Funke Akindele cry out bitterly.


Popular Nollywood actress and Ceo Scene One Production, Funke Akindele Bello, has reacted to the brutal rape and killings of young girls that is trending all over social media, according to the actress, she is tired and sad about the worrisome situation.

Funke added that the recent killings, chaos, confusion, corruption, unemployment is making people live in fear, she however, took to her Instagram page, and wrote;

“Fed up!!! I’m so worried! Which way?”


#Newsworthy…

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Uwaila’s Rape: She was a virgin – UNIBEN women leader.


A women leader at the University of Benin has revealed in a new interview that Uwaila Omozuwa was a virgin before her rape and murder.

The woman identified simply as Precious who while reacting to the news deemed the situation as “Barbaric“, said Uwaila’s father confirmed that she was a virgin before her rapists had their way with her and murdered her thereafter.

According to Precious, who beckoned on authorities in the state to work harder in finding the perpetrators of this atrocity, Uwaila could not have in any way “instigated” being raped as she was fully clothed before she was raped.

Precious went on to share the tragic details of the state Uwaila was after she was discovered in her pool of blood in the church. She stated that the 22 year old could barely open her eyes or even utter a word before she passed away.

– Uwaila’s pre rape, death photo

#Newsworthy…

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Uwaila’s Rape: Adekunle Gold Make Shocking Reaction.


Nigerian singer, Adekunle Gold has taken to social media to mourn the death of a 22-year-old 100Level student of Microbiology at the University of Benin, Edo State, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, who was brutally raped and killed inside a church in the city while reading.

The singer expressed the fact that society for as long as time has enabled a generation of men who believe women should be exploited and not protected, stating further that all men are responsible for the hurt women face as every silent man is a man encouraging an abusive one.

He said;

“My heart bleeds.
Uwa and Tina’s lives have been cut short because we’ve raised and enabled a generation of men who believe women should be exploited not protected.
We’ve enabled powerdrunk senseless men with uniforms and weapons.
We are not allowed to sit down there and say “not all men” fuck that! All men are responsible. Your brother’s heart is desperately wicked and you have enabled it, wether in catcalling or in objectification. We have enabled it. Not waiting on the government to do anything, don’t want to set myself up for further disappointment.
I pray we raise better sons and enable better men.”


#Newsworthy…

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Barcelona’s fitness to be put in test ‘2 games in 4 days’


Barcelona’s fitness will be put to the test in a tough return to action in LaLiga as the Catalans face two games in 72 hours – starting with a trip to Mallorca on June 13.

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Schedules for the first two matchdays after the lengthy break in action due to coronavirus were announced on Sunday night and the league leaders were handed a hectic start.

Quique Setien’s side are away to Mallorca at 22:00 CET on Saturday, June 13, meaning they will not be back in Barcelona until late that night.

Barca then host second-to-bottom Leganes at Camp Nou exactly three days later in another 22:00 kick-off on June 16.

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On Friday, Setien said he would like to have had more time to prepare for the return of LaLiga, with full group training only resumed this Monday – 10 days before the return of the competition.

By comparison, second-placed Real Madrid have slightly more time between their first two fixtures, with Los Blancos in action at home to Eibar on June 14 at 19:30 CET, before hosting Valencia at 22:00 four days later.


#NobleSports….

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Breaking: Obaseki shenk Tinubu


Embattled Governor Godwin Obaseki finally met his party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Lagos on Sunday. But Obaseki returned to Benin empty-handed.

Tinubu had nothing but a shattering news for Obaseki. He could not save him from his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, charging with a political cudgel.

Rather, Tinubu advised Obaseki to go out there to test his popularity in the party’s direct primary scheduled for 22 June.

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Tinubu gave the same advice to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state as the two governors and seven others met at a parley.

The meeting was hosted at the Lagos House Marina by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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Also at the meeting were governors Atiku Bagudu, Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Mai Buni(Yobe), Adegboyega Oyetola(Osun), Abubakar Bello(Niger) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), who was the host.

At the meeting Tinubu reportedly described democratic primary as a core element of internal democracy should not be jettisoned.

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A source at the meeting held at the State House, Marina, Lagos, said Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, emphasised the importance of primary to democracy, admonishing party leaders to safeguard it in the preparation for the choice of standard bearers.

The Progressives Governors’s Forum, led by Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, unfolded plans last week to mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to support their push for right of first refusal to two of their colleagues, Akeredolu and Obaseki, for the governorship tickets.

