TASTY DELICACIES THAT COME WITH CHRISTMAS

If there is any one thing that comes with Christmas, it is the relish of good food. During the Christmas period, it is not unusual for many people to visit food joints as a family. Even better, more families treat themselves to homemade food. But more than just eating, there are very particular delicacies that come with the Christmas season. So, you are thinking of just what to treat your family to this Christmas? Then, just hang around here. You are likely to find just the perfect dish for this Christmas season.

But you can’t afford to leave other things undone for the Christmas as well. Even while in the kitchen preparing the perfect Christmas, you should take control of other things. You can do just this by logging on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass offers you the best treatment this season. With VTpass, you can pay your everyday bills like airtime, data, tv subscriptions and even your electricity bills. So, you really don’t have to worry about missing out on the other tasks as you go all out to make the perfect delicacies that enliven your Christmas experience.

Talking about food, here are the tasty delicacies and meals that come with Christmas.

Jollof-rice

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You would agree that Jollof-rice has come to be one delicacy that is suitable for just about any occasion or celebration. And with a touch of vegetables and chicken, Jollof-rice is downright perfect for a Christmas meal.

Pudding

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Whatever pudding it is- rice pudding, apple pudding etc. Puddings are really nice dessert for Christmas dinner and celebration. A little bit of experience and a nice oven will just about do well to make this.

Pasta and meat dishes

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A well-cooked pasta dish with meat sauce is one dish that can m. Again, it is very affordable and quick to prepare. So, it has all the advantages of a Christmas delicacy.

Roasted Turkey

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Believe it or not, roasted turkey has found its way into the hearts of many as a perfect Christmas dish. And there is no better way of eating roasted turkey. It can be eaten alone just as it can be eaten with other delicacies. A stuffed turkey also does well for the August occasion.

Chocolate

Have you ever heard this saying?

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Well, this tells you how important a hot chocolate dessert is during Christmas.

Pancake

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As easy as making pancake is, it embodies the spirit of the season. And it is good for an early breakfast meal.

Pie

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Related to this, we also have the pie. Ranging from Apple pie, pumpkin pie to pecan pie and sweet potato pie, you are sure to get yourself Christmas groovy by making a pie.

Cakes and pastries

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Take all the time to munch all the cakes you can during the season. You might not get to eat quite much once you become busy again.

Candies and cookies

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Of course, we can exclude the kids. Although, you might want to make sure the kids take less sugar. The holiday season is a time to spoil and show them all the love you can spare. So, giving out quite a dose of candies would do no harm. And yes, you’ve got to spare them some cookies too. Afterall, these cookies must be left out so Santa can come take a bite and bless the kids with gifts.

Indeed, there’s too much to eat this Christmas. And there is also too much to spend. So that it is even possible to lose track of some of these expenses. Well, you got one less thing to worry about. With www.vtpass.com, you can pay your electricity bills, airtime, data and tv subscriptions in just three easy steps. And you don’t even have to leave where you are. So, right there from the kitchen or the market, you can get other things done. VTpass is your one-way ticket to an easy life.

SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS THE DIGITAL WAY

Christmas is fast approaching and many are looking forward to having a memorable celebration. But then, as far as many are concerned, work still goes on right up until the Christmas break. In fact, many more people see the holiday period as the season of booming sales for them. So, although they still want to have a blast of a Christmas, they can’t afford to make it happen. But then, you do not have to settle for a lifeless Christmas just because of work. You can make your Christmas come alive by shopping the digital way.

So, you need to pay your everyday bills and get your daily services in the nick of time? Then, log right on to www.vtpass.com on your phone or laptop. With www.vtpass.com, you can pay your electricity bills, airtime, data and tv subscriptions. What this means is you do not have to run around, trying to get these bills fixed. Because with your phone in your palms, you can settle your daily bills. Evidently, this reduces the slug on your shoulders and gets you going on more serious Christmas celebrations.

Now, here is a catalogue of just what you will need to brighten up your Christmas and just where you will get them the digital way. You can even bear to have a Christmas party without having to skip work or miss out on more money.

