Spurs moved up to fifth, six points behind their north London rivals but with three games in hand, after easing past a depleted Crystal Palace.
Palace’s request for the game to be postponed was dismissed by the Premier League despite a coronavirus outbreak that left them without manager Patrick Vieira.
The Eagles were still able to field a strong side that featured just one change from their previous outing.
However, a rejuvenated Spurs under Antonio Conte never looked back after scoring twice in two minutes just after the half hour.
Harry Kane swept home just his third Premier League goal of the season before Lucas Moura powered in a header.
Palace’s task was made even tougher when Wilfried Zaha was stupidly sent-off for two bookable offences before half-time.
Son Heung-min added a third 16 minutes from time.
West Ham’s bid for the top four is falling apart fast as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Southampton.
The Saints led three times through Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Ward-Prowse and Jan Bednarek and held out to move nine points clear of the bottom three.
Chelsea badly need to end a poor run of one win in four league games when they visit Aston Villa, who will be without manager Steven Gerrard due to a positive Covid test.
The Blues are now nine points off City and just three clear of Arsenal.
Villa’s next match against Leeds, scheduled for December 28, was also called off on Sunday taking the total number of Premier League games postponed over the past two weeks to 14.
No restrictions have yet been put in place for the size of crowds at matches in England, although supporters do have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test taken in the previous 48 hours.
Sport in Wales will be forced back behind closed doors from today, while in Scotland a restriction of 500 outdoor public events has seen Scottish Premiership clubs bring forward their winter break by a week after Sunday’s fixtures.
The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain’s comment came hours after the EFCC confirmed that he was being questioned by the commission.
According to the agency, Fani-Kayode was questioned on allegations relating to the forgery of a medical report which he reportedly got to evade his trial before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
He had arrived at the Lagos office of the EFCC in the company of his lawyer around 1 pm on Tuesday but the commission said updates about his interrogation would be provided later.
Fani-Kayode is standing trial on an alleged N4.6 billion fraud before Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The EFCC had charged him alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and two others on 17 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, and fraud.
During the last sitting on October 13, the judge had fined him N200,000 over his inability to appear before the court for his re-arraignment following the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa.
He was mandated to pay the fine or risk having his bail revoked.
Suspected jihadists killed at least 19 gendarmes and a civilian in an attack early Sunday in northern Burkina Faso, officials said.
The pre-dawn attack, one of the deadliest to hit Burkinabe defence and security forces since jihadist violence erupted six years ago, targeted a “detachment of the Inata gendarmerie”, the army chief of staff said in a statement.
The attack left 20 dead including a civilian according to a “provisional” toll, Security Minister Maxime Kone said on national radio.
He said the gendarmes “resisted and fought bravely”, adding that survivors had been located, with a search still under way for others.
A security source said the assailants drove pickup trucks and motorbikes and engaged in “lengthy exchanges of gunfire” with the gendarmes.
The poor Sahel state has been hit by jihadist attacks since 2015, mostly in the northern and eastern regions close to Mali and Niger — countries facing their own struggles against jihadists — but also in the south.
Jihadist attacks, often coupled with ambushes and attributed to movements affiliated to the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, have killed more than 2,000 people and forced more than 1.4 million to flee their homes.
Last week the political opposition in the former French colony called for urgent steps to deal with what it called a worsening security situation following a surge in jihadist attacks.
They threatened to take to the streets to demand the immediate resignation of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
West Ham boss David Moyes strode triumphantly around the London Stadium pitch soaking up the acclaim from jubilant fans after a 3-2 win against Liverpool on Sunday.
Moyes was written off as a failure at the highest level after lasting less than a season in charge at Manchester United before being sacked in 2014 and it took him a long time to re-establish his reputation.
But, in his second spell at West Ham, the former Everton boss is setting the record straight.
West Ham sit third in the table, just three points behind leaders Chelsea after an astute tactical display exposed the flaws in Jurgen Klopp’s attacking game-plan.
Liverpool’s first defeat since losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in April ruined their bid to set a new club record of 26 games unbeaten in all competitions.