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The polls will hold in Edo in September and Ondo in October. No fewer than 10 chieftains are competing for the ticket in Ondo APC with Akeredolu, who is seeking a second term.

In Edo, other contenders have stepped down for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is challenging Obaseki at the shadow poll. The Edo governor is also seeking re-election.

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Last week, National Working Committee (NWC) announced that direct primary will be adopted for the Edo APC shadow poll.

According to the source, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma could not make it due to undisclosed reasons.

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The governors, who appeared to be in one accord, wanted the party to be fair to their two colleagues, who they said, should not be muscled out.

Specifically, the governors wanted Tinubu to prevail on the party leadership to give Obaseki the right of first refusal, the source said.

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However, Tinubu went to the meeting with the position that it is better, more democratic, constitutionally right and politically defensible that all aspirants should go for primaries to test their popularity.

He added that through free and fair selection process, the ruling party will successfully build a strong democratic culture.

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Tinubu, the source said, urged the governors to support the guidelines released by the NWC, maintaining that they are in the interest of the party.

Although some of the governors revisited the acrimony and controversy generated by the contrasting perspectives on the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole leadership, which they acknowledged as a battle within battles, Tinubu pointed out that it was normal in political life.

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Besides, according to the source, the party stalwart counselled that since the conflict had been resolved, stakeholders should put the past behind them and forge ahead in harmony.

The source said Asiwaju Tinubu reiterated his belief in fairness to the incumbent governors and other interested governorship aspirants in the two states.

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“Asiwaju also said he believed in the direct primary. His argument was that the direct primary will boost the confidence of the flag bearer as he prepares for the main governorship election.”

“Asiwaju Tinubu may have intervened in this sensitive nomination matter with a benefit of hindsight because as he rightly pointed out, direct primary produced Oyetola as Osun APC candidate and Babajide Sanwo-Olu as flag bearer in Lagos State.

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“Besides, I think Asiwaju Tinubu is of the opinion that where there are more than one contender, primary should be adopted to foster equity, fairness and justice.”

After the meeting, Sanwo-Olu took the governors to see the photo exhibition of his activities in the last one year.


#Newsworthy…

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Uwaila’s Rape: Obaseki orders investigation.


Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered for an investigation into the murder a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

The 22-year-old student was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

The men were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

Governor Obaseki in his tweet vowed to ensure that the suspects are found and made to face the full wrath of the law.

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“I have ordered the Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

“The @PoliceNG has been mandated to identify, arrest and prosecute anyone found culpable in her death. The Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law is in effect in our state.

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“Using this law, we would ensure to investigate what exactly transpired and deal decisively with the those found complicit in the dastardly act, whoever they might be. #JusticeForUwa,” Obaseki’s tweet read.

The news of Uwa’s death had earlier sparked outrage on social media with many demanding for justice using the hashtag #JusticeForUwa.


#Newsworthy…

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Lewis Hamilton asks for justice over Floyd’s death and U.S Racism


Lewis Hamilton has spoken out about the killing of George Floyd and offered a damning condemnation of the silence from others in Formula One, including his fellow drivers.

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“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,” he wrote on Instagram. “Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white-dominated sport.


“I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you are, and I see you.”

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Hamilton is the only black driver in Formula One and has been outspoken on the sport’s need for greater diversity in the past. “There’s barely any diversity in F1,” Hamilton said in 2018. “Still nothing’s changed in 11 years I’ve been here.”

The defending world champion also gave his thoughts on the continuing protests in the US. “I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully,” Hamilton wrote.

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“There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.”

“The way minorities are treated has to change, [and] how you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all the same. We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.”


#NobleSports

Happy New Month!!!

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Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know


Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

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  1. Nigeria ends month May on Sunday, record three hundred and seven, 307, COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, in a post on its official Twitter page, noted that Lagos State recorded 188, while FCT followed with 44 cases.

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  1. Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has reacted to the alleged rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of University of Benin, UNIBEN.

Adeboye on his verified Twitter page commiserated with the family of Uwa even as he called for calm, adding that the church has begun investigation into the case and would cooperate with the Nigeria Police to get justice for the victim.

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  1. The Nigerian Army troops of the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI have bombarded a bandits’ logistics warehouse approximately five-kilometre North of Birnin Kogo, in Zamfara State.

Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, stated this in a statement on Sunday, explained that the airstrikes were executed on Sunday after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports.

