Summer is Here: Be Road Trip Ready

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As summer storms, heat, and humid condition increase Charlie and Kent want you to be safe on the road. Bring your car to The Auto Doctor for routine maintenance, road ready service, or any ocncerns you have before your next road trip. Let us worry about your car so your time off is relaxing and fun.


2 thoughts on “Summer is Here: Be Road Trip Ready

  1. Umudafa says:

    One of my major points of discontent with the President Muhammadu Buhari
    administration is the shallowness of its anti-corruption campaign. Right from
    the day he commenced his campaign as candidate of the All Progressives
    Congress, I discerned that unless he eventually acquired some earthshaking insight in the course of
    administering Nigeria, Buhari was going to make no
    significant gain in his passion without vision on this front.

    My argument then and even now is that fighting corruption in Nigeria without
    understanding its root cause and dealing with the same would be wasted effort.
    I reasoned that a country, which does not pay its workers, where pensioners die in queues in wait for their monthly stipends, where hundreds of
    thousands of elderly citizens who invested their youth in the
    service of the nation die in penury, cannot wish corruption away by sheer bravado.

    Nigeria could recover looted funds, name and shame pillagers
    forever, but the chance of remotely reducing corruption would remain a pipe dream for as long as
    people cannot hope to reap the dividends of hard work, for as long as quality education is out of the reach of the common man,
    for as long as quality health care delivery remains a luxury
    and decent housing and transport continue to be unattainable for honest and
    conscientious people.

    The assumption that the dramatics of the past 22 months discourage corruption in high places has proved to be mere wishful
    thinking from reports of activities within the government hierarchy.

    But even if this position had succeeded, the fact is
    that the corruption that paralyses and gives Nigeria the preponderance
    of its image problems are those that make it difficult
    for people to transact everyday business without rubbing the palms of gatekeeping officials.

    Ask what still happens in the civil service,
    with the police, immigration and customs. How did
    the pump action guns reportedly recovered in Lagos recently escape the
    scrutiny of customs officials? How do thousands of bags of allegedly contraband rice get into
    shops all over the country? How it is that Nigerians still
    have to pay between N30,000 and N40,000 to obtain passports from the immigration service even now that the official rate is just
    about half of that? Or, these do not constitute corrupt practices?

    This is not to say that every Nigerian is corrupt,
    even though, truth be told, it is difficult for anyone, in the
    current circumstance to vouch for anybody’s ability to resist temptation, until one is confronted with opportunities.
    You never know the depth of any water until you test it with one leg and when opportunity gets in contact with needs, only time could reveal
    what would happen.

    However, a lot of people who will not soil their hands with filthy lucre are now embracing every opportunity to
    leave the country. Mostly professionals, these people leave the
    country with their families, with children, who should ordinarily signpost the future of the country.
    They will most often cite the frustrating cost of quality education for their children and the uncertainty hanging around the
    country’s future as disincentive for continuous stay.
    So, more than the depressing economic capacities of this moment, the
    uninspiring outlook of the future stimulates this desire to emigrate.
    That is not to speak of thousands of our youths who, without much of any professional or educational qualifications, take desperate measures to relocate abroad.

    But again, like those who have opportunities to cheat the country, people with the capacity to migrate
    are a minuscule of the huge number of Nigerians who are subjected to unceasing and depressing deprivation and despair.
    And since this majority, once estimated to
    be well over 70 per cent of the entire population, does not have access to the national treasury, nor possess the wherewithal to flee the country, they succumb to all sorts of emotional
    strains that are becoming more evident in Nigeria than ever.

    Before the sad incident of Dr Allwell Orji who reportedly
    plunged to his death on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Sunday, we had
    recently heard unimaginable submission to suicides and commission of crimes ranging from torture
    to doing bodily harm and outright homicides
    in alarming volumes.

    In January, a student of Babcock University, Illisan Remo,
    was said to have committed suicide, while just a few days back,
    a final year student of the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, was also said to have
    killed himself; even this last Monday, another woman reportedly
    attempted to take her own life in the Mile 2 area of Lagos.

    Concerning homicide, a report in the last edition of Saturday PUNCH identified a medical doctor who
    stabbed his mother to death in Ota, Ogun State. That same week, a personnel of the
    Nigerian Air Force, murdered his lover, another military
    personnel, on allegations of alleged unfaithfulness in Makurdi, Benue State.
    A few weeks before that, a man was said not to have just
    killed his wife, he had the steel to cut her into pieces while deceptively joining her family’s members
    in a search for her. Even if this were for ritual purposes, I am convinced that there must be some
    dimension of mental irregularity to it. Some of the crimes and wickedness that we see these days must come
    from a deep place of lonely suffering.

