Good morning. A game designer has sparked controversy after submitting an image created by an AI text-to-image generator to an art competition and taking home the first prize.
We need to ask: What exactly is Art?
India. UK has been overtaken by India to become the world's fifth largest economy, according to data released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The change comes as the U.K. grapples with a cost-of-living crisis and its highest inflation rate in decades.
Taiwan. The United States has signed off on a deal to sell $1.1B worth of military equipment to Taiwan. The deal is the largest arms sale to Taiwan in U.S. history. China has said that it is "firmly opposed" to the arms sales and that the deal will result in "counter-measures."
DR Congo. UK has launched a $57,500 aid project to encourage the cultivation of insects for human food. The project was launched in two provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Insects are a nutrient-dense form of food that require less land and water than animal husbandry.
2009 Gani Fawehinmi Died
Nigeria's foremost activist and legal luminary, Chief Abdul-Ganiyu "Gani" Oyesola Fawehinmi, died after a long battle with lung cancer. In 2008 Fawehinmi rejected one of the highest national honours that can be bestowed on a citizen by the Nigerian government – Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) – in protest of the many years of misrule since Nigeria's independence. He was adorned by admirers with the title ‘Senior Advocate of the Masses’.
As the federal government's dispute with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) remains unresolved, a new report by The Punch has revealed a dire situation in the universities' academic workforce.
The inability of the schools authorities to recruit much needed hands has resulted in a severe shortage of professors and other academic staff members in federal universities. The issue has become so critical that some universities, which rely on visiting professors, have lost accreditation for some courses, while others got interim accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC). According to sources in various universities, the FG's insistence on using the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as the payment platform for lecturers has only worsened the situation.
What's the role of IPPIS in this?
Stakeholders in the university system say that IPPIS does not recognise adjunct/visiting professors, which universities usually turn to in the absence of the required hands in various departments. To address this, ASUU developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative payment platform, but the FG has rejected it. Various departments that already lack the required hands are left to watch helplessly as the few available professors retire without replacement. In addition to those retiring, there are others moving abroad, and the schools can't recruit replacements.
Why are they unable to recruit?
There has been a restriction by the FG on recruitment in the universities, the report said. According to some lecturers quoted in the Punch report, without the restriction, recruitment of academics is complicated by a great deal of bureaucratic bottlenecks. To recruit new academics, Vice-Chancellors must go through the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation, Federal Character Commission, and Office of the Head of Service - with each process taking a minimum of three months. For short-term reprieve, universities turn to visiting-lecturers who are engaged temporarily, but that has been hampered by IPPIS.
The Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, Chris Miayaki, had recently appealed to the Senate for the ban on recruitment to be lifted, to allow the recruitment of academic and non-academic staff members. When contacted on the issue, the Federal Ministry of Education's spokesman, Ben Goong, refered the enquiry to the NUC. “The NUC handles matters that have to do with universities,” he said. Data from the NUC showed that all universities are affected by the shortage of hands, as no federal university has the required number of full professors they require. Source
Thousands of protesters on Saturday matched on Prague to express discontent over the Czech government's foreign and economic policies.
The protesters, who numbered about 70,000 and represented the anti-migrant Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and the Communist Party, were displeased with the government's handling of the country's rising inflation, a situation they say is made worse by a rise in energy prices, Covid-19 vaccinations, and immigrants. On the foreign front, the protesters condemned the government for taking sides in the Ukraine war, instead of maintaining a neutral stance.
Why did they want neutrality?
Their demand for neutrality is predicated upon the country's current energy challenge, which they argue could have been avoided had the government ensured direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia. Accusing the government of paying more attention to Ukraine than to its own citizens, the protesters demanded for the resignation of the coalition government of conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala, which assumed office less than a year ago.
How did the government respond?
