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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

World's Oldest' Pink Cockatoo Dies At 83 At Us Zoo


A Major Mitchell cockatoo, thought to be the oldest bird of
its kind in captivity, has died at a US zoo.
He had lived at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo since he was one
year old.

Chris Brown Has Been Arrested After Pointing A Gun At His Neighbor


US singer Chris Brown has been arrested on suspicion of
assault with a deadly weapon after a woman told police he
had threatened her with a gun.
Beauty queen Baylee Curran told the LA Times Mr Brown
had pointed the gun at her face after she had been admiring
his friend's jewellery.
Mr Brown came out of his home after a stand-off with
police on Tuesday.
The singer has several convictions for violence, including a
2009 assault on his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

Police went to Mr Brown's home following the emergency
call early on Tuesday from Ms Curran, who by that time had
left the property.
Ms Curran told the LA Times that she and a friend had gone
to Mr Brown's house with a business associate on Monday
evening.
She said she had been admiring the diamond necklace of a
man who had been showing off his jewellery when the man
got angry and told her to back away.
That is when she says Mr Brown pulled out a gun, pointed it
at her face and told her to get out.
"If somebody put a gun to your head, what would you do?
Call the police," Ms Curran said on her Instagram account,
AFP news agency reported.
Once at Mr Brown's sprawling mansion, police officers were
allegedly denied entry and had to wait for a judge to
approve a search warrant before going inside to search for
a weapon.
It wasn't until Mr Brown's lawyer arrived that the singer
eventually emerged.
Police said about half a dozen people had been escorted out
of the residence and would be interviewed.
During the stand-off, Mr Brown posted videos online
accusing the police of harassment.
"When you get the warrant for whatever you need to do,
you're going to walk right up in here and you're going to see
nothing, you idiots," he said in one Instagram video, posted
to 30m followers.
In another, Mr Brown also voiced support for the Black Lives
Matter movement against police brutality, saying: "You're all
the worst gang in the world, the police."

I Will Continue To Sit During The US National Anthem - US Footballer, Kaepernick


NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should "find a country
that works better for him" said Donald Trump after the
player's national anthem protest.
The Republican presidential nominee weighed in on the San
Francisco 49er's decision to sit during The Star-Spangled
Banner in a pre-game ceremony.
Mr Kaepernick said he will continue to sit out the national
anthem until he sees improvements in US race relations.
Mr Trump called the quarterback's controversial stand a
"terrible thing."
"I think it's a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should
find a country that works better for him," Mr Trump told
KIRO radio in Seattle. "Let him try. It won't happen."
Mr Kaepernick, 28, stirred controversy on Friday when he
sat during the national anthem before the San Francisco
49ers played the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.
The National Football League (NFL) player refused to stand
in protest at the oppression of people of colour in the US, he
said.
Racial tensions are mounting in the US, where a string of
recent police killings and subsequent revenge killings have
sparked protests across the nation.
But his actions have ignited a debate about respect,
patriotism and the right of free speech.
The response of Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost three
limbs in Iraq in 2004, has been shared more than 30,000
times on Facebook .
"Next time I hear the national anthem I'll be sure to stand for
the both us since you feel that you've been oppressed. We live
in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the
grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of
oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad
to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is.
Where women are beaten and killed in honour if they are raped,
where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60s,
that's just a little taste of what oppression is."
The US national anthem dos and don'ts
code is enshrined in law but not enforced
stand and face the flag
put right hand over heart
military in uniform and veterans should salute
What should you do during the US anthem?
Basketball legend, actor and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
wrote in the Washington Post that the NFL player deserved
plaudits for his patriotism.
"What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick's choice to
remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50
years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his
stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos's raised fists caused
public ostracisation and numerous death threats, we still need
to call attention to the same racial inequities."
The White House said it disagreed with Mr Kaepernick's
protest but that he had a right to express his views.
And the NFL world has been divided over it.
Jim Brown, former Cleveland Browns running back, said:
"He's within his rights and he's telling the truth as he sees it
and I am with him 100 percent."
But Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, said he
wholeheartedly disagreed.
"He can speak out about a very important issue. But there
are plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful
manner that doesn't involve being disrespectful to the
American flag."
An NFL spokesman said players were "encouraged but not
required" to stand during the anthem.
Colin Kaepernick
28 years old, mixed race, adopted and raised by white
parents in Wisconsin
Joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011
Former starter who led the team to the NFL's title game,
the Super Bowl, in 2013, which they lost to the Baltimore
Ravens. Since demoted to back-up
Has signature touchdown celebration known as
kaepernicking, involving the flexing and kissing of his
right bicep
Set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a
quarterback (181) in the 2012 season play-offs

