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Patsi Krakoff Blog Boost

Posted by Luminus on March 31, 2006

I am a member of the LinkedInBloggers yahoo group located at and each week we are focusing on promoting a random member's blog.

The LinkedInBloggers Yahoo! Group is a place for LinkedIn members that run blogs to hang out and share information concerning blogs and blogging.

Basically what should happen is that the blog of the week will see a surge of traffic as a result of all the extra press they're getting as a result of being "boosted".

Interestingly, this blog was the Second blog to be boosted and I never got around to doing a post about it. I want to thank Dennis D. McDonald, Dave Taylor, Des Walsh and Robyn Tippins, the moderators of the group for such a fine concept and all the hard work that they put into it. I'd also like to thank all the other bloggers that participated in the blog boost, they're the reason I got so many visits.

My Blog Boost experience was a blast, I had traffic coming from all parts of the world on account of the alredy established Bloggers that linked to my blog. I am indeed grateful.

Dr. Patsi Krakoff

Enough about that though, this week's blog is The CoachEzines Blog, authored by Patsi Krakoff, that's Dr. Patsi to you (just kidding). She's a a coach & psychologist with a specialty in writing articles, newsletters, blogs and ezines for professional coaches and consultants.

The target audience for her blog consists of coaches, consultants, authors, speakers, and other professionals who need a newsletter or ezine to stay in touch with clients. It has somewhat expanded to include other topics such as blogs, and writing web copy.

She's got lot's of useful information there so why don't you pop over and see for yourself.

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Saipem is hiring Trainee Engineers

Posted by Luminus on March 30, 2006

Saipem Engineering Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Italy based Saipem S.p.A, are currently recruiting for the following

Trainee Engineers – (Entry Level) in the following disciplines

Post                            Reference Number
Mechanical Engineering          MECH001
Civil Engineering               CIV001
Electrical Engineering          ELE001
Petroleum Engineering       PETR001
Chemical Engineering            CHEM001
Piping Engineering              PIP001
Marine Engineering              MAR001
Other Engineering courses       OTHER001


  • Ages strictly between 23 – 28yrs
  • Graduates that just concluded the National Youth Service (NYSC)
  • CV must report in the header the following information Age, Discipline, Grade and Year of Graduation
  • Minimum of second class upper division for all position applied for
  • The subject of the mail should be the ref no indicating e.g type MECH001
  • CV should be sent as an attachment preferably Word format (Ms word)

Advert closes within one week from now (6th of April 2006)

Send CV to

Applications that don’t MEET the requirements will be rejected

Good Luck!

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Are you a Carrot, an Egg or a Coffee Bean

Posted by Luminus on March 30, 2006

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see." Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity, boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this:
Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

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Solar Eclipse, what a beauty

Posted by Luminus on March 29, 2006

Today, for the first time in my life, I witnessed a Solar Eclipse. Boy was it awesaome. My only regret is that I don't own a DigiCam and as a result couldn't take any pictures. It was totally awe inspiring and an opportunity for the family to bond.

You should've been there, some of the neighbours ran out of their bathrooms with just towels on to catch a glimpse of the eclipse as it had been announced previously. All the dogs were barking like crazy.

Here in Lagos, the eclipse was not exactly total as we could still see clearly, it was just a li'l dark but in other parts of the country, Abeokuta for example, it was total, everywhere was pitch black.

I hope I see one of these again before my time on this earth is done. Now I need to book an appointment for a Lunar Eclipse, that ought to be very cool.

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Posted by Luminus on March 20, 2006

MTN has a couple of openings, to find out the job description and requirements for the job you’re interested in, just click the details link beside it. To apply you’re going to have to register on their website and fill in the details of your CV
Performance Manager     details
National Switch Manager     details
NMC Engineer     details
Senior Manager, Process Audit     details
Senior Manager, Systems Audit     details
Data Transcript Engineer     details
Power Planning and Optimisation Manager     details
Senior Manager, Network Services     details
RF Technical Manager     details
IN Prepaid Specialist     details
Special Projects Manager     details
Data Comms Services Specialist (IP/MPLS)     details
Data Comms Services Specialist (GPRS & Overlay Data )     details
Tele-Traffic Analyst     details
SHE Manager     details
Pre – paid Agent     details
Switch Operations Engineer – (Abuja)     details
Transmission Planning Engineer – (Lagos)     details
Transmission Planning Engineer – (Kano)     details
OSS Engineer     details
LAN Support Engineer     details

Good Luck!

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Posted by Luminus on March 20, 2006

Job Title: Business Development Officer

Job Description:
The Business Development Officer will be responsible for selling and promoting the company products. He/She will be required to develop new business relationships by identifying prospective clients in the banking and finance industry based on information from inside sales, newspapers, business directories and trade shows.

The BDO will be required to gain in-depth knowledge of assigned products and will work independently to learn product features and benefits. He/She will also be responsible for demonstrating products to prospective clients. Developing and maintaining new and existing business relationships is a MUST and therefore will be responsible for keeping an up-to-date clientele database by entering new customer data and other sales data for current customers.

In addition, the BDO will work with the Training Manager to co-ordinate client training and will be required to work with the Admin/Operation units in keeping account activities and product literature updated.


  • A good first degree in any of the Social Sciences
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills required
  • Must be sales-oriented with excellent telephone skills and the ability to prioritise.
  • Presentation skills is compulsory
  • Past successful sales experience in selling enterprise wide software solutions to the banking and finance industry
  • Proven track record in meeting and exceeding quotas desired
  • Ability to read and interpret general business correspondence as well as to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Must be computer literate

Job Title: Implementation Officer

Job Description:
The Implementation Officer (IO) who will coordinate the successful integration of our banking software into client enterprises.