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  1. Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has approved that churches in the state would be reopened on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Charles Udoh on Sunday night, the approval was given based on the guidelines recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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  1. With effect from Monday, residents of Ekiti State now have opportunities to pursue their businesses Monday through Friday from 6am to 8pm.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this in a statewide broadcast Sunday evening, also revealed that consultations were underway to reopen worship centres, schools and big markets in the state.

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  1. President Muhammadu Buhari met with a delegation of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Sunday where it submited a report on the second phase of the ease of lockdown announced two weeks ago to the president.

The delegation was led by the Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to the Aso Presidential Villa.

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  1. The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has recorded a clean sweep of last Saturday’s council elections held across the 23 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Benue state.

The party also cleared all the 276 available councilorship positions at the poll.

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  1. The National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office as a failure.

The Lagos-based legal practitioner also called on Nigerians to start shopping for Buhari’s replacement, adding that his government is marred by lack of ideas and focus.

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  1. The Senior Pastor of the Household of God Church, Pastor Chris Okotie, has kicked against the guidelines proposed by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for reopening of churches, calling them “unbiblical”.

Okotie, said one of the guidelines, which is Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity and an impeachment of the integrity of the word of God.

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  1. An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has insisted that there is a connection between the Amotekun initiative and recent agitation for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic.

It called on the governors in the region to be wary of the activities of irredentist elements who are exploiting the euphoria of the moment to achieve their selfish and parochial objectives.


#Newsworthy…

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Uwaila’s Rape: Pst. Adeboye finally speak on rape and murder of Lady in RCCG.


The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Adeboye has condemned the killing of Uwaila Omozuwa which occurred in a branch of his church in Benin, Edo State.

Uwaila Omozuwa was found in a critical condition inside the church where she went to read at night.

Her head was bleeding after it was bashed with a fire extinguisher by unknown men who also raped her.

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She later gave up the ghost after she was rushed to a hospital for attention.

Pastor Adeboye who took to Twitter condemned the action and promised that he would work with authorities to ensure the culprits are brought to book.

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He also revealed that he’s praying for the family of the deceased who was a 100 level microbiology student of the University of Benin in Edo State.

He tweeted: “All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking incident. #justiceforuwa”.


#Newsworthy…

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Michael Jordan mourns on Floyd’s death


Michael Jordan has released a statement on the death of George Floyd, condemning “ingrained racism” in the United States.

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“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” wrote Jordan in a statement posted by the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA team he owns. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”

Jordan has often been criticized for his reluctance to speak up on political matters, especially when compared to the activism of other NBA stars such as LeBron James and Guardian columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. During a 1990 Senate race in his home state of North Carolina, Jordan refused to endorse Democrat Harvey Gantt, an African American who was running against the incumbent Republican Jesse Helms, a notorious racist.

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Jordan, who at the time had already won the first of his five NBA MVP awards, explained away his refusal to take a stance by saying: “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

Jordan has since insisted the comment was made in jest.

The six-time NBA champion, widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, said on Sunday that Americans needed to work together to find answers to the country’s problems.

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“I don’t have answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn out backs on senseless brutality,” he wrote.

If I were Donald Trump’s speechwriter, this is the team talk I would suggest
Curfews were in place in more than a dozen US cities on Sunday and Jordan urged people to protest peacefully. “We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability,” he wrote.

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Jordan finished his statement by expressing his sympathy to the family of Floyd and others. “My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice,” he wrote.

The former Chicago Bulls star has been in the news lately due to the popularity of The Last Dance, a documentary telling the story of his final championship season.


#NobleSports

George Floyd’s Death: DC, National Guard light in. [Live]

Entire Washington, DC National Guard has been called in response to protests outside White House and other areas in DC.


  • The Washington, DC National Guard – roughly 1,700 soldiers – has been called in response to protests outside the White House and elsewhere in the nation’s capital
  • Protests continue to spread as more cities impose curfews and states call in the National Guard
  • Demonstrators in Minneapolis, Minnesota, continue to demand all officers involved in Floyd’s death be charged. 
  • Large truck drives into protesters in Minneapolis, sending march-goers running and jumping over barricades. No serious injuries were report. The truck driver has been arrested. 
Widespread protest over Police brutality…

#Newsworthy…

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MP3: King P – Eze Ego (ft Zoro) | Lyrics

Talented Nigerian song artist, KingP from his recently released “Kinging EP” has dropped out another classic song titled “Eze Ego” featuring the prolific igbo rapper, Zoro.

