Michael Ringier: Ringier AG Chairman says journalism more complicated than 20 years ago

According to Michael Ringier, journalism has evolved to become less interesting economically and more challenging. Michael Ringier, the Chairman of Swiss media group, Ringier AG, believes that journalism has been complicated by digital distribution which makes it easier for just about anybody to propagate news stories.According to him, fake news is easier to distribute than real news, and this has complicated how journalism is practiced in contrast to 20 years ago.Ringier made these remarks during a question and answer session with the Pulse editorial team of Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP), at the RADP HQ on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.He said, “The digital distribution has changed the way you tell stories because digital reading is not the same thing as reading a newspaper. Basically, journalism remains the same. The transformation from print to digital and elements of publishing and journalism will always remain the same. “First of all, you still have to write stories and people love to hear stories. I think people even love to hear real stories.”The problem usually is that fake news sound much more interesting. That’s why the distribution of fake news is much higher than the distribution of real news.”That only shows how important it is that we have real journalists. 10 years ago, serious journalists had the monopoly of information. Today everybody can distribute news and everybody does distribute news.”The brand is highly important and the way you approach storytelling. That’s why journalism today is more important than 20 years ago and it is also more complicated. While further noting that journalism has evolved to become less interesting economically and more challenging over the years, he urged journalists to tell great stories that people will consume and not think in just market terms.”I don’t think you should think in market terms. People are interested in everything which is attractive, which is new and which is surprising. If you succeed in telling a great story, people will read it. Definitely,” he said.Ringier arrived in Nigeria on Monday, May 14, for his first visit accompanied by Ringier AG CEO, Marc Walder, Vice Chairman, Dr Uli Sigg, and member of the group’s executive board, Robin Lingg.Walder urged the Pulse editorial team to keep the pace of the good work they’ve been doing. “You should be extremely proud of yourselves. We are extremely proud of you. You are working for the right company,” he said.With the operations of RADP and Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM) in African countries, Ringier AG’s visit is expected to showcase and engage the local teams on the current business of Ringier in Nigeria and Africa.

Marseille Star Payet Dismisses Injury Fears, Targets Europa Glory Vs Atletico

Marseille star Dimitri Payet insists  he is fit to face Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s Europa League final despite concerns over an injury. Payet who has been in fantastic form for the French club this season was left out of his side’s 3-3 Ligue 1 draw with Guingamp last Friday as a precaution after picking up […]
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Allardyce set for axe as Everton manager

Sam Allardyce’s reign as Everton manager is set to end after less than six months in charge at Goodison Park, according to widespread reports in England on Tuesday.
Sam Allardyce
Sky Sports reported the 63-year-old will be informed at a meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as early as Wednesday that his services are no longer required as Moshiri reacts to fans’ growing discontent with the former England manager.
Allardyce’s rudimentary style of play has proved deeply unpopular despite lifting the Toffees from 13th in the Premier League when he was appointed in November to finish eighth.
Despite signing an 18-month deal, Allardyce seemed resigned to his fate after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at former club West Ham, during which Everton supporters called for his sacking.
“I can’t quite say confident after all the rumours I’m reading in the paper,” said Allardyce. “Generally there’s no smoke without fire. We’ll wait and see when we meet up.”
Allardyce was hired after a dismal start to the season under Ronald Koeman saw Everton fearing a relegation battle.
Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to take over and could complete the move to Goodison Park six months after the club failed to prise him away from Vicarage Road.
Everton were unwilling to pay a reported compensation fee of £15 million ($20 million) wanted by Watford for the Portuguese when Koeman was sacked.
However, Silva himself was then dismissed by Watford in January with the Hornets citing disruption caused by Everton’s “unwarranted approach” for a major dip in form.
A change in manager could also affect Wayne Rooney’s future at the club.
England’s all-time top scorer had reportedly agreed terms on a £12.5 million move to DC United in Major League Soccer last week.
Rooney had seen his involvement limited under Allardyce, but could be convinced to stay at his boyhood club by a new regime.
Last month, Allardyce dismissed a survey sent to fans asking them to grade his performance out of 10 as a mistake on the part of the club’s marketing director, who he said does not “understand” how football works.
As part of the questionnaire, supporters were asked whether they agree with the statement of “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team.”
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US judge sets Cosby sentencing for September 24-25

