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Samsung is being sued by Australia’s consumer watchdog for allegedly making misleading claims about the water-resistant properties of its phones.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleges Samsung’s adverts made “false” claims about using its phones while swimming and surfing.

The ACCC said it had reviewed more than 300 Samsung adverts before launching its legal action.



Samsung told Reuters it would defend the case and stood by its adverts.



In its statement, the ACCC said Samsung adverts depicted phones being exposed to seawater and swimming pools and claimed that this would not affect the device during its working life.

Although Samsung adverts say its phones have an IP68 water resistance, said the ACCC, this rating does not cover salt water or that found in swimming pools.




Samsung’s own website advises people against using the Galaxy S10 in a swimming pool or on the beach, said the consumer watchdog.

Samsung had not done enough testing to make its advertised claims about the longevity of its products, alleges the ACCC.

“Samsung showed the Galaxy phones used in situations they shouldn’t be, to attract customers,” said the ACCC.

If Samsung is found guilty of misleading consumers it could face a huge fine.

Fifty African American tourists, who are in Benin City, Edo State capital, to trace their origin, have visited the Palace of the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

While welcoming the tourists, Oba Ewuare II commended them for making effort to trace their roots back home and thanked the ancestors for protecting African Americans in their sojourn.

The revered monarch tasked the tourists to support efforts against modern human slavery and join the fight against human trafficking in the state.

The Oba of Benin added that the African Americans have done well in their choice to come down to Benin and deserve to be applauded, noting that the Palace is proud of them.

Oba Ewuare II added that his Foundation was established to drive the integration of victims of illegal migration, who have returned back to Nigeria.

The Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero who accompanied the tourists on the courtesy visit to the Palace, expressed appreciation to the Benin Monarch for supporting the drive to grow the tourism sector of the state.

Mrs. Betty Arnold, who led the tourists, said they are honoured to be at the Palace, noting that some of them were visiting Africa for the first time.

The tourists were later hosted to a dinner at Edo State Government House, where the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, assured that the state was safe for investors.




Pastor Funke Felix-Adejumo, who is a mentor to Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly who has been accused of rape by two women so far, has reacted to the news.

She said it has taken her time to speak as “work first had to be done to enable the process of resolution”.

She says she’s thankful Fatoyinbo has stepped down to allow “the process of fact finding, healing, restitution and justice” to continue.

She expressed her “deepest sympathy” to Busola Dakolo (who accused him of raping her twice when she was 16), every girl, every boy, every child, man, and woman who have “experienced broken trust from the church.”

See the statement released on her Instagram below:

THE PAST FEW DAYS HAVE BEEN HEAVY, NOT JUST IN A GENERAL SENSE OF A NATIONAL RECKONING BUT IN A VERY PERSONAL SENSE AS SOME OF US WHO PASTOR BIODUN FATOYINBO, THE FOUNDER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF ZION ASSEMBLY CONSIDERS LEADERS AND MENTORS IN THE FAITH HAVE WORKED QUIETLY BEHIND THE SCENES FOLLOWING THE SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS OF RAPE MADE BY BUSOLA DAKOLO.
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• IT HAS TAKEN ME TIME TO SPEAK PUBLICLY ABOUT THIS BECAUSE WORK FIRST HAD TO BE DONE TO ENABLE THE PROCESS OF RESOLUTION. THIS WAS THE MORE URGENT, PERSONAL TASK. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• TODAY, I AM THANKFUL TO GOD FOR THE COUNSEL THAT HAS SEEN BIODUN STEP DOWN TO ALLOW THE PROCESS OF FACT FINDING, HEALING, RESTITUTION AND JUSTICE CONTINUE.
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ALSO SO THAT THE CONGREGATION THAT GOD HAS ENTRUSTED INTO OUR HANDS ARE GUIDED WITH LOVE, INTEGRITY AND WISDOM.
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• THE HOUSE OF GOD SHOULD REMAIN A SAFE SPACE FOR ALL. NO FORM OF ABUSE SHOULD HAVE A PLACE IN GOD’S HOUSE.
••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY IS WITH EVERYONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED BROKEN TRUST FROM THE CHURCH. BUSOLA. EVERY GIRL. EVERY BOY. EVERY CHILD. MAN. WOMAN. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• THE CHURCH IS EMBRACING ACCOUNTABILITY – AND IT IS EXACTLY AS JESUS HAS REQUESTED THAT WE MUST
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• FFA… HONORING GOD AND BLESSING HUMANITY



The cause of Wednesday global outage of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has been revealed.

Users were unable to send and receive images, videos and other files on the three platforms while the outage lasted.

