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  • No Internet? No problem: These Android apps allows you to chat offline

    1.Hike Messenger:

    The feature can work without Wi-Fi or mobile data and allow users to send photos, stickers, files and messages to anyone who is also on the Hike network. Files as large as 70 MB can be sent in over 10 seconds.

    Although the feature can work without Internet, it works only within a 100-metre radius.Chat and Share files WITHOUT INTERNET and ZERO data charges in classrooms, while travelling, preety much anywhere within 100 metre radius of a friend! Just open a chat, go to he 3 Dot menu and tap Hike Direct to see the magic!!!

    Download Hike Direct Here

    2. FireChat:

    When you download this app you will be automatically connected directly with one another, creating your own network for public and private communications. The more people use it, the bigger and faster your network becomes.And when you do have access to a reliable Internet connection or cellular network, FireChat helps you reach people worldwide and build your audience faster than on any social network, for free.

    Features:

      Instantly send messages and photos to anyone around you.


    • Send private messages that only you and the recipient can read thanks to end-to-end encryption.

     • Instantly create live chatrooms for discussions on any topic with a few people or as many as tens of thousands of simultaneous users. 

     • Type a hashtag in any message to automatically create a new chatroom.

     • View the most popular messages in the public conversations.

     • Public chatrooms and private messages work both offline and online.

    3.Text+:

    Textplus is a downloadable software application for mobile devices that allows its users to send and receive text messages, both on a one-to-one basis and in groups, all for free. 
     
    TextPlus also lets you do more: 

    - Turn your tablet into a phone. Text message / SMS and call on your tablet, phone and WiFi device

    - WiFi texting and calling

     - Travel worry-free with cheap calling so you never have to deal with expensive carrier plans or surprise bills

     

     - Text / SMS back to the US or Canada for free when traveling abroad

     - Group texting / messaging

     - Save tons of money on your mobile plan

     Download Text+

    4. FreeTone:

    Call U.S. and Canadian phones for FREE with FreeTone: get your own real US or Canada number and start calling! FreeTone is the only free calling app for UNLIMITED calls & texts to ALL real US and Canada phone numbers. No trials, no hidden costs, absolutely FREE!
    Invite your family & friends to FreeTone and make unlimited free calls anywhere in the US, and in Canada. Enjoy FREE CALLS and FREE VIDEO CALLS with your FreeTone contacts on Android and other platforms. Send messages and voice notes, share photos and videos with your contacts easily for FREE with FreeTone.

     

     

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  • Australia Awards Masters Scholarships for Africa

    Brief description:

    Scholarships for Masters studies in Australia are being offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies commencing in 2017. 

    Host Institution(s):

    Participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges

    Fields of study:

    Each country has its own priority fields. Examples of priority fields are: Agriculture and Food Security; Health; Natural Resource Management including Mining and Mining Governance; Public Policy; and Water and Sanitation.

    Number of Scholarships:

    Not specified.

    Target group:

    Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia

    Scholarship value/inclusions:

    The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC),  etc.

    Eligibility:

    Generally, you must  be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of your application. You must have at least three (3) years’ relevant post graduate work experience. You possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized Institution of at least 4 years in length.  You must not already hold, or be studying for, a Masters degree. You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award.

    You must meet the country specific eligibility criteria and the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.

    Application instructions:

    Check the open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply.  Each Country Program has different timelines but deadline falls around November-December 2016.

    It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed and updated information on how to apply for this scholarship.

    Website:

    Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/

    Related Scholarships: http://www.shebela.com/articles/icsp-scholarships-at-university-of-oregon-usa_184.html

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  • Footballer who survived Colombian plane tragedy was reading Bible

    It was reported that the footballer who survived was reading Bible passage about being safe 'in the shadow of your wings' before crash it emerges as his book is found 

    The bible, belonging to Chapecoense centre back Helio Neto, was found at the scene of the crash and has been handed to the footballer's wife.

    His wife said Neto, who is still fighting for his life in hospital, is deeply religious and takes the religious scripture with him everywhere.

    A bookmark had been inserted next to Psalm 63, which talks about being safe in the shadow of God's wings and about thinking of God in bed.

    In detail it says: 'On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night; Because you have been my help; Then I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. 