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered the sentencing of disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby to take place on September 24-25 following his conviction as a sex offender.
Cosby
The frail, 80-year-old — once beloved as “America’s Dad” — faces a sentence of up to 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.
Judge Steven O’Neill said the sentence hearing would take place across two days starting at 9:30 am (1330 GMT) in Norristown, Pennsylvania where a unanimous jury returned a guilty verdict on April 26.
The 12-member sequestered panel found the comedian guilty on three counts of sexual assault on April 26 for drugging and molesting the former basketball player and Temple University employee 14 years ago.
Cosby, who is confined to his Philadelphia area mansion on a $1 million bail, has already been ordered to be fitted with a GPS monitor and to undergo a violent sexual predators’ assessment.
Prosecutors initially demanded his bail be revoked, arguing he was a flight risk — but an irritated O’Neill refused to “simply lock him up right now.”
His conviction ends the career of a once towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture, the first black actor to grace primetime US television, hitting the big time after growing up as the son of a maid.
Cosby’s lawyers have vowed to appeal.
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StillBroke: Brand launches underwear worldwide

Still Broke; an authentic line of designer underwear officially launched in Lagos at Oasis Medspa Ikoyi, on the 13th of May, 2018. It was an evening of merriment as Still Broke; an authentic line of designer underwear officially launched in Lagos at Oasis Medspa Ikoyi, on the 13th of May, 2018.Hosted by popular on-air personality Ushbebe, guests at the launch which consisted of high-profile celebrities and personalities witnessed a new era of underwear donning; as several stunning male and female models strut the runway with grace; showcasing various cool ways in which one can wear or combine the underwear with outfits.Guests also witnessed an array of stylish activewear from the Stll Broke brand displayed; including yoga pants, leggings, tracksuit bottoms, sports bra; just to name a few.Michael Uyi Agho, who is the CEO of the brand described the idea behind the metaphorical brand name and its theme, stating; “The whole message and theme behind Still Broke is one of positivity. It conveys the message of steadfastness; even whilst recording a great level of success – that is; one should never be entirely comfortable even if you are swimming in great wealth or have attained your set goals. The brand aims to imbue its wearer with the confidence needed to carry on and keep thriving at whatever you do. In essence, we are saying; in everything you do, you’ve got to hustle like you are Still Broke!”The Still Broke line of underwear had made headlines prior to the launch as a handful of celebrities have been captured flaunting the stylish brand on social media, including actress Annie Idibia, Wizkid, Lilian Esoro and Tiwa Savage.Recent Headies Award winner Reminisce also made headlines after doing a street-themed photoshoot for the underwear brand.Some of the notable names in attendance at the launch include music veteran 2baba, comedian Bovi, afro-dancehall singer, Timaya, Solidstar, ex-reality TV stars, Bassey &, Kemen, Osas Ajibade, actress Lilian Esoro, wordsmith Iceberg Slim and a host of others.  They also enjoyed celebrity favourite LucBelaire and Craft Rum Bumbu provided by Belaire.

