Good morning.During a liver transplant, a British doctor etched his initials on the liver using a surgical device. The branded initials were only discovered when another doctor performed surgery after the transplant failed. He's now being barred from practising.
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Australia. Novak Djokovic remained in limbo even after he was included in the draw for the Australian Open on Thursday, with the tennis star still awaiting a government decision on whether to deport him for not being vaccinated for COVID-19.
Britain. The Royal Family has stripped Prince Andrew of his military roles and royal patronages and said he will no longer be known as “His Royal Highness”, as the second son of the Queen fights a lawsuit in the United States in which he is accused of sexual abuse.
El Salvador. The government has denied responsibility for hacking the cell phones of at least 35 journalists and other members of civil society by using the spying program known as Pegasus. The denial comes after a report from Access Now and Citizen Lab, two groups specializing in cybersecurity, that claimed the spying happened between 2020 and 2021.
United States. The Supreme Court has blocked Joe Biden’s effort to require employees at large businesses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, a measure the US president has described as “common-sense”. At the same time, the top court ruled in favour of allowing the federal government to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most healthcare workers in the country.
2011 Tunisian president Ben Ali, flees to Saudi Arabia after popular protests known as the Jasmine Revolution
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Twitter is Back
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The Story The feud between the Nigerian government and the social media company, Twitter, has been resolved, and Nigerians' access to the platform has been restored.
Yes, finally. This resolution comes seven months after the government's ban on the social media firm last June, after it deleted a tweet by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. Announcing the ban in June, Nigeria's government accused Twitter of siding with secessionists. Analysts have highlighted the negative impact of the ban, saying it cost the Nigerian economy millions of dollars, especially the small businesses which use the platform to reach their customers.
How was the resolution achieved?
Despite heavy criticism over the ban, the Nigerian government insisted that Twitter; register in Nigeria, appoint a designated country representative, comply with tax obligations in Nigeria, enrol Nigeria in its portal for direct communications between government officials and Twitter to manage prohibited content that violates Twitter community rules, and act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws.
Has Twitter met all these conditions?
The details of this resolution have still not been made public. Twitter has not officially commented on what it has done to be allowed to work in Nigeria again but tweeted that it was "pleased" to be restored in the country and was "deeply committed to Nigeria". While most corporate organisations obeyed the ban, Nigerians had continued to access the site after the suspension using virtual private networks (VPNs). SOURCE
French Teachers Out
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The Story The need to beat the COVID-19 pandemic has never been in dispute. But as the world races towards a post-pandemic life, division has thrived over control measures.
What's the news?
French teachers took part in protests on Thursday over the government's Covid-19 protocols for schools. On January 2, the eve of the new school semester, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer outlined new Covid-19 rules for schools in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper. Union leaders reacted, saying their members are frustrated by constantly changing guidelines on how to handle the pandemic.
What motivated the new measures by government?
New variants are being discovered, and the spread is increasingly worrying. On Tuesday, France recorded its highest number of Covid-19 daily infections since the pandemic began, with a total of 368,149 new cases, according to data released by the government. A further 361,719 new cases were recorded Wednesday.
How's the government handling the protests?
French Prime Minister Jean Castex and the Education Minister are in talks with representatives of all the teachers on strike. The new rules stated that if a positive Covid-19 case was detected in a class, all other students would have to take three Covid-19 tests in four days to stay in school. The French Democratic Confederation of Labor also decried the "constantly changing" rules, as it joined the protesting teachers. SOURCE
Who’s Making History Again?
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Maya Angelou is being honored again, as the United States Mint said Monday that it has begun shipping quarters featuring the image of the poet.
The first coins in its American Women Quarters Program, the quarter design depicts Angelou with outstretched arms. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry. The mint’s program will issue 20 quarters between now and next four years to honour women and their achievements in shaping the nation’s history.
Which other women are there?
Other honorees in 2022 include physicist and first woman astronaut Sally Ride and Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Also honored this year will be Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools, and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood.
Angelou, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was honored with the Presidential Medal in 2010 by President Barack Obama. The author, poet and civil rights activist rose to prominence with the publication of her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in 1969. SOURCE
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Who was Nigeria’s first Executive President? A. Herbert Macaulay B. Azikiwe C. Alhaji Shehu Shagari
QUESTION & ANSWER
QUORA QUESTION: Do you believe the Dilbert Principle that says the least competent people are promoted to management?
Yes, I see it daily.
There are several reasons for this.
First, the Peter Principle states that people get promoted to positions where they are not equipped to perform. The reason is in many organizations “promotions” are the only reward for talented technical people.
The world’s greatest car mechanic does not translate to the world’s greatest service department manager.
Second, we have ambitious people who want power. Yes, they are smooth talkers that exude confidence. They know the “buzz words” and are not afraid to use them.
Many competent people enjoy what they do, and have no interest in moving up the chain of command.
Third, many employees are simply too valuable to promote. In this case, management recognizes if they promote Sally to being a manager, the real work won’t get done. We can’t have that, of course.
Now, a truly “progressive” organization will have both a management and a technical track. But that is relatively rare.
Fourth, to get promoted you need to be a cultural fit. Although I have complained about the lack of promotions where I work (some due to point #3) I also realize our recently retired SVP was protecting me. Our CEO pretty much surrounds himself with “yes men” and given that I speak my mind, I would have been shown the door. Probably after an exchange of middle fingers.
So, no promotions for me. Unless they are lateral…
Who was Nigeria’s first Executive President? C. Alhaji Shehu Shagari