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Former PM David Cameron Takes on Role of UK’s Foreign Secretary

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By Iyojo Ameh

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has appointed former British Prime Minister David Cameron as the new Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom. The announcement, made in an official statement, underscores Sunak’s strategy to leverage Cameron’s extensive political experience in navigating the complex landscape of international relations.

Cameron, who led the Conservative Party for eleven years and served as Prime Minister for six, emphasized the critical importance of the UK standing by its allies and fortifying global partnerships, particularly in the face of ongoing international crises such as the conflict in Ukraine and the turmoil in the Middle East.

“As we face daunting international challenges, it has rarely been more important for this country to stand by our allies, strengthen our partnerships, and make sure our voice is heard,” Cameron stated, articulating the urgency of addressing global issues.

Acknowledging the proficiency of the UK’s Foreign Office, Diplomatic Service, Intelligence Services, and Aid and Development capabilities, Cameron expressed confidence in his ability to contribute to addressing pivotal challenges on the global stage. Despite being absent from front-line politics for the past seven years, Cameron affirmed his commitment to public service and voiced support for Prime Minister Sunak.

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“I am honored to serve our country alongside our dedicated FCDO staff and provide the continued leadership and support that they deserve,” Cameron concluded, signaling his eagerness to play a role in the country’s security and prosperity.

His appointment comes ahead of the upcoming General Election, with Cameron pledging to be an integral part of the strongest possible team for the challenges that lie ahead.

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Arsenal Legend Patrick-Vieira not happy With 4thCoaching Job Loss In Nine-Years

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Patrick Vieira Arsenal legend has tried to weather the storm in his managerial career as he vacates his 4th managerial job in 9 years.

The legend began his coaching career at Major League Soccer club, New York City FC in November 2015 and decided to leave the club in 2017 even though he had a fair run with them.

He returned to his country, France, to take on a coaching job at OGC Nice In June 2018. The 48-year-old French tactician was sacked in December 2020 due to poor run of games especially in his second season at the club.

Despite his not applauded outing in his last season at OGC Nice, Premier League club, Crystal Palace decided to make him their coach in July 2021. He only had a fair run in his first season at the club, his second campaign was a total disaster, hence, he had to be sacked in March 2023.

Patrick Vieira went back to coaching months later as he was given a three-and-a-half deal at Strasbourg in July 2023, days after Chelsea owners, BlueCo took over the club.

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Airlines, Banks, Media Outlets Hit as Global IT Outage Wreaks Havoc

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By Iyojo Ameh

A global tech outage, seemingly linked to issues at cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike and tech giant Microsoft, disrupted operations across multiple sectors on Friday, impacting airports, airlines, media outlets, and banks.

The outage caused significant disruptions in airport and airline IT systems, leading to grounded flights and widespread service interruptions.
Notably, Sydney airport has seen flights halted, United Airlines has ceased operations, and the London Stock Exchange Group’s platform has encountered disruptions.

In Germany, Berlin airport experienced IT problems, causing delays in check-ins due to technical faults.

Also, rail transportation has not been spared, as the UK’s Govia Thameslink Railway reported widespread IT issues across its network, leading to potential cancellations and delays.

The company is actively investigating the root cause and has urged passengers to check their journeys before traveling.

Australia’s Telstra Group also reported service disruptions.

Meanwhile, in a post on X, CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz said the outage was not a “security incident or cyberattack.”

He said it was connected to a “defect found in a single content update for Windows hosts.” He said the issue has been “identified, isolated and a fix has been deployed.”

Also, Microsoft said in a statement on X that “the underlying cause has been fixed,” however, residual impacts continue to affect “some Microsoft 365 apps and services. We’re conducting additional mitigations to provide relief.”

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The affected services include PowerBI, Microsoft Teams, and OneDrive for Business, among others. The tech giant is working on mitigation efforts and has already restored some services.

However, this global IT outage highlights the interconnected nature of modern digital infrastructures and the widespread impact that technical disruptions can have across various industries.

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FG Deploys New Batch of Volunteers to The Gambia,Urges Them to Uphold High Standards of Performance, Integrity

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A new batch of Volunteers of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps has been deployed to The Gambia.

The 11 Volunteers,who comprised professionals from diverse backgrounds, including Law,Engineering and expertise in Entrepreneurial Studies, were urged to see their new charge as a call to serve humanity.

Speaking during the Pre-departure Orientation for the Volunteers, Director General of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps,Rt.Hon.Yusuf Buba Yakub, congratulated the Volunteers on being among the very few beneficiaries of the 37-year-old Scheme chosen from a long list of over ten thousand applicants when the Agency advertised late last year.

Buba also called on the Volunteers to embody the values of integrity and simplicity and to portray Nigeria in positive light as Technical Diplomats in the recipient country. He highlighted that Nigeria’s approach to international relations is based on soft diplomacy, contrasting it with other nations that might rely on coercion.

He said:

“You are called Volunteers because you are going out there to serve humanity in The Gambia.Even if it is half a room that you are given to live in,please, accept it and commit to what you have been sent to do there.Always bear in mind that you are there to represent Nigeria.

“On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,we are sending you to share with our sister African nation the abundant human resources our country possesses.

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“As your parents here,the Nigerian High Commission in The Gambia with our High Commissioner there will be your guardian.”

While admonishing the Volunteers to see themselves not as individuals,but as Nigeria itself,the TAC DG said whatever the Volunteers do in their host country would be seen as the action of the country,hence the need to always stay above board.

He also added that the Scheme, which was established in 1987 through the visionary minds of our past leaders was one important instrument of Diplomacy by which Nigeria has continued to make friends and carve partnerships across the world.Such friendships and partnerships,he said, usually come handy in periods of expediency.

Buba also used the occasion to inform of the recent visit of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia,Mr Dawuda Jawara,who used the opportunity to identify some of the skills that are lacking in their country and requested TAC to rise in filling those gaps identified.He then challenged the Volunteers to do all that was considered necessary to rise up to the situation at hand in that country.

Earlier,while presenting the Volunteers to the TAC DG,Director of Programmes at the Agency,Amb.Zakari Usman,tasked the Volunteers to carry high the flag of the country like other participants in the Scheme before them.He said it was by doing so that the objectives of the Scheme would be adequately realized.He encouraged the Volunteers to also adhere to the dos and don’ts of the TAC Scheme,adding that this would only be possible if they upheld the highest standards of conduct and integrity while representing the country abroad.

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Team Lead of the batch of Volunteers,Oyetunji Akinlabi,a Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the Federal University of Technology,Akure, thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity given to the Volunteers to serve their country.He pledged that,in line with Section 19 of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999(as amended),the Volunteers will strive to promote the nation’s national interest and also at all times seek to engage in activities that are geared towards the promotion and preservation of African unity.

Among those who spoke for the Volunteers were Dr. Hope Tebira,a Deputy Director and Legal Draftsperson at the National Assembly, and Barr.Joseph Okete. They each pledged to ensure that the nationals of their host country received more than what they had requested from Nigeria.

The new batch of Volunteers will serve for 24 months in the Gambia in line with the statutory terms of engagement with the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (NTAC).

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