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NOTAP tasks university community to project intellectual assets

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From Abdulrazaq Mungadi, Gombe

The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has urged the university community in Nigeria to protect the intellectual assets of the institution.

The call was made by NOTAP Director General (DG) Dr Dan-Azumi Ibrahim while speaking at the commissioning of Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) on Tuesday in Gombe.

According to him, the lack of protection of intellectual assets developed by researchers has been an issue affecting the various invention and innovations in the country.

He said that his office realizes the need to sensitize the university community, particularly researchers, on the need to start protecting their intellectual assets. ‘The university community is where research and development take place and research and development is key to economic development,’ he stated.

‘If you laboured for years to come out with any invention or innovation if you don’t protect it, is like you are throwing it out to the public for anybody to take and use of your intellectual assets,’ he added.

Dr Ibrahim explained that the essence of establishing the IPTTO office which was sited at Gombe State University (GSU) was to sensitize and support researchers, innovators and inventors in patenting their intellectual innovations. He said that ‘protecting your intellectual asset is the initial stage of any commercialization effort.’

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Speaking on behalf of the university community in Gombe State, the Vice Chancellor of GSU, Prof Aliyu Usman Elnafaty, said that academia has lost a lot to intellectual theft ‘because they have not been a deliberate attempt in trying to harness all these talents, bring them together, in terms of collating them and promote them in such a way that they can be put to the industry that we can all benefit from them.

‘We hope that the establishment of this office is going to make a lot of difference,’ Prof Elnafaty said.

Meanwhile, the Gombe State Government assured that apart from establishing the IPTTO in Gombe there is an ongoing plan to develop a databank for innovators and inventors in the state.

Addressing the media shortly after commissioning the IPTTO office at GSU, the state’s Commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Aishatu Maigari, said: ‘As a state, we are going to have a databank of our innovators and inventors, we are going to get more grant for them.

‘Since the governor has approved the establishment of the Gombe state standing committee on inventions and innovations, we find out that for some of them it is the lack of financial resources, some are lack of the technical know-how of commercializing intellectual property, technology transfer that is hindering them from commercialization,’ she said.

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From Mu, Delta, IHU to NeoCov, here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus

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From Mu Delta IHU to NeoCov here is a list of the many variants of coronavirus

 

The deadly coronavirus emerged from a wet market in Wuhan during the year 2019. Over two years and the world is still battling the virus and its variants. Here is a list of the variants

Mu variant

The ‘Mu’ variant was first reported in the United States during January 2021. The cases only numbered in the single digits.

The World Health Organisation continues to classify ‘Mu’ as a ‘variant of interest’ globally.

 

Alpha variant

The Alpha variant of coronavirus is believed to have gained ‘skills’ to successfully block the ‘innate immune system response.’

A research states that the variant blocks the airways sensors, thus stopping the process where these sensors ‘warn’ the immune system about the presence of a virus in the body.

Since the variant has learnt how to block the functioning of the sensors, the body is unable to produce any anti-viral protein interferon.

 

Beta variant

A scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of Sage claimed, John Edmunds, warned that the Beta variant  may be able to evade Covid vaccines.

“The Beta variant has remained a threat throughout. It is probably less infectious than the Delta variant that is spreading here in the UK at the moment. Where it has an advantage is that it is able to escape the immune response to a better extent,” he said.

 

Gamma variant

The Gamma variant was first discovered in Brazil.

Samples of a study collected in Manaus between November 2020 and January 2021, highlighted that the Gamma variant is 1.4–2.2 times more transmissible.

It further showed that it is capable of evading 25–61 per cent of inherited immunity from previous coronavirus diseases.

 

Lambda variant

The variant was first reported in Peru during December 2020. As per NHS, the main symptoms include high temperature, continuous cough, a loss or change in the sense of smell or taste.

 

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The Delta variant of coronavirus was responsible for a wave of cases in most countries. It was first identified in India and it led to a second wave in the nation.

 

Delta variantCDC claimed that the Delta variant is twice as contagious as earlier variants; and might could cause more severe illness.

Those affected by the Delta variant experience fever, cough, loss of taste, smell, as well as extreme tiredness. Sore throat, headache and diarrhea are also less common symptoms.

 

 

 

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Binatone launches new rechargeable fans, blenders in Nigeria

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Electronics manufacturing firm, Binatone Nigeria has launched new rechargeable fans into the Nigerian electronic market along with two new models of blenders and steam irons.

Managing Director of Global Appliances Nigeria Limited, distributors of Binatone products in Nigeria, Mr Prasun Banerjee said in a statement that the new rechargeable fans were of high quality designed to run on battery for up to five hours on high speed.

“The RCF -1855 rechargeable standing fan is a high quality fan designed to run on battery for up to 5 hours on high speed, and up to 10 hours on low speed, with up to nine speed controls and a timer that can run for up to nine hours. The rechargeable fan is really an energy efficient solution to the power problems mostly found in the Nigerian household,” he stated He said the new blenders and irons were cost effective and available in all parts of the country. He said the blenders are the newest entries into the affordable range of top quality of blenders in the Nigerian appliances market stressing that the product provides the high quality Binatone assurance along with the comfort of affordability and accessibility.

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“They are built with overheat protection technology along with a 300-Watt Long Life turbo motor which is sure to ensure users get the best value for your money. These blender jugs come with the Binatone proprietary unbreakable jugs while the SI – 1830 steam iron comes with non-stick ceramic base for easy gliding over fabric, with a variable steam burst to protect your fabric and provide the most hands-on ironing experience,” he noted. Stressing that all Binatone products comes with a two year warrantee, Mr Banerjee disclosed that the company maintains an efficient after sales service across Nigeria.

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Akande presents horse to Oyetola

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Former governor of Osun State and first interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, on Thursday evening presented a horse to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola adding that the governor should ride the animal to power.  Governor Oyetola had after his strategic engagement tour of Ila Federal Constituency, visited Baba Akande at his residence in Ila.

The tour was part of the statewide consultation to the nine Federal Constituencies in Osun through which the governor has been fraternising with the newly elected APC executives at the wards and local government levels. The visit was also to inform them and party members of his intention to participate in the party’s forthcoming primaries in preparation for the July governorship election.  The highly symbolic presentation of the horse to Governor Oyetola by Chief Akande was seen as a declaration of unalloyed support for the person and candidature of Oyetola.

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Horse, political pundits say, symbolises strength, power, freedom, triumph, heroism, nobleness, stamina, tireless, confidence and intelligence.

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