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Catholic Church Linked to Child Labour in Uganda

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During his November visit to Africa, where nearly 200m
Roman Catholics live, Pope Francis said that children were some of the greatest
victims of Africa’s historical exploitation by other powers.  He also urged
young Africans to resist corruption. But should the Vatican be doing more to
put its own house in order?

A BBC investigation has uncovered evidence that land owned
by the Catholic Church in Uganda is being used for
child labour. 
The allegations centre on the dicoese
of Kabale, south-west Uganda, where the BBC found evidence that
children as young as 10 were working on a tea plantation. 
A local Catholic Church official confirmed that there
had been a business deal between the diocese and a tea company, Kigezi
Highland Tea, since 2013.  

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Photos: XLR8 wins NIPR Presidential Award for Best Corporate PR Consultancy of the Year

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The 2017 NIPR Presidential Awards ceremony held in Lagos
recently, where XLR8, one of Nigeria’s leading communications management
consultancy was awarded as the Corporate PR Practitioner of the Year 2017 in
Lagos.

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Ex SGF, Gidado Idris dies at 82

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji
Gidado Idris (GCON), is dead. He died at the age of 82.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, confirmed the
news Facebook post on Saturday morning.
“From God we all came and to Him we shall all return. Just
learnt that former SGF Mallam Gidado Idris died on Friday. May Allah Grant his
soul Aljannah Firdaus. Amin,” el-Rufai wrote.
Born on March 15, 1935 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Idris was
trusted aide to the late Premier of Northern Nigeria and Sardauna of Sokoto,
Sir Ahmadu Bello.
When General Abacha took over on November 17, 1993, Idris became
the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and a few months later, he
was appointed SGF, a post he held till he retired in 1999.

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Drake Bell & Josh Peck put their home for sale

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The abode Drake
Bell and Josh Peck called
home on their popular Nickelodeon show just hit the market.
The San Fernando Valley house, which show producers used for
exterior shots is up for sale for $1.85 million. It’s got 5 bedrooms, 5 baths,
a tennis court and a pool.
Drake and Josh shared a bedroom on TV, but the real crib has
enough space for both brothers, their parents and little sister played by Miranda Cosgrove to each have
their own room.

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