Volume 7, Issue 6, June 2019 Edition - GSJ Journal Publication



A STUDY ON USING DEEP LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES IN CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORKS FOR MULTIPLE OBJECTS IDENTIFICATION []


In this paper, the author will use deep learning technology, specifically here to use techniques in convolutional neural networks (CNN) to identify objects, multiple objects and objects’ locations in images. CNN, Region CNN (RCNN), Fast RCNN, Faster RCNN techniques using in convolutional neural networks will be introduced and simulated, citing comparative results to assess the effectiveness of object identification in images. Faster RCNN is considered to be the most appropriate for identifying the objects and their location in the image.


MEKELLE UNIVERSITY []


Highly degraded semi-arid regions could be potential crop production areas to meet the ever increasing food and beverages demands of the growing population. The major production challenges this region faces are water scarcity, soils and biodiversity loss due to prolonged drought, erosions and leaching. These make farmers to depend on supplementary irrigation and commercial fertilizers for crop production and the conditions are even worsened with change in climate. In the past, organic amendments and polymers such as polyacrylamides (PAM) were used to improve soil physiochemical properties and protect soils from erosion but to no avail. The aim of this paper was to review different scientific research findings on the potential value of Biochar in green house gas sequestration, and Soil Amendment in particular in sites under serious degradation. Many scientific findings (170) published in brochures; journals, abstract, and thesis on biochar potentials on soil nutrient cycling, green house gas sequestration, and soil/land rehabilitation with methodology that can be reproduced were reviewed and synthesized. We found out that Biochar has proven potentials to improve soil physical, biological and chemical properties hence boosting soil fertility and productivity and as well as sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere-biosphere pool and transferred it to soil. Biochar also remained a promising solution to energy. With good extension service packaging, biochar can be effectively adopted as solutions to soil degradation and pollution. Key words: Biochar, Carbon, Climate change mitigation, Green house gases (GHG) sequestration, Soil properties, .


Essential Modern Way Of Teaching & Learning Process []


Essential Modern Way Of Teaching & Learning Process


PHYTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA (LEAVES AND FLOWERS) AND THEIR FUNCTIONAL GROUPS. []


The infra-red (IR) spectra analysis of moringa oleifera indicated the presence of the following functional groups and their frequency ranges which includes; O-H stretching vibrations (3790-3390), C-H stretching (2953-2752), N-H stretch(1643-1514),C=N symmetric stretching (2723-2351) bending, N=O symmetric stretching (1460-1305), C-N stretch (1265-1033),C=O stretching(1651-1566) and C=C bending (1033-721). The phytochemical analysis of moringa leaves shows it contains (%) saponin 5.0% flavonoid 5.42%, alkaloid 5.36% and cyanogenic glycoside 3.3% while the saponin, flavoniod, alkaloid and cyanogenic glycoside in flower are 3.20%, 7.12%, 1.55% and 2.6% respectively. This result shows that the presence of saponin, alkaloid and cyanogenic glycoside are higher in moringa leaves than its flowers while flavonoid is higher in concentration in moringa oleifera flower than its leaves.


Literature Review of Importance of Knowledge Management to Developing Nations []


Knowledge is very important for the economic growth of the country, develop meaningful relation between the industries and find new technologies by creating new ideas and formulating new theories. Developed countries use knowledge management for their educational development, economic development, health development, technology development and etc. Second category of nation is developing nations. A nations which have average income is much lower than in industrial nations. In this paper discussed how importance of knowledge Management to developing country.


EFFECTS OF EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY AND COGNITIVE STYLES ON ACHIEVEMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS IN SUMMARY WRITING IN IBADAN, NIGERIA []


Perennial mass failure in the English language has been largely attributed to the continued use of teacher-centred strategies and poor knowledge of students’ cognitive styles. This study examined the effect of explicit instructional strategy and cognitive styles on senior secondary school students’ achievement in summary writing. The study employed a pretest, posttest, control group, quasi-experimental design. Treatment lasted for eight weeks and results showed that explicit instruction and cognitive style have main significant effects on students’ achievement in summary writing. Based on the findings, it was concluded that the use of explicit and cognitive styles in language pedagogy have great potentials for improving achievement in summary writing. The strategy encouraged active participation of students through practice sessions and corrective feedback.