Christmas cards

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Let’s start with these. Do you know you can have your personalized Christmas cards? You get to design it yourself, pick festive fonts and themes. And then, you can as well add your favourite personal or favourite pictures. Afterwards, you go on to print it. Not only that, you can customise mugs and every other such thing. It’s easy.

Visit https://www.vistaprint.com/ to get this for yourself.

Christmas trees

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There is no way you can boast of a good Christmas without having a Christmas tree. You too busy to go hunt down one? Well, guess what? You can order this online. Go to jiji.ng to get your Christmas tree.

Christmas decorations

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To beautify your home the Christmas way, you need just the right Christmas themes to work with. You can reach out to any of these digital addresses to get your Christmas decoration ideas:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/how-to/g2203/christmas-decoration-ideas/

http://www.housebeautiful.com/entertaining/holidays-celebrations/advice/g999/christmas-home-decor-1110/

You can get any of your Christmas decoration items here:

https://www.flipkart.com/home-decor/festive-decor/christmas-decorations/pr?sid=1m7,fja,qhe

http://www.christmastreeshops.in/christmas-decorations.html

https://www.wayfair.com/holiday-decor/cat/christmas-decorations-c215431.html

Christmas gifts

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And yes, you would want to get Christmas presents for the ones you love- your kids, your friends and hubbies. Here are five good places to buy nice Christmas presents:

Amazon Prime

Best Buy

Currys PC World

Bloomingdale

Anthropologie

Kmart

Uncommon Goods

With these sites, you can have your gifts shipped down to you and delivered on time.

Santa Claus

 

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Do you know you can rent a personal Santa Claus to come home and surprise your kids? Check out this link, https://www.gigmasters.com/services/santa-claus, to find out more.

Food

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Jumia.com offers the best bet at getting all the food items you need for the Christmas season. And if you want to order already prepared food, then you would want to check out http://homebistro.dinewise.com. Then you can also look up on www.freshly.com.

Drinks

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You can order your drinks from Jumia.com.

So, you can quite see that you can have an eventful Christmas without having to leave your comfort zone. VTpass makes things even better. You can pay your everyday bills anywhere you are and at any time by logging on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass is your one-stop convenient online payment platform. With VTpass, you can easily pay for your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL, 9MOBILE airtime and data. You can also pay your electricity bills and tv subscriptions on www.vtpass.com. This Christmas, go all out to have the time of your life the digital way.

 

A personal guide to installing an Operating system

Any new laptop is like a tabula rasa, a clean slate. It merely contains anything that you need or want. So, for a laptop to really come alive, it needs an operating system. And to install this OS, most people consult the help of engineers and computer experts. But then, installing an OS is not really much of a tasking thing to do. In fact, anyone can do it. By following the personal guide here, you will find it easy.  VTpass, an online payment platform values convenience and speed. This is why we make it very easy for you to pay for your everyday services. In just three easy steps, you get to pay for your airtime, data, electricity bills and tv subscriptions on your laptop. You just have to log on to www.vtpass.com.

So, here’s one more way to get convenient: installing an OS personally. So, here’s a personal guide to installing a windows OS.

One

Image result for office 365Choose the operating system you want to install. To know which one is suitable, you have to know that the system’s requirements. For instance, an older laptop or system may not be able to handle a newer operating system. Again, the storage capacity of the laptop must be able to accommodate the OS you have in mind. Usually, most installations require a 1GB RAM and 15-20% of hard disk storage space. Basically, the requirements differ. Linux, for one, does not consume as much space as Windows.

Two

Image result for linuxPurchase or download your OS of choice: Windows OS should normally be purchased. But you can afford to download Linux.

Three

Image result for office 365Software compatibility: You should make sure the OS you want to download matches the programs you want to use.

Four

The installation disc should come with a product code upon purchase. If you have only the code, you can use it to download a copy of the disc.