Founder Of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg On His First Trip To Africa Visited Lagos Nigeria


Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has arrived in
Nigeria, in what is believed to be his first trip to Africa.
The world’s 7th richest man quietly visited Nigeria
to see how Facebook works in the country and to support
technology development in Africa.
According to reports, he visited the Co-Creation technology
hub in Yaba, Lagos State

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ASUU threatened to embark on a nationwide strike.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has
threatened to embark on a nationwide strike to press home
its demands for the implementation of its 2009 agreement
with the Federal Government. The ASUU Lagos Zone
Coordinator, Prof. Olusoji Sowande, said this at a news
conference on Tuesday in Lagos.
Sowande said that the union was planning to toe this part
after several efforts to ensure that the government address
the pending demands, proved abortive. He said that the
2009 FG/ASUU agreement, Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) on funding of state universities, breaches of the
conditions of service and re -negotiation of the agreement,
were still pending.
The coordinator also mentioned other demands like the
exclusion of Nigerian universities from Pension
Management Company and non-release of NEEDS
Assessment Intervention Fund. He said that funding of state
universities, earned academic allowance and renegotiation
of the agreement were parts of the outstanding issues.
Sowande recalled that the union had embarked on strike in
2012 and 2013 as part of the efforts to make the
government implement the agreement, adding that the
issues remained unresolved. He said that the 2009
agreement provided for a periodic review after every three
years which had not been done.
``The review of the agreement should have been undertaken
in 2012 and 2015 but that did not happen. ``The implication
is that our union has shown enough patriotism and
understanding on these matters in the last four years. ``We
are perplexed and disappointed that both the Federal and
State Governments are not responding to our consistent
appeals to bring about genuine transformation in the
education sector, ‘’ he said.
According to him, embarking on strike has never been a
favourable choice as the Students and ASUU members have
always suffered the pains more. ``It is unfortunate that the
only language government appears to respect and listens to
is that of industrial action like strike,’’ he said.
The don said that the National officers of the union had met
with the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on
May 10 and tabled ten-point demand. He said that the
minister had promised that the issues would be resolved
within two weeks but nothing had been done till now.
Sowande said that based on MOU signed in November
2013, ``Nigerian universities requires N1.3 trillion to
revitalise the system’’, adding that the government was
already in arrears of N605 billion as at the third quarter of
2016. He said that the government had refused to release
N128 billion and N250 billion respectively for the earned
academic allowance of three years after the MoU was
signed.
``In order to forestall this avoidable crisis, we appeal to all
genuinely progressive individuals and groups to prevail on
both the Federal and State Governments to commence
release of funds for the listed purposes. ``This is to arrest
the brewing and potentially combustible situation in the
Nigerian university system before it degenerated into a
serious conflagration,’’ he said.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Samson Siasia Resigns As Coach Of Nigeria Football


Samson Siasia, who coached Nigeria’s men’s football team
to a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, is quitting the game
in Nigeria because of what he describes as “a disrespectful
system”.
Siasia, the most decorated African football coach at the
Olympics having also won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008,
claims to have gone unpaid for five months by his
employers – the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
He says he has quit football in Nigeria after “a turbulent and
incredible campaign in Brazil.”

