Adding the feed to your site

In order to let the world know you have a feed, you need to expose it in your html documents. One way to accomplish this is to add it to you master page, this will make it available on every page of the site.RSSIcon

After you have added the reference to your html page you should see the RSS feed icon on your URL bar in your browser.

type="application/rss+xml" rel="alternate">


First I would like to thank Derik for his easy to follow post on using the Argotic Syndication Framework and I hope that you can also see how easy it is to also create Syndication feed using the new classes made available in WCF.

Download the full source here.

ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5

Posted: 29 Aug 2008 01:08 PM CDT

If you have been keeping your eyes on the ASP .NET MVC project you will be interested to know that Preview 5 has been released.

Here a few things from the release notes:

This ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 is an interim release that contains some new features and some feature improvements for which the ASP.NET MVC team would like to receive feedback from the community. As always, feel free to provide feedback on the ASP.NET MVC forums.
Note: Before you run the ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 5 installer, be sure to uninstall any earlier previews of ASP.NET MVC that you might have installed. In addition, close all instances of Visual Studio 2008.
The following issues are addressed in this release (see the Release Notes for more detail on any changes)

* Html Helpers need to look into ModelState to get attempted value
* Add a convenience overload for Html.ActionLink
* Need friendly exception for UpdateModel type conversion errors.
* UpdateModel needs to report a message when a property setter throws an exception

Pick up this release here http://www.codeplex.com/aspnet/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx

Tulsa TechFest October 9th and 10th 2008: Registration Open

Posted: 26 Aug 2008 07:08 AM CDT


Great news the new site for this years Tulsa TechFest is up and registration is open!

What is the Tulsa TechFest?

The Tulsa TechFest is a technical conference with currently the broadest topics in the United States, maybe the world. Covering everything enterprise architecture, software/web development, databases, project management, data security and this year for the first time - graphic/web design.

The primary focus is to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. We accomplish this with over 60 national/international speakers and 90 to 120 75 minute sessions.

The Tulsa TechFest is also a charitable non-profit event that has helped out in the community. This year they are charging admittance of 2 can or 2 bucks. All canned food will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and all proceeds will be donated to the Family & Children's Services.

Who is Presenting?

Check out this partial list of speakers for this years events.

* Chris Bernard, User Experience Evangelist, Microsoft
* Bill Vaughn, Microsoft MVP, INETA Speaker, Founder, Beta V Corporation
* Les Pinter, Microsoft MVP, INETA Speaker, Founder, Pinter Consulting
* Chris Koenig, Developer Evangelist , Microsoft
* Zain Naboulsi, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft
* Phil Wheat, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
* Michael Scherotter, Developer Evangelist, San Francisco, Microsoft
* Caleb Jenkins, Microsoft MVP - Visual Developer ASP/ASP.NET, Training Mentor / Consultant, Improving Enterprises
* Brad McGehee, Microsoft MVP - SQL Server, Director of DBA Education, Red-Gate Software
* Brent Ozar, SQL Server Expert, Quest Software
* and many more! (Click here for full list!)

For more information and full schedule and tracks listing head on over to http://tulsatechfest.com and don't forget to register.



Npower-ing the Global Child.

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It is true that life is short and could be brutish. It is true that everyone around the world get to a point that they feel pain or better still meet their own challenges. But we can change it all with our presences and our voice.

Do you believe that every child in the world must have the following with its provision by its government ?

1. Education is a right.
2. Investment in Information is important.
3. Every life deserves a second chance.

Once we can get to this point, all forms of evil would have been avoided. Lets come together and make it count. Join us on FACEBOOK and empower the world. Click the link and probably paste a note.



...Barren !

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My land is not barren, just misused,
A land that feed me and nurtured me,
A city that saw me grow under the sun,
Water defied science and was odor-full,
The land is grey, grouse with a tint of green,
Bitter is kolanut but yet medicinal for Elders,
Oil is red but turns into white to fry fish,
My fathers told me to see the moon,
Mothers washed me every night before sleep,
The African wind blew into my face...
...and i can feel the new breath in the air;

My land is barren and my heart cries,
An iron needs to bend for my iron soon,
For my will is made and my resolve is set,
My word is not dead, my people are set,
Change is not me but change is us,
One wills and all supports...
...that is the wind of change blowing non-stop;

My land is barren but had been tilled before,
It produced neither greed nor green gutter,
Microbes that germinate and wipe all good,
Agents of destruction that promote pain,
And Now...
...history tags a slow lead to the north and yarns;

My land is barren but not for long,
We wait not in vain for my elders to wake,
My generation is ready to take the bold step,
Our hoes and cutlass is ready for the cut,
Our soul made up for the die is cast,
Our kings now sing to the king of kings,
As we take a hold on the waking slaves...
...slaves that is now becoming Masters;

My land was barren but that is history,
We have begged for food but that has stopped,
I stand tall even though am short,
A ruler taller for i stand with hope...
...hope that comes alive with God on our side.


