Facebook has hired former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs and communications team, making him the most senior European politician ever in a leadership role in Silicon Valley.
The appointment comes at a time when the world’s largest social network is facing criticism from users and lawmakers following scandals about privacy and election meddling.
Clegg was the leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, the minority partner in the Conservative-led coalition that ruled Britain between 2010 and 2015.
He served as deputy prime minister to David Cameron, but was ousted after the Conservatives won a majority in 2015 in an election that saw Clegg’s party suffer a significant loss of support.
Clegg lost his own seat in Britain’s parliament in a general election last year.
Clegg, 51, succeeds Elliot Schrage and will report to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operation officer.Read More
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Friday unveiled his new wife, Queen Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi.
The new Queen, 25, a prophetess, is the Founder/President of En-Heralds, an interdenominational ministry based in Akure, Ondo state.
She started public ministry at the age of eighteen and became a full time evangelist in October 2011.
The monarch, who made the announcement through his social media platforms, praised her for her beauty, uniqueness and royal qualities and most especially, the fear of God she has.
He stated:“I waited patiently upon the Almighty the King of kings, he eventually did it in the midst of many trials.
“Shilekunola, Moronke, Naomi; the greatest Arsenal you can apply on this highly revered throne with many rules and regulations in the midst of undiluted tradition, heritage and culture is the “Fear Of God In You”, which is the beginning of your wisdom on this throne of Oduduwa.
“You are welcome home my beautiful and adorable queen.’’
Oba Ogunwusi was previously married to Queen Zaynab Otiti-Obanor.
Queen Zaynab confirmed the end of her 17 month old marriage to the monarch with an official statement on her instagram handle.
Her post partly read, “What I can confirm is that the Ooni and I are no more.
“I inhale love and exhale gratitude. My journey continues as a humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence & abuse with the United Nations.Read More
No fewer than 30 teachers and caregivers were trained on Thursday in Abuja by the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP), on how to handle violence against children.
Rev. Sister Agatha Chikelue, Director, COFP, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the training, said the purpose of the one-day workshop was to train the teachers on “Ending Violence Against Children”.
Chikelue said that participants were expected to train their fellow teachers and pupils on what they had learnt.
“The objective of the training is to identify, describe and commit to child rights, as well as identify and describe what constitutes violence against children and how they are perpetrated.
“Also to better understand the roles and responsibilities as teachers, caregivers and parents towards children and develop practical monitoring and reporting mechanism on violence against children.”
In her address, Chikelue told participants that the training would afford them the opportunity to rub minds and find better ways to address the menace of child abuse in the society.
According to her, children are now exposed to the life they are supposed to have in the next 10 years by their parents, teachers, religious leaders and relations.
“They have been put in that line at a tender age and if this is not addressed what kind of society are we going to have in the future?
“We cannot keep quiet anymore; we have to shout out against this menace, so government can help to do something about it.
“That is where teachers and caregivers come in because of their roles and positions in the society, to stand against child abuse by going back to our communities to tackle this issue and speak out against it.”
She urged the participants to do all within their power to help the children, adding that if they failed in the task they would have failed the children, themselves and the society.
Mrs Amaka Nwokocha, a facilitator, urged participants to share with and train their fellow teachers and pupils on what they had learnt, so the knowledge could be spread to more people.
Nwokocha said that if people became more knowledgeable about the issue of child abuse there would be a reduction in cases.
“Also if children are knowledgeable about the issue of child abuse, they will know what to do if they find themselves in such situations.”
Mr Austin Nnakwe, Program Manager, COFP, told the participants that the training should go beyond just coming to write but applying practically what they had learnt in their schools, homes and communities.
“Let us show love and compassion to these little children and let us stop abuse against them.”
Nnakwe also stressed the need for participants to educate their pupils and wards on sex education early, adding that they should teach them the real names of their private parts.
A participant, Mrs Bola Olupitan, from Discerning Readers International School, Jabi, Abuja, who also spoke to NAN said she had learnt many new things on the issue of child abuse.