More significantly, it left them four points behind Chelsea and no longer looking impregnable as the title race heats up.
“I think I am the same manager (as at Everton) but I have had to work out myself how to get better,” said Moyes. “I hope and believe my best time is still to come and at the moment I’ve got really good players who play with incredible character.”
Conte fails to lift stale Spurs
Antonio Conte’s appointment as Tottenham manager took another potential successor to Solskjaer off the market.
The Italian is a seasoned winner, with league titles to his name at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
However, he has acknowledged the huge challenge he faces in turning around a club that has not lifted a trophy since 2008.
A 0-0 draw at Everton, with both sides short of inspiration, laid bare the job Conte has ahead of him to take Tottenham back into the Champions League by finishing in the top four.
One issue near the top of his agenda will be the form of Harry Kane, who has scored just once in the Premier League this season after failing to get a move to champions Manchester City.
Chelsea were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by struggling Burnley as Matej Vydra’s late equaliser rocked the Premier League leaders on Saturday.
Thomas Tuchel’s side led through Kai Havertz’s first-half header and were 11 minutes away from moving five points clear at the top before Vydra stunned Stamford Bridge into silence.
It was a brutal blow to Chelsea given their territorial dominance, but they had no response as their four-match-winning run in the league came to an end.
The Blues sit three points clear of second-placed Manchester City, who won at Manchester United earlier on Saturday.
Third-placed Liverpool can move within one point of Chelsea if they beat West Ham on Sunday.
Although Chelsea are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, this setback underlined their lack of cutting edge without injured strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Burnley should have been dead and buried before Vydra’s late invention.
But a fine display from Burnley keeper Nick Pope and some wasteful Chelsea finishing allowed the visitors to escape with a point.
It was just the second goal Chelsea had conceded in their last seven games in all competitions.
Tuchel will hope both Lukaku and Werner are available soon after the forthcoming international break.
Chelsea’s failure to take three points overshadowed a fine display from Ross Barkley.
Barkley, who spent last season in exile on loan at Aston Villa, has never looked at home with Chelsea since his move from Everton in 2018.
But, with Mason Mount only available from a bench after a tooth infection, the midfielder produced one of his most influential performances in a Chelsea shirt.
The 27-year-old, deployed in a ‘false nine’ role, surged towards the Burnley area and teed up Callum Hudson-Odoi for a shot that was saved by Pope before the winger fired the rebound wide.
That was the signal for a period of sustained Chelsea pressure, with Andreas Christensen glancing a header just wide.
Jorginho threatened with a header that Pope pushed away at full-stretch, while Barkley curled narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
Barkley’s crunching foot-up challenge on Ben Mee sparked a spat between Tuchel and Sean Dyche, with the Chelsea boss jumping from his seat in a finger-pointing fury that brought an angry response from the Burnley boss before they were kept apart.
Chelsea kept pressing and Reece James’ deflected cross was clawed away for a corner by Pope.
The Blues’ dominance paid dividends in the 33rd minute.
Just moments earlier, Havertz needed treatment after tumbling over an advertising board into the Matthew Harding Stand, but the German forward was clearly unfazed by that painful landing.
N’Golo Kante picked out James down the right and the defender’s pin-point cross reached the unmarked Havertz, who thumped a clinical header past Pope for his fourth goal this season.
With Chelsea pressing for the knockout blow, Thiago Silva headed against a post from another precise James cross early in the second half.
Havertz should have landed that killer punch when he shot over after Hudson-Odoi’s cross picked him out six yards from goal.
Hudson-Odoi’s low strike was repelled by Pope and Barkley smashed over from a good position before departing to a standing ovation when he was substituted.
It was a curious decision by Tuchel given Barkley’s influence and Burnley took advantage to snatch an equaliser completely against the run of play in the 79th minute.
Matthew Lowton chested the ball down for Ashley Westwood and his cross caught the Chelsea defence napping.
Jay Rodriguez headed it back across goal for Vydra to stab home from close-range.