The song was produced by Tefa.


Year: 2020

Song: Eze Ego

Artist: KingP

Album: Kinging [EP]

Feat: Zoro

Prod: Tefa



ft zoro

Lyrics•


#NobleSong

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Dollar rise than Rupees by 70 Paisas


The US dollar continued surging against the rupee as it had so far gained 70 paisas against the local currency in inter-bank rate, reported NRM on Monday morning.

The session started with the US showing a strong upward movement from the very beginning as it was currently available for Rs163.80.

Earlier on Friday [the last working day of the week], the dollar, pound and euro had a field day as they made huge gains against the rupee.

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According to the State Bank, the dollar closed at Rs163.10 in inter-bank rate after making a net gain of Rs1.30 during the daily trading.

The day began with a volatile start in the currency market in the morning, as the dollar price at one point soared to Rs163.30.

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It meant the dollar had gained Rs1.50 against the rupee during early trading after starting the session from the previous level of Rs161.80.

On the other hand, the pound sterling too grew stronger and ended the day at Rs200.74 after a gain of Rs2.28 in inter-bank rate.

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But it was euro which won the race as the currency saw its value going up by Rs2.82 and closed the session at Rs180.97.

This strong performance of dollar against the rupee came after it had a poor day against pound and euro in world market. The euro was up at $1.1105 from $1.1077 and the pound up at $1.2322 from $1.2319.


#Newsworthy…

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Arsenal sets to renew David Luiz


Arsenal and David Luiz are expected to agree on a contract extension for the defender, says agent Kia Joorabchian.

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It was confirmed last week that the Brazilian left Chelsea for the Gunners last summer on a one-year deal, rather than the previously understood two-year terms.

Standard Sport understands that Arsenal are hoping to at least seal a short-term extension with the 33-year-old that would see him remain at the club until the end of the delayed 2019-20 campaign.

Discussions are set to go ahead before the league action returns on June 17, and Luiz’s agent is confident an agreement beyond the summer will be reached.

“He’s very happy at Arsenal,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports. “He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody.

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“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season].

“There is no desire to leave. But again, we are going to live in a ‘new’ normal, we will have to see what Arsenal’s position will be. But I believe there is a wish from both sides to continue.”


#NobleSports

Happy New Month!!!

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George Floyd’s Death: Defund Police – Only Solution.


The explosion of protest across the United States in recent days makes clear that the crisis in Minneapolis is a national crisis. It’s been almost six years since the murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, and little has changed in how poor communities of color are being policed. It’s time to rethink superficial and ineffective procedural police reforms and move to defund the police instead.

In the immediate aftermath of Brown’s and Garner’s murders in Ferguson and New York City, the Obama administration responded by calling for more federal investigations and ultimately issued a report, the Task Force on 20th Century Policing, that laid out a whole host of reforms—which I and others criticized at the time.

These reforms were rooted in the concept of “procedural justice,” which argues that if the police enforce the law in a more professional, unbiased, and procedurally proper way, then the public will develop more trust in them and fewer violent confrontations and protests will ensue. This concept ends up taking the form of interventions like implicit bias training, police-community encounter sessions, tweaks to official use-of-force policies, and early warning systems to identify potentially problematic officers.

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The Obama Justice Department used this framework to bring a small number of “pattern and practice” cases against select police departments, such as the one in Ferguson, to compel them to adopt these measures. It also poured millions of dollars into training and community relations initiatives like the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which included money for Minneapolis.

But these kinds of federal interventions have failed to show any signs of creating positive changes in policing. They typically involve establishing a monitor who creates a series of benchmarks; the metrics for these benchmarks tend to be based on the implementation of the recommendations and not actual changes in the impact of policing on those most intensively policed. An insider look at this process by Matt Nesvet, an auditor on a federal consent decree in New Orleans, showed just how pointless the whole endeavor was; as described by Nesvet in The Appeal, monitors required things like pictures of officers talking to community members as proof that community policing was being implemented.

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There’s also no evidence that implicit bias training or community relations initiatives help. The Urban Institute, which was part of the National Initiative for Building Trust and Justice, evaluated the effort and found little to show for it. These kinds of reforms turn out to have a lot more to do with providing political cover for local police and politicians than with reducing the abuses of policing. In part, that’s because they assume that the professional enforcement of the law is automatically beneficial to everyone. They never actually question the legitimacy of using police to wage a war on drugs, arrest young children in school, criminalize homelessness, or label young people as gang bangers and super-predators to be incarcerated for life or killed in the streets. A totally lawful, procedurally proper, and perfectly unbiased low-level drug arrest is still going to ruin some young person’s life for no good reason. There is no justice in that—and giving narcotics units anti-bias training will do nothing to change this fact.

