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  • Conversation between a tired man and his girlfriend sets social media abuzz
    by Chefee on July 9, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    The screenshots of a conversation between two supposed lovers have gone viral on Nigerian social media over how the chat went between the lovers. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] In what has been deemed “disgusting” by a lot of people, the man in the conversation who is seemingly tired of his relationship with the lady responds to her messages in a demeaning manner. The lady however, who seems to be deep in love with the guy, neglects his arrogant and condescending responses and continues to profess her love for him. Even when she questioned him about a lady she thinks he might be having an affair with, the man still responds to her in a hostile way which she also neglects and continues to profess her love. The conversation has been called disgusting by a lot of people as some even think it’s an unreal chat. It has however set social media abuzz with a lot of people pondering whether there are still people who are blinded by love such as this in this generation. Read the chats below,

  • Pastor’s daughter who got pregnant out of wedlock, shares her story
    by Chefee on July 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    A lady who happens to be a pastor’s daughter took to her social media page recently to share how she got pregnant out of wedlock. She revealed her story in a quite creative way. In a TikTok video she made with singer, Simi’s Duduke playing at the background, the lady took her followers from when she got pregnant, to the stigmatization and shame she had to go through, to having her son and all the successes she enjoyed up till he turned 10-year-old. She shared, [the_ad id=\"74804\"] Hmm did you hear? Pastor’s daughter got pregnant out of wedlock Can you imagine? That one! Her life is over just like that A bouncing baby boy was born 9 months later Graduated High school with distinction 2 years later Graduated with 1st degree a few years after that Relocated to a new country for further studies Graduated with 2nd Degree 2 years later… Got accepted into a 3rd program.. Son turned 10!!! ALL BY GOD’S GRACE!!!

  • MLB releases 2021 schedule; all 30 teams to open on April 1
    on July 9, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

  • Tanzanian actress, Zena Yusuf Mohammed ends 3-year marriage after allegedly being assaulted by her husband; shares photos of her battered face
    by Chefee on July 9, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Popular Tanzanian actress, Zena Yusuf Mohammed aka Shilole has disclosed her decision to end her three-year-old marriage over domestic violence. On Wednesday, July 8th, the actress took to her IG page to share photos of herself with a battered face as she opened up about her violence-riddled marriage. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] She alleged that she had been a victim of domestic violence throughout her marriage to her husband, Uchebe whom she started dating in 2016. In a quite lengthy and heartbreaking post, which she wrote in Swahili, the 32 year old actress also issued an apology for staying quiet about her issues while encouraging other women in violent or abusive marriages to speak out for help. She wrote, “I am writing this with a clear mind and conscience. First, I would like to apologise to my family. I am seeking your forgiveness because I assured you that my marriage was trouble-free, while in reality, it wasn’t peaceful. I have been a victim of domestic violence and other evil acts I cannot speak about on this platform. “I apologise because every time I heard my fellow women cry for justice after being assaulted by their spouses, I would urge them to voice out their grievances. When I heard that there was a woman from Kigamboni, who had been fatally battered and her body set alight by her husband, I was the first one to say: ‘she should have spoken out about her marital troubles’. I pretended that I was not one of the domestic abuse victims; I distanced myself from the group of women who were victims of domestic violence. Forgive me. “[As an artist], I am a role model to many in the society; I represent women on many fronts. Today, I have decided to break my silence on my marital woes. My husband Ashrafu Sadiki, popularly known as Uchebe, has been battering me too much! “And, after meting out violence on me, he never calls to show concern or know about my wellbeing. Other people, unknown to me, are the ones who usually nurse me in hospitals after being beaten up by my spouse. In my marriage, there are many other bad things that have been done to me, making my union lack the expected bliss. “Making matters worse, I am a mother; a parent of children who look up to me as their mother and father. I won’t allow myself to be killed and leave my children motherless, not today! “I loved Uchebe, I persevered to be with him despite his inadequacies; I gave him everything (my innocence, my wealth, and when he needed a woman to stand by him so that he could get on his feet — financially and socially — I was there for him). I did all that because I knew he and I were together in everything as husband and wife. Despite all that, my sacrifices did not stop him from battering me endlessly, disrespecting and betraying me. “Two days ago, when I returned home from my livelihood-seeking activities in Dar es Salaam, he seriously beat me up, forgetting that I had gone out there to look for food not only for my children, but also him. Why did he assault me? Because of petty marital conflicts that are present in all marriages. He did not batter me because he had found me cheating on him, or on issues that are hard to solve through dialogue, no. Furthermore, I respect him so much. “Nonetheless, he saw the best way of solving the small dispute that we had, was through battering me senselessly. I was asleep when he punched me in the face. “I know there is a section of people who will fault me for bringing to social media my marital woes, however, I would like to tell them that I was left with no other choice but to share my predicaments on this platform. What happens in my life, [being a public figure], should be known by my fans. Many people in the society look up to me as their role model. “I have had enough [of domestic abuse], and from now henceforth, I would like to state categorically that no one should refer to me as Uchebe’s wife. People should refer to me as ‘that mother who chose to prioritise her children’s welfare and wellbeing at the expense of a toxic relationship’. They should describe me as ‘that woman who chose her happiness and safety [over a violence-ridden marriage]. “My female fans and other women in the society should use this social media post of mine as a strong message that says ‘we [as women] should speak up when we have been reduced to punching bags and recipients of brutality, because if we don’t, we’ll end up dead someday’. More photos below,