As the year gradually moves to a denouement, concerns tend to be rising in various corners within Nigeria, even as debates over economic and political power continue to rage.
Across the world, health and terrorism issues remain top matters, even as dialogues have continued over coups and violent take-overs which threaten to alter the dynamics of peace, law and order.
However, all is not war and politics. Their still remains pockets of hope, even as entertainment and sports continue to play their vital roles in keeping millions from losing their minds.
The past week has had a very healthy mix of all that concerns us a people and here are quotes that help to better digest what transpired and what we can look forward to in the coming week:
1. “We, the Central Bank, take our country’s dollars and sell to people to buy arms and ammunition to come and hurt us. That is what we are saying that people want us to do, we cannot do that any longer.”
2. “What I am worried about again is the way the Senate is handling it. The Senate by definition is the house of deliberations when things like this come, we don’t just rush and say because you are to be seen to be good you just rush and approve it.”
3. “Actions and associations speak louder than words. Yoruba Nation’s talk of human rights promotion must therefore be ignored.”
The Presidency decries a recent “alliance” between the Yoruba Nation agitators and the Indigenous People of Biafra, warning that such a treaty cannot be taken seriously because of the violent antecedents of the IPOB.
4. “I will continue to preach that, allow the Federal Government to collect VAT and share for us, for a chain is as strong as its weakest link.”
5. “In the South of Nigeria, East and West, miscreants and criminals masquerading as separatist activists have emerged to wreak havoc, take lives and commit economic sabotage against fellow Nigerians and against the state.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, asserts that the activities of criminals masquerading as separatists in regions other than the north, are not in any way different from the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist organizations.
6. “From this number, 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households, comprising more than 8 million individuals are currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer program, which pays a bi-monthly stipend of N10, 000 per household.”
President Muhammadu Buhari says efforts to reduce poverty in the country continue to grow, with 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households, comprising more than 8 million individuals currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer program, while N300 billion has been disbursed to farmers.
7. “The issue of Abba is in the public domain, and I think by now, everybody has heard that the police, in their very wisdom and very usual way of becoming very transparent and being fair to all, have set up a committee to investigate all these allegations.”
The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi says President Muhammadu Buhari will have the final consideration on DCP Abba Kyari’s involvement in an international money laundering scheme.
8. “With all pleasure, anybody willing to surrender and do it honourably and honestly; the government is ready to listen. The government is ready to see what they can do to settle them down without much cost.”
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, discloses that the Federal Government is willing to listen to repentant bandits and settle them without cost in a bid to find a lasting solution to the security threats in the north-west and north-central regions of the country.
9. “I am saying that the country is not productive and there is nothing wrong in borrowing; if you are borrowing, then it shouldn’t be for consumption and that’s why more and more people are getting poorer.”
10. “You cannot allow people who have destroyed, killed, and brutalised communities…you did not heal that wound, now you want to pamper those who have perpetrated that criminality and [those] atrocities. It does not work that way.”
A human rights and legislative advocate, Auwal Rafsanjani faults renewed calls for the granting of amnesty to bandits, explaining that it will encourage impunity and abuses of the rights of Nigerians.
11. “We expect that ultimately; we find a political solution in respect of Nnamdi Kanu’s problem.”
12. “Our (the states’) position is that having looked at the law, it is there clearly for us to see that taxation, or what we call consumption taxes, falls within the purview of a state, and only a state can charge consumption taxes.”
15. “A man that I believe would not listen to anybody else in the past, I was quite wrong on that. With his receptive ears, his reception, and those around him; I have seen that definitely this is a man that one can work with provided you go through the right channels.”
Former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, says he was wrong about some of his criticisms of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the past.
16. Allow Federal Govt To Collect VAT And Share For Us – Umahi
22. “It was important for ECOWAS to listen to the legitimate aspirations of the people of Guinea.”
Guinea’s ruling junta rules out exile for detained former president Alpha Conde, saying transition towards civilian rule would be done in accordance with “the will of the people”.
