Thursday, May 21, 2015

Corporate executives, cultivate healthy lifestyle – Obaro

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer SystemSpecs, John Obaro, has called on corporate executives to cultivate a healthy lifestyle through active participation in sports, ITRealms reports.

Obaro in a press release made available to ITRealms, said the Remita Corporate Championship this year would focus on sports as a powerful social force to promote the health and wellbeing of professionals in corporate Nigeria in an atmosphere of fun and excitement.

He further stressed that Remita, a product of SystemsSpecs, is an electronic platform designed to make it very easy for organizations and individuals to receive and make payments through many channels such as website, internet banking, local and international cards, PoS, mobile devices, bank branches and electronic wallets.

Stating that the championship which continues to attract giants of corporate Nigeria has the 2015 finalists as MTN, UBA, Leadway Assurance, Nestle, Swipha Nigeria, Etisalat, Ecobank and Unilever represents one of the company’s social responsibility initiatives.

The eight participating organizations ITRealms learnt are champions and runners-up from the banking, telecommunications, insurance and fast moving consumer goods [FMCG] industries and are battling for supremacy from May 10 to 24 at the Campos Stadium, Lagos to determine the king of corporate football in Nigeria that will lift the 2015 RC3 cup.

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Chehadé, ICANN president resigns, effective March 2016

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today, Thursday, revealed that its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fadi Chehadé has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector, invariably outside the Domain Name Industry, reports ITRealms.

Also, ITRealms gathered that at the request of the Board, Chehadé said he will be available to work closely with ICANN after March 2016 to support the transition to a new leader, as well as to advise the Board on any issue they require including the implementation of the IANA Stewardship Transition from the US Government to ICANN and the technical operating community.

"I want to thank Fadi for his strong commitment," said Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors, stressing that he is very confident that with Fadi's continued leadership and ICANN's very experienced management team who have the breadth to ensure that ICANN continues to manage its key responsibilities effectively, that the organization's work will proceed smoothly.

For Chehadé, he is deeply committed to working with the Board, the staff, and Internet community to continue ICANN's mission.

"During the remaining 10 months of my tenure, it's business-as-usual. My priority remains to continue strengthening ICANN's operations and services to the global community," he said.

 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)

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Human flesh restaurant: Anambra State Govt says it’s false, malicious

The Anambra State Government has described as false and malicious, reports making a round on the Internet over the purported closure by the Nigerian Police of a restaurant selling human flesh in Anambra State, reports ITRealms.
The newly sworn-in Commissioner for Information, Culture & Tourism, Dr. Mrs Mary Imelda Nwogu, told ITRealms that this story, as reprehensible and false as it is, was also published by a national daily which has since retracted it and apologised, having found it to be untrue.

Nwogu in a press statement made available to ITRealms the government of Anambra State having investigated the story and found same to be false hereby urges Ndi Anambra and friends of the state to ignore the said story as it is part of a wider smear campaign by anti-democratic forces and enemies of progress who have been attempting to sabotage the fast paced visible infrastructural and social development going on in the state.
According to her, the individuals who go by various aliases on social media and on some other media platforms have continued to feed unsuspecting members of the public with lies about Anambra state, in the hope that they will distract the present administration.
“It is instructive that the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Anambra State Command, Uche Ezeh had in an earlier statement to the media debunked the false story,” she said.
Nwogu also said that Anambra State known as the light of the nation is open for business and is becoming the destination of choice in Nigeria for investors looking for a government friendly investment climate, security, large market, attractive return on investment, skilled manpower and supporting infrastructure.

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Muazu, PDP national chairman out, Secondus, his deputy, in



The national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu has resigned even as the Deputy Prince Uche Secondus has stepped into his shoes as the new chairman for now, ITRealms reports.

Information filtering into ITRealms newsroom indicates that the resignation is with immediate effect and based on health grounds.

The source, ITRealms learnt, also informed that the President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Anthony Anenih to resign his office as the BOT chairman. But it is not known ifAnenih has accepted.

In a letter he addressed to the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Muazu, noted that in the face of the abysmal performance of the party during the March 28 Presidential election, it has become necessary for him to throw in the towelfor peace to reign in the PDP, ITRealms gathered.

Accordingly, he asked Secondus to step in as acting National Chairman in line with the party’s constitution. Meanwhile, the leadership of the party is holding a National Working Committee,NWC meeting on the former chairman’s resignation, ITRealms learnt.

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Pix: Prince Uche Secondus, Acting PDP Chairman

Xenophobic attack: CRADO gives South Africa 40-day ultimatum

The Consumer Rights Advancement Organisation (CRADO) has given the South African government 40 days ultimatum show concrete efforts at stopping lootings and vandalisation of business interests of non-South African blacks, ITRealms reports.

CRADO president, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo told correspondent in a press statement that in the last ten years, Xenophobic / Afrophobic attacks, killings, burnings, lootings and vandalisation of business interests of Non-South African Blacks have become a growing concern and common knowledge to some African countries like Somalia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and others.   

He noted that in 2006, xenophobic violence broke out for several months in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the month of May, 2008, he said, a series of attacks took place all over South Africa, with gangs of local black South Africans descended on informal settlements and shanty towns armed with clubs, machetes and touches, and attacked immigrants from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 

The locals reportedly accused these immigrants of taking jobs away from them, among other grievances. Over the course of those two weeks, over 60 Non-South African Blacks were killed, several hundreds injured, and many thousands of immigrants were displaced, or returned to their home countries. 

Dealing with the aftermath of the attacks became a large problem for South Africa – prosecuting attackers, accommodating refugees, dealing with a labor shortage, political damage control, sought to address root causes, and some soul-searching all took place.
On May 30, 2013, 25-year-old Abdi Nasir Mahmoud Good, was stoned to death. The violence was captured on a mobile phone and shared on the Internet.

The following month, June, 2013, three Somali shopkeepers were killed and the Somali government requested the South African authorities to do more to protect their nationals. The attacks led to public outcry and worldwide protests by the Somali Diaspora, in Cape Town, London and Minneapolis

On June 7, 2014, a Non-South African Black, in his 50s, was reportedly stoned to death and two others were seriously injured when the angry mob of locals attacked their shop in extension 6 late on Saturday. Three more Non-South African Blacks were wounded from gunshots and shops were looted.

In January 2015, CRADO president pointed out that looters burned businesses owned by Non-South African Blacks in a wave of xenophobic attacks. In addition, there were other incidents of violence last year, according to Human Rights Watch.

Again this year, in April 2015, there was an upsurge in xenophobic / afrophobic attacks throughout South Africa. The attacks started in Durban after Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini said at a gathering that foreigners "should pack their bags and go" because they are taking jobs from citizens, local media reported. 

Shortly after his comments, violence against Non-South African Blacks erupted in the port city of Durban. The king’s office has denied he made the comments, saying journalists misquoted him.

Locals looted foreigners' shops and attacked Non-South African Blacks in general, forcing hundreds to relocate to police stations across the country. Some African Governments subsequently began repatriating their nationals, and others also announced that they would evacuate their citizens.              

A Mozambican street vendor Emmanuel Sithole was murdered in Alexandra township as well as the official list of seven victims who were all killed in KwaZulu Natal in the April 2015 attacks.

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