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Microsoft set to replace journalists with robots

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No fewer than 50 journalists working with Microsoft are about to lose their jobs, as the American multinational tech giant reportedly moves to replace them with robots.

According to local media reports, those affected are contract employees working as curators for the company’s news website, MSN.

They perform functions such as selection of stories, headlines, pictures and other contents from news organisations for the MSN site.

The Seattle Times quoted unidentified insiders as saying the company has notified the affected workers that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30.

From then, artificial intelligence would be used to perform the news production tasks in what Microsoft calls “evaluation of its business”.

“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis.

“This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others.

“These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic,” the company said in a statement, according to the paper.

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According to the BBC, Microsoft, like some other tech companies, pays news organisations to use their contents on its website.

But, it employs journalists to decide which stories to display and how they are presented.

However, Microsoft will retain its full-time news producers, whose functions are similar to those of the contract employees being disengaged,” Seattle Times added.

One of those leaving told the paper that their functions had been semi-automated for a few months now.

“It is demoralising to think machines can replace us but there you go,” the unnamed employee said, according to the medium.

 

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Kano Hisbah confiscates 100 cartons of alcohol

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The Kano State Hisbah Board has confiscated a tricycle loaded with 100 cartons of alcohol trying to smuggle it into the state.

The Commander General of the Board, Dr. Harun Ibn-Sina, made the disclosure in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, in Kano on Sunday.

The Commander made the disclosure while inspecting the intercepted consignment at the board’s Headquarters in Sharada Kano.

“As a result of co-ordinated exercise,  the tricycle loaded with hundred cartons of alcohol was successfully intercepted while the tricyclist is at large,” he said.

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According to him, investigation reveals unscrupulous persons among the tricycle operators were being hired to smuggle alcoholic substance into the state.

Ibn-Sina urged tricyclist, owners and their associations in the state to pay attention to the activities of its members.

He said the state would not tolerate any operator who hides under the name of the business to engage in crime.

The Commander called on security agencies in the state to put more efforts to curtail such illicit trade.

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He advised various stakeholders to collaborate with the board in fishing out erring individuals among tricycle operators.

“Tricyclists should expose those behind the smuggling of alcohols, Indian hemp, and other dangerous drugs in the state in order to protect their integrity,” he said.

He emphasized that the government would deal decisively with anybody that was found in such activities.

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He, however, enjoined the people of the state to report any suspicious move either by group or individuals to the nearest authority, to protect lives and property.

According to him, all hands must be on deck to ensure adequate security in the state.

Ibn-Sina commended the public for the cordial relationship with the board.

He added that the positive move would assist in reducing the rate of immoral acts and crimes among youths in the state.

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Kano CJ directs reopening of courts

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Kano State Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir, has directed Magistrate Courts to reopen for normal activities on Monday, July 6.

The Public Relations Officer of the state’s Judiciary, Mr. Baba Ibrahim, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Kano.

Sagir said that the directives followed easing of the COVID-19 lockdown by the state government.

“All Magistrates’ in the state should resume court sitting immediately,” Sagir was quoted as saying in the statement.

The Newsmen reports that Sagir had on March 25, directed for the suspension of the court sitting, in compliance with the COVID-19 lockdown imposed to stem further spread of the pandemic in the state

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Reports have it also that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday announced a total eased of restrictions in view of the successes recorded in the campaign against the pandemic.

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If your fiancee’s family are poor and want a flamboyant wedding, they are gold diggers- Reno Omokri

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Popular political critic and writer, Reno Omokri in his nugget on Sunday has issued a piece of advice to young unmarried men.

Reno Omokri in his statement advised them never to go into debt to give a girl’s family the wedding they want.

He said,

“Dear single men, Never go into debt to give a girl’s family the wedding they want. If that is the price for marrying their daughter, then she’s not the right girl for you. A poor family, with a rich taste, is the surest sign of troublesome in-laws.”

Reno Omokri added that if the girl’s family wants a millionaire society wedding, and they are poor, they are gold diggers, he claimed.

“Dear men, If the girl’s family wants a millionaire society wedding, and they are poor, you are dealing with a gold-digging clan. They are many. You are one. If you go ahead with that marriage, you are attempting to break a coconut with your head!” He said.

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