A Facebook spokesperson explained that a “routine maintenance operation” accidentally triggered a bug that made it difficult for users to upload or send photos and videos, US media reported.

The outage frustrated users of the world’s largest social network, with many taking to Twitter to complain.

“Earlier today [Wednesday], some people and businesses experienced trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps and platforms.


“During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos.

“The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone. We’re sorry for any inconvenience,” Facebook said.



Rev (Mrs.) Funke Felix-Adejumo, the spiritual mother of embattled Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, has revealed how she and others convinced founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) to take a leave of absence following accusations of rape.

Fatoyinbo took a leave of absence last Monday as senior pastor of the Abuja-based church following outcries and protests that greeted accusation by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo, the preacher raped her at 16.

The Kwara-born preacher considers Rev Felix Adejumo, the general overseer of Agape Christian Ministries, Akure and his wife, Funke as spiritual mentors.


There have pressures on them to come out clean on the accusations against their beloved spiritual son, who has invited them countless times to his church.

Reacting on Thursday, Mrs. Felix-Adejumo, in a post on her Instagram page, sympathised with those whose trust has been abused by the development.

According to her, so much went behind-the-scenes before Fatoyinbo offered to step aside.

She wrote: “The past few days have been heavy, not just in a general sense of a national reckoning but in a very personal sense as some of us who Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly considers leaders and mentors in the faith have worked quietly behind the scenes following the serious allegations of rape made by Busola Dakolo.

“It has taken me time to speak publicly about this because work first had to be done to enable the process of resolution.

“This was the more urgent, personal task. Today, I am thankful to God for the counsel that has seen Biodun step down to allow the process of fact finding, healing, restitution and justice continue.

“Also so that the congregation that God has entrusted into our hands are guided with love, integrity and wisdom.

“The house of God should remain a safe space for all. No form of abuse should have a place in God’s house.

“My deepest sympathy is with everyone who has experienced broken trust from the church. Busola; every girl. Every boy; every child, man or woman.

“The church is embracing accountability – and it is exactly as Jesus has requested that we must.”


 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has asked farmers and herdsmen across the country to embrace peace.

The governor made the appeal in a statement by his Director General, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, Yakubu Lamai.

His call follows the Federal Government’s suspension of the Ruga programme aimed at tackling the recent clashes that have led to the loss of several lives and properties.

According to the statement, the governor said he believes in peaceful coexistence, inclusiveness as well as embracing all citizens be they, herders or farmers.

He also promised to support initiatives by the Federal Government towards ensuring peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers.

Sule also stressed the willingness of his administration to assist the government in providing initiatives aimed at fostering peace, as well as nurture harmonious relationship between herders and farmers.



Superstar singer, Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’banj is set to launch a reality show ‘Adventures of a Kokomaster’ on YouTube.

It was gathered that D’banj, who is also known as the ‘Kokomaster’, announced the upcoming show on his Instagram page @iambangalee on Wednesday.

He said, “Adventures of the Kokomaster launches on YouTube on August 2019. Who wants to feature in it. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel.”

The show comes after he was hosted and honoured by YouTube with a silver plaque to mark his 100,000 subscribers on the platform.


The musician, entrepreneur and television personality on Monday received a ‘Silver Creator award’ from YouTube and was a panelist at the ‘YouTube Week’.

At the event, D’banj revealed some tips and tricks behind his impact in various sectors of the Nigerian economy through his multiple award-winning music career.

It was also gathered that in 2016, he launched the Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts and Music (CREAM) platform to support upcoming Nigerian talents.

He revealed that the ‘CREAM’ platform has generated over 15 million dollars and gathered over 3.5 million subscribers since its inception in 2016.

D’banj has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007 and Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009.

He also won the Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards and Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.



A Professor of Anatomy, Oladapo Ashiru, has said that with the advent of technology, sickle cell parents could avoid giving birth to children with sickle cell anaemia.

Ashiru in an interview with newsmen, in commemoration of World’s Sickle Cell day, said it was important for everyone to know their genotypes before going into any relationship that would lead to marriage.



He said, “For those who are married and are sickle cell carriers, the danger is that they can have a child with the full blown sickle cell disease. In this age, there should be no reason why they should bring a sickler into the world because there are now technologies available to determine the genetic composition of a baby before the embryo is implanted.

“We now have infrastructure in Nigeria which can allow couples who are sickle cell carriers have a pre-conception determination of their baby to ensure they don’t have a sickle cell baby and we have done that successfully to help a lot of people who are sickle cell carriers to deliver normal children.”

Ashiru said it was key for intending couples to check their genotypes and seek counselling from medical practitioners before going ahead with their marital plan.