A New Nigeria has Emerged !

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By Akinbo A. A. Cornerstone

I will say it NOW and say it again...Mr President did not plan to rule the Nation. Yes ! That is the 'ANeNie' truth !!

So, for those who blame the man and call him the Go-Slow Helms Man, be shamed !!! This is a professional Scholar who knows that if anything must be done right, it must be observed, documented and organized for proper implementation. The word antecedents makes sense to him. So, why not go slow and set your foot on the right track ?

This man has a Right to Ride the Nation. Virtually, he applied the 4-way test of the things we think, say or do in his deciion. He may not be God, but he takes it and views it. If superoior arguments come in, he bows without remorse. Now, thats a leader.

He also gives room for you to make yourself or find your way out. That is how i see his decion at times. He also measured the nation and his duty with a "I Believe"...That believe his that he had proved himself a worthy Governor and would dare not flutter as the President of an emerging New World power.

I was not surprised that he decided to rule Nigeria. I am not surprised that he is ruling Nigeria. I will be surprised if he decides to stop aside. He is not the average Nigerian Leader that we once knew...his is a different "ball game". No wonder he dares not squander our money on Football for a world that barely fufill the need to kick racism out of football (they are still trying). What else can i say...that's my President, Umar Musa Yar'adua. A New Nigeria has Emerged !

'Anenie' means the beginning of a new nation with an Utopian dream.


Stand Against Corruption Rally...ICPC

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...NNGO Event.

Tuesday November 4, 2008, starting at Ikeja Local Government Council, Obafemi Awolowo Way, at 9.15am and ends at the Eko FM Multi-purpose Hall, Agidingbi with lectures commencing at 11.30am prompt.

Flag off:
H.E. Babatunde Raji Fasola (SAN)
Executive Governor of Lagos State

Critical stakeholders in Lagos State including the Organized Private Sector, Labour Unions, Civil Society, Media, Faith Based Organizations, Students Unions, Youth Corpers, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Market Women's Associations, etc will be participating in this historic event to make Lagos State and Nigeria a corruption-free zone.

It will be a forum for a mass enlistment by the citizens of Lagos State into the ICPC National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps.

To participate, please send an email to ayo@nnngo.org or cydp2@yahoo. co.uk or call Barrister Ayodele Adebusoye on 08037191348 or Fidelis Ozemhoya on 08038935801.

Event Objective
To sensitize Lagosians on the ills of corruption for a developing Nation like Nigeria.

To highlight the form/dimension, colour/shades and consequential underdevelopment engendered by pervasive corruption.

To educate the general public on the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

To ensure that anti-corruption practices are imbibed by people at the grassroots and in both private and public sectors in Lagos State.


"Enhancing Learning Skills through ICT"

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We must view the obstacles that they encounter to afford the use of the ICT tools in their area. Nigerian Youths are looking for a teacher and a platform to learn from to subdue the culture of ignorance. Imagine the fact that SAT-III is up and already not been fully utilized. Imagine a state where some powers feel that its functionality would affect their deals. Imagine the need to make a move and help turn things around. That is why we are here.

I have started training of youths in my constituency. Not much gadgets but we are gong places. I am not Change but i am an agent of change. I will be launching a TELECENTER and pray to be in political office by 2011. Impact is stronger as a change agent when done with policies that will be implemented or domesticated. Domestication of the PRSP into NEEDS all the way from the MDGs is what can make the youth grow and develop. We must make things happen in a little way, keep in touch and pray it booms.


The beauty of politics....

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A sample of the candidates' comedic stylings:

- "This is as good a place as any to make a major announcement. It's true that this morning I've dismissed my entire team of advisers. All their positions will be held by a man named Joe the Plumber."