The IO will be responsible for the successful implementation of the application through the phases of installation, setup, training to live take-off. This position requires a lot of interaction with clients and the successful candidate must be amiable, good natured, patient and detailed in carrying out his/her assignments.

The ideal candidate must be technology-oriented and will be required to possess an in-depth understanding of banking and/or accounting experience. The ideal candidate must be a team player, possess the ability to communicate effectively and be willing to work hard.


  • First degree in Accounting or any of the Numerate professions
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Excellent computer literacy skills
  • Proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget.

Job Title: Web Designer

Job Description:
A talented and experienced web designer.

The successful candidate is expected to produce worldclass design concepts that effectively represents the clients’s brand on the web.

He will be familiar with and have a good working knowledge of

  • Flash
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript

Job Title: VB Programmers

Job Description:
Young experienced VB programmers required to join crack development team to migrate cutting edge financial applications to VB.Net.

Develop and maintain mission critical financial applications


  • Second class upper degree in Computer Science or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with VB6/ .NET
  • Working knowledge of SQL server/ Oracle is a pre-requisite.
  • Working knowledge of Banking/ Accounting systems will be an advantage.

To apply for any of these positions fill their recruitment form by clicking here or better still upload your CV in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

In case you don’t have access to the internet or you’d just prefer to apply by snail mail you can send your CV and application letter to ISSL at:

The Executive Director
Integrated Software Services Ltd
15 Akinsemoyin Street
Surulere, Lagos

Good Luck!

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Internet Support Service Opportunity

Posted by Luminus on March 20, 2006

A restructred Internet Support Service Company on victoria Island requires the following staff:

1. Systems Administrator

  • To manage Dial-up and Wireless Internet Service
  • To manage/administer Pre-paidCalling Card Platform

Qualifications & Experience

  • Premium is paid on practical experience as the candidiate will work with little or no supervision.

2. Sales/Marketing Executives

  • To market sales of Broadband, Internet Service, International Pre-paid Calling Card etc.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of OND in any discipline
  • Readiness to explore new marketing environment
  • Salary to be based on performance basis
  • Experience in similar environment is an advantage.

Send an email with your CV and application to: and copy

or physical application and CV may be dropped at:

Bod-Gee Ventures Limited
46, Adetokunbo Ademola Street
Victoria Island

Please address such to The General Manager

Good Luck!

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Lagos City Police Humour

Posted by Luminus on March 20, 2006

Howdy people,

It sure has been a while since my last post, only 1 week but it feels more like a month. I’ve been so swamped with work and emails I just didn’t have the time to put up a post. Anyway here’s a li’l joke to keep you going.

A pastor was driving on Lagos-Ibadan express road when he met a team of policemen who, quite naturally, wanted ‘something’ from him. Since he was not prepared to
play their games, they asked for his papers and having combed through everything without any offence with which to nail the ‘stubborn’ pastor, they now
asked him to open the bonnet of his car.

A careful scrutiny of the engine number against what was on paper revealed that letter U was written in such a way that it could be mistaken for letter V. That was all the officer-in-charge needed to shout “stolen vehicle”! Sensing trouble, even when he knew he committed no offense, the pastor called the OC to say he was a priest, to which the officer replied: “Please, leave that pastor thing…in any case, if you are indeed a pastor, then you must have a Bible in your car, bring it.”

The Pastor did as was commanded after which the officer now ordered: “Please read Matthew 5:25, 26 to me”. The incredulous Pastor opened to the recommended passage and read:

Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to a judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth; you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

The man of God quietly made an “offering” of “just” one N100 to his newly found “preacher”.
End of service! Go in peace.

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Junior Software Developers Wanted

Posted by Luminus on March 13, 2006

The company is a multi-million dollar, core-banking and enterprise software solutions provider with international operations.

They are in need of a Junior Software Developer to be employed Full Time in Lagos. The Salary will range from N1.5m to N4m depending on experience and competence

Job Description:

  • To work with the development team in building the next generation enterprise banking application using distributed J2EE technology.
  • Reports to the chief architect.
  • Responsible for writing JUnit test cases to test the developed code base.
  • Liaise with the business team to understand the business requirements and translate it into java code.


  • Strong J2EE Developer Enterprise Application Design and Programming Experience.
  • The candidate must possess at least a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline.
  • The candidate must have at least 1 years commercial Java experience.
  • Ideal candidate will have experience of architecting and building J2EE applications.
  • Senior candidates ideally will have led a team of developers in architecting at least one enterprise application from inception to deployment.
  • Strong knowledge of UML and OOAD concepts.
  • Strong knowledge of design patterns and their usage in a J2EE environment.
  • Ideal candidate must have knowledge of building reusable enterprise frameworks for solving complex business problems.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with prior knowledge of working with Business Rule Engines.
  • The candidate must have knowledge of RDBMS technology.
  • The candidate must have experience with multiple operating systems.
  • The candidate must have strong analytical skills, must be willing to work independently as well as in a team environment, must be creative and quick learner.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of banking domain.

Send your CV to Leroy Nimley at

Good Luck!

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Research Assistant Wanted

Posted by Luminus on March 13, 2006

There’s an opening for a research assistant .


  • Fresh graduates (post-NYSC)
  • Under 27 years (as at last birthday)
  • 2.2 in Economics, Banking & Finance or any finance related course (competence will be tested)
  • Previous experience will be an added advantage

Other skills

  • Vast Knowledge Base
  • Above average IT skills
  • Penchant for research work and information gathering

Send CV by email to Okey Okere thro: on or before 20 March 2005

Good Luck!

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