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The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Globe Broadcasting and Communications Ltd., owners of the well-known radio stations, Wazobia FM, Cool FM and Nigeria Info and the stations’ CEO, Amin Moussalli.
In suit number FHC/L/C69S/598/12 filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, COSON is asking for the award of the sum of more than N1bn in unpaid royalties and damages against Wazobia FM and its owners for ‘the unauthorized copying, broadcast and infringement of the copyright in the musical works and sound recordings belonging to COSON members, affiliates and assignors’.
In the suit which was filed by Justin Ige of Creative Legal, Seun Omotoba & Co., COSON has also asked the court for exemplary damages in the sum of N500m and aggravated damages in the sum of N250m.
COSON has also requested the radio station also restrain from further use of musical works or sound recordings belonging to its members, affiliates and assignors.
‘It’s a new day for the creative industry in Nigeria. Those who have followed this process will vouch that we have been patient with broadcast stations and commercial users of music in Nigeria. We have not been rash. We have pleaded with them… we have appealed and sought compromise on every front. Some users have sincerely engaged with COSON and we have resolved their copyright issues professionally. Some others have treated us with contempt and disdain and behaved as if Nigeria is a nation without laws and all music found in Nigeria is theirs to use as they wish’, COSON Chairman, Tony Okoroji said.
China put its first woman into orbit on Saturday, one of three astronauts to attempt a critical space docking in the latest challenge for the country’s ambitious space programme.
A Long March rocket blasted off in the early evening from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi Desert, carrying with it the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft and the three astronauts, including 33-year-old female fighter pilot Liu Yang.
This is China’s fourth manned space mission since 2003 when astronaut Yang Liwei became the country’s first person in orbit, and comes as the United States has curtailed manned launches over budget concerns and changing priorities.
The launch was carried live on state television, and until moments before blast-off, a camera showed the three astronauts in the cabin occasionally waving. A red placard with the Chinese symbol for good fortune hung behind them.
Within days, the astronauts will try to dock with the orbiting Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 module launched last September, part of a 13-day mission crucial to China’s ambition to put a space station in orbit around 2020.
“I believe that we can achieve this goal, because we already have the basic technological capability,” Zhou Jianping, the chief designer of China’s manned space engineering project, told reporters before the launch.
A successful manned docking mission for China would be the latest show of the country’s growing capabilities in space, to match its expanding military and diplomatic clout.
Still, Beijing is playing catch up with the United States and Russia, which, along with other countries, jointly operate the International Space Station some 240 miles above Earth.
Rendezvous and docking techniques such as those which China is only testing now were mastered by the United States and the former Soviet Union decades ago, and the 10.5 meter-long Tiangong 1 is a trial module, not a full-fledged space station.
Linking with the unmanned module will be an important hurdle in China’s efforts to acquire the technological and logistical skills needed to run a full space lab that can house astronauts for long stretches.
Fears of a space arms race with the United States and other powers mounted after China blew up one of its own weather satellites with a ground-based missile in January 2007, though China has insisted its programme is peaceful.
“China’s manned space programme has never been for military purposes. It is mainly to research how mankind can go into space, use space peacefully,” He Yu, the general commander of China’s manned spacecraft project, said before the launch.
The United States will not test a new rocket to take people into space until 2017, and Russia has said manned missions are no longer a priority.
But NASA has begun investing in U.S. firms to provide commercial spaceflight services and is spending about $3 billion a year on a new rocket and capsule to send astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually to Mars.
Chinese scientists have talked of the possibility of sending a man to the moon after 2020, the final step in a three-stage moon plan, which includes the deployment of a moon rover in 2013 and the retrieval of lunar soil and stone samples around 2017.
China’s space programme has come a long way since late leader Mao Zedong, founder of Communist China in 1949, lamented that the country could not even launch a potato into space.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyifinally received her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Saturday after spending 15 years under house arrest, and said her country’s full transformation to democracy was still far off.
“What the Nobel Peace Prize did was to draw me once again into the world of other human beings outside the isolated area in which I lived, to restore a sense of reality to me,” Suu Kyi said as the packed crowd, led by Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja, rose in a standing ovation at the ornate Oslo City Hall.
