The US removes Reciprocity fees for Nigerians

The United States has since December 3 removed reciprocity fees for Nigerian Visa applicants.

It could be recalled that in 2019, The United States imposed the reciprocity fee for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians.

This fee was charged in addition to visa application fees for applicants who are issued visas.

reciprocity fees charged Nigerians ranged from $80 to $303.Which depends on the class of visa obtained,

The US Embassy in Nigeria said the reciprocity fees were imposed on Nigeria because the cost of US citizen obtaining a Nigerian Visa was much more expensive than the cost of a Nigerian getting a US visa. The reciprocity fee was meant to eliminate the cost difference as required by US laws.
But since the Nigerian Government have removed the excess application and processing fees of US citizens seeking Nigerian visas, the US Government have therefor eliminated reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens.
For more update on reciprocity fees removal, applicants are encouraged to visit US travel state

PlayStation 5 has Arrived

The PlayStation 5 (PS5)

The much anticipated playstation 5 has arrived. Out in stores since Nov. 12. It was said that all the PS5 consoles available on launch day were sold out. The PS5 takes over from the best selling PS4.

But will this next gen console be a success? Time will tell. The PS5 has been played; it possesses stunning 4k graphics and faster loading times. Sony says the console is compatible with 8k Tv, but the console presently caps at 4k. Looks like there will be a future 8k upgrade later on.

Difference between PS5 and PS4

The PlayStation 5 is superior when compared to the PS4. Presently the  only notable difference is the faster loading times and 4k graphics. PS4 runs at  a resolution of 1080p.The PS5 is said to be capable of producing games never before possible but game producers are still catching up to this reality. If you are not a fan of graphics and the patient type, then you can still stick to your PS4 for a year of two.

Difference between the PS5 and PS4 Pro

The PS5 is also much more powerful than the PS4 pro. It launches games about 10-20 seconds faster. Games have more visual clarity on the PS5 than the PS4 pro. But the PS4 pro also runs on 4k so if you are not looking closely, you might not notice the difference.

PlayStation 5 Games

The PlayStation 5 will be supporting a lot of next generation games, some of which were released on Nov. 12. One of them is the PS5 exclusive game; Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which features ray tracing which gives the game more realistic lighting and shadow effects. The PS5 comes preinstalled with Astro’s Playroom which showcases the PS5 controller capabilities.

PS5 Size and Noise

The PS5 is the Biggest home console ever made. It has a length of 15.4 inches, breadth of 10.24 inches and thickness of 4.09 inches. Very big indeed. I hope just has it was with the PS4, Sony will trim down the size and give us a PS5 slim as well. Compared to the PS4, the PS5 is a noisier Machine.

Where to Buy PS5

The easiest way to know where to buy PS5 is to search online on google or other search engines to locate a retailer close to you. Amazon for instance is a good play to buy online. If you are in the US, UK, Canada and other accepted countries, you can buy from the official PlayStation website.

2020 United States Presidential Election.

The United States Presidential Election has come and gone. It is no longer news that the incumbent; Donald Trump has been defeated by Joe Biden. Trump is the first United States president to lose reelection since 1992. Voter turnout is the highest since the 1900s. Both candidates received over 70 million votes with Biden receiving over 79 million votes, the highest ever in favour of any presidential candidate. Biden’s Presidency will be confirmed when he and his vice; Kamala Harris are officially voted in by congress on January 6, 2021.

At the time of writing, vote counting is officially still on, but Biden has an insurmountable lead of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Biden is also leading Trump by almost 5million in popular votes. The election also had a record high number of votes casted early by mail due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

At the start of vote counting after the November 3 election, Trump took early lead. But as the large number of mail in ballots were being counted, Biden took the lead and maintained it till He surpassed the 270 electoral votes mark required to win the election.

Biden is already setting things in place as he prepares to take over at the WhiteHouse. President elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January  20, 2021.

Outgoing President, Donald Trump is yet to acknowledge Biden’s victory sighting vote counting irregularities. He has instigated lawsuits in some swing states challenging election results and demanding vote recount. Vote recounts have been done in some of these states confirming Biden’s victory.

The 2020 United States Presidential election has so far been adjudged free and fair.

The Upcoming US presidential Election; What You Should Know.

The US Presidential election will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 2020. The two main contestants are President Donald Trump of the Repulican party and Joe Biden of the Democratic Party.

How the US presidential election system works.

The US uses the electoral college system, so winning the most votes does not guarantee winning the election. Voters will vote to select Presidential electors who will in turn vote on December 14,2020 to elect a new President or retain the incumbent.

