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Israeli footballer arrested, fired for dedicating goal to hostages

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Sagiv Jehezkel, an Israeli footballer, has faced arrest and dismissal from his Turkish club, Antalyaspor, due to his dedication of a goal to hostages abducted by Hamas.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Turkish police interrogated and detained him on Monday in connection to a message he displayed on his bandaged wrist during a top-tier match. The message, “100 days, 7.10,” referenced the 100 days that had passed since the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel.

Following his goal against Trabzonspor in Turkey’s Super League on Sunday, 28-year-old Jehezkel raised his clenched fist to display the message, subsequently leading to his removal from the club by its president, Sinan Boztepe.

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In a statement, Boztepe explained, “Our Board of Directors will never allow behavior against the sensitivities of our country, even if it results in a championship or a cup.”

The Turkish Football Federation also supported the club’s decision, condemning Jehezkel’s behavior and deeming the exclusion from the squad appropriate.

Turkish Minister of Justice, Yilmaz Tunc, revealed, “Antalya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched a judicial investigation against Israeli football player Sagiv Jehezkel for the crime of ‘inciting the public to hatred and hostility’ due to his ugly action supporting the massacre committed by Israel in #Gazze after the goal he scored.”

Former Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett criticized the arrest and removal of Jehezkel from the club, describing the situation as “unbelievable.”

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Despite facing severe consequences, Israeli media reported that Jehezkel expressed no regrets about the gesture, stating, “It was a gesture for the Israeli hostages in Gaza, a humanitarian gesture. It was important to me to point out that they have been in captivity for 100 days. I didn’t want to provoke anyone. I know Turkish feelings, it was just a gesture.”

Jehezkel has been released pending trial, and a private plane has been dispatched from Israel to bring him and his family back home.

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Google’s Initiative to Open AI Research Hub in Paris

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Google, the US tech giant, is planning to establish an AI research hub in Paris. This move aligns with a growing trend among major tech companies to establish teams in European cities, as announced by the French government on Thursday.

Over the past few years, Google has made substantial investments in its engineering facility in Zurich, where it accommodates AI-focused teams from Meta, Apple, and Microsoft.

In a similar vein, Amazon, another significant player in AI research, has teams stationed in various locations in Germany and Britain.

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The domain of AI encompasses a wide array of technologies rooted in algorithms and extensive data processing, playing a crucial role in diverse applications, from online advertising to smartphone cameras.

The newly established institute by Google is expected to accommodate a minimum of 300 researchers in the French capital, as per a statement released by France’s finance ministry on Wednesday.

Highlighting this development, the statement emphasized, “The investment by Google in France demonstrates once again how attractive France and Europe are for tech firms, particularly in the artificial intelligence area.”

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Paris has been actively striving to position itself as a leading hub for tech companies, with Meta having established an AI research team in the city back in 2015.

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ASUU STRIKE: FAILURE BY THE CONCERNED AUTHORITIES TO ADDRESS OUR DEMANDS WOULD ATTRACT SEVERE CONSEQUENCES – ASUU NEC WARNS

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has condemned the mass establishment of universities in the country, describing the development as ‘reckless and excessive’.

The National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, made the union’s position known at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, on Wednesday, while briefing the press on the outcome of ASUU’s recent NEC meeting.

This is even as the Union has advised the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, (FUTO), Owerri, Professor Nnenna Oti, to withdraw the Professorship the institution conferred on Isah Patami, the immediate past Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

He lamented that university education was suffering due to total neglect by the government.

Osodeke noted that the federal and state governments are establishing more universities without making adequate provision for their funding, adding that many of the new institutions were only established for political reasons.

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The ASUU President regretted that the ugly trend has put much stress on the intervention funds of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, alleging that some of the new universities are being established with money diverted from TETFund.

ASUU called for the stripping of former Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Patami, of the status of full-time Professor, saying that the Vice Chancellor and management of FUTO were wrong to award a serving minister as a professor.

The union also accused the VC of FUTO, Professor Nnenna Oti of allegedly victimizing members of ASUU in the Owerri-based federal university.

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Osodeke raised the alarm that the Federal Government is planning to re-introduce the controversial Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, saying that the January 2024 salaries paid to the ASUU members indicated “new IPPS”.

The union demanded the payment of withheld seven and half months salaries of its members, payment of earned academic allowances and equally condemned the Federal Government for dissolving Governing Councils of Universities.

The ASUU leader expressed concern that public universities are being underfunded by the federal and state governments, leaving the student population and Nigerian education sector to suffer.

ASUU warned that failure by the concerned authorities to address its demands would attract severe consequences.

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Valentine’s Day Proposal: Lecturer Pops the Question to Student in Classroom

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A lecturer at Abia State University, Anucha Wisdom, made a surprise proposal to his fiancée in her classroom on Wednesday.

Pictures and videos circulating on Facebook capture the moment when Wisdom knelt down with a ring in hand, proposing to his lover, who is reportedly a student in the Optometry Department of the university, in front of her colleagues.

As she nodded in acceptance, her colleagues erupted into cheers.

One Possible Nwaohamuo, who shared pictures of the event on Facebook, wrote, “What a memorable Valentine’s Day! My boss, Anucha Wisdom, proposed to his fiancée!

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“Note he didn’t just find love outside his terrine  but inside his territory! Lecturer and student love! Congratulations boss. Let the count down begin.

“But imagine how optometry babe make my boss kneel down! Ije kena ndi kwa Ike oh!”

Sharing a video and pictures from the proposal, another Facebook user, Noble Ugo Anucha, wrote, “Hearty Congrats Dedem Anucha Wisdom.  Dee Law and Daa Ngo is happily happy about this move. We have a wedding to plan. It is all to the glory Of God.”

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A visit to the lecturer’s Facebook page, Anucha Wisdom, revealed that he had not made any posts about the proposal.

In February 2023, NewsNow reported the surprise marriage proposal organized for a lady named Olabisi by her fiancé, Michael, with support from mobile phone maker Infinix Nigeria on Valentine’s Day in Ikeja, Lagos.

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