Many of these reforms have been implemented in Minneapolis. In 2018, the City issued a report outlining all the procedural justice reforms it has embraced, like mindfulness training, Crisis Intervention Training, implicit bias training, body cameras, early warning systems to identify problematic officers, and so on. They have made no difference. In fact, local activist groups like Reclaim the Block, Black Visions Collective, and MPD 150 have rejected more training and oversight as a solution and are now calling on Mayor Jacob Frey to cut the police budget by $45 million and shift those resources into “community-led health and safety strategies.”

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Unfortunately, at the national level, Democratic members of Congress appear to have learned few lessons from the failures of six years of “police reform.” One by one, they have condemned racist policing and called for investigations and accountability. Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez called out the names of those killed in recent years, but failed to offer any substantive proposals other than a vague call for justice. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who consistently refused to prosecute police when she helmed the Hennepin County attorney’s office, called for more DOJ “pattern and practice” investigations. And in a May 29 resolution condemning police brutality, even Ilhan Omar, whose district includes Minneapolis, and Ayanna Pressley failed to propose a single significant reduction in specific police powers, preferring to call for more investigations and the establishment of more civilian review boards, which have never shown any effectiveness in reducing abusive policing. (A more valuable model can be found in legislation Pressley herself introduced in November 2019. Called the People’s Justice Guarantee, the legislation puts forward a number of worthy proposals, including decriminalizing the police and redirecting resources to alternatives to policing; Omar is a cosponsor.)

These strategies will do nothing to change the basic mission of policing that has expanded so dramatically over the past 40 years. Another DOJ investigation, another officer fired or indicted, won’t end the war on drugs, the criminalization of the poor, or the demonization of young people of color.

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If congressional lawmakers are serious about reining in abusive policing, there are things they can do at the federal level. They can start by eliminating the Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) office. Created by the 1994 Crime Bill, it has been the central conduit for funds to hire tens of thousands of new police and equip them with a range of surveillance technology and militarized equipment.

One of the projects it currently administers is Operation Relentless Pursuit, the Trump administration’s signature crime-fighting initiative, that is set to flood seven major cities with scores of federal agents in partnership with local police to go after the president’s favorite bugaboos of gangs and drug cartels. Congress approved $61 million to pay for it, and that money should be taken out of any future appropriations. Lawmakers can also take more steps to undo the damage done by the 1994 Crime Bill, like defunding school policing in favor of providing more counselors and restorative justice programs; investing in harm reduction strategies, like safe-injection facilities and needle exchanges, as well as high-quality medically based drug treatment on demand; and rethinking the use of the criminal justice system to manage the epidemic of domestic violence.

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It is time for the federal government, major foundations, and local governments to stop trying to manage problems of poverty and racial discrimination by wasting millions of dollars on pointless and ineffective procedural reforms that merely provide cover for the expanded use of policing. It’s time for everyone to quit thinking that jailing one more killer cop will do anything to change the nature of American policing. We must move, instead, to significantly defund the police and redirect resources into community-based initiatives that can produce real safety and security without the violence and racism inherent in the criminal justice system.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article stated that Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar had “failed to propose a single significant reduction in specific police power.” In fact, as the article now states, Rep. Pressley introduced, and Rep. Omar supports, legislation calling for police power to be curtailed through a variety of means. We regret the error.

HAPPY NEW MONTH!!!


#Newsworthy…

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Breaking: Microsoft replacing ‘People’ with Artificial Intelligence


While in recent years LinkedIn employs more journalists to improve our experience of News on the platform, the media industry is being hard hit by the layoffs of the pandemic. This is also a time when automation will increase.

In the 2020s, AI replacing journalists and media is really going to come to pass. It will remake the industry.

Microsoft News and MSN is increasingly being run by robots even as Chinese state media’s latest innovation, is an AI female news anchor. Just as social media has changed how we experience the world in real-time, (the recent Floyd Protests come to mind), AI is increasing influencing how we consume, currate and even write (summarize) up content.

