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Google sacks workers over data violations on security policies 

Google, owned by Alphabet Inc. has fired four employees over data violations of the company’s security policies.

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Google, owned by Alphabet Inc. has fired four employees for violating its policies on data securities. This move by Google has elicited a lot of reactions from the colleagues of the affected staff who thought the sack was unfair.

Google sacked the four employees shortly after a protest where they allegedly collated personal data from colleagues and shared outside the company. This action of data violation is against the rules of the company.

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About 200 workers were involved in the protest. Some of them are Google’s employees while others came from other tech companies. They gathered outside Google’s San Francisco office, protesting what they described as intimidation tactics and efforts to suppress an open culture.

Macro weakness: Justification for cheap Nigerian stocks?, Google wants to start banking with you , Afreximbank bags $100 million credit facility The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has sealed an agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) to receive a $100 million credit facility in order to promote Arab-Africa trade and investments. The signing which took place in Egypt at the Africa 2019: Investment in Africa Forum had the President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, and Chief Executive Officer of ITFC, Hani Sombol in attendance on behalf of the two organisations. How the facility will be deployed: According to the agreement document as reported by Daily Trust, the facility would help finance and de-risk trade flows between the Arab and Africa regions, thereby raising the level of trade, which currently stands at about $500m. Speaking on the deal, Afreximbank said the pact will help in leveraging other Arabian funds in support of Arab investments in Africa. The bank also said the facility was part of the Afreximbank/ITFC Arab-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme launched two years ago to deepen the partnership between them. Also present at the signing of the agreement in Egypt was the Egypt Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Dr. Sahar Nasr. What you should know: Afreximbank also recently signed an agreement to partner with South Africa-based Railway company, Thelo DB Proprietary Limited as reported by Nairametrics. The agreement which will benefit Nigeria and other African countries is for the purpose of developing, financing and operating railway projects in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations on the sidelines of the ongoing Africa Investment Forum. The terms of the MoU, include Afreximbank and Thelo DB partnering to support the modernisation and renovation of Africa’s railways in different countries. By doing so, the organisations aim to promote trade, investment and economic skills development. Afreximbank bags $100 million credit facility The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has sealed an agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) to receive a $100 million credit facility in order to promote Arab-Africa trade and investments. The signing which took place in Egypt at the Africa 2019: Investment in Africa Forum had the President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, and Chief Executive Officer of ITFC, Hani Sombol in attendance on behalf of the two organisations. How the facility will be deployed: According to the agreement document as reported by Daily Trust, the facility would help finance and de-risk trade flows between the Arab and Africa regions, thereby raising the level of trade, which currently stands at about $500m. Speaking on the deal, Afreximbank said the pact will help in leveraging other Arabian funds in support of Arab investments in Africa. The bank also said the facility was part of the Afreximbank/ITFC Arab-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme launched two years ago to deepen the partnership between them. Also present at the signing of the agreement in Egypt was the Egypt Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Dr. Sahar Nasr. What you should know: Afreximbank also recently signed an agreement to partner with South Africa-based Railway company, Thelo DB Proprietary Limited as reported by Nairametrics. The agreement which will benefit Nigeria and other African countries is for the purpose of developing, financing and operating railway projects in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations on the sidelines of the ongoing Africa Investment Forum. The terms of the MoU, include Afreximbank and Thelo DB partnering to support the modernisation and renovation of Africa’s railways in different countries. By doing so, the organisations aim to promote trade, investment and economic skills development

Google’s response: In a company-wide internal memo as reported by Forbes, Google gave its response to the sack, stating that, “We’ve seen a recent increase in information being shared outside the company, including the names and details of our employees, our teams are committed to investigating these issues, and today we’ve dismissed four employees for clear and repeated violations of our data security policies.

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“The employees were not fired for simply looking at documents or calendars during the ordinary course of their work, To the contrary, our thorough investigation found the individuals were involved in systematic searches for other employees’ materials and work. This includes searching for, accessing, and distributing business information outside the scope of their jobs — repeating this conduct even after they were met with and reminded about our data security policies.”

