Tuesday, 20 June 2017

US Student ( Otto Warmbier ) Imprisoned In North Korea Dies After Being Returned To US In Coma

Otto Warmbier American Student Detained In North Korea
Otto Warmbier, the American student who had been detained in North Korea, has died his family has said.

Mr Warmbier was transferred back to the United States after over a year in North Korean captivity. He had been sentenced to 15 years hard labour after he was caught trying to take a propaganda banner from North Korea for someone back home in exchange for a used car and to impress a semi-secret society he wanted to join. He was transferred back to the US in a coma, but had showed signs of severe neurological decline.

Mr Warmbier's family announced the news via an emotional statment from Ohio.

Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, was returned home in a coma less than a week ago.

He died in a Cincinnati hospital, his family said in a statement on Monday.

Otto was returned from North Korea in a coma, not able to understand language and had severe brain damage.

Authorities in Kim Jong-Un's North said he had fallen ill with food poisoning and taken a sleeping tablet - which doctors in the US find no evidence of.

"Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today," the family said in a statement.

The statement said: “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2.20pm.

“It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost - future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds.

“But we choose to focus on the time we were given with this remarkable person.”

President Donald Trump said Warmer faced tough conditions and that North Korea is a “brutal regime”.

And US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued a heartbroken statement of condolence for Mr Warmbier’s family and a warning to North Korea.

He said: “Today we received with deep sadness the news that Otto Warmbier has passed away.

“On behalf of the entire State Department and the United States government, I extend my condolences to the Warmbier family, and offer my prayers as they enter a time of grief no parent should ever know.

“We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained.”

Otto’s family said they believed he knew he was back in the US, before he died, despite his vegetative state.

The statement said: “When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable - almost anguished.

“Although we would never hear his voce again, within a day the countenance of his face changed - he was at a peace. He was home and we believed he could sense that.

“We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.”

The student was accused by North Korea of being involved in a plot to overthrow the Jong-Un regime.

In fact, he stole a sign in a hotel in the secretive nation while on a trip.

The Warmbiers are from Wyoming in Cincinnati, Ohio, where father Fred owns a small company.

Otto attended the best high school in the state, and was prom and homecoming king.

The 22-year-old was in his third year of university when he was detained in North Korea.

On the second night of a three day trip to the North, Otto is said to have tried to take the sign from within a staff-only area of the 1,000-room Yanggakdo International Hotel.

It was New Year’s Eve 2015.

Otto was held at Pyongyang International Airport on 2 January 2016 and was later accused of attempting to tear down the Government.

The bright student previously graduated and studied economics and commerce with a minor in global sustainability.

The University of Virginia student's father, Fred Warmbier, said last week that his son had been "brutalized and terrorized by the Pyongyang government and that the family disbelieved North Korea's story that his son had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.

Doctors who examined Otto Warmbier after his release said there was no sign of botulism in his system.

Warmbier was freed after the U.S. State Department's special envoy on North Korea, Joseph Yun, traveled to Pyongyang and demanded the student's release on humanitarian grounds, capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a U.S. official said last week.

The news comes just hours after Kim Jong-Un threatened war with the US.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga reassured the public that both Japan and the US were committed to maintaining regional deference in the face of the North Korean threat, despite the naval incident on Saturday.

Cambridge Students Celebrate End Of Exams As They Stop For A Skinny Dip

Students and members of the public are spellbound by
 the glittering firework display over the river
School's out! Britain's brightest students go wild to celebrate the end of their exams at Cambridge's raucous all-night May Ball.

 Trinity College students marked the end of the academic year with a lavish knees-up at the May Ball
 Residents at Clare and Jesus College were also out in force to celebrate the end of the exam season
 Well-heeled students donned ball gowns, tuxedos and towering heels for the raucous event on Monday
 Guests feasted on olive and feta bruschetta, scallops, and maple and star anise-cured sea bass
 The lavish gathering goes on until 6am and students were seen stumbling home as the sun came up
 Some were even brave enough to strip off and take a dip in the River Cam in the sweltering weather.

Cambridge University students proved they know how to throw a party as they kicked off the summer break in spectacularly drunken style at the annual May Balls.

