The Pope has arrived in Iraq for an historic weekend visit which carries both symbolism and risk. With a message of inter-faith tolerance, Francis will spend four days in Iraq in what is his first foreign trip in more than a year and the first-ever papal pilgrimage to the war-hit nation. Francis, who wore a facemask during the flight, took it off before descending the stairs to the tarmac and was greeted by two masked children in traditional dress. A red carpet was rolled out at Baghdad International Airport with prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on hand to greet the pontiff. A largely unmasked choir sang songs as the Pope and Mr al-Kadhimi made their way to a welcome area in the airport. Advertisement The Pope has since been welcomed to Iraq's presidential palace by the country's president Barham Salih. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player A motorcade escorts Pope Francis during his historic tour in … [Read more...] about Pope arrives in Iraq for historic first-ever papal trip to nation despite fears over security and coronavirus
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Kindly Share This Story: By Azu Ishiekwene THERE’S a model for managing rebels in government that the American political drama, “Designated Survivor”, teaches so well. In one of the episodes after the horrific death of President Robert Richmond, his speech writer, Seth Wright, had a chance meeting with incoming President, Tom Kirkman, in the toilet. In a soliloquy which wafted over the toilet partition, Wright said the US would regret Kirkman’s candidacy because he was incompetent and unfit for office. How can a man on the verge of punitive redeployment suddenly become president? He didn’t know that Kirkman, who was in the next toilet recovering from the shock of the news of his unexpected promotion, was listening. When both men came out and met at the wash-hand stand, Wright almost fainted. No need, Kirkman told him. Wright was not going to be a speechwriter in the White House anymore, Kirkman said. His rebellion just got him promoted as the press secretary of … [Read more...] about Ganduje’s genius is his hypocrisy
Kindly Share This Story: …Atiku, colleagues, others pay tributes …Sadiq was greatest warrior we’ve ever known— Afolayan By Benjamin Njoku As the late veteran actor and broadcaster, Sadiq Daba, was buried at a cemetery in Agege, Lagos State, yesterday, many Nigerians continue to pay tributes to him. Daba died Wednesday evening after a prolonged battle with leukaemia and prostate cancer. The late actor became popular in the 1980s, after the role he played as Bitrus in a soap opera, Cockcrow at Dawn. Prominent Nigerians and practitioners that paid tributes to the actor included former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. In a tribute on his Instagram page, yesterday, the former vice president thanked the deceased for the joy he brought into many homes through his talent. “Sad that the cock will no longer crow at dawn. Sadiq Daba, thank you for the joy you brought into our homes. May your sins be forgiven and your memories be a blessing,” Atiku wrote. … [Read more...] about Veteran actor, Sadiq Daba, buried as Nigerians pay tributes
Kindly Share This Story: By Godwin Adindu NGWA Road? Old Aba men would remember their Ngwa Road with some mixed nostalgia. This was a household name, a place of fairy tales where men stucked few pennies into their pockets and went to work after working hours. It was a place that accommodated the fallen nature of man, where carnal instincts took pre-eminence over the spiritual, where morality was outlawed. Ngwa Road! Here, men went to work to seek for fun and pleasure and wives lost their husbands to Ngwa Road. Youths, with hot blood in their veins, gathered few pennies and went to work to become men. It was the vogue of the day. This was when men were men. Ask De-Okey Ugboaja. But, there is a departure. Men are currently at work in Ngwa Road but not for your familiar, old-time work that men of yester-years did after working hours – the popular part-time work with old women, retiring from the oldest profession. The saying was that: “Akwara … [Read more...] about Significance of men at work at Ngwa Road
Empathetic AI? Source: Photo by Owen Beard on Unsplash with Meg Price I recently heard that coaches and helping professions like social workers are considered the last refuge against the ‘fact’ AI. But now AI is learning so fast it can theoretically learn and replace any human task. Even being empathetic ! Research from Harvard University recently suggested coaching can soon be automated. AI comes in many forms, from those little chatbots on websites to Alexa and many other automations that are proactive like the programs in Tesla that the driver talks to. But advances in conversational AI means we can now have conversations with technology that makes us ‘feel’ we are talking to a human that really listens and responds ‘intelligently’. So what? People still want to connect to people! The work of a coach or health care professional requires extensive professional, empathic, psychological, and other skills like human intuition . How could these … [Read more...] about Will AI Replace Coaches and Psychologists?