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Coronavirus: Irish cabinet to discuss level 5 restrictions - BBC News
Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended a move to level five Covid-19 restrictions.
image captionChief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan briefed the three leaders of the coalition parties on Saturday The Irish cabinet is to meet on Monday to discuss the National Public Health Emergency Team's recommendation to move to level five Covid-19 restrictions. It is the second time NPHET has recommended the move to level five. On Saturday the Irish Department of Health reported a further eight Covid related deaths and 1,276 new cases of the disease. Of the newly reported deaths, one occurred in June, two in September and five in October. There are currently 260 virus patients in Irish hospitals, with 30 in ICU. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan briefed the three leaders of the coalition parties on Saturday, along with senior ministers. image copyrightBrian Lawless/PA image captionLevel five contains the tightest public health restrictions in the Government's Living with Covid-19 plan NPHET says the level five restrictions should remain in place for six weeks. Following the briefings, the leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan described the situation as "complex", with "so many different variables". "A lot of analysis has to be done," he said. Mr Ryan said the government shares the concerns of NPHET when looking at the numbers, and increased incidence of the virus. However, he said that the government has to "balance up a whole range of areas" including the impacts of the virus and other impacts on society. Level five contains the tightest public health restrictions in the Irish government's Living with Covid-19 plan.
Crocodile Smile VI: Army announce first ever Nigerian cyber warfare exercise - See wetin e dey about - BBC News
Nigerian Army don announce say dem go conduct di first ever Cyberwarfare exercise for Africa from 20th October
Wia dis foto come from, Getty Images Nigerian Army don announce say dem go conduct di first ever Cyberwarfare exercise for Africa from 20th October. Di Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa for inside statement tok say dis go dey part of di annual Crocodile Smile exercise wey di Army go use find, track and counter negative propaganda for social media and across cyber space. Dis na di first ever Cyberwarfare exercise wey go happun for di history of African Armed Forces. Di Army tok tok pesin say di exercise go include positive identification method wey dem go take sabi Boko Haram terrorists wey dey run comot from di North East and from oda parts of di kontri. Di Crocodile Smile VI Exercise go start for all part of di kontri for 20 October and end for 31 December 2020.
Pablo Zabaleta: Ex-Man City and West Ham defender retires - BBC News
Former Manchester City, West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta retires after 18 "wonderful years" as a footballer.
Send off 'will stay with me forever' - Zabaleta Former Manchester City, West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has retired after 18 "wonderful years" as a footballer. Zabaleta, 35, joined City from Espanyol for £6.5m in 2008 and went on to become a club legend, playing 333 games and winning two Premier League titles. He also lifted the FA Cup and two League Cups with the club. After nine seasons at City, Zabaleta moved to West Ham in 2017 where he made 80 appearances before leaving in June. Zabaleta, who won 58 caps for his country, said: "After 18 years as a professional footballer, I took the decision to retire from playing football. "These have been wonderful years that gave me the opportunity to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments." He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in the 2012-13 season and worked as a pundit for BBC Sport during the 2018 World Cup.
Twitter Hackers #Anonymous wey support #EndSARS claim hacking all Nigeria goment official Twitter account - BBC News
Twitter Hackers #Anonymous wey dey support #EndSARS say dem don take over all Nigeria goment official Twitter account
Wia dis foto come from, #Anonymous/Twitter Hackers say dem don take over all Nigeria goment official Twitter account to support #EndSARS Di hackers wey call demsef Anonymous on Friday hack di Twitter account of di National Broadcasting Commission wia dem post dia claim. Dem do dis in support for di ongoing #EndSARS protests against police brutality for Nigeria, according to wetin BBC find out. Protests dey don dey happun for more than a week across Nigeria to demand for police reforms and end to police brutality inside di west African kontri. Di hackers collective Anonymous Wednesday night say dem don hack "multiple" Nigerian Goment websites as protests against police brutality continue. Di following day di Nigerian Police Force platform dey affected by hackers. Earlier inside video wey appear online, di hackers group issue 72-hour deadline to di Federal Goment to grant di demand of di protesters. Anonymous na popular decentralized global activist group wey dey popularly known for many cyberattacks against many goments, goment agencies, corporations, and di Church of Scientology.