Suu Kyi, 66, the Oxford University-educated daughter of General Aung San, Myanmar’s assassinated independence hero, said much remained to be resolved in her country.
“Hostilities have not ceased in the far north; to the west, communal violence resulting in arson and murder were taking place just several days before I started out the journey that has brought me here today,” said Suu Kyi, on her first visit to Europe in nearly a quarter of a century.
“There still remain (political) prisoners in Burma. It is to be feared that because the best known detainees have been released, the remainder, the unknown ones, will be forgotten,” she said, wearing a purple traditional Burmese dress and looking strong and healthy after falling ill on Thursday.
Still, Suu Kyi – elected to parliament in April – said she was confident President Thein Sein wanted to put the country on a new path.
“I don’t think we should fear reversal,” she told public broadcaster NRK. “(But) I don’t think we should take it for granted there is no reversal.”
Suspending rather than lifting sanctions was also the right move to keep pressure on the government, she said a day after arriving from Switzerland to a jubilant, dancing and chanting crowd, which showered her with flowers.
“If these reforms prove to be a façade, then the rewards will be taken away.”
Suu Kyi, who spent a total of 15 years under house arrest between 1989 and her release in late 2010, never left Myanmar even during brief periods of freedom after 1989, afraid the military would not let back in.
Her sons Kim and Alexander accepted the Nobel prize on her behalf in 1991, with her husband Michael Aris also attending the ceremony. A year later Suu Kyi said she would use the $1.3 million prize money to establish a health and education trust for Burmese people.
She was unable to be with Aris, an Oxford academic, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died in Britain in 1999.
On Saturday, Kim and Anthony Aris, her late husband’s identical twin brother, attended the ceremony.
Suu Kyi thanked Norway, a nation of just 5 million people, for its support and the instrumental role it played in Myanmar’s transformation.
In 1990, the Bergen-based Rafto Foundation awarded its annual prize to Suu Kyi, after a Norwegian aid worker in South-East Asia highlighted her work.
The award provided lasting publicity for her non-violent struggle against Myanmar’s military junta, putting her in the international spotlight and setting the stage a year later for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Norway has also provided a home to the Democratic Voice of Burma, an opposition television and radio outlet, which broadcasts uncensored news into Myanmar.
Suu Kyi acknowledged that recent violence between Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Muslim Rohingyas in the northwestern Rakhine region was a test of Myanmar’s transformation but she blamed lawlessness for the escalation.
The violence, which displaced 30,000 people and killed 50 by government accounts, flared last month with a rampage of rock-hurling, arson and machete attacks, after the gang rape and murder of a Buddhist woman that was blamed on Muslims.
“The very first time a crime was committed… they should have taken action in accordance with the rule of law,” Suu Kyi told the BBC.
“If they had been able to do that, and to satisfy all parties involved that justice was done … I do not think these disturbances would have grown to such proportions.”
Tensions stem from an entrenched, long-standing distrust of around 800,000 Muslim Rohingyas, who are recognised by neither Myanmar nor neighbouring Bangladesh, and are largely considered illegal immigrants.
Suu Kyi is also due to visit Ireland, Britain and France.
EFFORTS by the Edo State government to spread development across the length and breadth of the state have been applauded by the World Bank, which said it was impressed by the development focus of the state government.
The World Bank team comprising experts from different fields working in concert with officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission was paying its maiden implementation support mission to the state, to assess the level of preparedness of the state for the take-off of the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) Project.
Speaking at the all-important pre-project meeting in Benin, the Task Team Leader, Mr. George Larbi, who noted that they were now focused on technical issues, said the team was “impressed with progress being made by the state team as well as the development focus of the state government.”
Larbi, who said the bank’s relationship with the state was deepening because of SEEFOR, commended the state government for the prompt payment of it’s counterpart funding, stressing that “it will help us kick-start the projects before funds are made available.”
He also expressed delight that the government has given approval for the inclusion of civil society groups as members of the steering committee as it would ensure transparency and shore up the confidence of the people in the programme.