Comparative Analysis of Physiological and Pharmacological Parameters of Vas deferens of Uromastix and Rabbit []


ABSTRACT: Background: The male reproductive aspect of mammals and lizards is essentially different on the bases of the morphology of their reproductive tract. The lizards are devoid of secretary glands. Even then they have the seminal plasma for the suspension of their sperms. However, in addition to semen plasma, smooth musculature of vas deferens (VD) also helps in providing the driving force for the propulsion of sperm along with their own motility. Apart from differences in reproductive cycle and seasonal effects on lizard’s reproduction in comparison to mammals, it seems that there is a probable difference in the physiological and pharmacological properties of the smooth muscles of their VD as well. Objectives: Therefore, the present study was designed to compare the physiological and pharmacological responses on receptors of VD against acetylcholine (ACh), adrenaline (Adr) and their antagonists in Uromastix (lizard), and Rabbit (mammal). Methodology: Freshly isolated muscle strips of Uromastix hardwickii & Rabbit Oryctologous cunniculus were mounted on organ bath assembly and their physiological (mechanical) activity was continuously monitored by adding different pharmacological agonists and antagonists on data acquisition system, Power-lab. Results: Results demonstrated that in Uromastix hardwickii the basal tone of VD was decreased by the administration of both the acetylcholine (Ach)&adrenaline (Adr) without the appearance of rhythmicity and their actions were significantly antagonized by Atropine (Atr) and Atenolol (Ate), respectively. While, the basal tone in Rabbit VD was increased by both the ACh & Adr, which later followed by the appearance of spontaneous rhythmic contraction. This preliminary study on the smooth muscles of VD in Uromastix highlights the differences in the physiological activity and the presence of adrenergic and cholinergic receptors


Global innovations as benchmark to improving efficiency on road transport in the Russian Federation . A case study of the city of Novosibirsk []


The article takes an overview of innovations in the road transport sector in some selected countries and makes recommendations for their implementation in the Russian Federation


LANGUAGE NORMS IN TEACHING PEDAGOGY: A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE CODE, LANGUAGE CONSTRUCT AND LANGUAGE CONVENTION. []


Abstract This paper takes a look at language norms with the major principal variables that control it. The concept of language code and its pedagogies in teaching English language from unset is examined. Language construct is highlighted in teaching pedagogy. Also, the language convention is considered along with classroom interactions.The linguistic norm is one of the essential characteristics of a language, ensuring its functioning and historical continuity as tacit agreements in society and an acceptable standard that users of a language are expected to reach. It is believed that norms guide and control the mutual intelligibility of a language in the society of its users. The more the society is dynamic the more norms of its language change. Therefore it is recommended that the language pedagogists must be seasoned professionals who can design and interpret the language programmes (the curriculum) and domesticate the contents of it to promote the full utilization of the language of instruction for the growth of the society in all fields. KeyWords:- Language, Norms, Code, Construct, Convention, Mutual Intelligibility and Pedagogy.


INVITRO ANTIMICROBIAL EFFECTS OF GOMPHOCARPUS PURPURASCENS A. RICH AGAINST STANDARD AND CLINICALLY ISOLATED MICROORGANISMS []


The expanding bacterial resistances to antibiotics have become a growing concern worldwide. Gomphocarpus purpurascens is one of the indigenous traditional medicinal plants in Ethiopia. The objective of this study was to evaluate antimicrobial effect of G. purpurascens against standard and clinically isolated microorganisms. The G. purpurascens plant leaves and root was collected from Gondar Zuria Woreda was shade dried and powdered using wooden-made mortar and pestle. The powdered leaves were extracted by using ethanol, methanol and acetone. The extracts from the leaves and root barks with different concentrations were tested for their antimicrobial activities against selected microorganisms. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) and Minimum Bacterial Concentration (MBC) were determined against test organisms. The most sensitive bacterial species to the highest concentration of the extract from the leaf was clinical S. aureus strain with inhibition zone diameter of 17.66 mm; whereas the least sensitive bacterial species was clinical isolate of E. coli with inhibition zone diameter of 6.54+0.13 mm. These research findings suggest that G. purpurascens plants may contain antibacterial and antifungal compounds. These plants can be a potential source for the development of antibacterial and antifungal drugs.


Association of UBE2E2 and KLF14 gene polymorphisms and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: Asian meta-analysis []


The association of UBE2E2 rs7612463 and KLF14 rs972283 gene polymorphisms with type 2 diabetes (T2D) was recently identified in East Asian and European genome-wide association studies, respectively. However, the replication studies in various populations showed inconsistent results. The aim of the present meta-analysis is to investigate this inconsistency, especially in Asian populations.A systemic literature search inclusive to July 2018 yielded a total of 15 potentially relevant articles withe 20 eligible studies concerning the association of UBE2E2 rs7612463 and /or KLF14 rs972283 with T2D in Asian populations. The final meta-analysis was conducted for 10 studies (19248 T2D cases and 17968 controls) concerning the UBE2E2 rs7612463 and 10 studies (11165 cases T2D and 9551 controls) concerning the KLF14 rs972283 gene polymorphisms with T2D in Asian populations.The combined overall allelic odds ratio (OR), for association of UBE2E2 rs7612463 C allele and KLF14 rs972283 G allele with T2D in Asian populations, were 1.153 (95% confidence interval 1.11 - 1.20, p<0.0001) and 1.07 (95% confidence interval 1.004 - 1.133, P=0.036) under fixed and random effects model, respectively.The present meta-analysis indicated that the UBE2E2 rs7612463 and KLF14 rs972283 gene polymorphisms are significantly and nominally associated with the risk of T2D in Asian populations.