Olupitan said she will go back and train her teachers and the parents of her students, and enlighten them on all she had learnt on child abuse and how to stop it.
Another participant, Abdrasak Babatunde, from Sheikh Abubakar Gummi Academy, Asokoro, said he was going to go back and equip his students with the necessary skills to ensure their rights were not abused.
Babtunde commended the organisation for organizing the training and added that all hands needed to be on deck to address the issue of child abuse.
“We have learnt a lot through the discussions and presentations; we should go back to our places of work, families and teach the young ones how to defend themselves.
“We should teach them to speak up when their rights are being abused. A child that grows up with violence will influence the society in a bad way.”
NAN reports that participants were drawn from public, private, Islamic and Christian Primary and Secondary schools in the FCT.
COFP is a Non–Governmental Organisation (NGO) established in 2010 with the mandate to provide a platform for building and strengthening the processes of peace and social change in Nigeria and across Africa.Read More
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has confirmed the receipt of a letter sent on Chinese Drugs reported to be made from human flesh.
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) earlier alerted the SON, National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Customs Service on a Chinese drugs made with human flesh.
The Technical Assistant/Head, Public Relations of the organisation, Mr Bola Fashina, explained that his organisation is on the lookout for the products even though he explained it is the primary responsibilities of both NAFDAC and Customs Service.
Investigations revealed that the capsules were filled with powdered flesh from dead babies.
They were made in North Eastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.
Thousands of the drugs were first confiscated in South Korea in 2012.
However, according to NIA, “the South Korean Customs Service, on 30th September 2018 revealed that it has seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from foetus, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals.
“The manufacturers claims that the drugs/capsules can boost stamina, cure cancer, diabetes and some other terminal diseases.
“The capsules were smuggled in suitcases and through international mail.”
The agency revealed that South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety indicated that 18.7 billion viruses, including hepatitis B virus were found the capsules.
It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.
NIA explained that it was monitoring the situation for detailed information.
“However, it is important for all relevant health regulatory agencies in Nigeria especially the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, NDLEA and SON to sensitize Nigerians of this development and warn them of the inherent dangers of patronizing drugs imported from China.
“The Customs Service, NIPOST and other mail delivery services should also step up monitoring of cargoes and packages with drugs imported into Nigeria.”
In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses.
The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease.Read More
The AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), an international NGO, has distributed more than 4,000 condoms and 500 sanitary pads to women and girls at Ruga community in Abuja.
Dr Chigozie Ikeh, the Site Coordinator of AHF Nigeria, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the distribution was part of activities to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, which held on Oct. 11.
Ikeh said the event was designed for vulnerable women and girls to develop and empower themselves through various skills acquisitions.
She added that the event provided a platform to advocate for every woman and girl-child to be educated and be the best in their various fields of endeavors.
“Ruga community in the FCT is a remote area with women between the ages of 20 and 30 years who are engaged in sex trade and various vices.
“AHF is here to sensitize them on their rights as women, empower and educate them on their health, as women are more vulnerable to diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases and HIV,’’ she said.
Mrs Chinelo Achebe, the Prevention Coordinator AHF, said the organisation works with young women and adolescent girls, but the event was targeted at out-of school girls who are more vulnerable and predispose to various challenges.
Achebe said the event was focused on women and the young girls to be empowered, creative, innovative and been self-reliance as the world was becoming automated.
She added that the distribution of condoms and sanitary pads would help increase awareness and promote prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, safer sex, condom use and its role in preventing HIV and unwanted pregnancies.
“Across the states, AHF also conducts both static and mobile free HIV testing, counselling and public awareness programs to provide condom education to encourage safer sexual practices.
“We are also involved in providing wellness services, from 8 a.m to 8 p.m which would avail people access to our facility at their own convince without any form of discrimination or stigmatization,’’ she said.
In the same vein, Mrs Wabda Ebe, the President Wanda Adu Foundation, working in partnership with AHF, they have supported orphans, vulnerable and marginalized women and girls.