Five

Image result for back up filesBack-up: If you are merely reinstalling an OS, then you would need to back up your files. And if you are installing a new OS alongside an old one, you will still need to back up. Most times, it is good to put your data on an external storage device.

Six

If it’s gonna be a dual installation, then you should always install Windows first.

Seven

Related imageInsert your installation disc into the system, switch off the laptop and reboot. But first, you have to change some settings in your BIOS to ensure your laptop reboots from the installation disc and not from the hard drive. To change this setting, go to the setup key that shows up during a reboot process. It is usually in the very place you find your manufacturer’s logo like where you get to see hp, dell, Toshiba whatever the case may be. You can also click on F1, F10, F12 or DEL/Delete.

Eight

Image result for setup menu, bootOnce you are in the setup menu, find the place where ‘boot‘ is written. Make your CD/DVD drive as the first boot option. Make sure your CD/DVD/USB Drive is well inserted.

Nine

For a Linux operating system, you get to test the OS before you install. But this is not usually the case with Windows.

Ten

Whatever the OS, it might take some time for the setup program to load as it needs to copy some files for it to work. So, you would need to wait. When it loads, you will need to fill in some basic options as language and layout.

Eleven

Before or after the installation, you will need to insert your product key. This comes with the installation disc. But this is usually common with Windows OS, not necessarily Linux.

Twelve

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Windows usually give you an option to choose your installation type. You can either choose upgrade or custom. But preferably, you should choose custom whether or not you are reinstalling or upgrading the OS. This would prevent the laptop from having issues in the future.

Thirteen

The next step is to choose the partition where you want the OS. Actually, if you installing the Windows, this happens automatically. But you can choose by deleting the partition already there. This will set in an unallocated space. Select the unallocated space and choose your new partition.

Fourteen

In a Linux installation, you will need to fill in your time zone, create a username and password, log in to Linux distribution as well as authorize system changes. The options for doing this are clearly stated. For Windows, you also have to fill in some personal information.

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After you fill in the information and enter, you will need to wait for the installation to be complete. This might take some time depending on the speed of your laptop.

Sixteen

After the installation is complete, you can go on to fill in your login details. For one, you will need to fill in your username and/or password. You will also need to put in your product key again. If you are installing a Windows 8 or 10, you can customise the colours and display of your computer.

Well, installing an operating system is as easy as this. Looking for convenient, speedy ways to perform tasks? Then you would want to log on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass allows you to perform your everyday transactions in just three easy steps. You can pay your electricity bills or buy your DSTV, STARTIMES, GOTV subscriptions. You can also pay for your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and 9MOBILE airtime and data subscriptions. With VTpass, life is always easier.

 

 

SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY BY EARNING MORE

The holiday seasons are approaching. And for many, it is just the right time to spend freely and buy fun in the most way possible. Really, it’s easy to lose money during the holiday period. This is because, at the year’s end, more responsibilities arise just as the festivities give you more reason to buy things and celebrate. But you can do more with your holiday than spend more money. You can actually earn more money with VTpass. VTpass is an online payment platform that affords you the opportunity to pay for your daily services. With www.vtpass.com, you can make payment for your airtime, data, tv subscription and electricity bills.

But what’s more. You can also make money on the VTpass platform. VTpass offers a veritable system of earning a passive income for this holiday period. And here’s how.

Earn easy by partnering with us.
Join the VTPass.com Happy Earner Program and earn money online.
We have provided all the tools and resources you need to earn a commision with VTpass

There are 4 easy ways to Earn.

Join our Affiliate Programme

glo,easyshare, shareDo you have a website? Earn Happy by placing our affiliate banners on your website.
You can also share our affiliate links or embed our links in your Blog posts.

You get a commission on whatever was paid for through your affiliate links.

Get started today.

Set up in simple steps

1. Activate the affiliate feature
2. Generate an affiliate banner code
3. Place on your website and watch your earnings grow.

Then you can monitor, track progress and make changes to boost your earnings.

Place our Widgets on Your website

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Through our widget, people can pay for services directly on our website.