Assessment of Natural and Artifical Lighting Levels in Lecture Rooms (A Case of Sunyani Technical University) []


Lighting association recommended lighting level suitable for lecture halls was brought to the frontage in this research. The study sought to measure the average light levels in the lecture halls and compare with the international lighting standard for the lecture hall. A handheld photometer was used to measure the illuminance of sixteen halls at 6 am and 7 pm hours for three different days. It was observed that the average illumination in the hall around 6 am was as low as 0.01Lux. The average artificial light level was also determined using the calculation method, and it recorded 300.8Lux. The results show that the lecture halls architectural design has contributed to the achievement of the desired illumination level in a day.


PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S DRUG WAR IN THE PHILIPPINES: AN ASSESSMENT []


The drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte was the centerpiece of his campaign and arguably the rallying point and core of his presidency. Despite furtive efforts to wipe the Philippines clean of illegal drug trafficking, this war has still become a subject of controversy and domestic and international criticism. This study poses questions of whether this would have positive or negative implications to peace and order, as well as gauging its impact to Filipinos who are affected directly and indirectly. Collateral damage with this kind of “war” has become a common occurrence. Often, innocent people are most vulnerable: citizens who belong to the poorest demography of the country. It is the aim of this study to present factual data and interviews to quantify the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of the war on drugs of the President. Perspectives and points of view of those involved in the implementation of the program are local officials from the most affected barangays in Metro Manila, specifically in Quezon City who were among the respondents of this study. Aspects such the respondents’ residency as well their observations on the drug trade and crime rates before and during the Duterte administration were extracted to validate accomplishment reports or secondary data published by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). In summary, data revealed satisfactory results which is a clear validation that the drug war of the government was effectively and efficiently carried out by government security forces and other state actors. Corollary to this, it was clearly manifested that positive effects to peace and order were visible and can be reflected through the country’s improving safety and security atmosphere. This study presents the strong points of the war on drugs program of the current administration, hence, a powerful anchor towards the continuous implementation and a founded plea towards its support from the Filipino people.


A COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS AND HEALTH WORKERS PERCEPTIONS AND KNOWLEDGE ON PATIENT RISKS AND SAFETY PRACTICES OF SUNYANI REGIONAL HOSPITAL AND WENCHI METHODIST DISTRICT HOSPITAL IN GHANA []


Background: Unsafe medical practices and care can be the cause of disabling injuries, infections and death. Every day millions of patients visit healthcare facilities to seek treatment of various ailments. In other words, healthcare professionals regularly hold in their hands the lives of others making it very delicate service and reason why healthcare services have been given the status as essential services. The precious lives of many people in the society to a large extent left in the hands of health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and para-medicals. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2010) patient safety is defined as practices and processes or structures that reduce the probability of adverse events resulting from exposure to the health care system across a range of diseases and procedures. Objectives: i) To assess patients perception and knowledge on potential risks factors and incidents/accidents ii) To assess health workers perception and knowledge on patient risks and safety practices in both hospitals for policy interventions. Methods: The study compares a select example of health and safety practice among one of Ghana’s strong representation in the health sector-Christian Health Association of Ghana with that of the public health facility of Ghana Health Service, both located in the then Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. A mixed but non-intervention approach was employed to this research study with Qualitative and Quantitative approaches. A Descriptive but comparative cross-sectional survey design was used for the study. Structured questionnaires were used to obtain data from patients and staff to address the objectives Results: Overall, patients rated the performance of the two hospitals according to Excellent, Very Good, Good, Poor and Very Poor. Respondents from Wenchi hospital (32.95%) rated Excellent compared to only 5.37% from Sunyani Hospital. Similarly, 46.59% from Wenchi rated Very Good compared to 33.56% from Sunyani. Overall, 19.35% of health workers in Wenchi Methodist Hospital (WMH) rated very good while 5.38% rated same in Sunyani Regional Hospital (SRH) in terms of their hospital preparedness towards policy intervention on Patient Safety. Conclusion and Recommendations: Two important approaches must be considered in ensuring patient safety. That is, person-centred analysis and prevention approach and the systems-centred approach. In the person centred approach, individuals must assume personal responsibility to prevent incidents while the system approach ensures that working conditions do not promote individuals to commit medical errors.