- "I'm the underdog, but there are signs of hope. I can't shake the feeling that some people here are pulling for me. I am delighted to see you here tonight, Hillary."

- "I got my name Barack from my father. It's actually Swahali for 'That one.' I got my middle name obviously from someone who didn't think I'd run for president."

- "My greatest weakness? It's possible that I'm a little too awesome."


Suprised ? Surpris? Überrascht? 惊讶吗? ¿Sorprendido?

About the book: "Small Steps"
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(In English)
I can write perfectly well online in almost eight (8) languages. Such is the benefit the net provides for me and a positive few. Kindly permit my "few" due to what we all know in most part of the world that they claim is solely a Nigerian attitude....yes, CyberCrime. But thats not my point today.

I felt it wise to tarry along the line of making some of my works come in different language to sooth my readers in FACEBOOK, TakingITglobal, YahooBlog, iGoogle, to mention a few. The uniqueness is that i learn more and network easily.

If only we could develop the need to use the ICT Tool for good and empower our minds for the benefit of mankind, we would be speaking with one voice, one culture, one language. That language, my dear is growth and development.

(In French)
Je peux écrire parfaitement en ligne dans près de huit (8) langues. Tel est le bénéfice net de l'offre pour moi et un peu de positif. Veuillez mon permis de "quelques" en raison de ce que nous savons tous, dans la plupart partie du monde qu'ils prétendent est uniquement un Nigérian attitude .... oui, la cybercriminalité. Mais thats pas mon point aujourd'hui.

Je me suis senti-il sage de demeurer sur la même ligne, de faire de certains de mes travaux sont en de termes différents pour apaiser mes lecteurs dans Facebook, TakingITGlobal, YahooBlog, iGoogle, pour ne citer que quelques-uns. L'originalité, c'est que je en apprendre plus facilement et de réseau.

Si seulement nous pouvions développer la nécessité d'utiliser l'outil TIC pour la bonne et l'autonomisation des nos esprits pour le bien de l'humanité, nous serions en parlant d'une seule voix, une culture, une langue. Cette langue, ma chère est la croissance et le développement.

(In German)
Ich kann sehr gut online in fast acht (8) Sprachen. Das ist der Vorteil, der dem Netz bietet für mich und eine positive einige zu nennen. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung meiner "paar" wegen dem, was wir alle wissen, in den meisten Teil der Welt, dass sie behaupten, ist nur ein nigerianischen Haltung .... ja, Cyber-Kriminalität. Aber das ist nicht mein Punkt heute.

Ich hielt es klug zum Verweilen entlang der Strecke, um einige meiner Werke kommen in verschiedenen Sprache zu sooth meine Leser in Facebook, TakingITGlobal, YahooBlog, iGoogle, um nur einige zu nennen. Die Einzigartigkeit liegt darin, dass ich mehr und Netzwerk leicht.

Wenn wir nur entwickeln, könnte die Notwendigkeit der Nutzung der IKT-Tool für eine gute und ermächtigen unseren Geist zum Nutzen der Menschheit, wären wir mit einer Stimme zu sprechen, einer Kultur, einer Sprache. Diese Sprache, liebe ist Wachstum und Entwicklung.

(In Chinese)
我可以完全写在网上几乎八( 8 )语言。就是这样的净受益用于我和一个积极的很少。请允许我的“少数” ,因为我们都知道在大多数世界的一部分,他们的索赔完全是一个尼日利亚的态度....是的,网络犯罪。但是,多数民众赞成我的观点没有今天。

我认为明智的柏油线沿线的决策我的一些作品有不同的语言来抚慰我的读者在Facebook , TakingITglobal , YahooBlog ,的iGoogle ,仅举几例。独特的是,我了解更多信息和网络很容易。


(In Spanish)
Puedo muy bien aquí, en casi ocho (8) idiomas. Esa es la ventaja de la red ofrece para mí una positiva y algunos de ellos. Con la amable autorización de mi "pocos" porque de lo que todos sabemos, en la mayor parte del mundo que dicen que es sólo una actitud de Nigeria .... Sí, la delincuencia cibernética. Pero eso no es mi punto de hoy.

Pensaba que sabio a persistir a lo largo de la ruta a algunas de mis obras vienen en otro idioma para calmar a mis lectores en Facebook, TakingITGlobal, Yahoo Blog, iGoogle, para nombrar unos pocos. La singularidad es que aprender más fácil y de la red.