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Increasingly News apps are can be fully automated via highly aggregated content systems that tracks our personal preferences. For Microsoft itself, this always means a changing of the guard, and LinkedIn could be next. Microsoft is laying off dozens of journalists and editorial workers at its Microsoft News and MSN organizations.

Media layoffs continue at a frantic pace during the Great Shutdown furloughs where some 40 million Americans have lost their jobs. If AI is the future, AI is also the disruptor for many of these jobs. If you work at LinkedIn curating and choosing stories, your days are likely also numbered. The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists, but that’s changing.

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The new reality is of course that there is a global shift away from humans in favor of automated updates for news. The pandemic is all about learning to run a more efficient workforce with a move to remote work, 4-day work weeks and in some cases more automation. These layoffs are part of a bigger push by Microsoft to rely on artificial intelligence to pick news and content that’s presented on MSN.com, inside Microsoft’s Edge browser, and in the company’s various Microsoft News apps.

China’s ethics around AI are already changing the world. ByteDance’s Toutiao changed the world forever for how AI will intersect News. Microsoft has to keep up with this new reality. One staff member who worked on the Microsoft MSN team said: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs, and here I am – AI has taken my job.”

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“I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs, and here I am – AI has taken my job.”
Around 50 contract news producers will lose their jobs at the end of June, the Seattle Times reports, but a team of full-time journalists will remain. It’s not clear how soon some of the jobs at LinkedIn could be impacted in a similar move. But frankly, it sort of seems inevitable.

The team working on the Microsoft site did not report original stories but still exercised editorial control, selecting stories produced by other news organisations. That’s exactly what many of the LinkedIn journalists actually do. How quickly do AI-human hybrid systems go full on robot AI?

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While manual curation of news stories ensures that headlines were clear and appropriate for the format, it can be streamlined for an AI-human hybrid workforce of the future of journalism on these platforms, apps, microsites and so forth. Content curation is not journalism when tech has disrupted what the media used to stand for in a world of clickbait, SEO and “increasing user views and engagement”.

During the Pandemic even more journalists will churn from their old careers. Journalists are now facing redundancy and often have longstanding experience in the industry, must now compete with new AI systems and the impact of digital evolution which has partially destroyed local journalism and the integrity of information in many areas of the world.

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It’s demoralising to think machines can replace us, but as the world changes, AI enters the workforce and we must adapt along with it. Many tech companies are experimenting with uses for Artificial Intelligence in journalism, and Microsoft needs to keep up with the times.

The future of robot journalism is bright, even as many of the top apps for news with AI are made in China. The Toutiao aggregation model will likely disrupt how many Western platforms do news. This is because their personalization of the content to the user is superior, something LinkedIn’s algorithm and social feed struggles with.

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Algorithms have transformed social media into something not altogether human, with echo and sentiment bubbles, bots and parodies like the recent Twitter vs. Trump debate occur.

We cannot say that AI replacing journalists is necessarily a good thing. Facebook, Google and Microsoft’s foray into AI of News might not end well for us, as the quality of journalism and news continues to deteriorate. While these companies pretend to invest in local journalism, we have to be skeptical.

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Meanwhile the eyeballs are going to news aggregation apps Toutiao style like SmartNews, for example. Super platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Google’s intersection with news while a part of our life, is only likely a fragment of how we follow current events.

Is an AI of news world better than what we had in the past? Microsoft is replacing people with AI, and it added ‘these decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.’


#Newsworthy…

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MP3: Rocky – Time | Lyrics

Rocky comes through with yet another new song titled “Time” 


Year: 2020

Song: Time (Igba)

Artist: Rocky

Album: N/A

Feat: N/A

Prod:



Lyrics•


#NobleSong

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COVID-19: May ends with over 10,000 total cases as Nigeria record 307 new infections


On the 31st of May 2020, 307 new confirmed cases and 287 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 10162 cases have been confirmed, 3007 cases have been discharged and 287 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 307 new cases are reported from 15 states – Lagos (188), FCT (44), Ogun (19), Kaduna (14), Oyo (12), Bayelsa (9), Gombe (5), Kano (3), Delta (3), Imo (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), Bauchi (2), Plateau (1), Kwara (1)

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Stands•

Lagos-188
FCT-44
Ogun-19
Kaduna-14
Oyo-12
Bayelsa-9
Gombe-5
Kano-3
Delta-3
Imo-2
Rivers-2
Niger-2
Bauchi-2
Plateau-1
Kwara-1


#Newsworthy…

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