ASUU Strike Nigeria: Academic Staff Union of Universities strike action latest update - BBC News
Academic Staff Union of Universities [join bodi of Nigeria university lecturers] strike action latest update today.
Wia dis foto come from, Federal Ministry of Labour Wetin we call dis foto, Di strike action wey start over six months ago, na di main reason why Nigerian public universities neva resume Academic Staff Union of Universities [join bodi of Nigeriia university lecturers] strike action latest update today be say Federal Goment don agree to pay N30bn to ASUU. But Thursday peace meeting wey dem hold to end di strike action by university lecturers don dey postponed to October 21. Di strike action wey start over six months ago, na di main reason why universities neva resume even afta goment reduce Covid-19 lockdown. Di Thursday meeting na follow up of di former meeting wit di Senate leadership on Tuesday, wia di Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige bin make commitment to yan wit di Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and oda stakeholders to settle all di mata. As oga Ngige dey lead di federal goment team, di president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi bin lead di representatives of the lecturers' union. Tho dem bin no fit suspend di strike for Thursday meeting, dem conclude say dem go fund public universities to bring am back to life, according to statement by di labour ministry. On dia path, Academic Staff Union of Universities [join bodi of Nigeria university lecturers] say di Federal goment during Thursday meeting lament say na di continuous closure of Nigerian Universities as a result of di ASUU strike action sake of over the IPPIS na im contribute to di ongoing #EndSARS protest. Di N30 billion money go enta dia hands small small between May 2021 and February 2022. Di goment don also agree to release N20 billion to help ginger di education sector as in to try change tins.
US election: Trump and Biden deflect key questions in TV grilling - BBC News
Mr Trump declines to disavow a bizarre conspiracy, as Mr Biden ducks again on Supreme Court plans.
Twitter and Facebook's action over Joe Biden article reignites bias claims - BBC News
Twitter's chief says the way it communicated its decision to restrict an article was "unacceptable".
By Chris FoxTechnology reporter The way Twitter communicated its handling of a controversial article about US presidential hopeful Joe Biden was "unacceptable", its chief has said. On Wednesday, Twitter prevented people from posting links to a New York Post story, warning those trying to click it that the link was "potentially unsafe". It only later explained it had limited sharing because the story contained "hacked materials". Facebook also took action, limiting the report's distribution in its news feed. It said it had done this as part of a "standard process" to give third-party fact-checkers time to review the content and decide if it should be treated as misinformation. However, it is highly unusual for an article published by one of the mainstream popular newspapers to be treated in this way. It is now less than three weeks until Mr Biden, the Democratic candidate, faces the Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the presidential election on 3 November. The moves by Twitter and Facebook have renewed accusations of social media censorship and bias. The New York Post article contained screenshots of emails allegedly sent and received by Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son. It also contained personal, intimate photos of Hunter Biden, allegedly taken from a laptop computer that was given to a repair shop. Twitter said discussing the claims in the New York Post article was not against its rules, but it had imposed restrictions on the article because it exposed private information such as email addresses and exposed material obtained by "hacking". Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive, acknowledged that it should have informed users as to why it had intervened sooner. "Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL [website link] sharing via tweet or DM [direct message] with zero context as to why we're blocking: unacceptable," he tweeted. The Senate Judiciary Committee now plans to vote on Tuesday whether to force Mr Dorsey to appear before it three days later to answer questions about the affair. Several Republican members have already said they will vote in favour. "Never before have we seen the censorship of a major outlet's reporting," said Ted Cruz, the Republican senator for Texas. "Big Tech crossed a line and must be held accountable." The article focused on an email from April 2015, in which an adviser from a Ukrainian energy company apparently thanked Hunter Biden for inviting him to meet Joe Biden in Washington. It did not provide evidence that the meeting ever took place, and the Biden election campaign says it did not. Hunter Biden joined the board of directors of the energy company in 2014, while his father was US vice-president. He stepped down from the company in 2019. "We have reviewed Joe Biden's official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place," it said. "Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as 