On Analyzing Numerical solution of time-Independent Schrodinger equation []


In this study numerical solutions of time-independent Schrodinger wave equation (TISWE) under infinite potential well were analyzed. The TISWE is reduced to computationally tractable form by using Galerkin method and then the approximate solution is analyzed on the interval [-1,1] and Chebysheve polynomials were used as a trial function. The approximate solutions generated using this numerical scheme is highly accurate and physically acceptable. Finally the result is compared with the analytic solution which shows that this numerical method is one of the finest numerical methods to find approximate solutions of TISWEs.


SILICOMOLECULAR DOCKING IN ANTICANCER POTENTIAL OF ISOLATED PHYTOCHEMICALS FROM HOPEA ODORATA AGAINST BREAST CANCER []


Abastract: Objective: Breast cancer could be a variety of cancer that develops from breast cells. Carcinomas ordinarily originate the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that provide them with milk. a malignancy will unfold to different components of the body. . Cancer will unfold throughout one or each breast. Typically carcinoma spreads to different components of the body just like the bones the liver or elsewhere Moya et al. 2004 carcinoma in ladies could be a foremost unhealthiness each in developed and developing countries. The most issue of carcinoma is steroid hormone receptor alpha the current analysis was to screen the effective bioactive compounds from hopea-odorata. Methods: The molecular docking approach can be used to model the collaboration between a small molecule and a protein at the nuclear level,which allow us to characterize the conduct of small molecules in the binding site of target proteins as well as to elucidate essential biochemical processes The docking process contains two basic steps: prediction of the ligand conformation as well as its position and orientation within these sites (usually referred to as pose) and assessment of the binding affinity Result: specifically 4-hydroxyacetophenone bisnorstriatol grasshopper organic compound pcoumaric acid which can be very important inhibitors of steroid hormone receptor alpha er-α for looking a drug against the carcinoma A large vary of docking score found throughout molecular docking by Schrodinger. ampelopsin h balanocarpol betulinic acid betulonic acid caryophyllene oxide friedelin showed the docking score -6.141 -1.823 -4.420 -3.976 -7.324 - 4.510 respectively. Among all thecompounds caryophyllene oxide showed the best docking score towards estrogen receptor alpha. Conclusion: so caryophyllene oxide is the best compounds for focusing inhibitors of estrogen receptor alpha because it possessed the best value in molecular docking.


The performance analysis of optically transparent materials used in tunable devices []


Comparative analyses, as well as the performance of optically transparent materials such as glass, Mylar, quartz, PET and PEN, were presented. Different methods of measuring techniques have been used to determine the dielectric property of the optically transparent materials at low and high frequencies. Due to the unavailability of materials, time and test equipment in the antenna laboratory, three (3) methods were implemented in this research. Namely, split cylinder cavity resonator, quasi-optical mm-wave measurement technique and the matching technique, where simulated return loss matched with the measured value of a simple micro-strip patch antenna. An Electromagnetic (EM) modelling tool (i.e. Computer Simulation Technology, (CST) Studio suite) that takes into consideration finite integration techniques to execute computational analysis (i.e. Simulations) had been used in the matching technique to extract the physical properties of the material under test, by comparing measured and computational data. A frequency range of 8GHz-10GHz was used in the split resonant cavity measuring Glass, PET, and PEN at low frequencies. This method did not give accurate readings on glass simply because its measurement for accuracy was limited to low dielectric loss materials. Therefore, a glass material with high loss property at low and high frequencies could not be a good candidate for a split cylinder resonant cavity method regardless of its size and thickness. As shown in table 3.1, the loss tangent of glass (1.11mm) was noticed to be the same as the low-loss values of PEN and PET materials with 55µm, 0.131mm (i.e. 0.00622, 0.00608, and 0.00358). However, Quasi-optic millimetre measurement bench was able to depict the real loss properties of glass at low and high frequencies. The frequency ranges of 75GHz-110GHz and 220GHz-325GHz were used in this method. The results from this reading showed that glass is a material with very high loss at low and high frequencies. Mylar, on the other hand, is the optically transparent material with the lowest loss property. However, due to its complexity in fabrication and measurement at high frequency, the Matching Technique was, therefore, more preferable. The Matching Technique was observed to be more efficient and reliable.