Well-heeled revellers donned their finery as they stumbled through the historic city in sparkling gowns, towering heels and formal tuxedos before stumbling home from the black tie event in the early hours.

Even as the sun came up this morning, it was clear the students had no intention of calling it a night as they clattered home from the all-night bash, with some even stripping off to take a dip in the River Cam.

The raucous annual gathering, traditionally a celebration of the end of exams and the beginning of the summer break, gives students a chance to let their hair down - and tonight it was the turn of Trinity, Clare and and Jesus College's residents to throw a lavish party.

The largest college at Cambridge, which has spawned some 32 Nobel Prize Winners, Trinity is famed for its annual summer party which kicks off with a parade through the city streets and ends with the infamous survivors' photo.

 This year, around 1,800 undergraduates dressed in ball gowns and tuxedos for the extravagant end-of-term party and were handed bottles of water and parasols to cope with the heatwave.

The sold-out ball, which rolls on until 6am, is the largest event of the Cambridge student social calendar and some students queued for several hours to get into the party on Monday evening.

Guests were treated to a five-course meal served in Trinity Great Hall, then students could tuck in to oysters, a hog roast and a chocolate fountain, while drinks were served from a floating punt on the river.

A sneak peek of the menu posted on Instagram by a member of the Trinity May Ball committee ahead of the event also suggested guests would be feasting on olive and feta bruschetta, scallops, and maple and star anise-cured sea bass.

They were then treated to entertainment from comedians, as well as a casino and jazz tent before sitting in punts on the historic Backs to watch the fireworks light up the skies around midnight.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Lagos State Government Recommend Resumption Of Academic Activities At Queens College

Queens College Yaba, Lagos
THE Lagos State Government has recommended that the pupils of the Queen’s College, Yaba, should resume for academic activities.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, stated this on Monday while giving an update on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the school, noting that the school authorities in collaboration with the Parent-Teacher Association, Old Girls Association and the Federal Ministry of Education had successfully addressed identified areas of lapses by instituting control measures.

He said, “The control measures include decommissioning of the multiple contaminated water sources, deployment of a single water source with water treatment, renovation of the dining hall, decontamination of the hostels and overhauling of the sewage system and clearance of the septic tanks. Periodic testing and retesting of water sources will still go on in line with international best practices.

 “I am delighted to inform you that based on the results of the analysis of the latest water samples collected on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, all water delivery points have been certified to conform to official specifications and I hereby recommend to the school authorities resumption of students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos.”

PUNCH Metro had reported that many pupils of the school were admitted in the sickbay after eating spaghetti and drinking water said to have been contaminated.

Two pupils – Vivian Osuiniyi and Bithia Itulua –  who were in Junior Secondary School two and three respectively, reportedly died as a result of the epidemic.

Idris, a few weeks later released a statement saying health records from the school’s sickbay indicated that a total of 1,222 pupils presented themselves at the school’s clinic on account of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The statement noted that 16 pupils were admitted to various hospitals. While two were confirmed died, one was on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of LASUTH.

Praise Sodipo, the pupil, who was admitted to the ICU, later died, bringing the number of deaths to three.

The health commissioner also recommended that the school be shut to allow health workers to trace and tackle the challenge.

Idris on Monday emphasised the need for the school authorities and appropriate federal agencies to supervise continuous screening, follow-up and monitoring of all pupils and staff of the school because of the “polymicrobial” nature of the outbreak.

The commissioner also revealed that four out of the 25 infected kitchen workers that were treated still harboured some bacteria, recommending that the four workers be made to undergo further treatment, be prevented from handling food and redeployed from the kitchen area.

He disclosed that since the outbreak of the disease in the school, 40 cases were admitted to various public and private hospitals in the state.

He added that 37 cases were discharged after full recovery while the remaining three were lost to the disease.

 The commissioner noted that though no new case of the disease had been reported since the last case was discharged on April 18, 2017, he warned that sporadic cases might still occur due to multi-microbial nature of the disease occurrence.

 He said the Queen’s College authorities and other proprietors of schools in the state must ensure strict compliance with personal and environmental hygiene.