Embed the VTpass Happy Earners widget on your website and earn commissions on purchases made through the widget.

You can place on your website sidebar and you can also create a page for it.

Step:
1. Activate the widget feature
2. Generate a widget code
3. Place on your website (sidebar or page).

Promote the buy page on your website.

Seat and watch your earnings grow.

Become a Terminal Agent

Don’t have a website? No need to worry.

Become a terminal agent and resell our services in your area.

You can still earn on VTpass by activating the Terminal agent feature.

Suitable if you have a shop, a student or in locations where there are physical customers.

You deliver services to your customers and they pay you cash.

Sell VTpass services to your customers from your location and earn a commission for every purchase.

Step:
1. Activate the terminal agent feature
2. Top up your VTpass wallet for easy payment
3. Market your services in your location and start earning

Refer a Friend

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Simply share your referral link with your Friends & Family.

Earn a commission on any purchases they make for the next 30 days.

How to Start

1. Register on the website, www.vtpass.com

2. Log on to your account

3. Visit the earnings page/partner with us

So make sure to brighten your holiday with lots of love from your family and lots of money from VTpass.

BANGERS AND FIRECRACKERS: The Sound of Christmas

Firecrackers originated in China from as early as 200 BC. But then, these firecrackers were merely bamboos. These bamboos produced the same loud bang we know now when placed near heat continuously. Soon afterwards, the invention of gunpowder changed everything. And right now, nothing beats the colourful sparkles and crackling sounds that fill the air every Yuletide season. Indeed, bangers and firecrackers make Christmas all the better and better.

But then, what’s a good sound without comfort? And what’s a good banger full Christmas without convenience? Get all the comfort and convenience you need this Yuletide period with VTpass. VTpass is comfort. Right from your comfort, you can pay for your daily services and settle your bills from your phones. So, just by logging in to www.vtpass.com, you can make payment for your electricity bills, data, tv subscriptions and airtime.

But come to think of it, are these blaring sounds of Christmas still heard today?

Unfortunately, nearly not. Somehow, back in the mid-90s, people began to condemn the use of bangers and firecrackers. Many saw them as noise pollutions, and threats to societal peace. In fact, some thought they posed dangers to the kids who took delights in throwing off these bangers.

Before then, right from December 1, it was not uncommon for kids to herald in the month with the loud sounds of these knockouts. While kids cherished the little bangers they threw on the floor, teenagers liked to deal more with firecrackers. They would throw these firecrackers to the sky and have them splash colours over people’s heads. As the days drew closer to its end, so did the sound increase. And the splashing colours too, they got brighter. Most times, it was hard to tell a street you knew earlier in the year. Because apart from the fact that there would be a lot of colourful adornments, loud banger noises usually blared from all corners.

firecrackersMost adults couldn’t stand the jeering kids who waited in corners to scare them out of their wits. And the kids, they expended all their pocket money in buying these knockouts. In time, it became evident that no one wanted much to do with these explosives. This became even more evident when these explosives, one or the other, led to the jeopardy of some people’s lives. And now, we can only hear these sounds of Christmas in trickles here and there. But even though they may not sound as gallantly and highly as they used. It is apparent that they can never die so far as there are still kids out there.

VTpass wants to offer you comfort and ease this Yuletide period. Log on to www.vtpass.com to pay your electricity bills and DSTV, STARTIMES and GOTV subscriptions. Also, pay for your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and 9MOBILE airtime and data subscriptions in three easy steps. It’s simple, safe and reliable.

 

WAYBACK: History of Electricity in Nigeria

It is somewhat difficult to imagine a time without electricity in Nigeria. This is not to say we have a stable power hold. But, electricity is quite something that has found a place in nearly every home. And there have quite been a lot of changes in the power sector. These changes have in so many ways affected power supply in various capacities. Again, one thing that has changed over time is the payment method. Away from the manual methods of payment that characterised the yesteryears, there are now automatic ways of paying. So that, you can now pay your electricity bills from the comfort of your space and speedily too. One sure way to do this is by logging on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass lets you pay your electricity bills as well as for other daily services in just three easy steps.

