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US President, Donald Trump thinks violent games makes kids violent

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President Donald Trump raised concerns about the graphic depiction of violence in video games at a White House meeting Thursday with members of the industry and some of their most vocal critics.

Searching for ways to respond to last month’s Florida school shooting, Trump has questioned the impact of video games, although decades of research have failed to find a link between gun violence and graphic depictions of violence in games. Meeting attendees said he sought to hear from all sides.

“He asked a lot of questions and he raised concerns with the violent nature of these games and asked the question: Is this causing the kids to have (this) violent behavior?” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.

Those attending the meeting from the video game industry included representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board and two CEOs of video game publishers.

Also attending were a representative of the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group, as well as conservative activist Brent Bozell — a longtime critic of video game violence who founded the council — and the author of a book linking mass killings to violent video games.

PTC program director Melissa Henson said she sought to convey the challenges of keeping violent games away from kids “even for the most diligent parent.”

She described the meeting as a listening session, saying there were no decisions about next steps.

“I don’t think there are easy answers and I don’t think that we’re going to be able to figure out the solution in the course of a one-hour conversation,” Henson said.

Industry representatives argued in advance of the meeting that there was no correlation between video games and gun violence.

The Entertainment Software Association released a statement saying studies “have found no connection between games and real-life violence” and noting that games are played in other countries that don’t have the same level of gun violence. They expressed hope that the meeting will “provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings … and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices.”

Trump has focused on video games as he seeks solutions to deal with the scourge of guns in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. After weeks of public deliberation — including expressing support for some gun control measures — Trump has not yet outlined what he would like to see in legislation.

Trump has invoked his son Barron as he speaks about video games. At a recent meeting on school violence, he said: “The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It’s so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you wouldn’t be, you’d be amazed at. I have a young, very young son, who, I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, how is that possible?”

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump congratulated Florida on school safety legislation approved by state lawmakers, saying the state “passed a lot of very good legislation last night.”

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period on weapons sales. It also would create a so-called guardian program, enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has not said if he will sign the bill.

Trump also said the White House is working to ban “bump stocks” and said efforts to enhance background checks are “moving along well” in Congress. No votes have been scheduled yet in the Senate on a pending background checks bill, but the House has said it will consider school safety legislation next week.

This is not the first time Washington has focused on video game violence.

In 2013, after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden held three days of wide-ranging talks on gun violence prevention, including a meeting with video game industry executives. After the 2013 meetings wrapped up, the White House called for research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence, but nothing substantial came out of that.

While Trump has suggested rating both games and movies for violence, ratings already exist.

Following an outcry over violent games such as 1992’s “Mortal Kombat,” the Entertainment Software Ratings Board was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association to give each game a rating based on five categories ranging from “E” for “Everyone” to “Adults Only” for those 18 and older.

In 2011, the Supreme Court rejected a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children. The decision claimed that video games, like other media, are protected by the First Amendment.

Dear Whitehouse, in all you do, don’t let Trump ban video games, Please.

 

Culled from Associated press

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How the Oby Ezekwesili’s Presidency will Lift 80+ Million Nigerians Out of Poverty

My mission is not just to change this #APCPDP government, but more than that, we must disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country.

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Oby Ezekwesili, a Nigerian female presidential seat aspirant pens down how her presidency will lift 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty. Her electoral campaign is surrounded by job creation, equality and poverty elimination. Ezekwesili has been a strong voice behind the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. She campaigns under the banner of ACPN – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria. In a twitter thread she wrote down her strategy which she tends to employ if she emerges as Nigerian president. You can consider it a manifesto but its a way forward for Nigeria.

From Poverty Central to Prosperity: How the Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili Presidency will lift 80+ million Nigerians out of poverty.

Today is an exciting day for this campaign as we will be sharing the most important issue in our ambitious plan for Nigeria that shows our readiness to govern from Day One. I will be telling you how we intend to lift 80 million Nigerians out of poverty. We expect citizens to hold us to account for every word we say and every promise we make, not just on our innovative solutions for tackling poverty which I would be sharing today, but on our entire manifesto to be released to the public on Friday. I will like to start today by reminding us of a fact which a lot of us have stopped believing. It’s a fact that was true in 1960 when our founders won the battle for Independence and took their destinies and the destinies of their children in their hands. It’s a fact that remained true in the midst of the setbacks and traumas of seven military coups, a horrible civil war and decades of failed political leadership.

It’s a fact that did not change through seasons of economic recessions, structural adjustments and brutal dictatorships. It did not change when Abiola’s hope was deferred or when Obasanjo transmuted from prison to president or, indeed, when President Muhammadu Buhari, got another chance in 2015 to lead this country. It has remained true up till this very moment as I stand today, challenging all of us to seize the opportunity for a new independence from our rapacious ruling class. That fact is that Nigeria is a great country and Nigerians are great people. It’s true. This isn’t something that I feel obligated to say just because I am running for president.

It is true – Nigeria is a great country. Sometimes it is hard to believe Nigeria’s greatness in the midst of our daily struggles, and as we watch our country repeat the same mistakes over and over again. It is hard to remember the contributions our country has made for freedom and peace across the African continent. We are blessed with fertile, arable land; the largest market in Africa; abundant natural resources. We are Africa’s largest economy. Our music and movies and creative talents are the greatest soft power in Africa. We have the most innovative, talented and resourceful concentration of black people in the world. Nigeria is a great country. I believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds – and that belief is what drives me every single day of this journey. I am an impatient optimist. I cannot stand it when we choose to accept mediocrity or resign ourselves to lowly standards. Nigeria can do much better.

Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili

I care about Nigeria and Nigerians enough to know that the back-to-back failed leadership has held us back for far too long. And if we do not take a stand and take our country back, they would still be here in years to come, holding back our children and their children. God forbid! I have a dream of a new Nigeria that works for all, not just for a small clique who see politics as their means to stupendous wealth while the majority of those they govern are afflicted with poverty and misery. I have a dream of an inclusive and prosperous country where there is equality of opportunity for all. Our country will be a great meritocracy where success in life is not determined by your background or tribe or gender or religion or family name but by your talents and hard work. I have a dream of a strong, indivisible nation with a united purpose and shared national values. I have a dream of a new Nigeria that finally manages her diversity effectively and draws on the benefits of our greater creativity, innovation and shared progress.

The Nigeria we would start building from 2019 would not trudge into the future with uncertainty like chickens when we have all it takes to soar with confidence like eagles. I want to reignite belief in Nigeria’s greatness by leading a government that would make clear promises to citizens and deliver on them, not like the current leadership which spent its first year in office denying all the promises it made to get into that office. My mission is not just to change this government, but more than that, we must disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country. We have enough young people, many progressive men and women, who are signing up with our citizens’ party, , to unleash the principles of disruptive technologies to our politics for good.

I believe that a blessed and great country like ours has all it takes to confront whatever challenges stand on our way, to beat them and to win! Like former US President Bill Clinton noted for his country, I too believe that there is nothing wrong with Nigeria that cannot be fixed with what is right in Nigeria. We have all it takes. And right now, there are seven monstrous challenges that I see holding us down. To solve each of them would need bold, visionary leadership and hardwork from an intelligent government. 1. Too little productivity and competitiveness of the Nigerian economy: For a nation of our size and our potentials, our low real Gross Domestic Product of $375.77 billion after 58 years of independence is terribly underwhelming.

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Professor Ben’s Passionate hug With Alhaji Atiku Sends Strong Message

Clearly he has pledged his support for Atiku during the elections.

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Nigerian renowned professor, Professor Ben Nwabueze was visited today by aspiring president, Atiku Abubakar during Atiku’s visit to the South-east region of Nigeria. Prior to the endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar for 2019 Presidential election by Igbo leaders in Enugu today.

A quick reminder, general elections are due next year in Nigeria.

Professor Ben Nwabueze or Professor of Professors as he is fondly addressed by his admirers is Nigeria’s first academic Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is a Teacher, Administrator, Businessman and former Minister of Education and Youth Development, Professor Ben Nwabueze was born on December 22nd, 1932 in Atani, Ogbaru Local government Area of Anambra State.

Photo of Prof. Ben in a warm hug with Atiku Abubakar sends warm emotional in the heart of some Nigerians.

According to sources, Prof. Ben made a statement which reads,

“I’LL NOT DIE UNTIL YOU BECOME PRESIDENT”

Clearly he has pledged his support for Atiku during the elections. With that in mind, does this deal with the speculations that igbos are being marginalized ?

We can’t tell who wins the upcoming election but the picture sends a strong message to Nigerians.

According to Atiku Abubakar in a tweet.

Professor Ben Nwabueze is a patriot and Nigeria’s foremost constitutional lawyer. In a very emotional meeting in Enugu, he reminded me of the unfinished Nigerian Project.

I assure him, and every Nigerian, that I’ll keep my word.

Nigerians reacting to the picture couldn’t hold their back heartfelt feelings.

 

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Buhari’s WAEC Cert – US Army War College said they don’t have it

The Buhari WAEC certificate scandal is getting curiouser and curiouser. The US War College just said, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, that Buhari didn’t submit any credentials to it to qualify for its training.

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari educational qualification has created waves across the nation. Leaving many Nigerians in disbelief, if the incumbent president is qualified to run for presidential seat again.

Before emergence of Buhari as Nigerian President in 2015, through APC. PDP the opposition party crossed all length to ensure the disqualification of Buhari from elections. Claiming he does not posses the minimum educational requirement and therefore he is not qualified to run for the presidential post. But the electoral body, INEC the  a “go-ahead” to Buhari prior to the presentation of a debatable affidavit.

According to Nigerian Constitution, one is qualied to run for presidency if:

  • he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
  • he has attained the age of thirty five years;
  • he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party;
  • he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

The last requirement is what has given room to all angles of debate over Buhari’s emergence as President.

News following the case of educational qualification of Nigeria’s current president, President Buhari is a confirmation from US War College which says Muhammadu Buhari was enrolled but not prior to any credentials.

President Buhari attended the college in the 90s and it is believed that he submitted a cert which qualified him for a professional course at US war college.

Unfortunately, the college didn’t require any form of qualification for enrollment, not until year 2000 when Master of Strategic Studies was introduced.

Farooq Kperogi

Farooq Kperogi

Farooq Kperogi, associate Professor of Journalism & Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University made this known in a tweet. He posted an image of a letter from US Army war college in response to a request for document used to meet Muhammadu Buhari for enrollment into the training.

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President Buhari currently has not made any response to this as of the time of this post. He already presented an attestation from the West Africa Examination Council, Nigeria to INEC. But that didn’t settle the dust surrounding the authenticity of the certificate.

Nigerians are still looking forward to a tide turning election in 2019.

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