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Good morning. Though noise cancellation earbuds are great, Sony has come up with a new earbud design that makes it much easier to hear the world and people around you while still taking calls or listening to music and podcasts. 


Considering the downsides to noise cancellation buds, Sony’s new LinkBuds are genuinely clever, useful, and innovative.

Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the addition of coding as a subject into its primary and secondary schools curricula. This new development makes Kenya the first country in Africa to approve coding as a subject of study in the 2 early schools.

South Korea. President Yoon Suk-yeol has pardoned the heir and de facto leader of Samsung for bribing the country's previous president. The act protects the billionaire from any legal repercussions stemming from the scandal, which resulted in widespread protests in 2017.

Literature. Salman Rushdie, a famous book author who had received numerous death threats, was stabbed in the neck in New York state on Friday. A suspect was arrested after the attack. Rushdie was taken off a ventilator over the weekend, but may end up losing his right eye.

1970 Biafran Police Officers Dismissed

Police officers who served in the Biafran side during the Nigerian civil war were dismissed through Decree 46 by the government of Yakubu Gowon. They were later pardoned and granted amnesty by President Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29 2000.


Presidential Flip Flop

The Story
Nigeria’s petroleum minister (President Buhari) and the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) can’t make up their minds on Seplat’s acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s shallow water company.


What does it mean?
The president and the NUPRC rejected Seplat’s plans to acquire Mobil for $1.3 billion (close to ₦600 billion) announced in February. But, last week, the president suddenly gave his approval, after which a statement from the NUPRC surfaced, saying that they (the regulators) still reject the deal. One day after this confusion, the President made a U-turn and reversed his approval.


This doesn't look good.
Not at all. Seplat is Nigeria’s most successful local oil company, and this acquisition is expected to increase its production by almost 200%, also boosting Nigeria’s oil production. The deal rejection and the regulatory flip-flop have created uncertainty about Seplat’s next steps and doubts about whether the Nigerian authorities are interested in attracting investors to the upstream oil sector. Source


Anxiety Grips Kenya

The Story
Kenyans have been urged to exercise calm as they await the official announcement of results in last week's pressidential election.


Haven't the results been announced?
Only about half of the results have been announced. Of the announced results, which cover about 50% of the country's constituencies, longtime aspirant Raila Odinga trails his main rival, Deputy-president William Ruto. With 51.25% of the current tally, Ruto has defied pre-election projections that tipped Odinga as favourite. Odinga, who currently has 48.09% of the tally, must secure a significant majority of the remaining votes to win the contest.


Why is the final result taking so long?
Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, has accused party agents of delaying the tallying process with unnecessary questions. Riot police have also been deployed to the tallying center, amidst growing agitation among political party agents. The electoral commission is under increasing pressure to collate and announce the complete results by Tuesday, 16 August.


With a history of election related violence, Kenyans are hoping that any potential dispute over the results would be addressed peacefully through the courts. Amnesty International and Transparency International joined other civil society groups on Sunday to urge for restraint. "We call on all political candidates, their supporters and the public to exercise restraint. We must all avoid raising tensions that could easily trigger violence", the joint statement read. Source


Microsoft Internship Program for Students


This opportunity is for those pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, computer science or related field in Nigeria.


At Microsoft, Interns work on real-world projects in collaboration with teams across the world, while having fun along the way. You’ll be empowered to build community, explore your passions, and achieve your goals.


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Wire, Wire, Pants On Fire

The Story
The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is facing immense backlash after it was revealed that the country's intelligence agency tapped an opposition leader’s phone.


Did the PM order the tap?
Mitsotakis has maintained that he had no knowledge of the incident and described the actions of the National Intelligence Service (EYP) as “politically unacceptable". The incident has, however, been linked to him because the agency reports directly to the prime minister’s office. The intelligence chief and a close aide of the prime minister’s have already resigned since the incident became public. “What took place may have been lawful, but it was a mistake,” Mitsotakis said in a statement.


Was it lawful?
Well, its legality would be determined in an investigation. The intelligence agency may have been within its jurisdiction, but any surveillance must be approved by a prosecutor. Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou is calling for an investigation into what one person called “Greek Watergate.” Sakellaropoulou said the wiretap violated “a fundamental condition of a democratic and liberal society.” The country's Parliament is cutting short its summer recess because of the scandal.

How was this discovered?
The news first came to light when Nikos Androulakis, leader of the PASOK socialist party, announced that the European Parliament had informed him of an attempted hack on his phone using Predator spyware. The discovery was made when he contacted the institution’s cybersecurity service after receiving a suspicious message on his phone. Androulakis also disclosed that he later learned that the EYP was listening to his conversations over a three-month period in 2021, when he was seeking to become leader of the PASOK party. Source

Monkeypox spreads to 27 states, cases hit 172


Emefiele, FIRS boss shun subsidy hearing, Reps kick


Air raid: Terrorists feared killed in Niger, Kaduna


Thieves storm Katsina Government House, steal N31m


IGP orders ‘watertight’ security around schools, hospitals


Lagos mandates studying of history in schools


U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi trip angers China


Aramco profits skyrocket amid global instability


China’s economy slows as ‘zero COVID’ drags down sales, industry


41 killed in Egypt church fire, including many children


The Nigerian Presidency And The Igbo's Quest


The politics of the 2023 Nigerian General Elections has begun and is in full throttle. Intentions to run for various offices have been declared, supposed agreements are being broken, alignments are being adjusted, and decamping is going on, among other things. While all these are going on, one subject that has become as popular as the general election is the Igbo's push for the country's presidency. 

The subject has received so much attention that some Nigerians of non-Igbo descent have also expressed support for the cause, that the next Nigerian President should be an Igbo man or woman.

4 most recession-proof industries to work in. Fortune

The year's best sports photos (so far). WSP

6 Ways to Delete Yourself From the Internet. Wired

Be bad, better – from anger to laziness, how to put your worst habits to good use. Guardian UK

Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen. Guardian UK


Brands' Original Names


Sometimes, your first choice is your best choice. And other times? Well, not so much. When you look at the original names of some iconic brands, it's clear some rebranding was necessary. Imagine I "Backrubbed" Britney Spears to find out how old she is? Lol.


These companies had totally different names when they started. Can you match the former names to the names that we know now?


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