23. “The majority emphatically reject any suggestion that litigants can be allowed to butcher of their own will a judicial process which in all respects has been carried out with the utmost degree of regularity, only to later plead the absent victim.”
South Africa’s highest court stands by its order to imprison Jacob Zuma, accusing the former president of “litigious skullduggery” in a scathing ruling that accused him of undermining the courts.
24. “The situation was highly polarised in the country, there were demonstrations, extensive use of force, people were dying and there was need for a resolution.”
Kenya’s veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga dismisses widespread rumours of a power-sharing deal between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of elections next year as he leaves the door open for a fifth presidential bid.
25. “It is time for Europe to step up to the next level.”
Europe will seek to boost its own military capacity after the collapse of the US-backed government in Afghanistan, EU Chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday, announcing a defence summit.
26. “We stand ready to work with the international community to advocate for urgent actions to stall a looming humanitarian crisis.”
27. “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”
Firebrand authoritarian, President Rodrigo Duterte, defends the brutal crackdown — his signature policy — that rights groups estimate has killed tens of thousands of people.
28. “The officer was rescued following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs, with the help of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies, to conduct decisive operations to rescue Major Datong.”
Army announces rescue of Major CL Datong who was kidnapped last month from the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State.
29. “After consultations with our lawyers, we have instructed our lawyers to appeal the ruling and file an application for stay of execution.”
The leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) faults the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing its members to return to work.
30. “Even if you have all the money in the world, you will not be able to use it. So, it is very important, and it is coming at a very bad time.”
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, appeals to state governors to sheathe their swords as the dispute over who should collect Value Added Tax (VAT) between the state governments and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) persists.
31. “I can assure Nigerians that we are not unmindful of the anxiety and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.”
The Federal Government again pledges to restore Twitter services in the country, hundred days after the tech giant was banned in Nigeria.
The passing week has been a very eventful one globally with the world still battling COVID-19 and trying to adjust to the new reality.
Nigeria is never left a week without drama, as events continue to take different turns, leading the authorities to take certain drastic actions that got tongues wagging.
Having reviewed most of the major stories from the passing week, both locally and on the foreign scene, here are top quotes that tend to paint a vivid picture of what transpired and perhaps give us a hint of some things we must expect in the coming days:
1. “If I follow APC for this length of time, and they don’t give the Southeast an opportunity, I will feel bad.”
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, says he will feel bad if the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not give the South-East a chance at the presidency, come 2023.
2. “I remain committed to his agenda for our great Nation and shall continue to support him in any way possible.”
Former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, declares his support for the Muhammadu Buhari administration following his sack by the President.
3. “Today at the executive meeting, (party) president Suga said he wants to focus his efforts on anti-coronavirus measures and will not run in the leadership election.”
Secretary General of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Toshihiro Nikai, reveals that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will not run for re-election as party leader in September.
4. “The sooner the Taliban will enter the family of civilised people, so to speak, the easier it will be to contact, communicate, and somehow influence and ask questions.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes the Taliban will behave in a “civilised” manner in Afghanistan so the global community can maintain diplomatic ties with Kabul.
5. “I am the landlord, I didn’t give myself, the constitution gave me that power.”
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku issues a stern warning to residents of the Mambilla Plateau, urging them not to sell lands to “selfish politicians” who storm the area in order to benefit from compensations meant for the Mambilla hydroelectric power project site.
6. “The report of the audit committee showed that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta and even before the submission of the report, some contractors have returned to site on their own and completed about 77 road projects.”
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio says the Forensic Audit Report of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) indicates that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects within the coastal region.
7. “Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users, this is the highest in the world, isn’t it sad?”
9. “This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 06:45hrs along Lagos-Benin expressway, by Isuwa, kidnapped five unidentified persons and in the process shot to death one Sowore Felix Olajide, male, a pharmacy student of Igbinedion University, Okada.”
The Edo State Police Command confirms the murder of Olajide Sowore, brother to Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore by suspected kidnappers.