Nigerian Student Governing Body NANS Condemn Arrest Of Kogi Students, Demands Their Release

 National Association of Nigerian Students
The National Secretariat  of the  National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned in clear terms, what it described as the unjustifiable attack launched on peaceful protesting students in Lokoja, Kogi State in the early hours of yesterday.

A statement signed by the national president, NANS, Comrade Chinonso Obasi, GCNS,  said Kogi students and Nigerian students at large cannot and should not be made to suffer lingering disagreements between employers and their employees while their schools remained under lock and keys and the future they seek destroyed in their presence.

It would be recalled that the Kogi State Government had been unable to reopen all state owned Tertiary Institutions which were ordered closed six months ago by the governor of the state, Governor Yahaya Bello, due to unpaid salaries and arrears of staff of the affected institutions.

He said that the refusal of the Kogi State Governor to accede to the demands of the Academic Staff Union and all other affiliated unions is one of the strange expression of how deeply the Kogi State government resents education and staff welfare.
 He said, “Our parents are unbearably overstretched by this sheer insensitivity of the State government.

“To add salt to injury, the state government instead of pacifying the students chose to unleash on them an attack under the Almighty instruction of Governor Yahaya Bello.

“This amounts to a flagrant attack on our members for lawfully demanding the reopening of their campuses.

“The NANS leadership is very pained that our members were subjected to massive humiliation by combined security forces mobilised and acting under the instruction of the state governor.”

The NANS leadership demandd the unconditional release of those arrested by the police and reminded Governor Yahaya Bello of its unrelenting continuation of mass protests within and outside Kogi State until all tertiary institutions under lock and keys are reopened for academic resumption.

He stated, “We assure our members of our unflinching support and solidarity.

“No amount of intimidation can deter us.”

Academic Activities Resume At FUTO After Two Months Closure, Levies Students N12,500

Federal University Of Technology Owerri
AFTER over two months of closure of academic and non-academic activities at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, following the crisis which engulfed the institution, the management has announced the resumption of all education programmes.

FUTO students had on February 17, 2017, protested an alleged increments in school fees, course registrations, transport fare, Internet and hostel fees, among other things.

The peaceful protest was later hijacked, leading to the destruction of the Senate building of the university, the Information and Communication Technology Centre and an attack on a branch of Diamond Bank on the campus.

The institution, which was conducting its first semester examinations for the 2016 /2017 academic session, ordered the students to vacate the university and announced its indefinite closure.

However, the Registrar, John Nnabuihe, in a statement, announced the immediate suspension of the closure and the commencement of all academic programmes in the university.

Nnabuihe said that no undergraduate would be allowed access into the campus without proof that he or she has paid the sum of N12,500 as fee for damages incurred during the protest. The students are also required to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour.

The registrar stated that the continuation of the abandoned examinations would begin three weeks from the date of resumption.

Kogi Students Protest Continued Closure Of The States Tertiary Institutions

Kogi State Students Protest
Students of Kogi state owned tertiary institutions  protested the continued closure of their schools on Monday. But men of the Kogi state command of the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army clamped down on them.

Three of the students (a female from Kogi Poly, Lokoja and two males from Kogi University, Anyigba) were arrested during the peaceful protest that took place at the NATACO junction of the Lokoja- Abuja highway.

The students operating under the “Re-open our School Movement” had mobilised themselves to the major roads as early as 7.15 am, expressing their readiness to return to school, chanting; “We want to go back to school”, ” we are not here for violence “.

The students also displayed placards with inscriptions like “We are tired of staying at home, 2015 and 2016 students have missed the first batch of NYSC mobilisation and please Re-open our institution”.

However as the students continued with the protest, blocking the highway, men of the police were drafted to the scene to maintain decorum.

But after sometime, men of the Nigerian Army allegedly molested the students by beating them with horse whip and sticks.

The students however reconvened planning to go on a procession before the police returned and arrested the trio.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, who confirmed the arrest, said three people were arrested.

He said the students were dislodged because they were blocking a major highway that linked the north and the south; said the arrested people were being screened to ascertain their status whether they are truly students or not.