So, what’s the history of electricity in Nigeria? Just how and when did we begin to have our lights shining?

We didn’t begin to generate electricity on our own. It was a development wrought at the hands of the British colonial rulers in 1896. The first power plant, was at their behest, set up in Lagos.But then, we weren’t at all ready to have them run the show just they were not ready to as well. So in 1929, electricity generation activities kicked off in full with the creation of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Company (NESCO). Alongside the Public Works Department, they had a mandate to build power plants across. This led to the construction of a hydroelectric power station at Kuru, Jos.

But then, only government officials and houses had access to electricity. However, this was to change when the newly formed Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) gave the instruction that electricity should be provided for any and all Nigerians who could afford it. This was in 1952. This led to the construction of a 132KV line linking Ijora Power Station and Ibadan Power station. Furthermore, the Niger Dams Authority, established in 1962, went on to open our eyes to the possibility of deriving power from water (hydropower transmission). And this was the beginning of a golden period in Nigeria. But this golden era was not without the amalgamation of NDA and ECN to form the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).

So, this golden period lasted all through the 1970s to the 1980s. We can say this was due to the fact that the rural areas saw no need for electricity and did not press for it. So, there were enough watts to go round. But this was set to change when the power sector started experiencing a decline in maintenance. And coupled with the fact that more people demanded electricity, the good days of good electricity faded. By 2000, power supply dropped to as low as 1,500 megawatts.

Olusegun Obasanjo, in his time, put in quite some effort to change this trend when he came up with the National Electric Power Policy in 2001. This was led to the creation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). This administration also came up with the Presidential Action Committee on Power. On and on, other administrations like the GEJ administration, have come up with several other corporations.

On the 1st of November 2013, the existing GENCOS and DISCOS were privatised and a bulk of the administration was handed over to private companies.

Really, it is evident that Nigeria has come a long way when it comes to electricity. And although we are not totally yet at that stage of total illumination, we can say we are getting there. Also, when it comes to paying your electricity bills, there is now an easier and more convenient way. And this is through VTpass. VTpass offers a convenient way of paying everyday services like airtime, data, electricity bills and tv subscriptions. Log on now to www.vtpass.com to make easy, fast payments for your electricity bills.

VIRTUAL TOP UP (VTU): WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW

Constantly, there is an uptrend drive in the world to effectively carry out tasks in more convenient manners. Indeed, everyone tries to find an alternative way to perform daily duties better and faster. And by implication, we harness any such resources at our disposal to ensure ease and speed in performing tasks. But then, even the supposedly fast routes to doing things have their downs. And it is as a result of this that VTpass, an online payment platform, has come to stay as a reliable way of meeting daily needs. You need to pay your electricity bills, cable tv subscriptions, phone airtime and data, then log on to www.vtpass.com. With www.vtpass.com, you can get your services in just three easy steps. And there is yet another good use you can put VTpass to, and that is the Virtual Top Up (VTU).

Virtual Top-up is a profiteering venture where you get to sell services as a VTU vendor through your mobile device and get profit. You can do an airtime top-up as low as #1 on MTN and #50 on Airtel, GLO and 9mobile. Vending and selling these services is now easier when you connect to www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you get to easily and conveniently perform your several VTU transactions.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

In case you are wondering how you can make profit from this. Then think about how many active mobile users we have in Nigeria. There are over 149 million users. And these users generate a lot of income for the telecommunication company. This makes vending airtime very lucrative. Hence, you can be a successful vending agent.

However, there is a lot of stress that comes with trying to start a VTU business- Business registration, computer, a swelling capital, a certificate and a website or blog. But then, you can easily bypass all these requirements and do VTU by partnering with VTpass.