[READ MORE: Experts laud Google’s decision to offer banking services]

Reactions of Google’s staff: Colleagues of the affected staff have reacted and given their side of the story. One of them argued that the four workers were fired in an attempt to crush efforts to organise staff.

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“Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace, When they did, Google retaliated against them,” said a worker in a medium post.

What you should know: In recent times, there have been several incidents between employees and the management of Google. Employees said they had been hampered in their career within the company after they protested against the manner Google handled sexual harassment charges.

Also, employees are no longer allowed to talk about politics during working hours. According to the company, this would counteract discussions and division in the workplace.

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FG approves 60% debt forgiveness for licensed radio and television stations  

The effective date of the debt forgiveness shall be July 10 – October 6, 2020. 

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The Nigerian government granted a 60% debt forgiveness to all licensees indebted to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The move was an additional step to the 2 months license fee waiver granted to the industry as a palliative to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the measures were put in place as a result of the report submitted by the post-COVID-19 initiative committee for the creative industry. 

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He added that many radio and television stations remain indebted to the government to the tune of N7.8 billion. 

The Minister added that the debt forgiveness will not apply to pay-TV service operators but to only terrestrial TV and radio stations in the country.

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He added that the criterion for enjoying the debt forgiveness is for the debtor to pay 40% of their existing debt within 3 months. Any station that is unable to pay the 40% indebtedness within 3 months window shall forfeit the opportunity. 

Existing license fee is discounted by 30% for all open terrestrial radio and television services effective July 10. 

The effective date of the debt forgiveness shall be July 10 – October 6, 2020. 

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Covid-19: Scientists ask WHO to revise recommendations as new evidence emerges 

Researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, an open letter to WHO.

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Hundreds of scientists have asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to revise its recommendation for the novel coronavirus pandemic, after they discovered new evidence suggesting that air-borne smaller particles of the virus can infect people. 

The WHO had disclosed that the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are discharged when a person with the coronavirus disease coughs, sneezes or speaks. 

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According to the scientists whether the virus is carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may move quietly through the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled. 

Researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, an open letter to WHO by 239 scientists in 32 countries, where they outlined the evidence showing that smaller particles can infect people. 

However, the United Nations health agency has said that the report from the scientists that the virus is airborne was not convincing.  

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According to the WHO technical lead for Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Benedetta Allegranzi, ‘’Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence.”  

It can be recalled that WHO said over the weekend that it was stopping its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir on hospitalized patients with the coronavirus disease after they failed to reduce the death rate. 

The setback came as the WHO reported more than 200,000 new cases of the disease globally, the first time in a single day. 

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FCMB shuts contact centre locations due to COVID-19 scare

Other banks have recently had to shut down their branches due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19.

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First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited informed its customers, yesterday, that its contact centre locations have all been temporarily shut down following COVID-19 scare.

A brief statement that was issued via Twitter emphasised that the general shutdown of the physical locations is only a temporary and precautionary measure aimed at preventing further spread of the contagious virus. The statement, however, did not clarify whether there have been any reported cases of infection at these contact centre locations.

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“Dear Customers, we trust you are doing well and staying safe. We would like to inform you about the temporary closure of one of our Contact Centre locations as a precautionary measure to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and protect our employees,” part of the statement said.

Meanwhile, customers were informed that FCMB’s contact centres will remain active in the meantime, albeit virtually. However, customers may experience delays prior to being attended to. Customers were also advised to explore the self-help options offered by the bank’s electronic banking channels in order to resolve their challenges.

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Nairametrics understands that some of the bank’s customers have been experiencing some ‘not so great’ customer service over the past few weeks. One of these customers, who chose not to be named, confirmed this to Nairametrics. Reacting to the statement by the bank, the customer said:

“This statement explains why the bank has not been responding to complaints across all its channels. For at least 4 weeks now, they don’t respond to emails, WhatsApp messages or DMs. I have some funds that they have not reversed in like 4 weeks now. If you check Twitter, you will see so many similar complaints.”

Recall that some other banks have had to close down their branches due to the same reason given by FCMB. Just recently, Jaiz Bank Plc shut down its Ikeja branch for disinfection. Weeks before that, Wema Bank also confirmed that two of its branches were temporarily shut down after two staff became infected with the virus.

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