EU gives social media giants mixed marks on anti-disinformation push
The commission has been issuing monthly assessments since December, when the EU adopted an action plan to combat online disinformation.
The initiative came on the heels of a voluntary EU code of conduct that the internet giants signed in October.
The EU elections in May, in particular, are seen as vulnerable to disinformation attacks.
The commission said it welcomed the effort by Facebook, Google and Twitter to start labelling political ads, as well as moves by Facebook and Twitter to make their ad libraries available to the public.
According to the commission, Google is testing its own version.
“All three, however, need to refine their technology so that third-party experts, such as fact checkers, can evaluate ads,’’ the commission said.
It also called out Google and Twitter for not making any progress in enhancing transparency for issue-based ads, given their importance in elections.
Among other shortcomings the commission cited was Twitter’s failure to provide insight on how its actions taken against spam and fake accounts are tied to activity by users in the EU.
Facebook, meanwhile, did not detail how its actions against disinformation, including the disabling of “eight coordinated inauthentic behaviour networks” affected EU users.
The commission has warned it could introduce binding rules, if voluntary pledges do not go far enough.
Germany reports 342 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 182,370
New COVID-19 infections in Germany remained under last week’s average as the number of confirmed cases increased by 342 within one day to 182,370, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Wednesday.
Over the course of last week, an average of 457 daily cases had been recorded by the RKI, the federal government agency for disease control and prevention.
The number of people currently infected with COVID-19 in Germany continued to fall to around 15,000 by Tuesday as the estimated number of people who had already recovered increased by around 800 within one day to 167,300, the RKI noted.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the RKI had stressed numerous times that the R-number had to be below one in order to ease restrictions in Germany. An R-number below one indicates that one infected person is passing on the disease to less than one person on average.
Since new daily COVID-19 infections in Germany have fallen well below peak values, the RKI has been stressing that the R-number in Germany was “sensitive to short-term changes” as caused by a local cluster infection after family celebrations in the district of Goettingen.
On Tuesday, the city of Goettingen announced that 80 people so far tested positive for COVID-19. The city was planning to test an additional 700 contact persons and all schools in the city area would be closed as a preventive measure until the end of the week.
Revenue mobilisation clarifies misconceptions by MDAs on funding
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), on Wednesday expressed concern over the misconceptions on accessing of funds from federation account by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
Mbam said that the only beneficiaries to the federation account were the federal, state governments and the local government councils in each state as provided in section 162 (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He further explained that the commission had the mandate to monitor the accruals to and disbursement of revenue from the federation account accrued revenue to the federal, state and local governments.
“The commission also advises the federal, state and local governments on fiscal efficiency and methods by which their revenue can be enhanced.
According to him, this explanation became necessary following a letter from the Ministry of Police Affairs to Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and copied the commission requesting it to fund `Nigeria Police Trust Fund’.
The request recalled that on June 24, 2019 Mr President signed into law the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act, 2019.
In the request, the objective of the Act was to provide a legal framework for the management and control of the special intervention fund established under section 3 of the Act for training and retraining of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.
And also for the provision of state of Art security equipment and other related facilities for the enhancement of the skills of the personnel of the Nigeria Police in the handling of operational equipment and machinery.
According to the letter, sources of funding for the Trust Fund include 0.5 per cent of the total revenue accruing to the federation account as well as 0.005 per cent of the Net Profit of companies operating business in Nigeria among other sources.
The chairman reiterated that “the commission is saddled with the responsibility to monitor accruals of revenue into the federation account from revenue generating agencies and disbursement of all the accruals to the three tiers of government while blocking leakages”.
Mbam explained that the president, upon the receipt of advice from the commission, would table before the National Assembly proposals for revenue allocation from the federation account.
“And in determining the formulae, the National Assembly shall take into account, the allocation principles especially those of population, equality of states, internal revenue generation, land mass, terrain as well as population density,” he said.
Palestinians rally against Israeli plan to annex West Bank lands
The protesters called for “consolidation of the people’s resilience in their lands and escalation of popular resistance,” while raising Palestinian flags and slogans against the annexation of Palestinian lands.
“The escalation of popular resistance by all means on all fronts is the proper response to Israel’s plans,” said Jihad Ramadan, Fatah party’s secretary in Nablus, urging Hamas to end the internal division.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday night chaired a meeting for the crisis committee in charge of following up on Israel’s possible annexation plans and United States President Donald Trump‘s peace plan for the Middle East, better known as the Deal of the Century.
Following the meeting, Mahmoud al-Aloul, vice chairperson of the Fatah, told reporters that the leadership’s decision to disengage from all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States “is final and will not be retracted as long as Israel is pressing ahead with the implementation of the Deal of the Century.”
Observers said the possible declaration by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of applying Israeli law on West Bank settlements and annexing large areas of the occupied territory in July would lead to violence and unrest.
Ondo 2020: Okunomo advises against monetising PDP primary
Okunomo gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Akure on Wednesday.