Si sólo desarrollar, la necesidad de que el uso de herramientas TIC para la buena y la autonomía de nuestras mentes para beneficio de la humanidad, estaríamos hablando con una sola voz, una cultura, un idioma. Este lenguaje, el amor es el crecimiento y el desarrollo.


L'amour ...

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Automatically translated into English thanks to WorldLingo

I am not afraid of the unknown,
Seuls Cowards to make,
I do not have passion for the robbers,
They do nothing but take,
I do not have any interest for the richness,
It often has the weakness of blinds;
I not to cherish my role,
With the love and to request for all.

Akinbo A. A. Cornerstone


Une nouvelle Nigeria ...

Translations available in: English (original) | French | Spanish | Italian | German | Portuguese | Swedish | Russian | Dutch | Arabic

Une nouvelle année est autour de la Korner,
et nous prions les jours à venir
devrait apporter de bonnes nouvelles;

Je vous promets une chose,
Je serai là pour vous
par le biais de la saison à venir,
et je vais toujours s'efforcer
pour vous donner le bonheur et la joie;

Rappelez-vous quand toutes les choses
ne pas vous ...
... que quelqu'un là-bas
pense à vous,
et sera toujours
à l'amour autour de vous.


I...(in french)

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Je Duff mon sommeil encore aujourd'hui
d'écrire une note pour vous seul,
Déversement de la douleur qui s'étend à distance
énigme et mon cœur avec des arômes de vous;

Je vous écris d'un millier de kilomètres noueux
à une âme loin mais encore assez proche de sourire,
Pour une main qui tient le cher une aussi près de
pour l'un appel d'offres à craindre la perte de l'amour;

Je vous écris parce que je ne pas écrire
mais pour tous ceux qui d'écrire, de croire
Que j'ai trouvé l'amour si loin.
Je crains que sa ne sera pas ma mort;

J'ai regarder dans les yeux avec respect,
Pas de dommage pour but de soulever l'espoir perdu,
De telle sorte que ni la luxure fait ressembler à l'amour,
J'ai seulement au regard de l'impressionnante création de Dieu.


Amendments to the FoI Bill...the Lie !

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RECENTLY, the Senate Committee on Media and Information released its report by way of recommended amendments to the chequered Freedom of Information (FoI) Bill. But the proposed amendments are so far-reaching as to effectively overhaul the bill and defeat its raison d'etre. This is manifest, for instance, in the Committee's redrafting of section 2 of the bill, which now places a formidable obstacle in the path of anyone desirous of taking advantage of the FoI.

According to the proposed amendment, "every citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has a legally enforceable right to, and shall, on application be given access to any information or record under the control of a government or public institution or private companies performing public functions, provided the disclosure of such information or release of such record(s) shall not compromise national security and that the applicant shall have satisfied a state or Federal High Court of the need for the disclosure of such information or release of such record(s)."

To a large extent, the requirement for a judicial approval of a request for information, the type of which is envisaged under the bill, is intended to nullify the provision in s.2(2) of the original bill sent to the National Assembly. In the draft bill, it was clearly stipulated that an applicant relying on the FoI "need not demonstrate specific interest in the information being applied for". The burden of judicial approval is not only on the applicant, who has to bear needless cost, but also on the judicial system which is already overburdened. It is strange that the Senate Committee was unmindful of the current over-work rate of the judiciary, to seek to impose further unnecessary duties on it.

There are other worrisome provisions in the Committee's proposal. Whereas the purpose of the bill when it becomes law is to have a more open society where information is not hoarded, the Senate Committee appears inadvertently to encourage the very opposite, by reducing the minimum term of imprisonment from three years to one year only, for the destruction or falsification of records by public officers before such records are released. In addition, the Committee proposes an undue length of time for a public officer to consider an application for information. In the first instance, it may take up to 30 working days; and 90 working days, where an extension of time is considered appropriate. The combined period of 120 working days amounts in effect to 24 weeks, or six months, provided there are no public holidays in-between. This period also does not begin to count until the applicant has first cleared the legal hurdle of seeking and obtaining the approval of a judge of a state or Federal High Court. Whereas the Senate

Committee has proposed ample time for a public officer to amble around before furnishing information, the Committee has severely limited to 30 days the time within which a dissatisfied applicant can file for a judicial review of the decision of the head of a public institution spurning an application for access to the record.