Reacting to the protest, PM Fiala said that the protesters and those behind them do not have the best interest of the country at heart, adding that they are being influenced by Russian propaganda and disinformation. "The protest on Wenceslas Square was called by forces that are pro-Russian, are close to extreme positions and are against the interests of the Czech Republic", he said. On the rising cost of energy, Czech, which currently holds the EU presidency, is looking to hold an emergency meeting of EU members this week to find collective measures to ease the crisis. Source
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Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has his eyes set on returning to the office of Prime Minister, but he needs to win a 61-seat majority in the Knesset to form a coalition that could pass laws, and take steps to stop his corruption trial.
How's he doing with the bid?
In the last few days, he united two radical right-wing Jewish supremacist parties – the Religious Zionism party and the Jewish Power party – to try to help him win November’s election. He invited them to a meeting late last week to discuss how they could work together to win the election. His potential allies, however, hold extreme views that have caught the attention of observers.
What about them?
One invitee, Religious Zionism party leader Bezalel Smotrich, said the murder of a Palestinian family by Jewish settlers did not amount to terrorism, and he organized an anti-gay parade in Jerusalem. Jewish Power Party leader Itamar Ben-Gvir might be even worse. He was convicted in 2007 of supporting a terror organization and inciting racism. He has admitted that his goal is to create a government that encourages those “disloyal” to Israel to leave the country.
How do they stand with Israeli voters?
Though Ben-Gvir's views were considered so extreme that he was banned from compulsory military service, his popularity appears to be growing. On Friday, Ben-Gvir was surging ahead in the polls. In 2019 and 2021, Netanyahu worked to get the two men elected, which at the time was compared to a U.S. president getting David Duke (yes, that David Duke) elected to political office. Ben-Gvir in particular has his media savvy to thank for his advancement.
The 46-year-old has been a fixture of extremism for nearly 20 years. After a career as a lawyer defending radical Jewish West Bank settlers, he decided to move more into the political sphere. If Netanyahu succeeds in getting them elected two months from now, Ben-Gvir and Smotrich would become senior ministers, most likely in the Security Cabinet. Sources 1, 2
Jennifer Ajise, an ardent reader of Freshly Pressed, who is a Clinical Research Associate, jumped on this random question session with us.
What’s the single most impactful piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Do not forget who you are, where you are coming from, and where you are going.
What do you think is the silliest song but you like singing it anyway?
Baby Shark doo doo doo doo
How would you explain Tiktok to your great-grandparents?
Granny, TikTok na short film when dey for phone, you fit watch anybody or anything you like. You go see different people dey act, e no dey tay sha, but you go like am.
If you could erase one event from history, which one would you erase?
FG slams ASUU, insists on no-work-no-pay
NNPC can’t justify N6.34tn petrol subsidy – Customs
Terrorism: Nigeria ranked second despite N11tn security budgets
Terrorism: Over 615 schools shut in Kaduna, Zamfara, others
Nigeria may be stripped of CWG gold
ADC suspends presidential candidate
Gunmen invade mosque, abduct ‘several’ worshippers
Mali releases three Ivorian soldiers; 46 still detained
23 Grand Slams, Serena Williams retires as tennis all-conquering queen
Chile says emphatic no to proposed new constitution in referendum
The subject of gender equality is one that has been in existence for a while, and it continues to draw attention despite the huge ground that has been covered in giving women more space in various fields, in both public and private sectors.
From Africa through Asia and Europe to the Americas, gender has remained a subject of discourse and is not likely to leave soon, at least not everywhere, and because of dynamic factors like socialization, beliefs, culture, religion, education, economy, politics, etc.
To have a comprehensive understanding of this subject, it has to be examined comparatively, especially considering the factors that determine and affect it, some of which are listed above.
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Today’s puzzle, coming from the Guardian, will test your logical reasoning.
A group of people are in a room. Everyone is wearing either an orange or an indigo birthday hat. Each person can see the other people’s hats, but not their own.
One of them shouts, “If you can see at least six orange hats and at least six indigo hats, raise your glass!”
Exactly 12 people raise their glasses. How many people are in the room?
Think about it for 2 mins and check the answer at the end of this newsletter
Answer: 18 people. Here’s how to get there
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