She said the foundation has provided positive intervention at Ruga community, trained young women and girls on different skill acquisition programs educate and empower them at various capacities.
“AHF goal is also working at ending HIV and AIDS by 2030, and in achieving this, they have adopted Ruga community to provide the people with free HIV testing counselling services.
“In this community, there are over 150 women engaged in sex trade; young women and girls who suffer low self-esteem.
“They have been marginalized, discriminated, abused and raped, and the event has helped to empower them, to know they have fundamental human rights which they can exercise and care for themselves and their children,” she said.
Wanda further called on the government at all levels to support and partner with credible community based organisations that would provide support to various communities at the grassroots.Read More
Day two of legal recreational marijuana in Canada on Thursday saw more long lineups outside pot stores and supply shortages in parts of the country.
Most consumers were exuberant about the end of prohibition, but a few expressed disappointment over not being able to buy cannabis on the first day.
Others balked at the relatively high prices — ranging from Can$5.25 (US$4.02) in Quebec to Can$18.99 in Saskatchewan per gram — compared to the black market that saw average prices plunge in the last year to Can$6.79 per gram.
After waiting seven hours in line at a store in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Alexandre, 30, said he was turned away at closing at 9 pm (0100 GMT). Police stepped in to disperse the crowd, without incident.
“It was hell, it was cold,” Alexandre said. “But we had fun anyway, talking with people in the crowd and sharing joints.”
He was back early Thursday morning to try again.
“Yesterday was the day that everyone was waiting for but I think that little by little the queue will decrease,” he said.
Genevieve Despres, 41, was one of the lucky ones to make it inside the store on Wednesday. She described the scene in line as “super friendly, we sang, we laughed, I made friends.”
“I do not usually smoke but since it was a historic day for Canada I thought I’d try,” she told AFP.
Despres smoked bought pot with a low level of THC, the psychoactive agent in cannabis.
“My God it’s the bomb!” she said — and returned with friends Thursday to buy more.
In Ontario, Canada’s most populated province, 38,000 orders for weed worth about Can$750,000 were processed in the first few hours Wednesday (total figures for the day were not yet available), while in neighboring Quebec 42,000 orders were processed in-store and online, smashing all expectations.
“This volume of orders far exceeds the forecasts of the SQDC,” the Quebec government pot retailer said.
It said it was “difficult to anticipate the volume of sales … given the lack of data from a sector that 48 hours ago was still illegal.”
The statement added that short-term supply shortages are expected due to “the craze surrounding legalization of cannabis and the scarcity of product across Canada.”
Canada’s smallest provinces on the Atlantic coast, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, posted Can$660,000 and Can$152,000 in sales, respectively.
Supply shortages were already reported in the provinces of Newfoundland and Saskatchewan, as well as in the Arctic territory of Nunavut.
Several online retailers including the Ontario government’s pot portal warned customers to expect shipping delays of up to five days as they worked late into the night filling orders.
Canada Post workers are also poised to strike starting on Monday after more than a year of contract talks stalled, which could further delay deliveries of online orders.
Canada on Wednesday became the world’s first major economy and only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize the recreational use of cannabis and embark on the controversial experiment in drug policy.
Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defended legalization — the fulfillment of a 2015 campaign promise — as intended to protect young people and to shut down drug dealers.
But there has been push back from some doctors and the opposition Tories.
In total, Statistics Canada says 5.4 million Canadians will buy cannabis from legal dispensaries in 2018 — about 15 percent of the population. Around 4.9 million already smoke.
“We expected, you know, certain strains might run out and there would be a bit of a run on supply,” Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who is the government’s point-man for legalization, told public broadcaster CBC.
“But, you know, they’ve got a pretty good infrastructure in place and I’m confident it will work,” he said.Read More
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called for the abolition of death sentence in Nigeria, stressing that the focus should be on reformation not killing.
Okowa made the call in Asaba when he received members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy led by Mr William Alo.
Okowa insisted that Nigeria had grown beyond the point where emphasis would be on capital punishment, stressing that the focus should be on reforming those who have committed various degrees of offences or crimes.