We live in the Information Age, and the stone-age proposal by the Senate Committee discloses its intention to scuttle, rather than advance, the FoI. The benefits of the bill, as originally presented, are so well-advertised that it is shocking the Senate Committee is turning back the hands of the clock. Indeed, the bill was earlier passed by the last National Assembly in March 2007, and was forwarded to then President Olusegun Obasanjo for assent.

But President Obasanjo withheld his assent, because he quarrelled with the label of "Freedom of Information", preferring "Right to Information". He also disapproved of s.13(1) of the Bill, arguing that "defence" alone was not wide enough to cover circumstances in which the head of government or public institution may refuse to disclose any record. He wanted a fresh clause on national security. But all that was academic by May 29, 2007, when Obasanjo's tenure ended; for the bill also expired in the legislature.

It bespeaks the tenacity of the sponsors of the bill that they re-introduced it to the current National Assembly. Last April, the House of Representatives ended a stormy session by stepping down the bill until an unspecified date. Since then, lawmakers including principal officers of both chambers, have been posturing in the public declaring their support for the enthronement of FoI.

We urge the Senate in plenary to jettison the draconian and counter- productive amendments proposed by its Committee on Media and Information. Coupled with the reasons articulated above, it would be unfortunate for the world to learn that in an era of anti-corruption, whistle-blowers in the public service will not be protected, if the Senate Committee's recommendation is upheld. The FoI Bill has been in the National Assembly since 1999. The National Assembly should speed up work on it, but without the newly introduced oppressive provisions.



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I was just thinking of what to do to my self this wednesday when it came to my mind that this free online diary needs be honored...with more pictures of me. So, i give you a link to mt pictures online on FACEBOOK. I'll get mt twitter to you soon.....least i forget, THANK YOU TIG.



Poverty and the three race...

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In old times, fable retells the story of the young athletic boy hungry for success, for whom winning was everything and success was measured by such a result. One day, the boy was preparing himself for a running competition in his small native village, himself and two other young boys to compete. A large crowd had congregated to witness the sporting spectacle and a wise old man, upon hearing of the little boy, had travelled far to bear witness also. The race commenced, looking like a level heat at the finishing line, but sure enough the boy dug deep and called on his determination, strength and power .. he took the winning line and was first. The crowd was ecstatic and cheered and waved at the boy. The wise man remained still and calm, expressing no sentiment.

"Another race, another race!" pleaded the little boy. The wise old man stepped forward and presented the little boy with two new challengers, an elderly frail lady and a blind man. "What is this?", quizzed the little boy. "This is no race" he exclaimed. "Race!", said the wise man. The race was started and the boy was the only finisher, the other two challengers left standing at the starting line. The little boy was ecstatic, he raised his arms in delight. The crowd, however, was silent showing no sentiment toward the little boy. "What has happened? Why not do the people join in my success?" he asked the wise old man. "Race again", replied the wise man, "...this time, finish together, all three of you, finish together" continued the wise man.

The little boy thought a little, stood in the stood in the middle of the blind man and the frail old lady, and then took the two challengers by the hand. The race began and the little boy walked slowly, ever so slowly, to the finishing line and crossed it. The crowd were ecstatic and cheered and waved at the boy. The wise man smiled, gently nodding his head. The little boy felt proud and important. "Old man, I understand not! Who are the crowd cheering for? Which one of us three?", asked the little boy. The wise old man looked into the little boy's eyes, placing his hands on the boy's shoulders, and replied softly .. "Little boy, for this race you have won much more than in any race you have ever ran before, and for this race the crowd cheer not for any winner!"

Lesson: If onl adanced country will pay attention to poverty, how far would we not have gone ?


Election in Lagos State...

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...was very peaceful. I had fun walking from one polling both to the other smiling at the growing and developing style of Democracy in Nigeria. One man sets that pace for others to follow...it has began.


Its not the money...

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...its the fun that i can inform and be inform. That i can teach and learn at the same time on a platform that is free...that is why i blog. Maybe soon, i will start blogging for revenue generation, just maybe !!!


Poetry Potter.

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Poetry Potter organized by Kowry Kreations Media was held at the National Library Complex at Alagomeji Yaba last Saturday.

The event was filled with brilliant poetry performances by young talented poets and creative persons who rendered musical performances and poetry recitations.

