Bashir Dodo Develops New Technique For Identifying And Diagnosing Damage To The Human Retina

Bashir Dodo, a student at the Brunel University, London, has developed a new technique for identifying and diagnosing damage to the human retina.

The technique described by the Press Office of the university is an algorithm for Optical Coherence Tomography equipment, which could automatically segment images of the retina into seven distinct layers.

Bashir Dodo, currently a doctoral student at the institution’s Department of Computer Science, demonstrated the new algorithm at the BIOIMAGING 2018 Conference recently held in Portugal and was rewarded with the ‘Best Student Paper’ Award at the event.

Dodo’s work seemed to have been inspired by the psychological concept of similarity, used the ideas of continuity and discontinuity to develop the algorithm.

The university expressed the hope that apart from improving the accuracy and speed of diagnosis, the technique would help to save the sight of patients by identifying damage earlier.

According to Bashir Dodo:

“Layer segmentation is one of the early processes of OCT retina image analysis, and already plays an important role in clinics.

For example, the thickness profile of the Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer – which can be calculated directly from the segment layer – is used in the diagnosis of glaucoma, which is one of the most common causes of sight loss worldwide.

Automatically segmenting the layers could provide critical information for abnormality detection by comparing them to the average population, and monitoring the progress of disease against previous scans.”

While doctors are able to identify the layers manually from OCT images, Dodo’s new technique would automatically segment images of the retina, thereby allowing specialists to spot abnormalities quicker and better track the progress of medication.

Iliya Pam & Deborah Pam Win 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Iliya Pam and Deborah Pam have emerged first place winners in the Nigerian male and female category respectively at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

With increase of ₦2 million in the 2018 edition, Iliya Pam and Deborah Pam were rewarded with ₦3 million each.

In the words of Deborah Pam:

“I was not expecting this result because I prepared well ahead at least to improve on my personal best which is few minutes better than what I have today.

When I started full marathon, I ran 3:15 and in Ibadan I ran 2:30 and later 2:49 which is a slight improvement. For the race today, I was hoping to perform better which I did until about 21 Km when I started to feel pains in my leg, then I knew I had injury.

The injury actually slowed down my pace and gradually some of the Ethiopians ran past me, I only struggled to beat the last tape.’’

The Nigerian Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung also gave ₦500,000 each to Iliya Pam and Deborah Pam while he gave ₦100,000 each two sisters Damilola and Bimpe Oluwaseyi, who both completed the 10 km race.

Kenyan athletes dominated the male category as Kiprotich Kiroi, Ronny Kiboss and Peter Benjamin emerged in first, second and third place winners, taking home $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

Ethiopian athletes Ayelu Hordofa, Tigist Girma and Guta Herpha also swept the female category, emerging first, second and third respectively.

A total of 165,000 athletes selected from across the continent battled for prizes at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Over 40,000 participants took part in the 10 kilometre family race, as an impressive number of 125,000 athletes, including notable international marathoners, also contested for the $50,000 prize money in the 42 km-long race. The marathon kicked off at the National Stadium, Surulere, while the 10 km race started at the Lekki Roundabout, Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge.

Speaking before the event, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, emphasized the bank’s immense pride as a title sponsor of the Lagos Marathon, stating:

“Our approach to advancing Nigeria’s blossoming drive for health and fitness, through the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, also reflects our capacity to create value for stakeholders. We have made it our responsibility to encourage the general public in the adoption of lifestyles that promote good health and well-being,”

Winners Of Third Observers Nigeria 2018 Dividend Payment Awards

The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, has emerged the best company in the maiden edition of Dividend Payment Awards organised by Third Observers Nigeria Limited in Lagos.

The company was given the Gold Award for the regular payment of dividends to its shareholders spanning 36 years.

In the Silver Award category, the winning companies are Total Nigeria Plc, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

The four companies were awarded silver for their consistency in paying dividends to their shareholders in the last 20 years.

