Author: Paul Stevens

Facebook highlights danger in the frequent use of social media

NEW YORK —Facebook does not only have the largest number of social media users, with nearly 2 billion active and daily users, it is the most popular social media on Earth.  As a business and a company, its survival depends on people continuing to use its service––and on a daily or weekly basis too. This is why dozens of social media analysts and information, communication, and technology (ICT) professionals say they were shocked on Friday by an infrequent company blog post that painted some of the potential harm of using the social media service. Titled Hard Questions: Is Spending...

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Electoral body sets Liberia’s Presidential runoff for Dec 26

L/R: Vice President Boakai of the UP and Senator George Weah of the CDC. NEW YORK–– Liberia’s National Election Commission announced today that the runoff in the country’s troubled and fraudulent presidential election will be held on December 26, Jerome Korkoya, the commission’s chairman said. “I am pleased to announce that the 2017 presidential runoff elections will be conducted on Tuesday, December 26, 2017,” the NEC boss said. Liberians had gone to the poll on October 10, 2017, to elect a replacement for Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who had been president of Liberia for 12 years, beginning in 2006. But...

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UN Report: Conflicts, drought intensify global food insecurity

NEW YORK—A new report issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday says despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding, and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity. The FAO’s Crop Prospects and Food situation’s new edition report revealed that some 37 countries, 29 of which are in Africa, need external food assistance. “Ongoing conflicts continue to be a key driver of severe food insecurity, having triggered near-famine conditions in northern Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen, as well as widespread hunger in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria,” FAO...

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Army general joins bid to challenge Mali’s president in 2018

Mali’s territorial administration minister, Moussa Sinko Coulibaly (L) and the secretary general of Mali’s Tuareg MNLA group Bilal Ag Acherif after signing an agreement on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Ouagadougou. DAKAR, SENEGAL – A respected Malian army general and former minister has tendered his resignation from the government to participate in the country’s presidential elections in July 2018, according to reliable sources. General Moussa Sinko Coulibaly, who has been gauging Malian public opinion for the past several months, is the second high-profile official to declare his candidacy for president.  The first was Kalifa Sanogo, the mayor of Mali’s...

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Pentagon to arm drones in Niger against Islamic State Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC –Authorities in Niger have approved the Pentagon (US Defense Department of Defense) to fly armed drones out of Niamey, Niger’s capital, in targeting suspected terrorists in the Sahel region. A U.S. State Department official told media group on Friday that the drone agreement is an effort that will put more firepower in the region, and require more U.S. troops there. With the need to have drones flying in the Sahel region, it means Air Force personnel specializing in transporting, inspecting, loading and maintaining weapons such as Hellfire missiles and GPS-guided bombs are expected to station in Niger,...

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