“I have reached that point where I have to say I have had
enough,” Siasia, whose contract expires at the end of the
Olympics, told BBC Sport.
“I’ve gone several months without getting paid, years of
being derided and disrespected by the sports authorities in
Nigeria but I am done already.
“It’s sad that after all we went through to get to Brazil and
end up winning a bronze medal, the players, coaching and
backroom staff never received a ‘thank you’ in appreciation
despite a turbulent time at the Olympics” Sisasia added.

Operation Kill Rats And Make Money In Lagos


a bid to avert incidences of Lassa Fever and
other vector-borne diseases in Lagos State, an
NGO, Phosguard Fumigant Ltd, in partnership with
the government, has introduced a bounty, ``Kill
rats, make money.’’
Under the project, rodents multiplying ubiquitously across
the mega-city state are to be exterminated from residential
places and markets using hi-tech chemicals and equipment
that will make their decomposing bodies non-infectious.
Mr Oluwasegun Benson, the Chief Executive Officer of the
company, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on
Sunday in Lagos that the bounty would help to de-rat the
state.
Vector-borne diseases are infections transmitted by the bite
of infected arthropod species, such as rats, mosquitoes,
ticks, triatomine bugs, sandflies and blackflies.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Vector-borne
diseases account for more than 17 per cent of all infectious
diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually.
``As part of efforts to de-rat the state and prevent epidemic
from Lassa Fever and other diseases, a bounty has been
placed on rats in the state.
``We will buy off at least 20 rats for a yet-to-be determined
amount; in Lagos now it is operation kill rats and make
money.
``A rat has 28 days gestation period and in the past years,
there has not been any solid structure on ground to curb
them from infecting humans with diseases.
``We are already approaching an epidemic level which can
lead to a pandemic level with Lassa Fever and we must be
proactive and launch a more coordinated approach to
control them.
``It is war against rodents and pests in Lagos State,’’ he
said.
According to him, the company is also collaborating with
the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to
either incinerate or bury the rats.
``Incineration is no longer in practice because of world
climate control, however, we can incinerate one ton of
waste at a time or bury.
``We bury with chemicals to ensure that the water from the
dead rats does not sip into ground water that people drink.
``Everything is going to be water-tight as we are not just
going to kill the rats, we are going to collect them using our
trained and well-kitted personnel,’’ Benson said.
Describing rats as destructive and hazardous to nature, the
company’s CEO added: ``We cannot completely eradicate
rodents, but we can control it to a minimal and tolerable
level.
``Although, the decomposing rats can also be important to
the ecosystem but not in urban areas, they are destructive
nature.
``Rats had caused fire in offices and homes by eating
electricity cables’’.
Benson said the project which would be launched in October
would be the first of its kind in the country.
He noted that with the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos, if
measures were not put in place to exterminate rats, it might
be difficult to control an outbreak of epidemics.
Benson commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for
approving the Vector Control Programme which would start
with the markets and supporting it with a Toyota Hillux van.
He, however, expressed the hope that in two or three years
there would be a massive reduction in the demography of
rats in the state.
On employment generation, Benson said the project had the
capacity to create about 200 or 300 jobs, particularly for
youths.
NAN reports that Lagos State Government had in the wake
of outbreak of Lassa Fever in the country early in the year,
made efforts to curb the spread by killing the vector which
is rats.
More than 130 people were then suspected to have died
from the disease, according to statistics from the National
Centre for Disease Control.
The Lagos State Government on Jan. 22, confirmed the
death of one of the three cases of Lassa Fever.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris , said then that
the state had recorded 14 suspected cases of Lassa Fever
as at January 21.
The government then started de-rating of the state, an
exercise in which its environmental officers killed over
4,400 rats in six of the markets in Lagos metropolis.
The exercise was conducted at Onigongbo, Oshodi, Oke-
Odo, Ikotun Idanwo, Ojuwoye and Mile 12 Markets.
NAN reports that kill rats, make more money in Lagos
project, will strengthen the government’s effort to de-rat
and save the state of Lassa Fever and other vector-borne
diseases.