He urged the state team to be thrifty with the application of the counterpart funds, stressing that such should be managed as prudent as funds coming from the banks and other donor agencies are managed.
The state Commissioner for Budget Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Chris Ebare, assured the Bank that the state would meet all requirements and specifications outlined by it in the cause of executing the different projects slated for the state.
He thanked the bank for their support for Edo State, saying at the government level, “we are bent on taking the lead in implementation and doing so according to specification.”
The SEEFOR Project is an International Development Association (IDA) – sponsored project.
IDA includes World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).
The project is expected to complement the Youth Employment Scheme (Edo Yes) initiated by Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Edo State last year, paid a total of N115million as counterpart funding. The 2012 counterpart funding is on the verge of being approved by the state governor.
Nigerian troops shot dead four suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Friday during a dawn raid on one of the group’s presumed hideouts in Kano, the army said.
Boko Haram used the building to produce propaganda material, including fliers that had been distributed around Kano, as well as video messages posted on YouTube, the army statement added.
“During the encounter, four members of the terrorist elements were killed,” army spokesman, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha said of the raid in Kano’s Unguwa Uku district.
Items recovered included improvised explosive devices, a pistol, ammunition, lap tops, scanners, a printer and four police identity cards, presumably stolen after previous attacks on the city’s police, the army said.
“Uniforms of security agencies being used by the terrorist gangs were also recovered,” Iweha said in the statement.
Boko Haram gunmen have in the past dressed up as security agents to gain access to guarded sites.
Kano is the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim North and was the site of Boko Haram deadliest ever attack on January 20 when at least 185 people were killed.
The radical group has also been blamed for a series of gun and bomb attacks on police posts in Kano.
The Friday raid was carried out based on tips provided by city residents, the army said.
Nigerian soldiers killed at least 16 suspected militants during a raid last week in Maiduguri, the North-Eastern city seen as Boko Haram’s base.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeated Rwanda’s Amavubi 2-0 in a second leg first round qualifying game of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations decided at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday.
Goals on either side of the break by Ikechukwu Uche and Ahmed Musa saw Nigeria go past the Amavubi at a canter in a game that simmered without reaching boiling point.
After less-than-sparkling displays in their last two qualifying games, the stakes were raised high for the Nigerian side.
The Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi rang the changes as John Utaka, Victor Moses and Juwon Oshaniwa were dropped to the bench for reportedly failing to rise to the occasion in Nigeria’s last two matches.
The home side dominated early on and were soon rewarded as Ikechukwu Uche profited from some lax defending in the Rwanda box off an Ahmed Musa corner in the 7th minute.
With the Amavubi failing to clear their lines, the Granada striker fired a low shot which evaded goal keeper, Jean Claude Ndole and give Nigeria an early advantage.
The Super Eagles dominated the rest of the half with the visitors failing to offer any real threat.
The Nigerians knew a goal by Rwanda in the second half would threaten their chances of further progression in the qualifying games and quickly went on the offensive after the break.
A probing cross into the Rwanda penalty area in the 54th minute was met by Kalu Uche whose deft chest control was finished emphatically by Ahmed Musa’s volley from the edge of the box as Nigeria extended their advantage.
Rwanda improved late on and created several chances but the Super Eagles held on to record an important victory which will now see them progress into the final round of qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be hosted in South Africa.
An Abuja Federal High Court on Friday said the Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi, has no powers to establish an Islamic bank in the country.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole made the declaration while delivering judgement in a suit brought by Godwin Ogboji against the licence issued to the Jaiz International Bank Plc to carry out Islamic banking in the country.
The suit was, however, struck out on the grounds that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to institute it.
But Kolawole noted that, had the plaintiff not lacked the locus standi to initiate the action, he would have nullified the licence issued to the Islamic bank.
He said, “There are no provisions in the CBN Act and the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act that empower the CBN Governor to issue a licence for non-interest financial institution to operate under the principles of Islamic jurisprudence without the approval of the Head of State through the Minister of Finance.
“Unlike the other specialised bank, the Jaiz International Bank Plc can only be established in the country with the intervention of the National Assembly by amending the BOFI Act.