Aya said the authorities of the schools they claimed to have attended would be invited for proper identification.

Tertiary institutions have been closed since January 31, 2017 when the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the institutions called for strike over the negative effects of the ongoing staff screening exercise embarked upon by the state government.

Youth Web Group, Officially Launched UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards (GTA) 2017

UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards (GTA) 2017 Official Launch
Youth Web Group, organizers of the annual Ghana’s most prestigious tertiary student’s awards have officially launched UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards (GTA) 2017.

The awards scheme, which is in its fourth year was launched on the theme: “Mobilizing for Ghana’s Future the Role of Tertiary Students” at the Airport View Hotel in Accra on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017.

The Chief Executive Officer of Youth Web Group, Mr Richmond Amofa–Sarpong in his address called on the government to consider making tertiary education free as most of the current leaders enjoyed during their time.

“We are calling on the government to make sure that, as it were during their time and i know our government is a listening government so they will make tertiary education free as they had during their period,” he said.

Article 25(c) of the 1992 constitution of Ghana demands that higher education should equally be made accessible to all persons, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by progressive introduction of free education.

He hinted that, his outfit will embark on this campaign to ensure that tertiary education is made free.

“Nothing is impossible, I know it’s a long journey but this will be done and it will be a campaign that we will run,” he added.

The awards competition will highlight the best student personalities in the county and give tertiary students the chance to nominate and then vote for their favorites.

Mr. Richmond Amofa – Sarpong also stated that nominees must be students in our Tertiary Institutions, who have made a difference in their community by providing positive examples for their generation.He also added that the UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards 2017 Selection Committee (Academy) is interested in receiving nominations that focus on the Student’s individual achievements in the areas of education, social action, entertainment and positive change. Candidates should be considered for outstanding contributions to their school, community and/or Ghana for a project that the individual initiated, organized or contributed to significantly. Nominees must be students.

The Chief Executive Officer of Youth Web Ghana, Mr. Richmond Amofa – Sarpong concluded by giving the criteria for qualification into the UMB GHANA TERTIARY AWARDS 2017 by emphasizes that the “UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards 2017 entails a Student and African, a significant achievement holder, a change maker and one that demonstrate ethical and socially accepted principles. There is no academic qualification barrier, meaning any student in our Tertiary Institutions is eligible to apply for the UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards 2017. The completion of the nomination form will give us the opportunity to understand the student’s accomplishments, positive demeanor, and community involvement. This will be the core information used in the selection process”.

The Sponsors (UNIVERSAL MERCHANT BANK, MALTA GUINNESS, INDOMIE GHANA, MCVITIES GHANA, BLUE CREST COLLEGE, RWANDAIR, GH MEDIA SCHOOL, ACCRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BOOM ENTERTAINMENT, AIRPORT VIEW HOTEL, DDP OUTDOOR LTD.,MARIE NOELLE AMERICAN BEAUTY ACADEMY ) of the Event used the platform to speak to the students gathered from all the 146 Tertiary Institutions across the Country on new packages which have been tailor made to suit the interest of all the 315,000 Ghanaian students.

The Categories are below:

· Top Most Award (2017 UMB GTA STUDENT OF THE YEAR)

· School of the Year

· Most Influential student in Agriculture

· Most Influential student Software Developer

· Most Influential student in Engineering

· Most Influential student Male Radio Presenter

· Most Influential student Female Radio Presenter

· Most Influential student Male Television Presenter

· Most Influential student Female Television Presenter

· Most Influential student Blogger/ Writer/Reporter

· Most Influential student Sports Personality

· Most Influential student Fashion Designer


· Most Influential student Female Model

· Most Influential student Male Model

· Most Influential student in Health Science

· Most Influential Physically Challenged Student

· Most Influential student in Film/Video Editor/Director

· Most Influential student in Music


· Most Influential student Entrepreneur


· Most Influential student Hall


· Most Influential student Event of the Year

· Most Influential student Poet/Spoken Word Artiste

· Most Influential student Sound Engineer

· Most Influential student Foundation

· Most Influential student Comedian

· Most Influential student Event House

· Most Influential student DJ


· Most Influential student Graphic Designer

· Most Influential SRC President

· Most Influential student Male MC

· Most Influential student Female MC

· Most Influential Tertiary Television Show

· Most Influential Tertiary Radio Show

· Most Influential student Beauty Queen

· Most Influential student Photographer

· Most Influential Foreign Student

· Most Influential Student Modeling Agency

· Most Influential Student Actor/Actress

· Kobi Rana Best Dancer/Dance Crew

President Buhari Approves New Boards Of Federal Polytechnics And Colleges Of Education