'not legitimate' and political by a GOP colleague, have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official US policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing," said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Mr Biden. "Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath." The emails and photos of Hunter Biden were allegedly obtained from a MacBook Pro that was taken to a repair shop in April 2019. The device was never collected by its owner, but the store owner made a copy of the hard drive. On Wednesday, Twitter stopped people from posting links to the article, and would display an error message saying: "We can't complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful." People were also stopped from sending the article in a private direct message, and they were warned that the link was "potentially unsafe" if they tried to click it or retweet a copy that had already been posted on Twitter. Twitter has now explained that the article violated its private information policy, and its hacked material policy. The New York Post article contained screenshots of Hunter Biden's emails that exposed personal email addresses. It also contained personal and intimate photographs of Hunter Biden which had been taken from the copied hard drive, the New York Post said. Twitter said discussing the article or the allegations made in it was not against its rules. Twitter said: "We know we have more work to do to provide clarity in our product when we enforce our rules in this manner." This is the latest escalation in two battles. The first is social media's fight against misinformation - especially ahead of the US election. Pressure has been growing on Twitter and Facebook to tackle political disinformation and interference - but this raises big questions about how much they should or should not do. This is the first time Twitter has so comprehensively limited the spread of information from a mainstream news outlet. For Facebook, it is less of a departure. It often slows down the spread of stories when there are questions about their veracity, so that third-party fact checkers can have a look. The second battle going on here is between the companies - especially Twitter - and President Trump. The president and his supporters have repeatedly accused Big Tech of silencing right-wing voices - and this latest move will fuel those claims. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey explained how the company's action was driven by concerns about private details in the story, and the network's rules about hacked material. But given that its reasoning was not explained immediately, Republicans have been left outraged at Twitter's move. Twitter's actions have fuelled claims that social networks are biased against conservatives. US President Donald Trump tweeted: "So terrible that Facebook and Twitter took down the story of 'Smoking Gun' emails." The president also told a rally that Twitter had locked the personal account of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany "for reporting the truth" after she shared details of the New York Post's article. Twitter confirmed that it had required Ms McEnany to delete a tweet to regain access to her account. image copyrightGetty Images image captionThe Trump campaign posted a screenshot as evidence that Kayleigh McEnany's account was locked The president has also repeated a call to "repeal section 230", a legal protection that stops websites being held responsible for what their users post. Mr Trump has previously indicated that he would like social media websites to be treated as publishers, if they exercise control over what users are allowed to post. The New York Post itself has accused the social networks of promoting the Biden campaign, publishing an editorial in which it claimed: "Facebook and Twitter are not media platforms. They're propaganda machines." The official Twitter account for the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee tweeted they had posted a copy of the New York Post article on their own website and encouraged users to share a link to it. Twitter now also prevents users from posting this link.
SWAT police: See how new Special Weapons and Tactics team of police go work - BBC News
Nigeria police release details of how di Special Weapons and Tactics team go operate on Wednesday
Wia dis foto come from, NPF Nigeria police say no member of di Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) team go dey di new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team wey dem lunch on Tuesday October 13. Dem tok dis one as dem release new informate about di SWAT team wey go replace di SARS team wey dem ban. Nigeria goment ban SARS afta widespread protest across di kontri by young pipo to end police brutality.
- No member of SARS team go dey di new SWAT tactical team
- Di work of di new Tactical team na to gada security informate
- Members of di new Tactical team no go do patrol work
- Members of di new Tactical team no dey allowed to search pipo phones, laptops and oda smart devices dem anyhow
- Pipo wey go dey dis new Tactical team must dey free of any criminal case especially those wey get to do wit touching or use of gun anyhow and abuse of human rights.