  • How We Tracked Woodberry Via iPhone, Whatsapp, Bitcoin Transactions – FBI
    by Chefee on July 9, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Olalekan Jacob Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry, was nabbed through details accessed from his WhatsApp, iPhone and Bitcoin transactions, court documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES reveal. Mr Ponle, alongside Ramoni Igbalode, also known as Hushpuppi, was arrested in the United Arab Emirate on June 10 for multiple fraud charges after a raid by operatives of the Dubai crime unit. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] The duo were then extradited to the United States on July 2. Mr Ponle, 29, is currently facing charges bordering on wire fraud conspiracy at a United States District Court sitting in Illinois. The court had since June 25 issued an arrest warrant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding Mr Ponle’s case after a criminal complaint was filed. His first appearance in court was on July 3, after which the preliminary hearing was set for July 16 before Judge Jeffrey T Gilbert. However, as provided by a section of the U.S. laws on the release or detention of a defendant pending trial, Mr Ponle will be remanded in custody until a further order of the court. If found guilty, he is liable to a jail term ranging from 20 to 30 years. Page Pate, a U.S. law firm, stated on its website that penalties for wire fraud include a prison sentence of up to 20 years (30 years if the case involves federal disaster relief funds or a financial institution), restitution to any victims and a fine set by the judge. How he was tracked Ali Sadiq, a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), chronicled how the bureau tracked down through his online activities. He said this in a criminal complaint document filed at the court and obtained by PREMIUM TIMES. He stated that Mr Ponle, who often adopted a pseudonym Mark Kain, has defrauded several United States-based companies through Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes. This scheme compromises legitimate business email accounts through computer intrusion techniques or social engineering and uses those accounts to cause the unauthorised transfer of funds. Techniques for perpetrating these schemes include phishing, spear phishing, identity theft, email spoofing, and the use of malware. “Beginning no later than January 2019 and continuing until at least September 2019, OLALEKAN JACOB PONLE conspired with others to engage in BEC schemes to defraud several United States-based companies. These schemes resulted in attempted and actual losses to victim companies in the tens of millions of dollars,” the criminal complaint document read. As part of the scheme, he reportedly directed ‘money mules’ in the United States to open bank accounts in the names of victimised companies. According to Mr Sadiq, proceeds from BEC schemes, “ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars”, were then wired by unwitting employees to the bank accounts opened by Mr Ponle’s mules. Mr Ponle then instructed the mules to convert the proceeds to bitcoin (virtual currency) and to send the proceeds of the BEC schemes to a bitcoin wallet that he owned and operated. Bitcoin, a type of cryptocurrency, is generated and controlled through computer software operating on a decentralised peer-to-peer network. Its transactions are recorded in the Bitcoin blockchain which makes it hard to trace because the identities of individuals are partially anonymous. Massive scheme, more findings In fact, one of those BEC schemes involved two Chicago-based companies. One was defrauded of $2.3 million and the other, sent wire transfers totaling $15.3 million. Preliminary blockchain analysis done by the FBI indicated that the 29-year-old received at least 1,494.71506296 bitcoin related to these BEC schemes, valued at over $6 million dollars at the time he received the proceeds. Finding also revealed that the money mules in the United States were approached by a person they knew as “Mark” or “Mark Kain.” Mark later directed them to open bank accounts in the names of these companies. Those accounts received proceeds from the BEC schemes, and on Mark’s instructions, the money mules converted proceeds to bitcoin and sent proceeds to Mark. According to Mr Sadiq, “Mark Kain” contacted Individual B using telephone number (323) 985-4088 (“the 4088 phone number”). Mr Sadiq noted that these telephone details were records obtained from Dingtone, a messaging and voice call application. He added that his review of the chat transcripts from online messaging applications like WhatsApp showed him how Mr Ponle and his mules transact. “Mark instructed Individual B and Individual A to send money to the bitcoin wallet 16AtGJbaxL2kmzx4mW5ocpT2ysTWxmacWn (“the 16AtGJ BTC Wallet”) on at least nine occasions. “Records obtained from Bitpay, a processor of cryptocurrency transactions, indicated that between approximately September 18, 2015 and November 29, 2016, the 16AtGJ BTC wallet made five purchases associated with the Gmail account hustleandbustle@gmail[.]com (the “hustle Gmail account”). “Based on records obtained from Apple, an iCloud account (Subject Account 1) was subscribed to by Jacob Olalekan, listing the 7890 phone number, the hustle Gmail account, and a physical address in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Based on my review of records from Apple, Subject Account 1 contained several identity documents and photographs of PONLE. These included a photo of a Nigerian passport with a photo of an individual named Olalekan Jacob Ponle, born in May 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria, a photo of a United Arab Emirates visa with a photo of an individual named Olalekan Jacob Ponle with the profession ‘marketing’,” the document read. The FBI agent insisted Mr Ponle and his accomplices, gained access to emails and financial records of these companies to perpetrate fraud. “Based on the above information, there is probable cause to believe that, beginning no late than January 2019 and continuing until at least September 2019, at Chicago, in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, PONLE conspired to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349,” Mr Sadiq said.