Earth movements: Oyo government allays fears of residents

The Oyo State Government has allayed the fears of residents, especially those in Oke-Ogun, following the recent earth movements in the area.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Solid Minerals, Mr Mathew Oyedokun, said in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan that the incident was misinterpreted as an earth quake.
He said the incident was as a result of force exploration leading to meteorite breakages of Galatica Rock on the earth surface.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some communities in Oke-Ogun area of the state had on April 19 experienced strange earth movements accompanied by a disturbing noise.
Oyedokun said that samples of the meteorite had been sent to the Department of Geology at the University of Ibadan for analysis.
“The effort is to discover the rock’s radioactive and hazard associated with the meteorite breakages. The investigation result is being expected.
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“The April 19 incident revealed a solid piece of debris from an object such as a comet, asteroid or meteoroid that originate from the planetary orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
“It survived on its way through the atmosphere to reach the surface of the earth and hit villages nearby Ipapo in Itesiwaju LGA, Aba Leke, Anberee Oke, Owode and Tede in Atisbo LGA.
“The meteorite was accompanied by series of reverberating and disturbing noise on the earth’s subsurface as observed by residents of the affected localities and other parts of the state, including Ibadan, Oyo and Ibarapa,” he said.
He stated that a government team, which included Chief Isaac Ishola, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources and Alhaji Abidemi Siyanbade, Special Adviser on Community Relations, had visited the affected areas.
Oyedokun said the team’s two-day visit to the affected localities was to ascertain the level of impact and damage to the communities.
He urged residents to be calm, saying that the meteorite impact that occurred in the state did not occur in a built-up area which could have resulted in casualties.
The governor’s aide, however, said that ground impacts were made in the localities and a tree was completely burnt as meteorites are hot bodies moving at high velocity.

Oyo speaker’s death: INEC holds by-election on June 2

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will conduct a by-election for the vacant seat of Ibarapa East State Constituency of Oyo State on June 2.
Mr Mutiu Agboke, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, made this known on Tuesday in a chat with newsmen in Ibadan.
Agboke said the by-election was necessitated by the demise of the former Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, representing the constituency in the state House of Assembly.
According to the Agboke, the by-election would be conducted in 140 polling units of the constituency.
“Interested political parties are expected to conduct their primaries from May 16 to May 19.
“The election will take place in all 140 polling units recognised by INEC, ’’ he stated.
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Agboke assured the people of the constituency that the election would be free, fair and credible.
He urged residents of the area, whose permanent voter cards were still in the custody of the commission, to endeavour to collect them.
Agboke also called on those who were yet to register for the PVC to latch on the opportunity provided by the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration exercise.

Osinbajo: VP in Benue on working visit

Osinbajo also revealed that the govt has approved the sum of N10b for the rebuilding of the areas affected by the Fulani herdsmen attacks. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has arrived Benue state today, Tuesday,May 15, 2018, on a two-day working visit.According to Channels Television, the Vice-President is in the state to assess the security situation in the state.Several residents of Benue state have been killed by Fulani herdsmen in different attacks.FG approves N10bOsinbajo also revealed that the National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the sum of N10b for the rebuilding of the areas that were affected by the Fulani herdsmen attacks.The Vice President said this Osinbajo at the Abagena Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDPs) along Makurdi-Lafia road, Daily Trust reports.He said “All of these must be funded; so, the President approved some money at the Food Security Council to rebuild where there have been destruction in the country including Benue. N10 billion had been approved for that and we will begin work as soon as possible so you (IDPs) could rebuild your lives again.”Osinbajo said that the Federal Government will focus its work on rebuilding schools and homes.He also added farmlands will be restored, as well as security re-inforcement.Relative calmThe Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, on his part, said that the state is experiencing relative calm.According to him, the state has been peaceful following the deployment of additional troops to the troubled areas.He therefore called for more security operatives to be deployed to the state, so farmers can return to their farms.ALSO READ: 2Face Idibia Singer is fed up with the herdsmen clash in Benue stateTroops supporting Fulani herdsmenMeanwhile, the President of the Mzough U Tiv (MUT), Chief Edward Ujege has alleged that the troops deployed to the state have ulterior motives.Ujege accused the security operatives of shielding Fulani herdsmen.The Nigerian Army however denied allegations that its men in Benue state are biased.The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Brigade, Major Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni said the allegation is false.Ayeni said that the Army is in Benue to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