Each state is assigned a number of Presidential electors based on the population in each state. Whichever party that wins the presidential election in a particular state wins all the number of presidential electors assigned to that state. The presidential electors themselve are to remain faithful and vote for the presidential and vice presidential  candidate that won the election in their respective states. There are 538 presidential electors in total and for a presidential candidate to win, 270 or more must vote in favour.

Since the US presidential election is not simply based on the number of votes cast, presidential candidates usually concentrate their campaign on states that have high number of  presidential electors. Below are some states with high number of electors;

California: 55

Texas:38

New York: 29

Florida : 29

Illinois: 20

Pennsylvania: 20

electoral map of the 2020 November election

Who is going to win the US presidential election, Trump or Biden?

National opinion polls currently predict that Biden will win the election as he is leading by 7% over his incumbent rival, Trump. However it is still a close call as no one can clearly say who will win. In 2016 Hillary Clinton led in the polls and had about 3 million more votes than Trump but she still lost because she won fewer presidential electors.

The winner of the US 2020 presidential election will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 according to latest reports.

If Biden wins the election,he will be the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president in 28 years since Republican George H. W Bush’s defeat to Bill Clinton in 1992.

How To Fix a Slow Booting PS4.

So your once sleek and fast PS4 now boots slowly and freezes during gameplay. Normally, The PlayStation 4 takes about 25 seconds to boot. If you did not properly switch off the console, booting time could take over one and a half minutes, but usually less than 2 minutes. This is because your console will first do a system scan before start up.

Cause of a slow booting PS4.

When your console takes more than 2 minutes or forever to boot, there is a problem. Also you may notice that screen freezes during gameplay or the game stops abruptly. Don’t be scared, the problem is usually a software issue and can be fixed by starting the console in safe mode

The major culprit or cause of a PlayStation 4 that boots slowly is errors withing the software or operating system of your console as a result of sudden power cuts .

Your console is in danger if:

  • Electricity is suddenly cut off during gameplay.
  • You are in the habit of not switching off your console first before upluging from power outlet.
  • You live in an area with frequent power outages.
  • Your PS4 power cable is faulty.
  • You use a faulty or substandard electric generator to power your console.
  • Your plug your console into faulty electric sockets.

How to fix a slow booting PS4.

starting PS4 in safe mode

You can fix this problem yourself by starting the PS4 in safe mode and then following the prompt or instructions shown on screen.

To start the PS4 in safe mode, press and hold the power button of your console for 8 seconds or until you hear a second beep.  At this point, and by looking at the connected TV screen, you will be instructed to connect a PS4 controller to the console using a USB cable and then press the, PS button, on the controller.

On doing that, you will be taking to safe mode where you will be presented with seven options.to fix issue. For a slow booting PS4, you can start from option3, then down to option 7.

PS4 in safe mode

Note that if an option doesn’t work, you will need to activate safe mode again to select the next option.

Now let’s take a quick look at some of the options;

For option 3; “update system software”, on selecting it, you will be given 3 options to update software.It is easier updating using the internet. So have your PS4 already connected to the internet before attempting this option.

Selecting option 4 will restore your console settings to their default values.

Selecting option 5 will rebuild the database of your console, the process may take time to complete. Your data will not be deleted. However this option may solve the issue of your slow booting PS4. 

Option 6 will initialize your console, that is, reset your PS4, you will be warned that all user account and data will be deleted including downloaded games.

The last option is an advanced reset of your console all data will be lost and PS4 returned   to initial state when it was purchased. You will need the system software properly copied to a USB stick and inserted into your console to continue.

Publisher of Oxford English Dictionary ask Court to dismiss suit filed against it by Nigerian Lawyer.

Oxford English Mini Dictionary

Publisher of Oxford English Dictionary has asked a Lagos Court to strike out a suit filed against it by a Nigerian lawyer; Emmanuel Ofoegbu, seeking N10m damages.

The lawyer claimed that the dictionary misplaced the meanings of the words “mortgagee’’ and “mortgagor” which made him suffer loss of professional reputation and embarrassment.

In the 1999 edition of the Oxford English Mini Dictionary which the lawyer claimed that  “mortgagee’’ was wrongly defined as  the borrower in a mortgage transaction and “mortgagor’’ wrongly defined as the lender.

But the publisher asked the court to strike out the case because the Oxford English Mini Dictionary has been revised 3 times since the 1999 edition. Consequently the errors had been corrected in these 3 editions. Implying that Emmanuel Ofoegbu should have referenced the latest edition before taking it to court

The publisher said it would not accept liability because “Oxford Mini Dictionaries are published as general reference tools and not designed or held out as dictionaries of legal terms for use by legal practitioners.”

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