  • Chris Pratt's wife Katherine Schwarzenegger talks quarantining with the actor: I'm 'learning a lot'
    by Nate Day on July 9, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Katherine Schwarzenegger is keeping busy in quarantine.

  • Gutfeld on Joe Biden’s ‘America First’ strategy
    by Greg Gutfeld on July 9, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Biden says the government needs to buy American products, playing catch-up with Trump's 'America First' policy.

  • House Democrats propose blocking construction projects on military bases with Confederate names
    by Caitlin McFall on July 9, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    The House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill for the fiscal year 2021, but included a provision that would prohibit military construction projects on bases named after Confederate figures.

  • Kansas City police officer accused of sexual relationship with witness in murder case
    by John Pepitone on July 9, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    A Kansas City police officer is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a witness in two high-profile metro area murders.

  • Juan Williams says Trump 'really came out on top' in Supreme Court ruling on tax documents
    by Yael Halon on July 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    "The Five" co-host Juan Williams declared Thursday's Supreme Court ruling blocking immediate congressional access to President Trump's tax returns to be a "short-term" victory for the president and his reelection efforts. 

  • Richard Sherman, other NFL players rip league health guidelines
    by Daniel Canova on July 9, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    The NFL is already receiving pushback for its proposed rules to limit in-game interactions for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to mitigate the risk players will potentially face on the field.

  • Seattle ice cream parlor bars police carrying guns
    by Michael Ruiz on July 9, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    A popular Seattle ice cream parlor located near the former Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, is asking police officers to leave their guns outside.

  • Gasparino explains why Trump tax returns could be 'embarrassing' for president if made public
    by Charles Creitz on July 9, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino told "Your World" Thursday that President Trump's tax returns "could be pretty embarrassing stuff" if they don't match the real estate mogul's claims about his personal wealth.

  • Number of Mississippi lawmakers testing positive for coronavirus jumps to 26
    by Bradford Betz on July 9, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    A growing number of Mississippi lawmakers are testing positive for the novel coronavirus, following a month of working together in close proximity at the State Capitol building without wearing face masks.

