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  • Railway Workers suspend Strike

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 13:14:04 +0000

    The Nigerian Union of Railway Workers NURW has suspended its three-day warning strike following resolutions made by concerned authorities.

    This was contained in a communiqué of resolutions jointly signed by President General, Senior Staff Association (SSA), Nigerian Railway Corporation, Aliyu Mainasara, President of NUR, Innocent Ajiji and Director Admin/Human Resources, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Dr. Monsurat Omotayo after meetings with the NRC Board in Abuja, the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMOT), NRC management, and the leadership of NURW and SSA in Lagos.

    The concerned parties resolved that a committee be set up with immediate effect on the review of the standard condition of service with timeline lasting to January 31, 2022.

    It was agreed that the personal data on deceased workers be collected for processing for immediate payment as every worker is already covered by the group life assurance scheme.

    They also agreed that all the train crews be given insurance cover as the train passengers and the goods in transit while enhanced salary regime have been taken up as a priority by the NRC Board and FMOT with a view to securing approval for implementation in the earliest time possible;

    The parties also agreed that no member of staff shall be victimized as a result of his/her participation in the three-day industrial action of November 2021.

    However, with the foregoing resolutions, the parties suspended the three-day warning strike, while directing workers to resume work with immediate effect.

    Nneka Ukachukwu

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  • Taliban to start paying overdue salaries of Afghan government workers

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 13:09:22 +0000

    Afghanistan’s Taliban administration will begin paying the overdue salaries of government workers from Saturday, according to the officials.

    The finance ministry said that, “Starting today, the past three months salaries of all government workers and staff will be paid totally.”

    Thousands of Afghan government workers are owed at least three months of salary, one of the many crises faced by the Taliban since the Islamist movement took over the country in August.

    Many public sector workers said they had not been paid for weeks. After the movement took power, billions of dollars of Afghan government funds parked abroad in the United States and Europe were frozen.

    Foreign governments have been unwilling to fund the Taliban-led administration directly to help with financial commitments such as payment of workers.

    After a meeting on Thursday between the special envoys of Germany and the Netherlands and Taliban officials in Kabul, the envoys expressed willingness to explore paying health and education sector workers directly through international organisations.

    READ ALSO: Taliban leader warns against danger of infiltrators

    Kamila/Reuters

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  • Stakeholders highlight dangers of rushing child education

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 13:00:19 +0000

    Stakeholders from various sectors of the Nigerian economy have converged in Lagos to launch the ‘Hurried Child Project’ and used the occasion to illuminate dangers inherent in hurrying child education.

    The event organised by a non-governmental organization, A Mother’s Love Initiative (AMLi) is making a case for an intervention for protecting the well-being and future of the African Child.

    The project emphasized that hurrying the Nigerian child will have a huge implication on their overall well-being and the future of Nigeria.

    Speaking at the event filled with informative, entertainment and highly educated sessions, participants agreed on the need to collaborate, increase advocacy about hurrying a child and change the narrative.

    The Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said that teaching of morals transcends the school walls, as parents must be willing to take up such responsibilities.

    Sanwo-Olu who spoke through the Wife of the State Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs. Edith Egube, acknowledged the efforts of the foundation to beam its search light on issues of that magnitude that hold the future of the child.

    “It is a fact that a hurrying child turned out to be half-baked which eventually poses serious challenge to the society. We must continue to play up advocacy and the conversation on the need to sensitize parents, teachers and society on how to avoid the act of promoting the practice of hurrying our children in our states and Nigeria as a whole. And one important fact about life is that there is no short cut to success.

    “I am glad to learn that the AMLi have put in place some series of efforts to revisit some old indigenous and traditional and cultural practice that counters the positive pattern of preserving and protecting the future of the African Child. This I must say, is a way to go,” she said.

    She enjoined parents to desist from mounting pressure on their children to live their dreams through them, as this can result into serious health implications.

    Continuous advocacy


    Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo called for a qualitative experiment to better present the whole essence of the initiative to the people, in order to drive the consequences of failing to desist from the act.

    The Commissioner who also shared her personal experience on what she encountered for being hurried in her childhood days, stressed that continuous advocacy will make it more obvious for parents and Guardians to realize the benefits of ending a cycle of education before proceeding into another.

    According to her, “this idea of not hurrying a child is a very difficult thing to market to some parents, because most of them do it in collaboration with schools.

    “There are many private schools in Lagos that do not have Primary 6 classes anymore and what they do is that when we send our inspectors to such schools they have a room designed as Primary 6 and it’s difficult to prove because you will meet pupils in those classes.

    “We have a National policy of Education that states it clearly that children should enter school at the age of 12, but I will be silent on that but I know it is more of question of moral suasion and not force to follow the guidelines to assure a better future for the Children.”

    She advised parents to allow their wards to complete the primary education before going into secondary school.

    Cognitive development


    In his keynote address, A lecturer from the Department of Art, Social Science and Education, University of Lagos, Dr. Olumide Ige highlighted what he described as a cognitive reconstruction which talked about changing the attitude and perception of education managers.

