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Teen Develops Early-Stage HIV Test For High School Science Project


This isn’t your ordinary high school science project.

For a regional science competition in Canada, 15-year-old Nicole Ticea devised an early-stage HIV test that analyzes a pinprick of blood to indicate whether someone has recently been infected with the potentially deadly virus. The test earned her first place in the 2014 B.C. Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge.


A 10th grader at York House School in Vancouver, Nicole worked with two researchers from Simon Fraser University to develop the early-stage HIV infection test after she conceived the idea last summer, according to media reports. Finding time between schoolwork, the teen created the rapid blood analysis by developing an isothermic nucleic acid amplification system, according to Global News. It’s common in point-of-care testing and allows researchers to detect certain targets in DNA — in this case, HIV infection.

The almost-instantaneous test has been likened to an over-the-counter pregnancy test for its speed and ease of use.

High school student Nicole Ticea developed an early-stage HIV test with the help of her Simon Fraser University mentors, Prof. Mark Brockman (right) and his student Gursev Anmole (center). (Photo courtesy of SFU)

While rapid testing for HIV — which causes AIDS — already exists, Nicole and her team say the test could be particularly useful in areas that lack good medical care.

“Nicole’s work really made me realize what a big difference a fast easy-to-administer test for early-stage HIV infection could make in prolonging, if not saving, thousands of lives in developing countries,” graduate student Gursev Anmole, who assisted Nicole in her research, said in a written statement.

Next, the teen’s test will be considered in the national final of Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada on May 22. Two national winners will then continue to the international leg of the competition in June.

(h/t IFL Science!)

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YouWiN! 3 Business Plan Competition is now open

Good News!!! The closing date for YouWIN 3 competition has been extended…Click here for details


YouWiN! stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. YouWiN! Women was the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme, which was designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less. YouWiN! 3 is the third edition and will feature men and women entrepreneurs in Nigeria between the ages of 18 to 45.

Who Can Apply?


To be eligible for the Business Plan Competition you must satisfy the following criteria


  • You must be a proven citizen of Nigeria no older than 40 years (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required)
  • You must have a post-secondary school qualification
  • Your proposed business venture must be within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens.
  • Your proposed venture must not entail the production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution
  • You must prepare an innovative business concept summary


You must choose to participate in one award pool. There are 6 regional pools on the basis of geo-political zone as identified by market in which you want to do business.

Step 1 – Check Your Eligibility


Check that you are qualified to apply.


Step 2 – Register


Register here.


You will receive a confirmation email from YouWIN! with all the details you will need to log in.



Step 3 – Complete New Business Application


Once you have successfully registered you need to Log in and click the New Business Application button on the right hand-side. You can save your application form as you go along, and come back to it at any time. Once you are happy with your application use the Submit button on the form to send it to us. You can submit only ONE application.

Step 4 – Keep Informed

After the closing date you will be notified if you have been selected for the next stage of the competition. You can join the discussion on Facebook, Linkedln and Twitter. We will also post regular updates on the YouWiN! homepage.

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A story of HOPE

A story of HOPE
If only Mrs T* knew what was in for her when she got married…

Mrs T was a successful business woman who travelled to neighbouring countries to get her wares. An hard working woman that never settled for less. She grew up in a polygamous home with so much rivalry and hatred. A home where one rule stood firmly.”Once you get married, you have no business with the family again. No coming back”. She inherited her source of wealth from her late mother. Hardwork and favour from God made it a success. Mrs T is a wonderful mother to four children. She loved her husband and never complained about his incapability to provide for the family. She was practically the bread winner of the family.

Several years in the marriage and a big problem sprouted. Her husband was becoming a gambler. His addiction for gambling grew so bad that he stole the family’s money for the act. Anytime Mrs T tried talking to him about this act, it would turn into a big fight. It became an habit for Mrs T to give excuses/lies to friends and family for the marks on her body or her husbands adulterous lifestyle. This continued for a while. On a fateful day, Mrs Tee realised her husband took the sum of #115,000(meant to revive her crumbling business) without her consent. She was very angry. All methods to get the money back or an explanation was in vain. Instead, she got the beating of her life. He threatened her to shut her mouth or she would be a dead meat. Her marriage was worse than hell. He gambled with the first, second till the third car. And the beating continued till Mrs T lost an eye in the process. When he realised the extent of the harm he did, he ran away leaving her with four kids. Till date, Mr T is yet to return home. Everything Mrs T ever worked for crumbled and so did her life. In a span of 10 years, she lost her marriage, her business packed up and she lost an eye.

Some friends and family helped Mrs T. She moved from a friend to another to live and feed. She could not afford the house rent anymore. Mrs T sold some of the properties in order to pay for her children’s school fees. She literally lived like a beggar. Her children were terribly affected. It got so bad that her first child started stealing because he wasn’t getting anything again. Life changed so bad for them. A once comfortable woman with everything now living with nothing. She gave up on life.

The transformation for mrs T started two years ago when she was an apprentice in a salon. There, she met with favour. Her boss was a philanthropist and practically took care of her needs. Her encouraging words and good deeds turned Mrs T’s life around. There, she learnt a lot and decided to pick up the pieces of her life. She refused to allow her situation tie her to the ground completely. She had found hope. A reason to live and live well. As a mother, she has vowed to give her children the best. She refused to let the experience ruin her entire life. It took her years before she got the strength, determination and courage to get back on her feet. Now, She is ready to start again from the scratch. Mrs T is now in her mid 40s and owns a very small salon. She lives in a small furnished rented apartment and manages well with what she has. She is working hard to soar higher than before. She hasn’t giving up on her dreams to provide her children with the best.

*Mrs T is a secondary school certificate holder.

Her story teaches hope when there is life. Giving up is not an option, it is only an excuse for laziness. Mrs T could have chosen to live a sad and hopeless life all her years but she chose to stand up again.
Stay hopeful!

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T-Recommend: Become a better you by joel osteen

In Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, Joel Osteen, will inspire and motivate you to live with more joy, hope and peace. Joel will help you look deep inside yourself to become a better spouse and parent, a better boss or employee, a better community leader, a better teenager, a better friend-in short, a better person!

In a straightforward, easy-to-understand style, he explains seven key biblical values; each of the seven keys has its own section, complete with a set of practical action points. Become a Better You will encourage you to reach your unique God-given potential, and help you to enjoy everyday of your life, despite your circumstances. As you incorporate Joel’s easy-to-grasp principles into your life, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much more God has in store for you, and how quickly you become a better you!

You can get a copy at book stores around you. Remember to share this with friends too.

Down memory lane: Guess who?

We are going down memory lane with another celebrity. Let’s see what out favourite celebs looked like when they were younger. Last time was beautiful Chika Ike
CLICK HERE-Down memory lane(Chika Ike)

Can you guess who the fair young lady in the middle is?

Clue: She is one of Nollywood’s controversial actress

You guessed right! Our very own TONTO DIKEH

What do you think of her when she was younger and now?

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