  • Gunmen kill two naval officers in Kogi
    by richard ngbokai on July 9, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Few days after gunmen killed an army captain and abducted his wife and mother in Kogi State, two naval officers have also been reportedly killed. The two naval officers, a male and female met their death along Lokoja-Okene expressway. Gunmen kill Army officer, abduct wife, mother in Kogi Bandits kill 2 herders, rustle 103 cows

  • Buhari signs revised 2020 budget Friday
    by Abiodun Alade on July 9, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    President Muhamadu Buhari will on Friday sign into law the revised 2020 budget passed by the National Assembly last month. This was confirmed on the official twitter handle of the government, @NGRPresident. The federal government had on March 13 approved N10.523 trillion for revised 2020 national budget after a memo submitted by the ministry of

  • Two Oil thieves bag three years jail term
    by Abiodun Alade on July 9, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Justice L. N. Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has convicted and sentenced two oil thieves to three years imprisonment. According to Dele Olawale, EFCC spokesman, the convicts, Paul Ovie and Frank Okuba, were arraigned alongside a vessel, M.V. Agbeke, by the Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes

  • Spurs fume over VAR in Bournemouth draw, Ings keeps golden boot bid alive
    by Abiodun Alade on July 9, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Tottenham suffered fresh VAR frustration as Harry Kane was denied a clear penalty in their damaging 0-0 draw at Bournemouth, while Danny Ings boosted his bid for the Premier League’s golden boot in Southampton’s 1-1 draw at Everton on Thursday. Jose Mourinho’s side have won just once in their last three games and are in

  • Ondo 2020: APC, PDP, 15 others adopt indirect primaries
    by Abiodun Alade on July 9, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 17 of the nation’s 18 political parties have disclosed of their intentions to conduct indirect primary election in picking their candidates for the election. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mr.

  • NEC includes govs in N2.3 trn stimulus package implementation
    by richard ngbokai on July 9, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    The National Economic Council (NEC) has said that two state governors will be included in the implementation phase of National Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP). Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this on Thursday after the governors had made a presentation at a virtual NEC meeting on how the States can collaborate effectively with the Federal Government

  • FCTA health secretary tests positive for COVID-19
    by Abiodun Alade on July 9, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a statement by Wisdom Acka, a staff of the information department of the FCTA, Dr. Kawu is currently receiving treatment at the Asokoro District Hospital. COVID-19: FCTA threatens to shut

  • 15,000 NIPOST Workers To Lose Jobs, Threaten Strike
    by Tbag on July 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) is to lose nothing less than 15,000 workers due to the recent take over of its primary duty to produce and issue stamp by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS). To this end, the workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike; threatening to withdraw their services across the country after a 21-day ultimatum issued on Thursday, July 18, 2020. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), who is the trade union unionising both NIPOST and FIRS workers, said: “the FIRS on 30th June 2020 against any known law produced and launched its owned brand of adhesive stamp thereby hijacking and taking over the function of NIPOST.” The General Secretary of SSASCGOC, Comrade Ayo Olorunfemi, while addressing the press conference said it was illegal for FIRS to produce and issue a stamp to denote duties when it can be procured from NIPOST. If this is allowed to go on, he said the usurpation of the main duty of NIPOST will lead to about 15,000 job loss, adding that the union would not accept this as there is no known law that gives FIRS to produce a stamp. Comrade Olorunfemi said, “in respect to job loss, we will not lose anything less than 15,000 workers and when you look at that, the multiplier effect on the economy and the saturation of unemployment market, you will know that it will be a catastrophe waiting to happen and we have said we will not allow that to happen.” He added: “To this end, we are calling on the federal government to facilitate an urgent meeting between NIPOST, FIRS, SSASCGOC and other stakeholders in order to arrive at an amicable resolution. Failure to do this within 21 days from today Thursday 8th July 2020, the Union shall have no other option than to direct all its members in NIPOST to withdraw their services. “It is very painful that while other nations are protecting and developing their postal services and making maximum use of the services for advancement, Nigeria is busy doing things that will kill its own.” He pointed out that stamp is a product of NIPOST as given to it by law, adding that the Financial Act did not give any power to FIRS to produce a stamp. The SSASCGOC general secretary said: “It should be noted that both NIPOST and Federal Inland Revenue Services are Statutory Corporations for which this Union has Jurisdiction to organise their staff. Therefore, our position must always be balanced according to the laws of the land. That is why we are insisting that both organisations must develop a synergy that will enhance higher productivity in the area of stamp matter. “We recognise the power conferred on FIRS to collect stamp duties just as that of the NIPOST power to produce and issue stamps. These must be acknowledged and recognised in implementing the Finance Act. It should be noted that stamp is a product of NIPOST as given to it by law. The Finance Act did not give any power to FIRS to produce a stamp. In other words, to utilise stamp for duties FIRS must get it from NIPOST. “As we speak many Nigerians have stopped purchasing adhesive stamps from NIPOST. This if not challenged and nip in the bud will ultimately lead to the collapse of NIPOST and the staff will have to lose their jobs. We will not allow this to happen.” He stated that if the government failed to yield to their demand and the strike commenced, the union will also go to court to seek legal redress. According to Olorunfemi: “Mr President has told us clearly that there will be no job loss. We consider that as just a statement coming from Mr President because of his heart, he doesn’t want it. But when circumstances lead to people losing their jobs, that statement will be withdrawn. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] “So, we don’t want to wait and rely on that statement that there will be no job loss. If there is no more job to do, will they continue to keep us? So, we are determined to protect the interest of our members in this case. “Why are we not approaching the court now? We have not thrown that out, it is an option but as a responsible trade union Organisation, we want to exploit all available avenue before resorting to court. “I can assure you by the time they allow this thing to lead to a strike, we will also be in court. Once we start the strike, and while we are in the street fighting, we will also go to court to fight. You don’t fight on the street when you cannot win in court. “We have our own way of seeding messages across. One of the ways is to alert them the way we have done, and the next stage will be to withdraw our services and report this matter to the international community. We will also go to court to seek legal redress. https://tribuneonlineng.com/15000-nipost-workers-to-lose-jobs-threaten-strike/