10. “The trajectory into the future is bright. If you see some of the things we have been able to do under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to exit recession in record time, most established democracies are still battling with the recession.”
Despite the current challenges facing Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, is optimistic that the nation’s trajectory is good.
11. “For us to reach the level of development that we need in our country, every part, segment and strata of the society must have a developed, deliberately focused leadership, so that what we do at the local level compliments what we do at the state level and from there, terminating at the apex – at the Federal level.”
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, attributes leadership deficit as one of the factors preventing Nigeria from achieving sustainable economic growth and development, and addressing insecurity and other socioeconomic problems.
12. “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations.”
Facebook apologizes and disables its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in video at the social network.
13. “The committee is to identify grazing routes and work with states and map them. It is not to recover grazing routes, it is to identify the scale of the problem.”
Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, argues that mapping out grazing routes will help to identify the scale of the herder-farmer crisis.
14. “Police have located the man and he has been shot. He has died at the scene.”
Authorities in New Zealand speak after police shoot dead a man who wounded six people in an attack at an Auckland supermarket.
18. “If you look at the President’s statement, in no place will you see that; not at all. In no place will you see those words that performance was weak, he didn’t say that.”
President Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, makes clarifications regarding the sacking of two ministers.
19. “Well, it happened because, perhaps for the first time in the history of the country, and of the NNPC, there is a President who is not using the place like a personal Automated Teller Machine (ATM).”
The Media Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, explains why the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recently declared profit.
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from his UK trip. He returns home at a time when internal politics is threatening the existence of leading political parties in the country, and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is still at odds with the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The passing week had its fair share of drama, as the nation experienced tensions in various sectors.
Beyond Nigeria, the world also went through a dynamic week, with pressures intensifying as the Taliban took back key cities and advanced to capture the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Here are some top quotes from the passing week that give a deep feeling of what transpired in the socioeconomic and political spheres of the country, as well as giving us an understanding of apprehensions around the globe.
1. “There was absolutely no justification whatsoever for this kind of behaviour against not only a Nigerian diplomat but any Nigerian at all. It was totally unacceptable.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, reacts to an attack on the Nigerian envoy in Indonesia.
2. “Every once in a while, we see some threats to the unity of our country, and we must not allow it to happen at all. We must continue not just in advocacy, but inaction that will bring about unity and religious tolerance.”
4. “Our aim is to chart a path forward to the restoration of Twitter for everyone in Nigeria. We look forward to ongoing discussions with the Nigerian government and seeing the service restored very soon.”
Social media giant Twitter reacts to the decision by the Federal Government to lift the ban on the use of its platform in Nigeria.
6. “My abductors regretted their cruel action and I have forgiven them. I urge you to forgive them too.”
The Niger State Commissioner for Information Mohammed Idris speaks about his ordeal after regaining his freedom from bandits who abducted him.
7. “Our findings show that despite clear signs that there will be retaliatory attacks, enough is not being done to prevent the bloodshed.”
Amnesty International in a recent report revealed that at least 112 persons have been killed and about 160 kidnapped following bloody attacks in Kaduna and Plateau states within the last one month. The human rights organisation also lashed out at Nigerian authorities for not doing enough to prevent further occurrences.
8. “These attacks and reprisals that happen always have early warnings [sic]; the securities are always notified, but unfortunately, the responses are always slow.”
Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, says security operatives react slowly even when they have early warning as regards attacks and reprisals between herders and farmers.
9. “We are very aware and it tells us that we have to always be on our guard here. We set up a risk analysis team yesterday, [and] evaluated the risk for Nigeria. It is low at the moment.”
Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu says Nigeria is at low odds of an outbreak of the Marburg virus.
10. “I want to ask Nigerians to tell those that are the cause of the strike and have not done their work that they should be sacked or resign from the positions they hold.”
President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, says the people who deserve to resign or be sacked from their duties are those who have put the doctors in a position where they have to embark on industrial actions to drive home their demands.
11. “So we will continue to appeal to doctors to come to the negotiating table so that we will continue to keep people alive when they are sick in the hospital”.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora appeals to the striking National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to return to the negotiating table.