“This case is hereby struck out for lack of locus standi, but the AGF should take steps to remedy the situation, and further ensure that the CBN carries out its duties within the provisions of the law establishing it.”
The plaintiff had asked the court to declare the licence issued to Jaiz International Bank Plc by the CBN illegal, null and void.
He had listed Sanusi and the Attorney-General of the Federation as co-defendants in the matter.
|A mother of five kids, Mrs Ijeoma Okafor, resident in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, has reportedly sold three out of her five kids. The 39-year old woman had been on the trail of the police after she sold two of her kids and was eventually arrested after she sold the third one.
Police sources at State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba, Lagos said she confessed to selling two of her kids at the Mammy Market, Navy Town before the third one. Please click to continue…
Ijeoma was charged along with her other accomplices, Nkechi Eke, 37, and Benjamin Uche, 40, who facilitated the deal. They are remanded at Ikoyi Prison, Lagos, after they were arraigned before the court.
P.M.NEWS gathered that their activities were exposed when Ijeoma, who delivered a child 12 months ago, contacted them that she wanted to sell the boy. They arranged with a buyer at a Mammy Market in Navy Town where they had earlier sold the last two kids.
They were arrested and handed over to the police in the area. The matter was later transferred to SCID. They were charged to court where they pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs. M.O. Taniwola granted them bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum. The matter was adjourned till 21 June, 2012, while they were remanded in prison custody at Ikoyi, Lagos pending when they will meet their bail conditions.
Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor is going to leave the company later this year, he announced via his Facebook Timeline today. He is leaving Facebook to start a new company, he said on his timeline.
I wanted to let you all know that I’ll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs.
While a transition like this is never easy, I’m extremely confident in the teams and leadership we have in place. I’m very proud of our recent accomplishments in our platform and mobile products, from Open Graph and App Center to Facebook Camera and our iOS integration. I’m even more excited for the world to see all the amazing things these teams have coming.
I’ve learned more than I ever imagined in my time at Facebook. I’m also extremely grateful for my relationship with all of the amazing people I’ve worked with here.
I want to give a special thanks to Mark Zuckerberg. You’ve not only been my boss for the past three years, but my mentor and one of my closest friends.
Taylor, who is widely respected in the developer community arrived at Facebook via the acqusition of FriendFeed, a groundbreaking information aggregation platform. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in a statement said:
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Bret and getting to know him as a friend and teammate. I’m grateful for all he has done for Facebook and I’m proud of what he and his teams have built. I’m also proud that we have a culture where great entrepreneurs like Bret join us and have such a big impact.”
Taylor’s contribution to Facebook is often lost in the hype and noise around Zuckerberg. Taylor has been a key executive and has helped the company figure out its platform and Facebook Connect strategy. Taylor, who in a past life worked for Google, was involved with Google Maps before coming over to Facebook.
Taylor isn’t the first or the last of Facebook’s senior staff to leave the company. However, his exit is indeed is a bit of a shocker. I saw Taylor at the WWDC where he was representing Facebook. He didn’t even hint as much that he was leaving. Regardless, now we wait to see what he comes up with next.
The police in Lagos have arrested a middle-aged man whose gang has been terrorising members of the public with toy gun in Ikeja area of Lagos.
The Lagos Police Spokesperson, Mrs Ngozi Braide, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, that the suspect was arrested on Thursday.
He said the suspect and others now at large, attempted to carry out their criminal activities at the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) Market, Alausa, when a team of police men who had been on their trail, arrested the suspect.
“They attempted to use the toy gun on the operators of a business centre at POWA market.
“They had earlier stolen one Blackberry phone at another business centre in the same market and the exhibit was recovered from the suspect,’’ Braide said.
The spokesperson advised members of the public, particularly business centres and offices to be security cautious, urging them to report strange movements to the police.
She called on members of the public to employ community policing in their areas by watching over their neighbours’ houses, offices or business centres.
“People should report to the police when they see strange movement or unwanted gathering around their neighbour’s houses or offices. You never can tell, the attack can be extended to your family members.’’
Braide said that the suspect had been transferred to the State CID, Panti, Yaba, for investigation to enable the police to arrest the others.