The Bronze Award was won by Access Bank Plc, Learn Africa Plc, AG Leventis Nigeria Plc and May & Baker Nigeria Plc, having paid their shareholders for a minimum of 10 years.

Mr. Sunday Nwosu, the Vice Chairman, Third Observer Nigeria Ltd., said the purpose of the award was to encourage more companies to pay their shareholders and improve investments in the stock market.

According to Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos and the Chairman of the event:

“We need to have more investors to invest in the capital market, we can no longer depend on crude oil money again.

I believe with more companies listed in the stock market, we can turn around the fortune of our country and minimise our dependence on crude oil.

I do appreciate what is happening in the capital market presently and it is an opportunity for investors to invest in it.

I am using this opportunity to commend the Third Observers Nigeria for rewarding companies that are paying their shareholders dividends, this will encourage more companies to join the league.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dividend Payment Awards for Nigeria’s Listed Companies is endorsed by the Nigerian Capital Market (NCM) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Nigeria Emerge Overall Champion Of The 5th African Wrestling Championship

Nigeria emerged the overall champions of the five-day 5th African Wrestling Championship at the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex in Port Harcourt.

The five-day competition witnessed wrestlers from African countries contesting for trophies in the Greco-Roman and Free Style models.

Nigeria came first in four major categories of the 5th African Wrestling Championship, which had 90 gold medals at stake. The country emerged tops in the cadet women wrestling, junior freestyle, senior women wrestling and senior freestyle wrestling. No fewer than 90 wrestlers represented Nigeria at the championship.

The team trophies were presented in this order:

  • Cadet Free style; Algeria (Third Position), Nigeria (Second Place) and South Africa (First Place)
  • Free style Cadet; Algeria (Third Position), Nigeria (Second Position), Egypt (First Position )
  • Women Wrestling Cadet: Egypt (Third Position) Tunisia (Second Position) and Nigeria (First Position)
  • Junior Category Free Style: Egypt (Third Position), Algeria (Second Position) and Nigeria (First Position)
  • Junior Greco Roman: Egypt (Third Position), Nigeria (Second Position) and Egypt (First Position)
  • Women Wrestling, Junior Category: Algeria (Third Position), Nigeria (Second Position), Tunisia (First Position)
  • Senior Category Women Wrestling: Egypt (Third Position), Tunisia (Second Position), Nigeria (First)
  • Senior Greco Roman: Morocco (Third Position), Algeria (Second Position), Egypt (First Position)
  • Senior Free Style: Egypt (Third Position ), South Africa (Second Position) and Nigeria (First Position).

NASENI Wins Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance and Change 2018 Best Agency In Nigeria

Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance and Change in their recent study and evaluation rated the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) as the best agency in Nigeria.

NASENI emerged with the honor under the leadership of Professor (Engr.) Mohammed Sani Haruna as the best performing agency both in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and in the country.

The Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance and Change, an independent monitoring group who bestowed the honour on the Agency, said it undertook a systematic assessment of 17 agencies under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology using both qualitative and quantitative methodology.  The result of its assessment found NASENI worthy for the recognition and honor.

Dr. Ifure Ataifure, Team Leader and Patriot Sabo Odeh, National Coordinator of the Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance and Change in a statement jointly signed on behalf of the group, revealed that a sample of opinion was gathered from the various departments in the agencies, the performance index of the agencies were analyzed, and indices for a proactive workforce were also taken into consideration and NASENI emerged tops from all indications for its interventions in national development.

The result further revealed that the Agency has achieved a remarkable milestone in areas of inventions, innovations and products development through multi-sector interventions.

NASENI was established in 1992 by the Nigerian Federal Government of the recommendations of the White Paper Committee on the 1991 Report of a 150-member National Committee on Engineering Infrastructure comprising Scientists, Engineers, Administrators, Federal and State Civil Servants, Economists, Lawyers, Bankers and Industrialists.