12. “If it’s not of quality and it is not safe; we will reject it because I cannot sleep in the night and think that the vaccines that have been approved, or any drug will affect patients adversely”.
NAFDAC’s Director-General, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye says the vaccines brought into the public space for use by Nigerians are of quality and are safe.
13. “I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let [the] government get back to [the] government.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing possible impeachment over sexual harassment claims from 11 women and mounting pressure to quit from fellow Democrats, announces his resignation.
14. “Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced (the) Plaintiff, a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.”
Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew gets sued in a New York court on Monday for alleged sexual abuse of a woman who says she was “lent out” for underage sex by late US financier Jeffrey Epstein.
15. This year, my family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, at home — this is what we wanted more than anything.”
A suited Lionel Messi struggles to contain his emotions as he bids farewell to the fans at Camp Nou.
16. “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain.”
Lionel Messi says he wants to “build something special” at Paris Saint-Germain before being unveiled as a Parisian player on Wednesday.
17. “Without giving an excuse, it boils down to resources. We have seen government resources over time dwindle.”
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, blames rising unemployment in the country on dwindling resources.
18. “His body may have been broken, but his spirit was virile, agile, and he kept the flag of the family flying, doing justice to the memory of his late father.”
President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the family of the late irrepressible lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, over the death of their son, Mohammed.
19. “Colonel Sakaba died a gallant soldier, he was not assassinated.”
21. “This is an isolated incident, and is in no way related to the commitment of the Indonesian government in carrying out its obligations as host country or in accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.”
Indonesia formally apologizes over the manhandling of a Nigerian diplomat in the South-East Asia country.
22. “All local government officials, including the provincial governor, have been evacuated towards Kabul.”
A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Mirwais Stanikzai reacts as the Taliban seized the strategic Afghan city of Ghazni Thursday, just 150 kilometres (95 miles) from Kabul, in one of the insurgents’ most important gains in a lightning offensive that has seen them seize 10 provincial capitals in a week.
23. “I have said before, there shouldn’t be blanket amnesty and pampering treatment to those who have surrendered.”
Google will pay partnered media publishers in three countries and offer some users free access to paywalled news sites, the tech giant said Thursday.
The announcement comes after legal battles in France and Australia over Google’s refusal to pay news organizations for content.
In a blog post the firm said they would launch “a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience” due to launch later this year.
Brad Bender, Google’s vice-president of product management, said they had been in discussions with partnered publishers — including the Spiegel Group in Germany, Schwartz media in Australia and Brazil’s Diarios Associados — for several months, “with more to come.”
“Google will also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site,” the statement said, without offering any further details.
Bender said the program will help publishers “monetize their content through an enhanced storytelling experience.”
He added it would build on the 2018 Google News Initiative, a $300 million project that aimed to tackle disinformation online and help news sites grow financially.
It comes after growing calls for internet tech titans, notably Google, to pay for content.
A number of European and global publications — including AFP — have called on the European Union to adopt laws requiring internet companies to pay for the material they produce.
In April, France’s competition regulator said the firm must start paying media groups for displaying their content, ordering it to begin negotiations after refusing for months to comply with Europe’s new digital copyright law.
And earlier this month, Google rejected an Australian ruling that it pay hundreds of millions of dollars per year in compensation to local news media under a government-imposed revenue-sharing deal.
As uncannily realistic “deep fake” videos proliferate online, including one recently retweeted by Donald Trump, journalism schools are scrambling to adapt to an era of misinformation — or fake news.
Experts discussed how to train tomorrow’s reporters for these new challenges at the World Journalism Education Congress in Paris last week.
The three-day event — “Teaching Journalism During a Disruptive Age” — was attended by 600 educators and researchers from 70 countries.
“We have journalism educators from places as different as Bangladesh and Uganda, but essentially we all face the same challenges,” congress organiser Pascal Guenee, head of IPJ Dauphine journalism school in Paris, told AFP.