  • Former NMA chairman dies of COVID-19 in Ondo
    by richard ngbokai on July 9, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Ondo state, Dr Michael Adeyeri on Thursday died of COVID-19 Adeyeri who works with the Ondo state government died at the Federal Medical Center Owo. Ondo Gov, Akeredolu recovers from COVID-19 Ondo health commissioner dies of COVID-19 Mr. Adeyeri who is also the founder of Shekinah

  • Samoan man spends nearly five more years in prison than he needed to
    by Tbag on July 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    A Samoan man sentenced to prison for burglary and theft spent nearly five more years behind bars than he needed to because of an administrative error, according to a report. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] Sio Agafili, a 45-year-old who should have been released from custody in December 2015, only walked out of the Tanumalala prison last week after a judge trying him in a separate case noticed the mistake, The Guardian reported. “I lost count of the days,” Agafili told the Samoa Observer newspaper. “I don’t remember much about when I should be out, I just know I had to serve my time.” Upolu Island in American Samoa, where Agafili was being held. (iStock) The ordeal began in November 2008, when Agafili was convicted of burglary and theft and handed a seven-year sentence. The following month, he was convicted again on unrelated counts of the same charges and sentenced to five years. Yet instead of serving both sentences concurrently – as is the standard in the Samoan criminal justice system – Agafili apparently was serving them consecutively, The Guardian reported. A judge spotted the error during a hearing over an assault that Agafili allegedly committed during a prison breakout in March. Police in that case admitted Agafili was being held illegally and he was granted release on bail, according to The Guardian. But by that point, Agafili had already served four years and eight months more than he needed to. His lawyer Muriel Lui told RNZ Pacific that “his right to liberty...  has definitely been breached” and expects to file a claim for compensation. “I’m not quite sure what happened here in terms of how police entered into their system that it was cumulative instead of concurrent, but it definitely does raise questions in terms of other prisoners who are currently in there, and whether they are serving the right sentences,” Lui added. The apparent error comes following a report from Samoa’s ombudsman last year highlighting problems in the island’s prison system, ranging from overcrowding to a lack of basic needs like running water, The Guardian reported.