To do this,

vtu

  1. Log on to www.vtpass.com on your mobile device.
  2. Register with the site using your email or phone number.
  3. You automatically get a wallet which you can credit at anytime.
  4. Sell and dispense airtime to customers through your VTpass wallet.
  5. Also, sell data to customers in the same way the VTU works.
  6. It is handy and very convenient. You do not need to carry cash about. With your vtpass wallet, you can dispense airtime and data to any number anywhere anytime.
  7. And you can also be a terminal agent on www.vtpass.com. By being a terminal agent, you get to perform transactions for others and get a commission for it. And this doesn’t just apply to airtime and data, it applies to all the services we offer.

To get more information, visit here

VTU

RIGHT INVESTMENTS THAT CANNOT GO WRONG

Ever put your money in a venture that didn’t go down well? Then, you might know a little about minding just where you put your investments. Or even worse, you might be very sardonic about investment, especially in a place like Nigeria. At VTpass, we do know how painful it can be to have one’s money go down the drain without meeting a purpose. So, we help you get your money’s worth anytime any day. You do not need to rely on getting services that will not deliver. From us, you can get all your everyday service just when you want it. To do this, log on to www.vtpass.com. On www.vtpass.com, you can pay and get your phone airtime, electricity bills, data and cable tv subscriptions.

And as for those investments that fail, it might be because you are looking in the wrong direction. Good investment prospects do not necessarily have to be something big. Most people put their money in shares and stocks and virtually other things that look promising but do not necessarily promise a win. Rather than investing your money in things that do not actually yield much, why not look at the possibility of investing in any of these:

  1. AGRICULTURE: This might look a little unsuspecting. But the agricultural sector is one good place to trade. A good investment usually works around products and services that target consumers cannot do without. And if there is any one thing like that, then it must be food. Because of this, you can always invest in something that directly or indirectly connects you with agriculture.
  2. TECHNOLOGY: Ok, this is something that is on the ebb, and virtually on the verge of exploding. There are various ways you can invest and make money from the technological realm. But then, you should look for technological opportunities that do not squeeze too much out of you. For one, through online platforms like VTpass, you can make a growing passive income that sustains you well enough. And this too for just a small investment. By being a terminal agent, an affiliate partner or trade partner, you can get commissions on the number of trades you refer or bring onto the platform. So, visit www.vtpass.com to find out more.
  3. AFRICAN ARTS: Ok, you are shocked at this point. But then, you would want to know that past and contemporary artworks of African artisans are in high demand. Not just that, the various factors like distance and time that were once barriers to the importing and exporting of artworks are in redress. And what is more appealing is knowing that these highly demanded artworks are bought by Africans themselves. What this means is anyone who chooses to invest in African arts either as an art collector, a curator, exhibitioner and the likes will not be at a loss. Are you an art enthusiast? Then waste no time, join in the movement.
  4. CRYPTOCURRENCY: Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Dogecoin etc. are opening new ways for people to make money. Although this is sometimes, you can invest in this and make quite a lot.

Investing in VTpass as a terminal agent, a business developer or trade partner puts you on par with anyone investing in any other field. This is because you not only stand to make quite a lot. But it also comes at a low risk. Visiting www.vtpass.com gives you more information about this. Also, you can buy and pay for your everyday services using www.vtpass.com. Settle your electricity bills, cable tv subscription, airtime and data easily and speedily using www.vtpass.com. Really, with VTpass, life can only get better.

 

SURE SIGNS YOUR PHONE IS INFECTED WITH A VIRUS

A phone, like every precious possession, form a very important part of our lives. And like everything else, they are prone to damage, rot and sicknesses. But the worst thing that could happen to a phone is having a virus. And not knowing that your phone has a virus is even more dangerous as it gives room for loss of control and information. Similarly, planning to call someone only to discover there is no airtime is yet another frustrating situation. You can always fix this problem with www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com on your phone, you get easy access to pay for your airtime and data services. You also get to settle your electricity bills and cable tv subscriptions conveniently. But the one thing you cannot easily fix is a virus on your phone. Because first, you have to know it is there. So how do you know there is a virus?