In China, the government makes no secret of its tight grip on the media.
But fake news is seeping into traditional media via Weibo, WeChat and other Chinese-language social media platforms, said journalism professor Peiqin Chen of the Shanghai International Studies University.
“When someone posts false information on Weibo, it can be reposted by a mainstream newspaper’s Weibo account,” she said. “Other mainstream media pick up on it from there.”
“Mainstream media play the biggest role in confirming and spreading fake news in China,” she added.
For politics or profit
It was US President Donald Trump who first popularised the phrase “fake news” in attacks on the news media.
But in May, Trump tweeted a video of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi which appeared to have been edited to focus on sections of a speech in which she stuttered and mispronounced certain words.
“Pelosi stammers through news conference,” he wrote.
Another doctored Pelosi video, which went viral online, slowed down her speech to give the impression she was drunk.
The motivation behind fake news is not always political, said Gifty Appiah-Adjei from the University of Education in Ghana.
“Often it is for financial gain by creating internet traffic, or it’s entertainment,” she told AFP. “And some people write fake stories just for fun.”
Journalism education “is the most effective means by which fake news can be addressed”, she argued.
Until recently, however, how to detect and counter fake news has rarely been taught as a stand-alone course at journalism schools, she said.
Checking sources has “always been part of the curriculum,” said Kamilla Nigmatullina, senior lecturer at Russia’s Saint Petersburg State University.
But today’s ever-more sophisticated misinformation — including doctored videos and photos — requires a fresh approach.
“Journalism schools in China give some courses in fact-checking, but the academic material we study is based on research in other countries,” said Chen.
“China still has a long way to go.”
But for Nigmatullina, we do not need to develop a whole new discipline.
Technology not the answer
“What we do need is joint research with scholars from different disciplines,” she told AFP.
“We could work with neuroscience students, for example, to determine why people decide to share certain information.”
In one project organised by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), students from almost 20 journalism schools in 13 countries participated in the fact-checking of articles in the run-up to the European Union elections.
One of the aims, said project manager Nadia Vissers from the Artesis Plantijn University in Belgium, was to learn the difference between “misinformation” and “disinformation”.
“Misinformation is false information spread without the intention to cause harm,” she explained. “Disinformation has the intention of spreading lies and influencing people.”
Misleading information in the media, for example, about migration, climate change and Brexit was classified as “mostly true”, “mostly false”, “false” or “uncheckable”.
The project runs on a shoe-string budget, said Vissers, because “we don’t want any funding from Facebook or Google”.
“The goal is to train journalists,” said Eric Nahon, deputy head of IPJ Dauphine and chair of the panel discussion.
“Technological solutions are not the answer — we need educated journalists.”
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has identified the concession of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and three others, as the next big project, after the successful rehabilitation work on the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Senator Sirika, disclosed this to Channels Television’s correspondent in Benue state, during the induction of mi-35m gunships by President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Ministry of Aviation partners the Nigerian Airforce on airport security, research and training programmes.
The minister urged Nigerians to trust the Federal Government in protecting their interest, as was the case with the Abuja Airport runway project. He also stressed that four airports; that of Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Kano, are not up for sale but concession.
The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has a new board led by a former Newspaper Editor and former Presidential Spokesman, Mr Duro Onabule.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the new board which consists of six other Executive Directors.
They are: Dr. Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.
Some other appointments were also announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.
“Under the Ministry of Information and Culture, the following agencies have new appointees: Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chika Maduekwe, General Manager; National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, Artistic Director; National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General; National Film and Video Censors Board, Folorunsho Coker, Director-General,” the statement read.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will also serve as the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), while Mr Mustapha Maihaja is to serve as the agency’s Director-General.
According to the statement, other members of the NEMA Board are: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ambassador Rabiu Dagari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health; Mr Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior; Mr Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye; Ministry of Water Resources, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, Nigerian Armed Forces; and AIG Salisu Fagge Abdullahi, Nigerian Police Force”.
The President’s spokesman said the appointments are to take immediate effect.