  • Missing Seoul mayor's body found after massive search
    by Tbag on July 9, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Local police said the body of the missing mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, has been found. Mayor Park Won-soon’s body was discovered in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after local authorities launched a massive search for him. His daughter called police on Thursday afternoon and said her father had given her “a will-like” verbal message before leaving their home hours earlier. She said she decided to contact authorities because she couldn’t reach her father on the phone. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] Police officer Lee Byeong-seok told reporters that Park was last identified by a security camera at 10:53 a.m. at the entrance to the wooded hills stretching across northern Seoul, more than six hours before his daughter called police to report him missing. His cellphone signal was last detected in the area before the phone was eventually turned off. Video About 600 police and fire officers using drones searched for hours Thursday evening. Fire officer Jeong Jin-hyang said rescuers used dogs to search dangerous areas on the hills, and helicopters were to be deployed Friday morning in the event that Park still had not been found overnight. Kim Ji-hyeong, a Seoul Metropolitan Government official, said Park did not come to work on Thursday for unspecified reasons and had canceled his schedule, including a meeting with a presidential official at his Seoul City Hall office. Circumstances surrounding his disappearance and death remain unclear. Rescuers arrive to search for missing Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Lee Young-hwan/Newsis via AP) The Seoul-based SBS television network reported that one of Park’s secretaries had lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday night over alleged sexual harassment such as unwanted physical contact that began in 2017. The SBS report, which didn’t cite any source, said the secretary told police investigators that an unspecified number of other female employees at Seoul City Hall had suffered similar sexual harassment by Park. MBC television carried a similar report. Both the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency and Park’s office said they couldn’t confirm the reports. Park, 64, a longtime civic activist and human rights lawyer, was elected Seoul mayor in 2011. He became the city’s first mayor to be voted into a third term in June last year. A member of President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Party, he has been considered a potential presidential candidate in the 2022 elections. Police officers search for missing Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP) As a lawyer, he was credited for winning the country’s first sexual harassment conviction. He has also been an outspoken critic of Japan’s colonial-era policies toward Korea, including the mobilization of Korean and other women as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers. Park also established himself as a fierce opponent of former conservative President Park Geun-hye and openly supported the millions of people who flooded the city’s streets in late 2016 and 2017, calling for her ouster over a corruption scandal. Seoul, a city of 10 million people, has been a new center of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea since the country eased its rigid social distancing rules in early May. The mayor led an aggressive anti-virus campaign, shutting down thousands of nightspots and banning rallies in major downtown streets. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

  • Pope scraps prepared remarks on China’s security law in Hong Kong, raising concerns: report
    by Tbag on July 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Pope Francis skipped any mention of Hong Kong during his weekly address Sunday, even though the issue was reportedly included in his prepared remarks. Francis omitted a paragraph on his \"attention and worries\" with regard to the semi-autonomous territory\'s religious liberty following China\'s new national security law, according to an embargoed copy of the Angelus address obtained by the South China Morning Post. Critics said the pope is catering to the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of the Catholic faithful and pro-democracy pastors in Hong Kong, who could be extradited and tried in mainland China under the new law. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] Others believe it was a calculated move to air his concerns privately as the Vatican attempts to renegotiate an agreement. While the pope stuck to his remarks on other international concerns from the window in St. Peter\'s Square, he completely bypassed the comments on Hong Kong. Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St. Peter\'s Square at the Vatican, as he leaves at the end of the Angelus prayer, July 5. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) “I have followed with particular attention and not without concern the development of the complex situation in Hong Kong, and I wish to show above all my heartfelt closeness to all the inhabitants of that territory,” the pope\'s prepared comments read, according to Italian journalist Marco Tosatti. The paragraph also said, “I hope therefore that all the people involved will know how to face the various problems with a spirit of far-sighted wisdom and authentic dialogue. This requires courage, humility, non-violence, and respect for the dignity and rights of all.” The prepared statement included a call for “societal freedom, and especially religious freedom” to be “expressed in full and true liberty, as indeed various international documents provide for it.” Tosatti said, \"There is no official answer\" on why it was taken out, \"and theoretically, since the Bulletin is under embargo until the moment when it is spoken, and these words were never spoken, officially it is as if these words never existed.\" He concluded, \"What strings is Beijing using to gag the Pope?\" Retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, a fierce critic of the 2018 Vatican-China deal recognizing the appointment of bishops by the communist country, wrote a letter in March saying Francis was being \"manipulated\" on China policy. Joseph Zen, a retired cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, poses for a photograph in Hong Kong, China in 2018. Zen -- the retired but still outspoken former archbishop of Hong Kong – recently criticized the Vatican for its silence regarding China’s efforts to exert more control over the semi-autonomous territory. (Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty Images) “In Hong Kong, in all this time of turmoil, with so many young people suffering the brutality of the police, not a word from the Vatican,” Zen told the Crux newspaper in June. “I’m sorry to say that we have nothing to expect from the Vatican. In these past few years, they have never said anything to reproach China for their persecution,\" he said, adding that the Vatican is \"always trying to please the Chinese government.” Source