Okunomo said some aspirants believed in the power of money to buy party delegates and advised against using money as a benchmark for choosing the party’s governorship candidate.
He urged the electorate to rather carry out objective analysis of the aspirants’ pedigree on what he could offer when he becomes a governor.
“My advice to all delegates is that they should be wary of bad and emergency politicians who come to run because they have money to buy their votes and when they possibly win, they forget them.
“The electorate should not shy away from judging the antecedent of aspirants because the antecedent of those aspiring determines what they are going to do possibly when they get into office.
“And ensuring that anybody that will emerge must have strong view as a functional and efficient manager of people and resources,” the PDP aspirant said.
He added that the party needed a professional that was technically skillful and capable to understand economic and financial components of governance.
“To be a good leader and archiver is not by quantum of certificates that you acquire or by self glorification or title you hold but by your content.
“Content of your character, intellectual possession, administrative, managerial skills and capabilities to be able to run a good government,” he said.
“Failure is not in my dictionary, rather success is what is in my dictionary but if otherwise, I’ll give glory to God and life continues,” he said.
COVID-19: Gombe records 7 deaths, says taskforce
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that three deaths were initially reported, and the state recorded additional four recently, bringing the total to seven.
He said out of the seven deaths recorded, three were from community transmission because they did not have any record of travelling.
He said so far, there were only 23 active cases in the state that were on admission at Specialist, Federal Teaching Hospital and Kwadon Isolation centres Gombe.
He further expressed concern over the way people were conducting their businesses in the state without the fear of the pandemic.
Idris said the negative attitude of members of the public was worrisome because they were frustrating the efforts of the taskforce that was going round the communities for contact tracing.
“Members of the community were frustrating the efforts of taskforce who were out for contact tracing.
FG okays upward review of Lokoja Port contract sum to N600m
The Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr George Moghalu, confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.
He said that the review was to accommodate additional specifications to the project to meet specific standards .
Moghalu said that with this development, the contractor handling the project would soon return to site, adding that the authority was committed to its early completion.
He however said that he would soon meet with the Governor of Niger, Abubakar Bello and other critical stakeholders on how to resolve the problem.
Moghalu said that the authority had plans to review its tarrifs downward as part of efforts to make inland waterways attractive for movement of cargo and passengers.
To this end, he said that the authority had begun discussions with some private investors to acquire ferries to ply the dredged channels of River Niger.
The Federal Government in 2011 dredged the lower part of River Niger at a cost of N36 billion.
The dredging which covered 10,000 kilometres started from Baro in Niger State to Onitsha, Anambra State.
Moghalu appealed to the media to help in returning normalcy to the country by educating Nigerians on how to regularly observe the protocols put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Namibia poaching cases down 50 pct compared to last year
Namibia’s number of poaching cases recorded so far this year, at 13, represented a fall of 50 percent from the same period last year, Environment Ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said on Wednesday.
Muyunda attributed the drop to the country’s improved preventive measures against poaching.
Namibia has prioritized of intelligence gathering to stop poaching before it happens, instead of just responding to poaching cases, he said.
“More people are being arrested for conspiring before the act, which has resulted in a decrease in poaching cases,” Muyunda said.
Namibia recorded 26 poaching cases during the first five months of last year.
Russian hospital fire kills careless smoker
A fire at a hospital in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Wednesday killed a patient, who is suspected of starting the blaze by smoking in bed.
The patient was poisoned with combustion products and found dead, the agency said, citing a spokesman for the St. Petersburg division of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
The fire was eliminated by the hospital staff, and there were 274 patients and 87 staff members in the hospital when the accident occured, TASS said.
Kenyans adopt new greeting habits amid coronavirus pandemic
As COVID-19 cases take an upward trend in Kenya, reaching 2,093 on Tuesday, citizens are adopting new greeting habits, such as elbow bumps, which are helping people socialise as they maintain hygiene and keep social distance to curb the spread of the disease.
With handshakes, hugs, cheek kisses, and shoulder bumps among other forms of salutations dead, thanks to the new coronavirus pandemic, new forms of greetings considered safer are taking root in Kenya, both in official and informal circles.
One such a greeting that is taking the east African nation by storm is elbow bump as citizens consider it much safer.
From the old to the young, men and women, elbow bumps have now become the official greetings of Kenyans both in formal and informal settings like homes.
Wearing masks, clenching their fists and smiling, Kenyatta and Ruto bumped their elbows to greet each other.
Their greeting did not only acknowledge the popularity of the salutation amid the pandemic, but it also confirmed to citizens that they can use it.
Several dignitaries at the event that was attended by few government officials and opposition leaders also used the elbow bump to greet each other.
“I have been using the elbow bump since last month.
“Some people have been comfortable with it, others are not, avoiding contact but when I saw the president use it on Monday, I felt happy, that this is the greeting for those of us who are used to handshakes,” said Gilbert Wandera, a businessman in Nairobi.