    Dr. Ige canvassed for employing qualified teachers with adequate knowledge to take teaching methods from simple to complex.

    Monitoring


    An Educationist, Mrs Shoba Ubah was of the opinion that adherence to the national policy on education is the key to complying to this directive by the school management.

    She suggested adequate monitoring of schools, particularly private schools that hurriedly admit students from Primary 4 into Junior Secondary School.

    She said “the State government must ensure comprehensive and deliberate efforts to monitor schools that are not complying to the rules of allowing completion of a primary education before moving into the secondary part. Teachers are also under pressure to push the students into another class even with abysmal results because the school management don’t want to lose the pupils.”

    Awareness creation


    The Head, External Relations of the foundation, Mrs. Hanatu Enwemadu, explained that the initiative which started about five years ago was to create awareness and share insights on the ills of hurrying the Nigerian Child.

    She explained that there is a need to create empathy for Nigerian and African Children as most parents are under pressure and such people need more sensitization.

    “We are trying to create awareness on this syndrome, to help inform the Nigerian parents on the need to allow our children to grow and to make empathy. We are making a case for the Nigerian child, because there has been a lot of pressure and we need to slow down”.

    She emphasized more on the use of the media and other social means to enlighten parents and Guardians on the ills and consequences of their actions to hurrying child in life.

    Intervention


    The Head, Research and Project Development of the foundation, Mr. Mohammed Ademola mentioned that all past interventions have either attempted to offer palliative or remedial solution to the problem without bringing to the limelight the fundamental significance

    of the hurried child syndrome as a universal driver of most issues affecting the lives of the African child.

    He said the foundation had carried out its intervention through the use of media advocacy, and psychosocial interventions using social media platforms, radio, TV, Institutional/community support services and professional counselling with the end objective of raising the standards of an ideal, balanced and happy child in Africa.

    According to him, “the bad news is that we are all guilty of the issues as individuals or groups, and the good news is that there is a lot of room for redemption for every individual who has a duty to the African child.

    Collectively, we must ensure that every family in Africa is aware and understands the implications of hurrying a child based on their local realities.

    Beyond that is to provide information about knowledge, attitudes and practices that can reverse the hurried child syndrome in private and public spheres,” he said

    System review


    Other participants at the event argued that the system of education needs a review with special attention, intervention and fast-tracking a child’s academic achievements without considerations for the social and psychological development of the child with respect to age, developmental tasks and the nature of learning environments in the Nigerian society.

    They called on every Nigerian to support the initiative which is an agenda that will reposition the status of the Nigerian Child, with its consequent positive outcomes on the families, schools, communities, Lagos State, and Nigeria as a whole.

    Highlight of the event was the official launching of a documentary on child advocacy, which is a collection of interviews and excerpts on the history, root causes, predisposing factors, maintaining factors as well as the consequences of hurrying a child through childhood as perceived by the victims and the perpetrators and the system that has promoted the hurried child syndrome in Africa.

    Nneka Ukachukwu

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  • Singer, Oxlade lands acting role in ‘Without you’

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 12:53:30 +0000

    Nigerian musician, Oxlade features as one of the casts of an upcoming Nollywood short film, ‘Without you’. directed by Afolabi Olalekan.


    The film produced by Adeola Omooba, centers on an unusual love story. It questions how far we are willing to go for love.


    The 1121 company and Abazee productions collaboration will see Oxlade star alongside ‘Riona’ star Chioma Okafor, Nzube Ezikeoha, and Isaac Egberamen. It launches on YouTube on November 21, 2021.

    Real name Olaitan Ikuforiji, Oxlade is one of the trending talents rocking the airwaves.


    Though it is unclear if the music star will explore more acting in future, his new move ranks alongside music stars like Banky W and Falz among others, who have made successful careers in both industries.

    Pulse/Stephanie Ingbian

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  • Universal Children’s Day: Reps Member awards Scholarship to Student

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 12:52:46 +0000

    A House of Representatives member from Borno State, Ahmed Jaha, has awarded a full scholarship to a Petroleum Chemistry student of the University of Maiduguri.

    He awarded the scholarship to a 100 level, seventeen year old Fatima Muhammad Mafi, at National Children’s Dialogue in Abuja.

    The event was part of the activities to mark the 2021 Universal Children Day with the theme: “The Nigerian Child and the National Unity.”

    Fatima got the scholarship after she diligently and eloquently answered questions from the Master of Ceremony in a random selection of students to express their future ambition as well as what they intend to achieve.

    Fatima Muhammad Mafi

    Fatima said she was to study Aeronautic Engineering but because the course is not being offered by the University, she opted for Petroleum Chemistry, a new course at the institution.

    “I decided to study the course to contribute to the development of Nigeria and to encourage girl-child education,” Fatima said.

    The program featured children panel session, children leadership ideas competition among others.

    Nneka Ukachukwu

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  • Taylor Swift lands eighth UK number one album 

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 12:44:47 +0000

    American singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift has landed her eighth straight number one album, with her re-recorded rendition of her ‘Red’ topping the UK chart.