The World Sickle Cell Day is a United Nation’s recognised day to raise awareness of sickle cell at national and international level and it is celebrated every June 19.




A 29-year-old banker, Adeyemi Ilesanmi, has accused men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of allegedly detaining and extorting money from him while on his way for a visa interview.

It was gathered that the police officers apprehended Ilesanmi close to the entrance to the United States Embassy on Victoria Island, Lagos, on June 10, 2019.

The officers, on realising that Ilesanmi was on his way for an interview, detained and threatened to make him miss his appointment if he did not ‘‘cooperate’’ with them.



The Ondo State indigene said he parted with a sum of N35,000, which he was made to transfer to an account given by the SARS men in order not to miss his interview.

He said, “I am based in Akure, Ondo State, and I travelled to Lagos for the purpose of the visa interview which was slated for June 10. I spent the night in Obalende and as early as 6.30am, I took a tricycle to Victoria Island. As soon as I alighted from the tricycle, I was apprehended by the SARS men.

“They were three in number and one of them asked me who I was. I identified myself by showing them my work identity card that I had on me. I also explained to them that I had an appointment at the US Embassy in the next 27 minutes.

“One of them said they were not interested in my explanation and that they wanted to check what I had with me. I obliged them but asked not to be delayed. He checked the date and time on my appointment letter and said he was going to hold on to it and make me miss my appointment if I didn’t cooperate.

“I was dragged into their van and driven to the nearest police post. I kept on reminding them that I had a visa interview and that they shouldn’t make me miss my appointment because I did not have anything incriminating on me. At some point, I had to start begging them and they said they would not release my documents until I settle them with N200,000.

“Eventually, one of them called me aside and said he knew how important the appointment was to me and that I should not jeopardise my chance at the embassy. He asked how much I had with me and I told him N2,000.”

Ilesanmi said the officers insisted that they would not collect such an amount from him, adding that he had to transfer N35,000 to an account provided by the SARS men before his documents were released to him.

He said, “The officers said they won’t collect the N2,000 from me. I had about N34,000 in my bank account and I had to call someone to send some money to me to make up for the N35,000 that they insisted on. I was forced to make a transfer of N35,000 into an account before my documents were released to me. I got to the embassy late but was still able to meet up. I had to pay so that I wouldn’t miss the interview, because I couldn’t afford to book another interview after putting in time to come to Lagos.

“I left Lagos immediately after the interview and I did not want to lodge a complaint until I had concrete evidence. I later realised that the account number I was given was that of a woman. I directed my complaint to the Police Complaint Response Unit through their online platform.”

When the Head of the Police CRU, ACP Marcus Basiran, was contacted, he replied a text message sent to his telephone thus, “You or he will be contacted soonest by the team that has been assigned the case.”

Ilesanmi, however, said when he was contacted by the unit, he was only told that the case would be looked into.

He stated, “The person who contacted me asked if I picked the name of any of the men and I told him that I was unable to pick the names on their identity cards, but I could tell that they were men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“He told me that the only lead they had was the account number that I was made to pay into. I was told that they would work on it and flag the account. He said he would get back to me in the next two or three days.”



Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has announced his exit from Forte Oil. He also edited his Instagram bio to reflect the change.

Taking to his instagram page, he wrote;

'A few years ago, my team and I embarked on an arduous task of transforming a moribund petroleum marketing business, African Petroleum Plc (formerly

British Petroleum) into Forte Oil Plc; a leading integrated solutions provider with solid footprints in downstream petroleum marketing, Upstream Services and Power Generation and one in which we built intrinsic value to the benefits of our shareholders. In line with my principle of business focus, we have divested from our marketing and upstream businesses and shall from now on focus and consolidate on the gains of our power generation business, Geregu Power Plc. We wish our successors the very best and urge them to build on our legacies which have been established since 1964 🏿 ...F.Ote’



Meghan Markle has turned to her Hollywood friends for support as she struggles to adjust to life as a royal, it's claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is said to be relying heavily on George Clooney and his wife Amal for advice, while her newfound friendship with Rihanna is also coming in handy.

Since meeting Prince Harry she's had to contend with public family feuds, a rumoured spat with Kate and William and stories about her so-called "diva" behaviour.

A source told Heat magazine: "Meghan feels that the palace's way of transitioning her from Hollywood actress to British royal did her no favours, and now she's prepared to go over their heads and speak to the people she thinks can help her best.


"You can't get much more of a publicity powerhouse than George Clooney, or, more to the point a cleverer woman than Amal."

The A-list couple are said to be giving the new mum parenting tips over dinners at the palace.

They're also brainstorming ideas with her about how to handle her relationship with Kate and which charities she should work with, it's reported.

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