Wandera, who sells computers, had shunned any form of contact greeting when the disease broke out to maintain hygiene.
“But I changed my mind as people embraced face masks and other sanitation measures.
“Besides, elbow bumps are a little safer because chances that you will touch your face with the elbow are nil,” he said.
The greeting has also been embraced in households, corporate offices, operators of public transport vehicles commonly known as matatus, commuters, motorbike taxi riders and traders among others as it quenches citizens’ thirst to shake hands.
Besides elbow bumps, other forms of greetings that Kenyans are using include foot taps and hand on my heart – what the World Health Organisation recommends.
But these are not as popular as elbow bumps.
Another culture that has taken root in the east African nation, thanks to the pandemic is the wearing of face masks.
Initially, wearing of masks was seen as a mark of style mainly done by the sophisticated or wealthy, but it has now been embraced by all citizens, with thousands hardly venturing out of their houses without the gadget.
“I am also finding myself maintaining the 1.5m social distance in public places naturally.
“No one is reminding me to keep distance in supermarkets, at ATMs, in public transport vehicles or in the office.
“And this is what many other people are doing.
“It is now a culture that is helping curb the disease,” said Victoria Selima, a government auditor.
Initially, funerals in the east African nation would attract hundreds of people, some who would stay at the affected families’ homes for days mourning.
But with COVID-19, citizens have learnt to keep away from the events without being forced by government officials, noted Victor Mulanda, who traveled to western Kenya on Monday from the capital for a funeral.
Rashid Aman, Kenya’s health chief administrative secretary, noted Tuesday that citizens must be responsible and embrace new norms to beat the disease that is currently deeply entrenched in community across the east African nation.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
- Germany reports 342 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 182,370
- Revenue mobilisation clarifies misconceptions by MDAs on funding
- Palestinians rally against Israeli plan to annex West Bank lands
- Ondo 2020: Okunomo advises against monetising PDP primary
- COVID-19: Gombe records 7 deaths, says taskforce
- FG okays upward review of Lokoja Port contract sum to N600m
- Namibia poaching cases down 50 pct compared to last year
- Russian hospital fire kills careless smoker
- Kenyans adopt new greeting habits amid coronavirus pandemic
- Lagos Govt receives 1,000 land grabbing petitions in 1 year
- Malaysia’s Defense Ministry holds ceremony to receive Chinese medical donations to fight COVID-19
- Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,256
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- Spain’s leader calls on parliament to extend state of emergency
- Germany lifts travel warning for European countries from June 15
- Gov. Ugwuanyi says efforts to transit IMT to degree awarding institution on course
- Palestine extends state of emergency for 30 more days
- 9 killed in gunmen attack in northern Nigeria
- COVID-19 cases in Japan rise by 31 to reach 17,031
- Russia to never initiate use of nukes: Kremlin
- Italian president awards honours to 57 Heroes of Virus Pandemic
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- Ibadan high chief, ex-Oyo NUJ boss felicitate with Alao-Akala at 70
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- Community seeks remediation on environmental impact of Agip’s Export Terminal
- Africa CDC closely monitoring new outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo
- Buhari greets Otunba Oyin Jolayemi at 80
- GNA’s Sarraj to visit Turkey on June 4 to discuss Libyan crisis – Minister
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- Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists lose more high ranking commanders, equipment to Nigerian troops
- NAF again makes history, records 1st all-female crew on operational mission
- AGF takes over prosecution of alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Wadume
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- Former Japan international Kanazaki tests positive for COVID-19
- Flight Resumption: NCAA lists 5 approved airports for operations
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- 6.8-magnitude quake hits San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — USGS
- Angola to join G20 initiative to suspend debt payments
- 17 terrorists involving in bomb blasts arrested in Afghan capital
- French court to rule on extradition of Rwanda genocide suspect Kabuga
- Russia adds 8,536 COVID-19 cases, total now 432,277
- Libyan gov’t forces kill dozens of eastern-based army soldiers in southern Tripoli
- NGBF, NACCIMA sign partnership agreement toward industrial growth
- Floyd’s death sparks global outrage
- 1 killed in St Petersburg hospital fire – Agency
- Former Afghan president supports China’s efforts to safeguard national security
- COVID-19: Cases rise to 317 in Oyo as 15 more test positive
- 5 district police including police chief killed in E. Afghan province
- Australian universities warn of research “disaster” without government support amid virus outbreak
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- S.Korea’s foreign reserves rise to 407.3 bln USD in May
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- New Zealand police officers charged with manslaughter
- FG to engage community volunteers for house-to-house sensitisation on COVID-19 – Minister
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- Zuckerberg defends not criticising Trump over threat of violence
- New Zealand reveals details for relaxed COVID-19 rules as country returning to normal
- Finland announces record-high supplementary budget to counteract COVID-19 impact
- Portugal begins third and final phase of deconfinement
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- United States ambassador to Germany Grenell resigns
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- Uganda to evacuate over 2,400 nationals abroad amid pandemic
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- Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department
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