Impact of Embedded Generation as a means of Power Supply Improvement. []


Two power supply systems, namely supply from National Grid and Embedded Supply in Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria are modeled. MATLAB/SIMULINK was used to model a comparative reliability index to see the impact Embedded generation has had on a particular feeder that was previously connected to the National Grid. The analysis also included a study of the impact Embedded Supply had on Revenue, Fault and Consumption pattern of the customers using the Comparative (Mathematical) Analytical method. The analysis showed the increased performance experienced with Embedded Supply in the areas of reliability indices, faults, revenue, and consumption. The results showed that SAIFI for embedded supply had 15 fewer interruptions and the customer also experienced 11 hours overall improvement in SAIDI and a 39% improved availability from the ASAI analysis. While CAIDI showed no improvement, load shaving improved by 4% and revenue of the feeder studied also improved by 36% this was mainly due to reduced outages on fault and improved consumption by 54%. The study will serve as a guide in informing decision-makers on how to allocate scarce resources in the power industry to maximize benefit using what is already obtainable in the country. It will also better highlight the benefits of embedded generation for private investors who may want to venture into the power supply.


Critical Discourse Studies of Mobile Telecommunication Network Advertisements of 'Eto'o Peut' in Cameroon []


There is competitiveness in the telecommunications market in Cameroon which brings forth the implementation of strategies to attract consumers. This study examines MTN advertisements on their internet web pages using Critical Discourse Studies. The research pays attention to how the use of the metafunctions (ideational, interpersonal and textual) together with semiotic resources - participants, transitivity patterns, gaze, composition, modality, and distance, manipulates consumers and make them effect purchases. The used of the metafunctions is to demystify hidden power and ideologies embedded in the ads. The use of power and ideologies within the advertisements are to manipulate and influence consumption. The study uses Multimodal Discourse Analysis approach with Kress and Leeuwen (2006) method of reading images adopted in analysing the ads. The study uses the qualitative method in data collection and analysis. A purposive sampling was carried out on MTN internet web pages in Cameroon. The findings turn out that the use of the metafunctions together with the semiotic resources reveals how the use of power of celebrity ‘Eto’o Fils’, ideology ‘Eto’o peut’, age group ‘youthfulness and slim body, beauty of products and services, beauty as lifestyle’ of represented participant manipulates consumers into buying MTN products and services. The lifestyles portrayed by Eto’o on the ads is what the consumers aspire to be.


An Assessment of Radionuclide Concentration and Absorbed Dose In Rainwater from selected Areas in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria []


This study has been carried out mainly for the assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides i.e 40 K, 238 U and 232 Th in rain water samples collected from five LGAs in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The activity concentrations of the naturally occurring radionuclides 40 K, 238 U and 232 Th in the rainwater samples were measured by the means of a gamma-ray spectrometry using a sodium Iodide Thallium doped NaI (TI) detector.


DOUBLING FISH FARMER INCOME THROUGH BLUE REVOLUTION []


Aquaculture sector provides Food, Employment and Prosperity to the people. The vast area of water resources available in the country provides huge scope for expansion of aquaculture for the production of finfish and shellfish. In order to enhance farmers’ income, there is a need to increase farm productivity through technological interventions, improve market access, and also to develop the industrial and service sectors to support various farmer activities in terms of marketing and processing of their produce and other requirements in terms of self-employment/employment in farming sector. The farmers can realize the doubling of their income within a contemplated period of five years by implementing recommended technologies in the farming system and reap the consequent social and ecological benefits.


BEAUTY OF AGRIVOLTAIC SYSTEM REGARDING DOUBLE UTILISATION OF SAME PIECE OF LAND FOR GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY AND FOOD PRODUCTION []


In order to meet global energy demands with clean renewable energy such as with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, large surface areas are needed because of the relatively diffuse nature of solar energy. Much of this demand can be matched with aggressive building integrated PV and rooftop PV, but the remainder can be met with land-based PV farms. Using large tracts of land for solar farms will increase competition for land resources as food production demand and energy demand are both growing and vie for the limited land resources. Land competition is exacerbated by the increasing population. These coupled land challenges can be ameliorated using the concept of agrivoltaics or co-developing the same area of land for both solar PV power as well as for conventional agriculture.A coupled simulation model is developed for PV production (PVSyst) and agricultural production (Simulateur mulTIdisciplinaire les Cultures Standard (STICS) crop model), to gauge the technical potential of scaling agrivoltaic systems. The results showed that the value of solar generated electricity coupled to shade-tolerant crop production created an over 30% increase in economic value from farms deploying agrivoltaic systems instead of conventional agriculture.Crop yield losses to be minimized and thus maintain crop price stability. In addition, this dual use of agricultural land can have a significant effect on national PV production. If this dual use of land is implemented nationwide, it can make significant impact by generating over 16,000 GWh electricity, which has the potential of meeting the energy demands of more than 15 million people.


