Friday, 4 November 2011

Misuse of the internet by students

THE internet is one of the greatest benefits accruing from technology in the 21st century.

The internet is the international computer network connecting other networks and computers across the globe.

The internet encompasses a lot of opportunities and has in-built search engines and social networks. In fact, the internet is a revolutionary technology device that has come to elevate our being.

Like any other thing, the internet has both good and bad sides. Anyone can exploit the aspect he wants. The internet serves useful purposes for all classes of people. One should acquire computer skills and then, use it to one’s advantage.

Educationally, the internet should be a unique source for all students to explore for solution to their myriad of problems, particularly academic. But reverse is the case. Students, however, often misuse the internet and this is inflicting harm on them.

A student is a different being in the society. A student should be focused and should study anything most of the time. A student should read textbooks and materials from the internet. Also, he should have one-on-one beneficial discourse on crucial issues with people, and also on the internet. A student ponders, reflects, thinks, analyses, researches and cogitates on issues even beyond his school syllabus.

Some students see the internet as an added advantage to build themselves as scholars while most students are misusing it. Let us take a look at social networks like Facebook. The comments from youths are most times not so encouraging. I, therefore, advise fellow students to maximally make good use of the Facebook for the benefit of us all. Students also can post subjects of discourse on the Facebook so that ideas can fly in the air.

Students also explore the internet for solutions to their assignments by lifting another person’s views without crediting the source.

If everyone takes from the internet without making inputs into it, how are we going to have intellectual materials covering wide area of specialisations?

It is high time students learnt to uphold their integrity by reading from the net and adding whatever opinion they might have gathered from other sources to form a unique academic product.

When students do this, the nation will not only be breeding gurus but also revolutionary thinkers that believe in ideas as the sole ingredients for a break into new grounds.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The most popular wedding souvenirs in London? Cups

On the stirring spring streets of London in early April, as flowers pop with color and tourist arrive for warmer weather, Ricky Toomey is running a souvenir business.

Business is generally pretty busy around Easter, but this season sales are hopping a little more than normal.

"We're selling a lot more wedding souvenirs over the past week or two," Toomey said.

The increase is in part thanks to Prince William and Kate Middleton's pending wedding, which has brought royal sales to Toomey's street side shop in central London near Big Ben.

"It gets busy all the time here," Toomey said.

From bride and groom masks, to plates, you name it. If it's got the prince and his soon to be princess's faces on it, it's selling as eager tourists and loyal British residents grab the keepsakes.

"The British people still like the royal family, the majority of them, and William is a nice guy," Toomey said.

Of all the items for sale, in true British fashion, tea cups and tea towels are the big movers at Toomey's stand, but he says even the British have limits on where they want the royal family's face to be placed.

"You can buy T-shirts with a poster on the front. I think that's a little strange, walking around with someone's face on your chest, that's not something I would do," Toomey said.

Toomey would know. When it comes to the royal family, his souvenir shop has been a family business for decades. It was started by his grandfather in 1948. Then his father ran it. Toomey took over in 1972, and in that time, his family has seen plenty of royal weddings.

"We were here for Charles and Dianna's wedding and Andrew and Sarah's wedding, and they were very interesting and we worked all night on those weddings," Toomey said.

He says, this time around, he has a pretty good idea of what to expect.

"People start lining the streets putting sleeping bags down and camping out and we stayed open all night. Not so much to take money, but we knew we couldn't get back here the next morning because there will be too many people," Toomey said.

Because of that, Toomey expects that all of the souvenirs he has in stock, including all of those popular cups, will be merrily on their way by the big day.

"We got 1,500. They will be gone. Everything will be gone," Toomey said.