“We need to ask ourselves if death sentence is still relevant in our society? In many states, many Governors are not ready to sign the death warrant.
“Why are they not signing the death warrant? The world is moving away from death sentence,” he said.
While decrying the overpopulation of Nigerian prisons, Governor Okowa urged the Federal Government to improve on the facilities in the prisons.
“We need to evolve measures that will make Nigerian Prisons to be truly reformatory centers, so that ex-convicts can be better citizens.
“There is no doubt that most of our prisons are crowded, even in Delta State; there is the need to have reforms that will change the mind of the prisoners for them to be useful to the society.
“I pray that the committee keeps this advocacy on what to do to carry out reforms to make prisoners come out as better persons.
“We need to make them see life differently and acquire skills to live better lives after imprisonment. We need to have a total rethink to carry out a total reformation of prisoners because if we reform their lives and not provide accompanying skills, many of them will return to their old ways,” he stressed.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Alo had said they were on advocacy visit to prisons in the state, adding that it was important for suggestions to be made on how to improve on the services in the Nigerian Prisons.
The High Level Women Advocates (HILWA), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Kebbi, says on Thursday that 10 per cent of school age girls are still out of schools in the state.
The state Chairperson of HILWA, Hajiya Maimuna Bala, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that unless urgent interventions were made, most of these girls would be exposed to greater risks.
“Ten percentage of primary aged girls are still out of school, many were not able to progress to secondary school and still need support to develop skill in literary and numeracy.
“Most of these disadvantaged girls are in rural areas and needed humanitarian services while others with various disabilities lacked access to descent work.
“Educated and skilled workers are in great demand but roughly a quarter of young people, most of them female are currently neither employed nor in education or training,” she lamented.
Bala added that the members of the NGO have been going from one village to another in the state to enroll girl- children into schools, adding that such children would be sponsored to complete tertiary institutions.
The chairperson called on state government and well-to-do individuals to help the organisation in its quest to ensure the enrollment of more girl-children into schools.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the NGO include, retired civil servants, successful business women and technocrats from across the 21 local government areas of the state.Read More
(Xinhua/NAN) No fewer than 116 police officials have been suspended from their posts for their alleged involvement in June 2014 Model Town tragedy in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, local media reported.
The suspended policemen included deputy superintendent of police, inspectors and investigation in-charge, said local Urdu TV channel ARY News on Wednesday.
The media added that the removed officials have been directed to report to their respective headquarters for further orders.
Earlier this month, anti-terrorism court in the country’s eastern city Lahore also indicted former Punjab Police Chief, Mushtaq Sukhera, over his role in Model Town tragedy.
The official, however, denied all the allegations leveled against him.
On June 17, 2014, at least 14 people, including two women, were killed when Punjab police allegedly opened fire on protesters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
Around 100 workers also got injured in the clashes over removal of barricades outside the PAT secretariat in the Model Town area of Lahore.
Since then, PAT chief Tahir-ul-Qadri has been demanding justice in the case and seeking suspension of all policemen involved in the operation to conduct free and fair investigation in the case.
On Sept. 27, Prime Minister, Imran Khan, had assured the PAT chief that strict action would be taken against those behind the Model Town tragedy.
“The chief minister Punjab needs to ensure that action as per law was taken against all those responsible for the killings.
“They need to be removed from their posts so that impartial legal action may proceed,” said the prime minister.Read More
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in an alert Thursday flagged an audio circulating in the social media in which the Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, purportedly made comments to the effect that, nothing will happen if former governor Ayo Fayose, dies in custody.
According to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren the fake audio tape did not disclose the place where the conversation occurred and the person that Magu was supposedly talking to.
“Members of the public are advised to disregard this disingenuous creation as it is the handiwork of mischief makers intent on distracting the Commission from the serious work of wrapping up the investigation into the corruption allegations against the former governor of Ekiti state.
“The audio recording is fake as the comments did not emanate from the Chairman of the EFCC.
Purveyors of this fake news especially a former spokesperson of a leading political party are warned to desist”, Uwujaren said.