Noble Igwe: Celebrity blogger sets the record straight on controversial tweets

After being dragged to no end by Nigerians, Igwe has now stated that his tweets had been directed at no one in particular. Since Friday, May 12, 2018, the Internet has been in a tizzy over Noble Igwe’s controversial tweets on fraud, which unleashed a chain of events that left fraudsters scurrying for cover.The celebrity blogger’s tweets opened a can of worms that has been avoided for quite some time.ALSO READ: Oyemike apologises to fashion blogger but holds his opinion  Despite being dragged to no end by Nigerians and branded a ‘snitch’ by comedian, Oyemike, Igwe held his ground, noting that he has only the best interests of Nigeria at heart.  However, Igwe has now stated that his tweets had been directed at no one in particular.He noted in a series of tweets he shared today, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, that his tweets had been a call to Nigerians to help in repairing our broken society.See his tweets below:                   ALSO READ: 5 celebrities who reacted to Noble Igwe’s tweet   We must agree. Noble Igwe does have a point, although ex-BBN stars, Efe and K. Brule might disagree.

Turkey, Israel Exchange Jibes, Expulsions In Escalating Row

 
Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy. Photo: THOMAS COEX / AFP
 
Turkey and Israel on Tuesday ordered envoys to leave in tit-for-tat moves and exchanged bitter accusations as a row over the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli fire threatened a 2016 reconciliation deal.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter by calling Israel an “apartheid state” as Ankara ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave.
Ambassador Eitan Naeh was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry and told to “return to his country for a period of time”, said a foreign ministry official, who asked not to be named.
Israel responded by ordering the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time, its foreign ministry said.
Naeh had been in his post only since December 2016 after a reconciliation deal earlier that year ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos that saw ties downgraded for more than half a decade.
That deal was strongly backed by the United States, which was keen to see Israel make up with one of its very few key Muslim partners.
Turkey had already called back its ambassador to Tel Aviv — as well as the envoy to Washington — for consultations over Monday’s killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces on the Gaza border,
Ankara has reacted with fury to the killings, which came on the same day as the US formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
‘Blood of Palestinians’
Erdogan, currently on a visit to Britain, had on Monday stepped up his rhetoric, accusing Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” over the killings.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan, with a tweeted jibe in Hebrew that as a leading supporter of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas “there’s no doubt he’s an expert on terror and slaughter.”
Responding to the Israel premier on Twitter in English, Erdogan further sharpened his language, saying “Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people’s lands for 60+ yrs in violation of UN resolutions.”
“He has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey,” Erdogan added.
After talks with British Premier Theresa May, Erdogan warned that history “will not forgive” Israel or the United States for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem in defiance of outrage in the Islamic world.
“America says ‘I am strong and so I am right’. No, you are not right,” Erdogan said.
‘Strong message’
While Turkey under Erdogan has never completely severed ties with Israel, the Turkish strongman has also never shied away from the strongest criticism.
He famously walked out of a January 2009 debate in Davos with then Israeli president Shimon Peres, complaining he was not given enough time to respond and repeatedly saying “one minute”.
Turkey on Tuesday began observing three days national mourning declared by Erdogan for the Palestinian dead, with flags flying at half mast and cultural events cancelled.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had earlier urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel and said Ankara was calling an extraordinary summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul on Friday.
Erdogan said in London that the meeting “will give a very strong message to the world” on the cause of the Palestinians.
Who might come is unclear but in a possible bid to rally support for the summit, Erdogan spoke by telephone to Jordan’s King Abdullah and Malaysia’s 92-year-old new leader Mahathir Mohamad.
Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and last year hosted an OIC summit in Istanbul to denounce US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Yildirim said after Friday’s summit a giant rally would be held at the vast Yenikapi meeting area in Istanbul under the slogan of “Stop the Oppression” to express solidarity with the Palestinians.
Hundreds of people also held protests for a second day in Istanbul and Ankara which passed off peacefully, although one man was arrested in Ankara for throwing eggs and stones at the residence of the Israeli ambassador.
AFP
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Super Eagles list a true reflection of what most Nigerians wanted – Amaraizu