Temperature Profile Study of Selected Natural Ventilated Greenhouses and Development of Temperature Prediction Models []


In India because of the least expensive cooling method of greenhouse, natural ventilated types of greenhouses are considered to be the most acceptable structures for growing of vegetable and flower crops. In natural ventilated greenhouse, the inside air temperature is affected by its geometrical dimensions, span, orientation, ventilation rate etc. In the present study, efforts have been made to study the diurnal variation of inside air temperature during January to April months for three different types of natural ventilated greenhouses constructed at Junagadh Agricultural University campus From the study it was found that for Type-I, Type-II and Type-III greenhouses, inside air temperature was varied from 13.520C to 35.130C, 11.540C to 36.870C and 12.430C to 31.590C respectively for January month 14.880C to 38.870C, 16.310C to 35.900C, 13.210C to 33.400C for February month, 16.830 C to 27.970C, 24.4 to 46.620C, 20.440C to 46.620C, 20.570C to 41.350C for March month respectively. In April month it was found to be 22.310C to 48.800C, 22.170C to 43.400C for type-II and type-III in April month respectively. The variation in average ventilation rate per minute from January to April months were observed to be 1.7 to 1.9, 2.0 to 2.3 and 2.1 to 2.5 respectively for type-I, II and III. The mathematical models developed for soil bed and pot cultivation conditions using the energy balance equations and comparison of predicted temperature values with measured data has shown good fitting to the pattern of diurnal variation of weekly average temperatures for all the three types of greenhouses. The maximum fitting efficiency of the models was found as 94%, 77% and 98% for type-I, II and III respectively.


Sensor Based Drip Irrigation Using Solar Pump []


Water and electricity are priced resources for agricultural production system, which correspond to each other because of parallel significance in this sector besides this around 40% of world population sustaining their livelihood on agriculture, some are living in poverty. Introducing of solar power to meet extra demand of electricity can boost the agricultural production and production system as well. This has became popular and increasing fast due to enhanced cost-competiveness, environmentally suitable, energy security, convenience, and applicable marketplace. Saurashtra, one of the major cotton growing regions in the Gujarat state. Scheduling of irrigation thus become important in cotton. Drip irrigation generally save 30% of the water for cotton. If mulch is conjointly adopted with drip system an additional 10% more water can be saved which is generally lost in evaporation from moisture bulb. Hence, this sound practice is adopted for Bt. cotton. In the present arena of climate change the temperature is going to be enhanced by 1oC which ultimately enhance water requirement and frequency and on the other hand reduce the water availability to crops. So we are sand witched between low water availability and high crop water demand.This study was undertaken to address issues concerning the welfare of cotton growers in the Saurashtra state of Gujarat. In which,crop was irrigated with the help of soil moisture sensors based drip irrigation along with mulch. Renewable source of energy used to pump the irrigation water. Results revealed that around 60% irrigation water saved along with energy.


A case study of Cow based organic farming System adopted by the farmer of Vadal, Junagadh, Gujarat []


There has been a rise in consumer’s demand for safe and healthy food due to increasing concerns over the quality of food, contamination due to chemicals, serious health hazards and environmental issues. This increasing demand has given way to a new stream of agriculture, popularly known as Organic Agriculture. Since the use of huge quantities of chemical fertilizers in the Indian farming has been stopped since the Green Revolution, it has changed the structure of our land. Today, the fast-growing agricultural land is changing in the wasteland. And millions of crores of rupees are being spent on the chemical fertilizers. The use of chemical fertilizers in the fields is also adversely affecting crop yield. Organic farming is being promoted to solve all these problems. Under organic farming, farmers have to take more yields by saying the resources available to them. Use more and more organic fertilizers instead of chemical fertilizers. This paper highlights the practices of organic farming adopted by the farmer of Vadal, Dist. Junagadh, Gujarat for the production of various Agriculture and Horticultural crops exclusively by using farm made compost, vermi compost, Jivamrut cow urine etc. with higher productivity and better return. Key Words : Organic Farming, Organic Fertilizers, Chemical Fertilizers, Horticultural crops


Comparative evaluation of Indigenous traditionally used herbal tooth sticks (Datun) and toothpaste in cleaning of mouth microflora []


There are many plants, which are used as chewing sticks (Datun) in different parts of India and the world. Numerous studies have been reported on the antimicrobial effects of chewing sticks on oral bacteria. The aim of this study was to compare the antimicrobial effect of extract of seven different chewing sticks of India. The agar well diffusion Method was used to test the antimicrobial activity of seven Asian chewing sticks. It was found that at there was antimicrobial effect on pyorrhea causing bacteria at IC50 concentration of Kharijal (Salvadoraoleodes) from India. The inhibition zones were found in those two chewing stick extracts. It is recommended that the chewing sticks can be a great help in developing countries with financial constraints and limited oral health care facilities for their populations. Due to Indian traditional knowledge (ITK) this experiments can help to poor and make mission make in India more successful.


