Friday, May 25, 2018

    Uganda to pay civil servants per day at work

    The Ugandan government is to introduce biometric gadgets for the implementation of daily salary payment for civil servants.

    The gadgets are to be introduced following the resolution of the government to start paying civil servants according to the number of days worked rather than a guaranteed monthly salary.

    Prof. Ezra Suruma, the head of the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said they are for a start installing the gadgets at public health and educational institutions to monitor clock-in, clock-out of health workers and teachers at their duty stations, Business Daily reports

    Suruma said salaries of absentee civil servants will be deducted equivalent to work days missed, he said.

    Debra Lee steps down as BET CEO

    Debra Lee is stepping down from her post as CEO and chairman at the Viacom-owned cable network,BET.
    Lee, who first joined BET in 1986 as its first in-house counsel, built the network to become the top African-American brand, as the cabler is in more than 60 countries and reaches 125 million households.

    “Debra’s vision and creativity have cemented BET Networks as a premier network for African-Americans and lovers of black culture,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said Thursday in a statement announcing the news.“As BET continues to move forward, we will always be grateful to Debra for her leadership and commitment to creating top-notch entertainment that both entertains and empowers.

    Cee-C goes blonde

    Big Brother Naija 2018 first runner-up and undountedly the most talked about ex-housemate ,Cee-C has switched up her look.

    Cee-C who usually rocks black hair,decided to go a little bolder with blonde.

    Kourtney Kardashian gets romantic gift from Younes Benjamin on one year anniversary

    Kourtney Kardashian, 39, took to social media to celebrate her one-year anniversary as a couple with boyfriend Younes Bendjima, 24.

    The socialite took to Instagram Stories to show a bouquet of red roses with a pink heart in the middle, writing, ‘365 days of love’ and tagging Younes, a tall boxer-turned-model. 

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Olamide Spends timeout with fiancee and son

    Indigenious Nigerian rapper,Olamide stepped out with his fiancee ,Bukunmi and their son for what he called ‘School runs’. If you recall,Olamide proposed to Bukunmi on her birthday in March this year.

    The couple who have been together for years now, welcomed their son, Batifeori Maximiliano Adedeji three years ago.

    Snoop shades Kim Kardashian, says ‘Kanye misses a black woman in his life’

    Barely a month since he took a swipe at Kim Kardashian,blaming the reality star for husband Kanye West’s Twitter outbursts,Snoop Dogg hit out at the KUWTK star again on Thursday during an interview on The View, claiming Kanye is ‘missing a black woman in his life’ to keep him in line.

    Asked for his thoughts on the Yeezy designer’s recent controversial ‘slavery was a choice’ comments, Snoop, told the co-hosts:

    ‘I thought he needed some medical attention, first and foremost.
    ‘I started feeling sad for him. He truly misses his mother, he truly misses a black woman in his life.
    ‘He truly misses the stability of having somebody telling him when he’s wrong and correcting him and checking him as opposed to allowing him to continue to do what he’s been doing.
    And that to me is something that he needs – he needs help – he’s crying out for help, so instead of me bashing him, we trying to help him now’ the legendary rapper concluded.

    Trump can’t block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

    President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

    Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said the blocking of Trump critics — which prevent them from seeing and interacting with the president’s tweets — violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the constitution’s First Amendment.

    In a 75-page opinion, the New York federal judge said the users “were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination” and that this was “impermissible under the First Amendment.”

    The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

    The lawsuit contended that because Trump uses Twitter for a variety of policy announcements, his Twitter account is “a designated public forum” that cannot exclude people due to their political views.

    The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he cannot violate the rights of other Twitter users.

    “While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,” she said in her opinion.

    Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her “declaratory” ruling.

    “Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” she wrote.


    Ebola patients slip out of Congo hospital to church

    Three patients infected with the Ebola virus slipped out of an isolation ward at a hospital in the Congolese city of Mbandaka, health officials said, as medics raced to stop the deadly disease from spreading in the busy river port.

    Two patients left the hospital on Monday night with the help of family members, then headed to a church, the World Health Organization’s spokesman in Congo, Eugene Kabambi, told Reuters.

    One died at home the next day and was buried with the help of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The other was sent back to hospital and died that night, Kabambi said.

    Health Ministry sources, who asked not to be named, said two police officers had been deployed to help track them down.

    Another patient who was close to being discharged left on Sunday evening but was later found, Kabambi said.

    The WHO and MSF said they could not force patients to stay in hospital but hoped that growing awareness of the disease and its risks would convince people to follow medical advice.

    “This is a hospital. It’s not a prison. We can’t lock everything,” Henry Gray, the head of the MSF mission in Mbandaka, told Reuters.

    WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said health workers had redoubled efforts to trace contacts with the patients. Health workers have drawn up a list of 628 people who have had contact with known cases who will need to be vaccinated.

    “It is unfortunate but not unexpected,” he said. “It is normal for people to want the loved ones to be at home during what could be the last moments of life.”

    Why I Constantly Wears Head-Wraps - Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals

    Jada Pinkett Smith has been looking flawless in the head wraps she’s been wearing lately, but she revealed that there’s a reason we’ve been seeing her more and more in wraps.

    “A lot of people have been asking why I’ve been wearing turbans,” Jada, 46, said on the latest episode of her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk. “Well, I haven’t talked about it. It’s not easy to talk about, but I am going to talk about it.”

    Jada opened up about having “issues with hair loss,” saying,

    “It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, am I going bald?’
    “It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That’s why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it,” she said.

    “My hair has been a big part of me,” Jada continued. “Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, ‘Oh my God, I might not have that choice anymore.’ ”

    Jada has met with numerous doctors but hasn’t got any closer to uncovering the root of her hair loss. “I’ve gotten every kind of test there is to have,” she explained. “They don’t know why.”

    Jada admits though that she loves her wraps. “When my hair is wrapped I feel like a queen,” she explained. “I love having a wrapped head.”

    Teenage girl recounts serial sexual abuse by dad

    An 18-year-old teenager on Wednesday narrated to an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court how her father used blackmail to have unlawful sexual intercourse with her since she was 12-years-old.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that her father, 52-year-old Folorunso Oluwaseun was arraigned on Feb. 8 on a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault.

    The teenager, the first prosecution witness, told the court that the sexual abuse spanned four years (2012 to 2016) before she was removed from Oluwaseun’s care by her mother.

    She revealed that Oluwaseun blackmailed her by refusing to give her and her younger siblings aged five and two years food unless she gave in to his incestuous demands.

    While being led in evidence by Mr Babajide Boye, the State Prosecutor, she said: “When the abuse occurred, I was living with my father and four siblings at Ofin in Ikorodu and my mother was staying in Ibadan.

    “When it happened, I told my immediate younger sister and she said it is a curse in the Bible, I told my father and he told me it is not a curse that God knows he doesn’t have a wife and God won’t count it as sin.

    “I allowed him to continue but my sister said it was not good and I told him I can’t allow him continue and told me that he would not give us food unless I allowed him to continue.

    “He refused to give us food and my young brothers aged five and two were very hungry so my sister said I should allow him to continue so he will give us food since he said it is not a sin and I allowed him continue.

    “I decided to tell his sister, Mummy Tosin and she promised to talk to him.

    “He approached me asking why I told his sister after he has told me it isn’t a sin and that it is only if he has sexual intercourse with me that he will have money to take care of us,” she said.

    The teenager, in her evidence gave an insight into how her family handled her allegations of incest against her father.

    “In 2013, my mother came back home but left after about a month.

    “He stopped when she was around and started again when she left, I didn’t tell my mother because my father said I should not tell her.

    “We usually go to the camp of the Apostolic Church every year and my father told me that his sister reported him to his mother and his mother told him not to get me pregnant.

    “I told my sister and, she said our father’s family doesn’t like us at all.

    “Around August 2016, my mother came back home and one night he searched for me wanting to sleep with me again.

    “When my mother caught him, she started shouting but he shouted back at her saying what can she do to him.

    “My mother took all of us to Ibadan saying if she stayed after knowing about the acts my dad can kill her,” she said.

    The teenager said that her father’s blackmail continued when the family moved to Ibadan.

    “I was teaching in a small school in Ibadan and we used to call him to send us money but he will say until we come back to Ikorodu.

    “I didn’t want to go back so I went to the proprietress of the school asking for salary increment and I told her everything I went through in the hands of my father,” she said.

    The witness said through the influence of the school proprietress, she was able to report her father to the appropriate authorities leading to his arrest.

    The teenager’s mother (name withheld), while giving evidence as the second prosecution witness said she separated from Oluwaseun after he accused her of witchcraft.

    “I moved to Ibadan where I began selling raw food stuff and sending gifts to my sister to give my children occasionally because their father refused me direct access to them.

    “I was unaware of everything that happened to my daughter as she never confided in me until I caught her father in the act.

    “I left with my children after he refused to accept responsibility or show any form of repentance for his actions.

    “I feared he will kill me in a bid to cover up the secret,” the mother said.

    According to the prosecution, the offences contravene sections 137 and 263 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

    Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until June 21 for continuation of trial.