Enugu – Ebere Amaraizu, a Director in Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO), says the 30-man provisional list of the Super Eagles to the World Cup is “unquestionable’’.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s first goal during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV
“It is a true reflection of what most Nigerians wanted,’’ Amaraizu said on Tuesday in Enugu.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had on Monday released Coach Gernot Rohr’s 30-man provisional squad for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Rohr’s list include Goalkeepers – Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Ajiboye.
The defenders are Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Brian Idowu, Elderson Echejile, Shehu Abdulahi, Ola Aina, Tyrone Ebuehi, Stephen Eze and Chidozie Awaziem.
The Midfielders includes: Mikel Obi (Captain), Joel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Agu, Etebo Oghenekaro, John Ogu, Uche Ago and Wilfred Ndidi.
Attackers are Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Junior Lokosa (new entrant), Simeon Nwankwo (new entrant), Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Amaraizu, who is NLO’s Director in-charge of the South-East, said that Rohr and his technical team must have taken pains and time to study the list over and over again.
“It is the best we have and we are bringing to the table for now,’’ he added.
On the new entrants and players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in the list; Amaraizu said the number of NPFL players showed that the Nigerian leagues had grown.
“I must commend Coach Rohr and his technical team for blending quality NPFL players into the team in the provisional list.
“It clearly shows that the Nigerian leagues are all growing and producing quality players capable of shouldering international responsibility for the country,’’ he added.
NAN reports that the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals’ is scheduled to kick off from June 14 to July 15. (NAN)
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Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky: Trial of Shiite leader, wife adjourned to June 21

The Kaduna State government on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 dragged the Shiite leader and his spouse before High court on an eight count charge. The trial of Shiite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife has been adjourned to June 21, 2018.According to Daily Post, the Kaduna State government on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 dragged the Shiite leader and his spouse before High court on an eight count charge.The Cable News reports that the Shiite leader, who wore a neck collar and was limping was brought into the court premises around 8:30am.Counsel to El-Zakzaky made an oral application for his bail, but was asked by the judge, Justice Gideon Kurada to present a formal application.The security in the court was tight as men of the Department of State Services (DSS) were stationed at strategic positions. Shiites attack Army chiefOn Saturday, December 12, 2015, members of the Shiite sect alleged attempted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.The assassination attempt was also confirmed by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman.El-Zakzaky was subsequently arrested by the Nigerian Army after the clash.El-Zakzaky detained in prisonOn Tuesday, December 29, 2015, the Shiite leader was imprisoned on the orders of a Kaduna Magistrate Court.El-Zakzaky was remanded in prison after being charged with criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbances, The Nation reports.Shittes chase Police in AbujaOn Monday, May 14, 2018, members of the Shiite sect chased some policemen stationed at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, during a protest.Chanting “Free El-Zakzaky”, the Shiite members, mostly women and young men, were armed with stones and sticks while protesting and it resulted in a chaos as activities were paralysed at the Federal Secretariat.The group have been demanding the unconditional release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from detention.

Facebook Shut 583 Million Fake Accounts

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Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech.
Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day.
Despite this, the group said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts.
It claimed to detect almost 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.
Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter.
Improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017.
In 85.6 percent of the cases, Facebook detected the images before being alerted to them by users, said the report, issued the day after the company said about 200 apps had been suspended on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data.
The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 percent of the total content viewed by Facebook’s more than two billion users from January through March.
“In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence,” the report said.
Responses to rule violations include removing content, adding warnings to content that may be disturbing to some users while not violating Facebook standards; and notifying law enforcement in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life”.
Improved IT also helped Facebook take action against 1.9 million posts containing terrorist propaganda, a 73 percent increase. Nearly all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said.
It attributed the increase to the enhanced use of photodetection technology.
Hate speech is harder to police using automated methods, however, as racist or homophobic hate speech is often quoted on posts by their targets or activists.
– Sarcasm needs human touch –
“It may take a human to understand and accurately interpret nuances like… self-referential comments or sarcasm,” the report said, noting that Facebook aims to “protect and respect both expression and personal safety”.
Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of hate speech content during the period, a 56 increase over October-December. But only 38 percent had been detected through Facebook’s efforts — the rest flagged up by users.
The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity — quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report.
Some 21 million such posts were handled in the period, a similar number to October-December 2017.
That was less than 0.1 percent of viewed content — which includes text, images, videos, links, live videos or comments on posts — Facebook said, adding it had dealt with nearly 96 percent of the cases before being alerted to them.
Facebook has come under fire for showing too much zeal on this front, such as removing images of artwork tolerated under its own rules.
In March, Facebook apologised for temporarily removing an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work “Liberty Leading the People” because it depicts a bare-breasted woman.
Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bicket said the group had kept a commitment to recruit 3,000 more staff to lift the numbers dedicated to enforcing standards to 7,500 at the start of this year.
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Ajimobi congratulates Oyo Assembly on election of new speaker

Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State GovernorGov. Abiola Ajimobi has congratulated members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on the rancour-free election which led to the emergence of Hon. Olagunju Ojo as the new Speaker.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ojo, who emerged the new Speaker, is representing Oriire State Constituency.
NAN reports that Ojo, the former minority leader in the assembly, was elected following the sudden death of the first Speaker of the eighth Assembly, Hon. Michael Adeyemo (APC-Ibarapa East), on April 27.
The governor felicitated with the new Speaker for being found worthy by his colleagues to occupy the exalted position.
“The peaceful and successful emergence of the speaker has demonstrated the unity of the APC in the state.
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“The rancour-free exercise has further consolidated my administration’s effort of geo-political balancing in the political configuration of the state,” he said.
Ajimobi, who pledged the full support of the executive arm of government to the new Speaker, urged him to sustain the legacy of peace, cooperation and bridge-building which existed between the assembly and executive arm.
He stressed that the support of the legislature was critical to the consolidation of the unprecedented achievements of his administration in the last seven years.
The governor prayed that God would continue to comfort and sustain the family of the late speaker.
NAN reports that Ojo was elected by his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday while Hon. Ademola Ige(Accord Party-Ibadan South East I) replaced him as minority leader.
Meanwhile, Hon. Abdulwasi Musa (APC- Saki East/West Constituency) retained his position as the Deputy Speaker of the assembly.

Zakzaky makes rare appearance in Nigeria court

Supporters march with a banner to press for the release of Nigerian Shiite Muslim cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky on May 14, 2018 in Abuja.  AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA
A pro-Iranian cleric who has been in Nigerian custody since 2015 after clashes between troops and his followers made a rare public appearance in court on Tuesday to face criminal charges.
Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife were brought from Nigeria’s capital of Abuja to the Kaduna State High Court to face charges including culpable homicide and unlawful assembly.
It is only the second time the leader of the Shiite Muslim Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has been seen in public after being taken into custody.
Despite court orders that he should be freed, Zakzaky has been detained since December 2015 when the bloody clashes broke out in the northern city of Zaria.
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“His health has been fading and if you had an opportunity to see him today it is obvious and clear,” Zakzaky’s lawyer Maxwell Kyon told AFP.
“He needed a stick to get around,” Kyon said, adding that Zakzaky’s eyesight was poor.
“His wife, she walks with a stick, she was shot severely on her leg.”
Kyon said that this was the first time he had been able to talk to Zakzaky after the court ordered the cleric should have access to his legal team.
“We were only able to speak with him and his wife for a period of five to ten minutes,” Kyon said.
The courtroom was guarded by soldiers and members of the public and media were not allowed inside, according to IMN spokesman.
Zakzaky was supposed to formally be charged but because other defendants were not present the case was adjourned until June 21, said Dari Bayero, director of public prosecution for Kaduna State.
“We couldn’t go on because the other defendants haven’t been served,” said Bayero.
“He (Zakzaky) was asked to be kept in custody of the state security service,” Bayero said.
Zakzaky, who is in his mid-sixties and has lost the sight of one eye following the 2015 clashes, has been at loggerheads with Nigeria’s secular authorities for years because of his call for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution.
His supporters have held a series of protests in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja in recent weeks to demand his release and have had a series of standoffs with police.
Rights groups have accused Nigeria’s military of killing more than 300 IMN supporters and burying them in mass graves during the 2015 confrontation, a charge the military strongly denies.