  • We have no deal with INEC on Edo gov’ship poll — PDP
    by Khadijat Lawal on July 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dispelled claims that its leaders were mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the Edo state governorship election for its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki. There are media reports that PDP leaders were putting pressure on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, to help rig the September

  • Journalists sue Brazil's Bolsonaro for putting them at risk following coronavirus diagnosis
    by Tbag on July 9, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    A group representing Brazilian journalists say they are planning to file a lawsuit against President Jair Bolsonaro for endangering their health after he took off his mask to speak with reporters about his COVID-19 diagnosis. \"Despite knowing he was infected with COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to act in a criminal manner and endanger the lives of others,\" Paulo Jeronimo de Sousa, president of the Brazilian Press Association, or ABI, said in a statement. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] De Sousa claims that Bolsonaro, one of the most skeptical world leaders about the seriousness of the coronavirus, \"broke the isolation recommended by the doctors\" and \"received journalists from media he considers to be supportive\" of his policies to \"personally inform them\" that he is infected with the virus. During a Tuesday press conference, Bolsonaro announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. He then backed away from reporters and removed his mask, to show that he was doing well. The ABI says the 65-year-old president violated Article 131 of the country\'s criminal code that includes transmitting to others a serious disease of which he or she is infected, or any act that may cause contagion, under penalty of one to four years in prison as well as a fine. \"The country cannot watch continued behavior that is beyond irresponsible and constitutes clear crimes against public health, without reacting,\" De Souza said. Three television stations covered Bolsonaro\'s COVID-19 press briefing: CNN Brasil, TV Record, and TV Brasil. Bolsonaro told reporters he had undergone a lung X-ray after feeling feverish. He also had muscle aches and said he was physically drained. Brazil\'s controversial president said his fever went down after he took hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug that President Trump has frequently touted, but one that has failed to show any efficacy in several studies. Following Bolsonaro\'s announcement that he had tested positive for COVID-19, he posted a Facebook video showing him taking hydroxychloroquine. Source

  • Greenpeace activists hang banner on Notre Dame Cathedral crane
    by Tbag on July 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    PARIS — Greenpeace activists hung banners from a huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday, accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change. The medieval landmark is under reconstruction after a devastating fire last year and is off-limits to the public. The group said in a statement that four climbers mounted the huge crane, about 80 meters (260 feet) high, soon after dawn and unfurled banners with such phrases as “Climate: Time to Act.” In this handout photograph provided by Greenpeace, a banner hanging from a crane reads \"Climate. In action\", near Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Greenpeace activists hung banners from the huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change. (AP Photo/Greenpeace, HO) The activists took the banners down after a couple of hours and descended from the crane. No one was detained, according to Greenpeace France. [the_ad id=\"74804\"] The group wants tougher laws on emissions and accuses Macron of making empty announcements about climate change, such as when he launched a global campaign to “Make our Planet Great Again” after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 U.N. climate accord. In this photo provided by Greenpeace, a banner attached to a crane reads: \"Climate. In action\", near Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Greenpeace activists hung banners from the huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change. (Greenpeace via AP) Macron last week announced 15 billion euros in new climate measures after Green Party candidates did well in municipal elections across France. But Greenpeace said that money is overshadowed by billions more given to the high-emitting car and aviation industries to help weather the virus-related recession. The crane is being used to help remove tons of scaffolding surrounding the monument for a prior renovation effort that had been underway when the fire broke out. The scaffolding was deformed in the fire, which investigators determined was accidental. The cathedral is expected to take years to rebuild. Source

  • Former PDP chairman, Modu Sherrif visits APC headquarters in Abuja
    by richard ngbokai on July 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    A former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif, on Thursday paid a surprise visit to the national secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja. Sherrif, who came in a black G-wagon at about 4.15pm, spent less than 15 minutes in one of the offices of members of Mai Mala Buni-led


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