    ‘Red’ also went to number one on its original release in 2012.

    It’s her second re-recorded album release of 2021, following Fearless.

    She plans to re-record and re-release her first six albums in order to have complete control over her music.

    The move follows the 2019 acquisition of her master recordings by music mogul Scooter Braun and his subsequent sale of them to an investment fund.

    She hopes fans will listen to and buy the new versions of her albums on streaming services and download stores, rather than the originals.

    Red includes the hit singles We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, with Taylor’s Version adding a number of bonus tracks that didn’t make it onto the original album.

    The 31-year-old singer has now matched Kylie Minogue with eight number one albums in the UK. Madonna is the only female solo artist to have had more, with 12.

    BBC/Stephanie Ingbian

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  • Rotterdam mayor slams violent COVID-19 protests

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:47:15 +0000

    The mayor of Rotterdam condemned an act of violence on protests against COVID-19 measures in the Dutch port city, in which seven people were wounded and more than 20 arrested.

    Crowds of rioters torched cars and threw rocks at police who responded with shots and water canon, as protests against COVID-19 measures turned violent in the port city of Rotterdam.

    According to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, “Police were forced to draw their weapons and even fire direct shots.

    “It was an orgy of violence, I can’t think of another way to describe it.”

    Authorities said, they had arrested more than 20 people and expected to detain others, as the city centre where the riots took place is extensively monitored by security cameras.

    “We fired warning shots and there were also direct shots fired because the situation was life-threatening,” police spokesman Patricia Wessels said.

    “We know that at least two people were wounded, probably as a result of the warning shots, but we need to investigate the exact causes further,” she added.

    Several hundred people had gathered to voice opposition to government plans to restrict access to indoor venues to people who have a corona pass, showing they have been vaccinated or already recovered from an infection.

    The pass is also available to people who have not been vaccinated, but have proof of a negative test.

    Police issued an emergency ordinance in Rotterdam, shutting down public transportation and ordering people to go home.

    READ ALSO: Myanmar to release 5,600 held over anti-junta protests

    Kamila/Reuters

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  • Again, Barty finishes year as WTA number one

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:42:44 +0000

    For the third consecutive year running, Ashleigh Barty will finish the season as world number one.

    That means the 25-year old will join tennis legends Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams and Chris Evert as the only players to finish the as year-end No.1 for 3 consecutive years.

    Due to the extremely competitive nature of female tennis, Barty can smile at her performance this year.

    The Aussie swept to victory at the 2021 Wimbledon championships, reached the quarter-finals of the Australian open, third round of the U.S Open and the second round of the French Open.

    Belrussian  Aryna Sabalenka ended the year in number two, while Spaniard came third.

    TOP TEN WTA Ranking for 2021

    1,   Ashleigh Barty

    2.  Aryna Sabalenka

    3.  Garbiñe Muguruza

    4.  Karolina Pliskova

    5.  Barbora Krejcikova

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  • Bundesliga: Awoniyi to star in cracking Berlin derby

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:06:46 +0000

    Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi will star with club side Union Berlin in a cracking local derby with Hertha Berlin.

    The  24-year old has scored seven goals in eleven appearances in the Bundesliga, and would fancy his scoring chances.

    In fact, Awoniyi has also found profit on the continent – scoring four goals and registering an assist.

    Having been omitted from the Super Eagles last World Cup qualifiers, the €8 million rated Awoniyi will want to prove himself yet again to national team selectors.

    City Tales

    But this weekend,  it will be a battle-royale as East meets West.

    Union Berlin are based in East Berlin while their more affluent neighbours  and hosts are West of the City.

    It will be 90-minutes of non-stop attacking football at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

    Only three points seperate Union (7th position) from Hertha (14th position) and anything can happen in this ‘Berlin Klassic.’

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  • EU, NATO condemn Russia’s anti-satellite missile test

    Posted:Sat, 20 Nov 2021 09:53:39 +0000

    The European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) denounced a recent anti-satellite missile test by Russia.

    EU foreign policy, chief Josep Borrell and the North Atlantic Council, the decision-making body of NATO ambassadors, said the test generated a large amount of orbital debris that posed a long-lasting risk to crewed and uncrewed space activities, including to the safety of astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station.

    Chief Josep Borrell described it as a clear act of irresponsible behaviour in outer space.

    The North Atlantic Council said that, “Russia’s actions demonstrate a pattern of irresponsible behaviour and endanger the security, economic, scientific and commercial interests of all nations and actors seeking to explore and use outer space for peaceful purposes.”

    The statements were issued after Russia on Monday conducted a kinetic direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test against its own satellite, COSMOS 1408.

    Russia’s Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu confirmed the successful test of the anti-satellite system, “We’ve really tested a successful promising system. It hit the old satellite.

    “Resulting fragments do not pose any threat to space activities,” he added.

    READ ALSO: EU leaders to rebuke Poland for challenging European integration

    Kamila/Xinhua

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