First, you must know that malware is used to gain access to the private accounts of smartphones. As the phone is a passage into a lot of personal data, it is good you try to keep it safe. Because this malware works secretly, it might be hard to detect their presence. But with these signs, you should be able to tell

  1. When apps begin to crash: Let’s say you are chatting on Whatsapp, and the application suddenly stops. And then this goes on over and over again. You should know there is a malware.
  2. A lot of pop-ups: Now this is one sure way to know. When you see a lot of unnecessary pop-up adverts coming right up to the screen of your phone. And then going ahead to interrupt whatever you are doing, there is a virus.
  3. Battery drain: Have you ever had to see your phone battery drain completely right after you charged it, then there is a malware.
  4. Data exhaust: Viruses are data exhaust, they can soak up on someone’s data as fast as a straw. So when next you seem to think your data has gone faster than it should. Then know who to blame.

The signs of a virus breakout apply to all phones but the treatments are different. So, do make sure you go to the phone repairer before the virus sucks up on too much. VTpass offers a viable payment system that does not fail. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can pay for your airtime, electricity bills and data. You can also renew your cable TV subscriptions.

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM VTPASS

VTpass wishes everyone who is privileged to sit around a table of roasted turkey or other sumptuous meal and say thanks a happy Thanksgiving. There is nothing worth thankful for than being alive and having your family and friends all around you. And what’s a Thanksgiving without sharing? Well, VTpass has made sharing, even more, fun and convenient through the online payment platform, www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can easily share airtime and data with your friend. You can even afford to pay their electricity bills, cable tv subscriptions and so much more without having to see them at all. Really, this is more than any plastic-wrapped turkey you can afford to give them.

Talking about roasted turkey; this week, Donald Trump performed the obligatory before-thanksgiving ceremony where he got to pardon a lucky turkey and spare him the burden of coming under the knife.

The turkey which weighs about 36 pounds was given official pardon while the rest are left to bend their neck to the Thanksgiving celebration. Honestly, except for the fact that it is practised by one of the world’s powerful nations, this tradition sounds quite bizarre but it has quite a formidable heritage supporting it. Something that truly deserves a telling over and over again.

It all started with Tad, the fine son of our good president, Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, a turkey had been brought to Lincoln’s home for Christmas dinner. But young Tad took a liking for the turkey and pleaded that its life should be spared. Following this, the tradition of keeping a turkey alive has somehow managed to slip into modern civilisation.

But at first, it was not quite a binding rule to spare these turkeys. In fact, dead and roasted turkeys were usually offered as gifts to presidents during the 1870s. A Rhode Island poultry farmer Horace Vose was very accountable in this regard. Called the poultry king, Vose’dead and roasted Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys started with President Ulysses S. Grant and continued till he died in 1913. Even after his death, the “turkey gifts” were established as a customary practice and an emblem of goodness.

It was not until 1947 that the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board gave live turkeys to the then President Harry Truman. Somehow, President Truman got pretty excited about this and photographed himself with the adorable turkey weighing 42 pounds before slapping it unto his Christmas plate. But already, the iconic image stuck out like a thumb in the minds of many.

President John Kennedy in 1963 took a cue from this and pardoned a turkey given him for a celebration. The president’s choice to offer clemency to the turkey might be slightly influenced by the sign that stuck around the turkey’s head which read, “Good eating, Mr President.” To this, Mr President simply replied, “We’ll just let this one grow.”

After Kennedy, this sparing a turkey’s life, it was pretty much becoming a campaign so that President Richard Nixon went on to send off the birds offered to him as gifts to the local petting zoo. Perhaps he didn’t feel right sending off the birds to a straightforward death in the presidential kitchen. President Ronald Reagan followed this trend, sending off Charlie, his birdie gifts to the Frying Pan petting zoo, but not without mentioning that the turkey had been pardoned.

November 26, 2008
George Bush (C) pardons a turkey named Pumpkin

Well, George H. W. Bush on the 17th day of November 1989 came all out to declare the pardoning of turkeys. He said “let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey…he’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

And true to Bush’s words, several lucky turkeys have received pardon every November at the hands of benevolent American presidents.

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