DATA MINING USING HIERARCHICAL CLUST ERING TECHNIQUES ON THE POSITION OF EMPLOYEES IN AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FIRM []


The purpose of this paper is to explain hierarchical clustering, the divisive and agglomerative hierarchical clustering methods. It mainly focus on the concept of the divisive hierarchical processes also known as the top-down approach by generating a workflow model, dendrograms, clustered data table which grouped the clusters based the chosen attribute, and display the distance between each cluster with the aid of a data mining tool called KNIME. The DIANA hierarchical approach used data samples of the list of employees in an Information Technology firm to obtain clusters from the position column in the data sample table. In this work, we also implemented statistical means by generating barchart that shows the ages of the chosen employee sets plotted against the positions which are the Researcher, Programmer and TeamLead.


BREAST FEEDING PRACTICES AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF UNDER-FIVE CHILDREN AT BABCOCK UNIVERSITY STAFF SCHOOL OGUN STATE, NIGERIA []


Infant feeding practices is a major determinant of a child’s growth and development, therefore continuous assessment of individuals in different group setting is paramount. This study was aimed at assessing the feeding practices and nutritional status of infants from 2 to 5years of age. A cross sectional survey was carried out using a semi-structured questionnaire on (1.) Socio-demographic characteristics of the mothers (2.) The breastfeeding practices (3) Anthropometric measurements (4.) Nutrients intake (24- hour dietary recall) Information was obtained from the mothers. A total of 100 respondents (infants) participated in this study. 58% of the mothers were between 30-34 years, 95% married with monogamous family setting, 95% of them were Christians and 89% had tertiary education. 91% breastfed their infants for the first 6 months, 74% practiced exclusive breastfeeding. About 8% of male and 2% of female were wasted, 2% of male and 6% of female were stunted, and 8% male and 4% female were underweight. The respondents did not meet their energy requirements, the protein requirements was met by all age groups, and only the respondents that were 5 years old did not meet their vitamin A requirements. Iron , calcium and Ascorbic acid intake were lower than the requirements. There was a positive significant (P<0.05) association between the anthropometric indices of the respondent and their mother’s educational level, also majority (74%) of the respondents who practiced exclusive breastfeeding had anthropometric indices that were above normal. The nutritional status of most of the respondents were not adequate.


COMPARATIVE NUTRITIONAL QUALITY AND SENSORY PROPERTIES OF PURE SOURSOP JUICE AND ITS BLEND WITH ORANGE AND/OR PINEAPPLE []


Background: Consumption of local fruits in most countries is poor, especially seasonal fruits. There is a need for more processing of natural fruits blends to improve our fruit intake and enhance health. Objective: The study evaluated the nutritional and sensory properties of pure and mixed fruit juices from Soursop, orange and pineapple. Methods: Mature Soursop was washed and the shell removed, then the pulp blended and sieved. Pineapple was washed, peeled, blended and sieved. Oranges were washed, the juices squeezed out and sieved. Samples were produced using the following combinations, Samples D (40 % Soursop, 30 % Orange and 30 % Pineapple), C (50 % Soursop and 50 %Orange), B (50 % Soursop and 50 % Pineapple) and A (100 % Soursop). Nutritional properties and sensory evaluation were analysed using standard methods. Data was analysed using Duncan multiple range test. Results: Sample B (79.7%) had the highest moisture content, while sample A (75.0%) had the lowest, the difference was significant (p ≤0.05). Sample D had the highest levels of crude protein 1.1%, fat 0.5%, dietary fibre 0.46% and calorie 0.9%, although carbohydrate (18.68%) was higher in Sample C. It also had the highest PH 4.1 and TTA 2.8g as well as antioxidant (DPPH, Total phenolic compounds and reducing power) while sample A had the highest brix value (8.0), Sample B had the highest content of Vitamin C (38.92%). Sample D was the most preferred in the flavour, sweetness, aroma taste and overall acceptability. Conclusion: Overall data from the study showed that the fruit juice with three fruits (Sample D) contained the highest levels of nutrients, hence the most nutritionally beneficial. It was also the most preferred juice compared with the pure soursop juices and that from two fruits.


Diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates in Littoral zone of Shahpura Lake, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh []


water is the most critical for the survival of life existing on earth.aquatic organisms play important role in deciding the health of lakes, as certain organisms act as pollution or pollution free environment.


Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of glutaraldehydephenyl hydrazone as a chromogenic reagent for spectrophotometric determination of selected toxic heavy metals (Pb, Cr, Cd and As) in water, environmental and biological samples. []


The work involves the synthesis, characterization and evaluation of glutaralaldehydephenyl hydrazone as a chromogenic reagent in the UV/Vis spectrophotometric method for the determination of selected heavy metals in water, biological and environmental samples. The hydrazone was synthesized by single step condensation method. The product yield was 79.0% with melting points 129-131ºC, the nitrogen content yield was 18.91%. The infrared spectra data obtained from the measurement of glutaraldehydephenylhydrazone showed characterized absorptions bands in regions around 3492.5, 3451 due to –NHR groups. And stretches at 3085 and 1604 due to =CH and C=N respectively. The nuclear magnetic resonance (13C-NMR) spectrum showed peaks around 111.0-141.0 due to aromatic carbon atom, 129.3 ppm due to cyano carbon atom and 40.0, 39.2 and 31.7ppm due to the three methylene carbons. The 1HNMR spectrum revealed peaks at 1.64-1.69 ppm due to the multiplet –CH2- protons, 2.214-2.386 ppm due to quartet –CH2- protons. 7.331-7.345 ppm due to =CH protons, 7.015 ppm due to –NH signal and 6.59-7.34 ppm due to aromatic protons. The Evaluation of the analytical properties of synthesized glutaraldehydephenylhydrazone (GPH) on the metals (Cd, As, Pb, and Cr), the reagent GPH revealed a wavelength range of between 360.0 (Cr) to 395.0 nm for (Pb and As) as maximum absorption at a working pH of 6.5 to 7.5 room temperature (37°C). The reagent had a molar absorptivities (L mol-1 cm-1) ranging from 2.213 x 104 (Pb) to 2.460 x 104 (As), a mole ratio of metal to ligand of 2:1, a detection limit (µg/g) ranging from 0.3432 (As) to 0.5250 (Pb) and the metal-ligand complex was stable for 0-48 hours. The reagents had a Beer’s law validity range (mgL-1) of 0.001 to 100. The preliminary investigations of GPH as possible chelating reagents for the UV-Vis spectrophotometric determination of lead (Pb) on waste water and waste water soil from tannery was carried out, and the result were compared with results from Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) methods. The results obtained were satisfactory with good precision for the GPH methods.


Enhancing economic competitiveness in Nigeria: The roles of Exchange rate and interest rate. []


One of the three broad objectives of the Federal Government of Nigeria's economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP) is to build a globally competitive economy, with key executive priority of stabilizing the macroeconomic environment. Macroeconomic police instruments such as the interest rate and exchange rate remain prime monetary drivers of growth and competitiveness in any economy. This empirical study therefore proffers response to the question of which of interest rate and exchange rate makes more significant contribution to economic competitiveness in Nigeria. We have employed Ordinary Least Square Regression technique to measure the impact of interest rate and exchange rate on GDP using data spanning from 1981-2016. Results reveal that exchange rate has more significant impact on economic competitiveness than interest rate. The Federal Government of Nigeria is therefore advised to implement policies to improve the exchange rate system in Nigeria.


INTELLIGENCE SHARING: THE CHALLENGES AMONG THE NIGERIAN SECURITY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT []


Nigeria is a pluralistic society with diverse culture and with the antecedent of criminal and insecurity activities. However Nigeria government with a view to promoting national security has established multiplicity of security outfits to cater for national security. For security to thrive in such situation there is need for intelligence sharing among these security agencies. Surprisingly, the multiplicity instead of achieving the utmost security among all odds, they promote lack of cooperation, ego boosting, favouritism, marginalisation among the various security outfits. Individual outfit keeps its intelligence gathered within itself with a view to promoting unnecessary relevance and competition among other outfits rather than sharing intelligence together to achieve common purpose. The study therefore examined the challenges of intelligence sharing among the Nigerian security agencies and the government that ought to execute intelligence report shared with it. Ironically, the politicisation of intelligence shared with government itself makes a mockery of intelligence sharing among the security outfits. The study also rests on observation and literature on intelligence and security highlighting the challenges of security outfits in Nigeria with their overlapping functions. The paper therefore recommends collaborative effort in intelligence sharing between the security agencies and government, de-politicising intelligence and more provision of security facilities to help gather information timely in order to forestall impending dangers.