- Respond to armed robbery attacks. Anywia wey robbery di happun, SWAT get authority to respond
- Di new tactical team get power to respond to any wia wey crime dey happun wit weapons
- Rescue operations na di number three mandate wey dem get
- Di last one na special operation wey involve high profile criminals
Nigerian Police SWAT team: Nigeria Police Force salary vs top paid police officers for di world - BBC News
Canada get di highest salary for Police officers while Nigeria dey pay di lowest police salary for di whole world, according to Salary Expert.
Wia dis foto come from, Getty Images Wetin we call dis foto, Police officers Nigeria Police Force like everi oda police officer for di word get very important job to protect life and property of citizens. And dis kain ogbonge responsibility dey come wit ogbonge salary for some kontries. As at February 2020, dis na five kontries wey dey pay dia police officers di highest salaries for world, according to salaryexpert.com. Canada get di highest salary for police officer for di world. On average, police officer dey collect over $100,000 per year. Dia salary high like dis sake of services like "Paid duty" wey dey pay dem higher rate if dem stand guard for construction site or private function. Even wen dem dey wait for court to give testimony, dem go collect overtime payment. New recruit go collect $50,000 per year. Police officers for Zurich, Switzerland dey collect $73,472 per year. Di average salary for police for police for di US na $60,000 but dis amount depend on di state wey di officer dey work and dia level of experience. New York, California and New Jersey get some of di highest salaries for police officers. Di starting salary for police constables for England, Wales and Northern Ireland dey between £19,400 to £23,000 per year. But di national average salary for di whole of UK na £31,000 ($38,000) per year and dem no dey work pass 40 hours per week. Police officers dey collect $42,000 per year on average for Australia. Dem dey work 40 hours per week but if dem work overtime, di moni fit increase well-well. Wia dis foto come from, Reuters Wetin we call dis foto, Na about 250,000 police officers dey Nigeria. Meanwhile, Nigeria dey pay di lowest salaries for police officers. Dem gats survive on $1,700 per year wey be just about $4 per day. Na about 250,000 police officers dey Nigeria and dis figure na for di entry pay.
'Unprecedented' Irish budget unveiled - BBC News
Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says his budget will meet the challenges of Brexit and Covid-19.
By Shane HarrisonBBC News image captionPaschal Donohoe says his budget will provide "more homes, improved healthcare and a special national response to climate change" A budget "unprecedented in size and scale" to meet the challenges of both Covid-19 and a Brexit trade deal has been unveiled by Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. "From the ashes of the pandemic together we will build a stronger and more resilient Ireland," he told the Dáil (Irish lower house of parliament). The minister said unemployment was expected to be around 10.25% next year. There would be a budget deficit of 21.5bn (£19.5bn) this year, he added. Last year, the Republic of Ireland ran a budget surplus but Mr Donohoe expects the deficit to be 20.5bn next year. This would mean a national debt of 219bn or 108% of national wealth. However, he said his budget would provide "more homes, improved healthcare and a special national response to climate change". In advance of the budget statement, the three-party coalition government said its figures were based on the assumption there would be no EU-UK trade deal and against the continuing uncertainty about the economic implications of Covid-19. The finance minister promised 8.5bn for public services hampered by Covid-19 and a 3.4bn recovery fund. Mr Donohoe said because of the problems the hospitality and tourism sectors were facing, VAT for them would be reduced to 9% from 13.5% from 1 November until December 2021. He told the Dáil there would be no broad changes to income tax, but the carbon tax would increase affecting the price of fuel. The cost of a packet of 20 cigarettes would increase by 50% to 14. The minister said he wanted to conclude on a note of hope and confidence, and quoted the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney saying that "if we can winter this one out we can summer anywhere". The Irish Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath told the Dáil the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach would oversee a 500m budget over the next five years to improve north-south co-operation. He said the government was committed "to practical measures" to "help deliver the full potential of the all-island economy". Sinn Fein's finance spokesman has described the budget as "indecisive, too slow to act and lacking ambition". Pearse Doherty said the government had failed to provide certainty for workers at risk of falling off the cliff edge or to hospitals at risk of not being able to cope with Covid-19 rates. He told the Dáil that 6bn had not been allocated because the three-party coalition did not know what to do with the money.