    Even on the streets, Nigerians now sprinkle anger like spring water.
    Cases of transferred aggression and violent outbursts are more frequent evidencing the inability
    of a lot of our people to meet up with their own expectations, even of themselves.
    Without our knowing it, depression, delusion and
    so many of those psycho-social or mental health problems have crept in on us and becoming rampant
    among us.

    To avoid losing their minds, a lot of us, especially the youths,
    even children, now take solace in alcohol, drugs and hard substances.
    Marijuana is now so commonplace that it possibly sells for the same price as
    sachet water. Unfortunately, those who experiment with all sorts of chemical concoctions mostly
    end up in the same place they thought they were avoiding- losing their minds
    to the misuse and overdose of these drugs.

    But is our government paying attention? I think not. For
    most of our leaders, winning the next election is what
    is paramount. For instance, I read the letter written by Kaduna State
    Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to President Buhari late last year
    and saw nothing more than a desperate attempt to see that Buhari and himself retained power
    beyond 2019. Although this was buried in veiled passion for
    the emancipation of the people, the governor betrayed his motive
    with suggestions about the need for Buhari and
    his caucus to take control of national working committee
    of the APC by planting their loyalists therein.

    Keen observers of politics in Nigeria will understand that hijacking the
    executive of parties is the height of all political corruption and the beginning of the end
    of political associations. Interrogate the loss of the 2015 presidential election by
    the Peoples Democratic Party and its current naked dance and you will find
    the desperation of ambitious political office holders to control the executive
    a causative factor. That is the same place that we are gradually returning to with people
    like such letters!

    But Nigeria may one day slip off the hands of this crop of
    politicians unless concerted efforts are made to alleviate
    the suffering of the people and pay specific attention to mental health.

    Being a largely superstitious people, we are largely sceptical about the need to pay
    attention to our mental health. And here, especially as our communal foundation is nearly
    totally eroded, is where government should be steps ahead of the citizenry.
    Not just by alleviating their situations, but also by sensitising as
    well as providing access to professional attention at all levels.

    From what I know about Nigeria, people can only
    get attention for mental health issues in pockets of tertiary facilities
    dotting our cities. This goes a long way to show the nation’s disregard for
    the total well-being of its people. What should happen now that we have a government that hopes for
    change is a deliberate integration of mental health into every level of medical intervention. This way,
    it would be possible to save people silently before they snap and commit murder or suicide.
    These little gestures reveal more about the hearts of leaders than all the grandstanding that we now,
    daily endure.

  2. Absolute Google Rankings says:

    Acquiring Backlinks from Multiple Domains is Important

    We know that earning backlinks to content is important, but how important is it that the backlinks are coming
    from different websites versus the same one?

    Well, the data clearly shows that it’s really important to have a substantial amount of diversity
    in the domains linking to your webpage(s).

    This is probably one of the most clear-cut factors that equate
    to high search engine rankings. In fact, the data showed that,
    on average, webpages ranking #1 had over 168% more linking
    domains than the webpages ranking at #5.

    This is even clearer to see when you look at the fact that webpages ranking #1 actually receive a 23% share of all the linking
    domains pointing to webpages on page 1 of Google.

    Whenever I map out a backlink acquisition strategy for an SEO campaign, one of the first questions that I try to answer
    is, “How can I get links from a wide range of different websites that are relevant to me?”

    Higher volumes of backlinks are great, but combining that with
    high diversity is what’s really going to move
    the needle.

    To give you an idea of the general ratio that you may want to aim for, I looked at the average
    ratio of backlinks to linking domains that results ranking
    on page 1 of had.

    As the trendline in the chart above indicates, the average ratio of
    backlinks to linking domains that page 1 ranking webpages had was 37:

    It’s worth noting here that this isn’t necessarily what you need
    to “aim for,” but rather it should be used as a benchmark
    to determine whether your current backlink profile could
    do with an increase in domain diversity.

    Action: Use a tool like Ahrefs to analyze your ratio of backlinks to linking domains.
    If you find that your backlinks are mainly coming from a small pool
    of domains, look at a way to diversify your backlink
    strategy to get links from a greater variety of domains.

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