    'My soul follows you closely; Your right hand upholds me.'

    Video footage shows journalist Roberto Cabrini at the scene of the wreckage and noticing the book, with a note inside saying it belongs to the defender, who is in a critical condition.

    The reporter can be seen visibly shaking as he realises what it is. 

    He reads with a shaky voice the name that is printed on the inside of the cover, as behind him we can see the wreckage of the crash.

    Mangled parts of the plane can be seen in the background and Cabrini is later seen taking the bible to the wife of Neto, who smiles as she realises what she is being given.

    Neto's condition has been described as 'delicate' by doctors who said they regularly have to 'stabilise' him as he has a 'serious pulmonary infection.' 

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  • How to Get A US VISA

    E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Petition
An E-2 Visa is one of the nicest working visas as it allows you to run your own business and be an entrepreneur. While it periodically needs to be renewed, you can stay here in the U.S. as long as you like on the E-2. Normally, this type of E-2 Visa would require and investment around $100,000U.S. to successfully process. The more capital investment that is required for the business, the higher the investment. Additionally, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old can come as beneficiaries to your approved E-2. Your children will be able to go to school in the U.S. without having to get a separate student visa (as long as they are not in college.) The spouse will be permitted to apply for a work permit to work anywhere in the United States.  A great deal of the success of the E-2 Petition is how it is prepared. The higher the investment, the easier it is to get approved. The type of company that would either be purchased or the type of company that would start from scratch is wide open depending on what you would like to do. 
This petition is usually 2-4 inches thick. It consists of the petition itself, the complex business plan with numerous charts and figures, and the incorporation papers. Once submitted directly to the Consulate, it takes a few months for approval.The E-2 is a complicated U.S. Visa Petition and requires years of experience to do it properly. There are many issues that must be dealt with and argued in the petition itself such as marginality, substantiality, ownership, managerial vs. executive, tracing of funds, etc. My firm will get everyone of these issues and more properly addressed in the legal brief and the E-2 Presentation. Simply having the money to invest is only the start. My firm has been doing these petitions for years and the procedures for the briefs, incorporation, and complex business plan are in place and will be done correctly, efficiently and with the highest chance of success.It can also be submitted to U.S. Immigration for a change of status. However, keep in mind that with a change of status, you cannot keep that status when you leave the U.S. It is normally preferable to send the package directly to the U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy for adjudication.

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  • The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Ethiopia

     

    The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest related to sporadic and unpredictable anti-government protests that began in November 2015. The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services in many parts of the country may be limited without warning due to the government's restrictions on mobile and internet communications and the unpredictable nature of the current security situation. This replaces the Travel Warning of October 21, 2016. 

    The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency effective October 8, 2016 that includes provisions allowing for the arrest of individuals without a court order for activities they may otherwise consider routine, such as communication, consumption of media, attending gatherings, engaging with certain foreign governments or organizations, and violating curfews. Additionally, the Government of Ethiopia routinely does not inform the U.S. Embassy of detentions of U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. The full text of the decreeimplementing the State of Emergency is available on the U.S. Embassy's website.

    Internet, cellular data, and phone services have been periodically restricted or shut down without warning throughout the country, impeding the U.S. Embassy's ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. You should have alternate communication plans in place, and let your family and friends know this may be an issue while you are in Ethiopia. See the information below on how to register with the U.S. Embassy to receive security messages.

    Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, continuously assess your surroundings, and evaluate your personal level of safety. Remember that the government may use force and live fire in response to demonstrations, and that even gatherings intended to be peaceful can be met with a violent response or turn violent without warning. U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should monitor their security situation and have contingency plans in place in case you need to depart suddenly.

    If you are living in or intending to travel to Ethiopia, please refer to the Safety and Security section of the Country Specific Information for Ethiopiafor additional useful information.

    Due to the unpredictability of communication in the country, the Department of State strongly advises U.S. citizens to register your mobile number with the U.S. Embassy to receive security information via text or SMS, in addition to enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

    For further information:

    • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide CautionTravel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Ethiopia.
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
    • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, located on Entoto Street in Addis Ababa, at +251-11-130-6000 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is+251-11-130-6911 or 011-130-6000.
    • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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