Mallam Adamu Adamu. Minister For Education
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the governing boards of the 21 federal colleges of education in the country. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, the boards are statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation in the institutions concerned.

He stated that in making the appointments of the chairpersons and members of the respective boards, the president, apart from ensuring geopolitical spread, was also guided by the stipulated requirements for such appointments.

He noted that the requirements were in each of the Acts establishing the institutions, adding that appointees were required to, in addition to other requirements, be people of impeccable integrity, with reasonable commitment to teacher education.

The minister said the affected federal colleges of education and their respective chairmen are as follows: Abubakar Galadima; Federal College of Education, Oyo; F.G. Ibrahim, Federal College of Education, Asaba; and Saidu Isa, Federal College of Education, Osiele-Abeokuta.

Others are S.L. Abubakar, Federal College of Education, Kano; Lawan Bukar, Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu; Sa’ad Abubakar, Federal College of Education, Okene; Hassan Al-Badawi, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe; and Aminu Mikailu, Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku.

Also in the list are Aminu Gwarzo, Federal College of Education, Kontagora; Bello Lafiagi, Federal College of Education, Zaria; Ibrahim Garba, Federal College of Education, Pankshin; and Alex Hartt, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.

Some others are Almona Ise, Federal College of Education, Yola; E.O. Adegbite, Federal College of Education (Technical), Potiskum; Iyabo Anisulowo, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau; and Iheneacho Obioma, Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka.

Others are Danjuma Sulai; Federal College of Education, Katsina; Ibrahim Bello, Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichir; Anthony Obi, Federal College of Education, Obudu; N.C. Ohazurike, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; and Hassan Lawan, Federal College of Education, Umunze.

Mr. Adamu said that the new governing boards comprising chairmen and members of the federal colleges would be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon.

Mr. Adamu also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the governing boards of all the 25 federal polytechnics in the country.

He said the boards are statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation for the institutions concerned.

He said in making the appointments of the chairpersons and members of the respective boards, the President, apart from ensuring geopolitical spread, was also guided by the stipulated requirements for such appointments.

He said the appointment was in line with was contained in each of the Acts establishing various institutions.

He added that each of the appointees was required to, among others, possess a minimum of a National Diploma and be a person of impeccable integrity with a strong commitment to technical education.

According to him, the affected Polytechnics and their respective Chairmen are as follows: J.T. Orkar, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo; Michael Oloko, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi; and Austin Adeze, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

Others are Yalwa Tahir, Federal Polytechnic, Bali; Abubakar Dantata, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi; Muhammad Yakya, Federal Polytechnic, Bida; Mohammed Abubakar, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu; and Nasir Yauri, Federal Polytechnic, Ede.

Also, Eddy Olanipekun, Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe; Ibrahim Liman Sifawa, Federal Polytechnic, Idah; Abubakar Sadauki, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro; Odey Ochicha, Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji and Kingsley Alagoa, Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.

He also appointed Bassey Usang Bassey as head Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; Godwin Sogolo, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa; Edwin Ogunbor, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri; Osekula Zikora, Federal Polytechnic, Offa and Lasbury Amadi, Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

Others are Ucha Julius, Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny; Ike Udabah, Federal Polytechnic, Ukana; Abayomi Daramola, Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure; and Yusuf Hassan, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna.

Also in the group are: David Adewunmi, National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi; Ismail Biodun Layi Oni, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi; and Lateef Fagbemi, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba.

Mr. Adamu said that the new governing boards comprising the chairpersons and members of the polytechnics would to be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon. (NAN)

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