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IT experts call for total inclusion of women in technology

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Some experts on Thursday called for total inclusion of women in the decision making process to bridge gender gap in the information technology sector.

They made the call during the African Fintech Foundry Disrupt 2019 Conference held at Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the event, organised by Access Bank, was “Building a Sustainable Tech-Economy.”

NAN reports that the event was aimed at helping innovators harness the power of their innovations and also provide unparalleled access to global financial, technology, business and investors partner networks.

Mrs Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne Nigeria, said that income disparity and access to opportunities were some of the major issues faced by women.

Opeke noted that leaving women out of the decision making process in the technology sector would cause a lot of friction.

“Women need to play larger roles to reduce friction in the technology sector so that there will be a balance.

“I believe in the role of women in technology and I think women are already disrupting the sector, “ she said.

The MainOne boss also stressed the need for more ICT infrastructure in schools, hospitals and other sectors so that women in those sectors could benefit from it.

She also noted that a lot of women in the rural areas still do not have access to education infrastructure and that such gaps should be addressed by the government.

Also speaking, Barbara Iyayi, Managing Director (Africa) Element Inc. United States, said that very few women were involved in building mobile application, noting that more females were needed in that sector.

“The society is missing out by not having enough women in these sectors because project ideas work better when both sexes are involved in the decision making process, “ she said.

Iyayi, however, noted that more women were going into finance, private equity, investing in technology enabled companies and they were also driving the conversation about bringing in more female founders to set up new companies to grow.

She said that the world of venture capital would support more startups with many female investors because they would start seeing a more diverse ecosystem.

Adia Sowho, Managing Director and Vice President of Commercial Mines Nigeria, said that women should not be seen as the vulnerable sex but as people who were capable to do the same thing a man could do.

Sowho also noted that it was time for women to confidently occupy positions which were mainly tagged for men.

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Tokyo stocks open sharply higher on hopes for United States economic recovery

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Tokyo stocks opened sharply higher Wednesday following Wall Street‘s upbeat lead overnight, as expectations for the U.S. economy‘s recovery helped buoy the market mood.

As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 463.94 points, or 2.08 percent, from Tuesday to 22,789.55.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 21.75 points, or 1.37 percent, at 1,609.43.

Rubber product, mining and nonferrous metal-linked issues comprised those that gained the most in the opening minutes after the morning bell.

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Customers keep social distancing whilst queuing up as Ikea reopens in London

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Customers keep social distancing whilst queuing up outside the IKEA store in Wembley, London, Britain, June 2, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua)

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France further unwinds anti-coronavirus lockdown from June 2

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People wearing protective face shields have coffee at Cafe de Flore in Paris, France, June 2, 2020. France further unwound anti-coronavirus lockdown from June 2, 2020. Restaurants, cafes and bars in low risk areas are able to receive customers, providing they respect health protocol and social distancing. In Great Paris region, classified as “orange” zone, they can only open outside spaces to avoid a resurgence of the epidemic. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

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Schools in Singapore reopen

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A primary school student wearing a face mask arrives at school in Singapore on June 2, 2020. Schools in Singapore reopened on Tuesday as the state embarked on a phased reopening from a COVID-19 “circuit breaker” period to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua)

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Egypt starts gradual reopening of services and offices

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A hotel employee cleans the hand sanitizer machine in Conrad Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, on June 2, 2020. Egyptian government has already started gradual reopening of services and offices that have been halted since mid-March, and allowed reopening of dozens of hotels for local tourists with 50-percent capacity. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

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Nostalgic tram services in central Istanbul resume operations

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Photo taken on June 2, 2020 shows the nostalgic tram running on a street in Istanbul, Turkey. The nostalgic tram services in central Istanbul resumed operations on Tuesday after being stopped for more than two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Yasin Akgul/Xinhua)

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helicopter with 3 on board crashes in Northern California

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A helicopter with three people on board crashed near Fairfield, Northern California on Tuesday.

According to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, the crash caused a power outage affecting some 40,000 PG&E customers.

Three people were believed to have been on board, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

FAA Pacific Division Communications Manager Ian Gregor confirmed that a Bell 206 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances near the intersection of Lyon Road and Soda Springs Road around 1:30 p.m., according to the local media.

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New York City extends curfew till Sunday to curb violence, looting amid protests

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New York City will be under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning till Sunday to curb criminal acts emerging from protests over the death of black man George Floyd, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Monday’s curfew, the first in the city since 1943, started at 11 p.m. and did not stop looters from breaking into stores in Manhattan as soon as night fell.

Over 200 people had been arrested before the curfew took effect on Monday night, and the whole night saw more than 700 arrests made, most of whom were youths, according to the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

The NYPD said that one officer was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in the borough of the Bronx Monday night, while another was hit by a car when trying to stop a burglary in Manhattan.

“We saw vicious attacks on police officers. That is wholly unacceptable,” said de Blasio at his daily briefing. “Anyone who attacks a police officer attacks us all.”

Starting on Tuesday, no traffic would be allowed in a large part of Manhattan as soon as the curfew begins, with exceptions made for residents, essential workers, buses, and truck deliveries, according to the NYPD.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was “disappointed and outraged” by what happened Monday night, saying the criminal activity hurt everyone.

He criticized the city’s preparedness for Monday night’s chaos, saying the mayor underestimated the scope and the duration of the problem.

Though the NYPD doubled its police presence to 8,000 officers on Monday, the governor said there should be more.

The governor has said he has the National Guard on standby, but de Blasio has rejected the idea of having them deployed in New York City, saying it is not wise.

“When outside armed forces go into communities, no good comes of it. We have seen this for decades,” said the mayor.

Protests continued on Tuesday in the city, with thousands of people, mostly students of various ethnic groups, walking and chanting slogans such as “No justice, no peace” in a largely peaceful manner by the afternoon in Lower Manhattan.

Several streets were closed for demonstrations, and helicopters kept hovering above the moving crowds.

Scores of police officers were dispatched to some key locations such as the plaza outside the NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan, Union Square and Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Most of the shops in downtown Manhattan have had plywood installed over their windows and entrances, and workers were boarding up more shops on Tuesday afternoon, bracing for another potentially violent night.

So far, the city has arrested nearly 2,000 people since the protest erupted Thursday. More than 50 police officers have been injured, according to the NYPD.

(XINHUA)

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Chile’s COVID-19 cases top 108,000, with 1,188 deaths

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Chile on Tuesday said a total of 108,686 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the COVID-19 outbreak began, and 1,188 people have died from the disease.

A record 3,527 new cases of infection were detected in the past day, the highest single-day tally yet since the outbreak began here three months ago, and 75 more patients died.

The vast majority of the new cases, 3,206, showed symptoms, while 321 were asymptomatic.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich said the government has modified its method of registering COVID-19 deaths to include those people who had yet to receive the results of their tests before they died.

Chile’s outbreak began slowly but has recently picked up pace, leading authorities to extend lockdown measures past their end of May deadline to June 5, especially in the capital Santiago and metropolitan area, home to 7 million people.

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