Those who performed at the event were Akinbo Cornerstone who presented the poem titled "The Black Poet". Another thrilling performance came from Goke who used the guitar to the admiration of the audience. Uche Nwadinachi, the 2006 ANA poetry winner succeeded in putting majority of the audience in a sober mood with the thought provoking poem Life and Teach. “It got me thinking” says Oyindamola Adesina the Public Relations Officer of Kowry Kreations Media.

While Adeyanju Seyi presented "Four Letter Word", Rastafarian poet and musician Conerstone raised memories of his performance at Word Slam 2 with a musical performance. Other performers at the event included a young and promising poet simply known as Esther. Her poem "Being Wise" contains precautions in life. Kenny Poet presented a poem titled "Better Half" which he dedicated to an imaginary lover. He also set the minds of his audience to the Chinua Achebe legacy by presenting a poem titled "Things Fall Apart".

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Poetry Digest Magazine Kafayat Quadri came on stage with a unique style. So relaxed, she showed to her audience the necessity in being independent and not copying another person's work. With the guitar, she presented a song Explore Me.

At the end of the poetry recitation and musical performance session, 2008 Nigeria Prize for Literature hopeful, Jude Dibia was an inspiration to the young creative people present at the event. With Tosyn Bukcnor, he answered questions from the audience on certain pressing issues concerning his person and the creativity industry. A member of the audience believed that the society informs the writer's conscience but Dibia replied “You inform your own conscience not the society.” Also, issues concerning focus writing and free writing were discussed. Tosyn Bukcnor also registered the need for writers to be independent and create their own style of writing. “I write like I talk” she said.

Speaking to National Mirror at the event, the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kowry Kreation Media, Aderemi Adegbite who is also the production coordinator of Word Slam, revealed that Poetry Potter which he also produces is a celebration of African oral tradition and creativity. “It is a platform for poets, story tellers and journalists to come and express themselves at no price”. The event according to him accommodates all the genres of literature, dance and folksongs. “This is meant to revive all oral tradition, music, poetry, short stories and moonlight tales. Of course we have poetry in all stories”.

Adegbite confirmed that notable writers like Ahmed Yerima and Odia Ofeimun have taken part in the Poetry Potter but still not much attention have been given to the project and its likes. “Literary scene is so dry because people don't want to get involved or set aside money for similar programmes” Law graduate and publisher of the Poetry Digest, Rafayat Quadri revealed to National Mirror that she has not abandoned her legal profession for the creative industry. “I am still a lawyer” She has written poems but most of them are in UK anthologies while some can be sourced from magazines. The Ogun state indigene stated that she gets her inspirations from people around him and what she sees. “I am not a conventional Muslim” was the reply she gave when asked if her faith affects her literary and musical interests. She expressed her joy that the Poetry Potter gives upcoming poets the exposure and confidence they need.

Erstwhile ANA president at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Akinbo Adebunmi Adeola is of the conviction that poets teach the society. “We make the future arrive now” His poem The Black Poet shows that he who holds the word holds the world.

The event was brought to an end by a thrilling musical performance by Izone. He presented a song titled “This na my year.” His song raised the hopes of the audience on a brighter tomorrow.

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Nigerians should celebrate....

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...and think. Been a Nigerian is something to be proud and tell. A land with such diversified intelligentsia with a load of resources yet untapped. A nation with so much to teach and learn and leaders that have become heroes of the past. That is my country, Nigeria.

Many may ask why i have changed my word on "A New Nigeria is possible" to "A New Nigeria has emerged". Yes, ask me. Ask me who has seen silence before to witness questions been asked. Ask me that has seen the barrel of not only guns but pens stir at me to ridicule a day or more in prison and i will tell you the story.

The story that we now ask and expect answers. We now stand rather than sit and wait for information to come to us. No nation started without a story and we are just forty-eight (48) ? Things must change but it would depend solely on your action and contribution.

It must start with me and a step...just a step. Never be afraid to make a false move, but care to take correction. Corrections given with the right intonation stirs a New Breed. A breed that surpasses diamond or human wealth. One that can offend a mountain to make it shift its weight. That is my Nigeria.

And should someone ask me why i am happy and proud at this age instead of looking at our achievement so far, i would say "Sorry, i can only see the bright side". Besides, with such ethnic diversification, Nigeria is still intact. I am black and proudly Nigerian...ask yourself, What can i contribute to make a difference and make Nigeria grow and its people, develop ?



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