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Africa’s WorldTour Team Partners With UK Safety App Leaders

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Busby, the UK’s leading micro-mobility safety app, founded in Liverpool has today announced their partnership with Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s only UCI WorldTour cycling team.

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Busby, launched in November 2019 by Liverpool-born friends Barry Green, James Duffy and Kirk Ryan, aims to make bike riding, as well as other sports and activities, safer.

Busby, which as of August 2020, is the only automatic incident response app globally, works with the sensors in your phone to ensure your safety. If a user is involved in an incident the app will begin a 30 second countdown to move or respond and if there is no movement or response their exact location is sent to emergency contacts so help can arrive quickly.

In order to prevent incidents Busby also alerts other nearby road users that a cyclist is nearby to raise awareness. In only a year of operation, Busby’s app has been downloaded by tens of thousands of people in over 85 countries globally.

Team Qhubeka ASSOS, formerly NTT Pro Cycling, races at the very highest level of sport which includes the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, together with the sport’s key stage races and the one day races including the five Monuments of cycling.

The organisation also includes our under 23 development outfit, Team Qhubeka, which is based in Italy and races under a UCI Continental licence.

Not only is the team a high performance sporting outfit but is it is also a purpose-led organisation, highlighted by its long-standing partnership with the Qhubeka Charity and the philosophy that bicycles change lives.

The collaboration between Team Qhubeka ASSOS and Busby will see not only the cyclists but the team behind them get a free premium Busby subscription which provides users with additional safety on the roads such as incident detection, incident prevention, near-miss reporting and an SOS Busby flare feature if a rider needs medical or mechanical support.

Douglas Ryder, founder and principal of Team Qhubeka ASSOS, said:

“Running a cycling team is like where business is today, a hybrid working environment where you don’t physically see people every single day. And then when your team or business is built with people and is about high performing individuals; knowing where they are and if they are safe is paramount to them doing their job and us doing ours.

“This is the reason Team Qhubeka ASSOS is partnering with Busby, the best cycling app for road safety, for both our staff and riders. It gives us peace of mind, our families peace of mind and makes us more responsive for medical or mechanical assistance. You’re never alone with Busby.”

James Duffy, Co-Founder of Busby, said:

“This is certainly a milestone for Busby, our first World Tour Team and we’re absolutely thrilled to help further protect Team Qhubeka Assos and their staff members whilst they are on and off the road.

Road safety is a global issue and the 8th leading cause of death in the world and our mission is to help improve road safety for all vulnerable road users with our technology. The core safety features are free, and with our partnership with Team Qhubeka Assos we want to push Busby across Africa and help protect as many people as possible.

Whether you’re cycling, horse riding, walking to school or going for a run, Busby will be by your side all the way and if (god forbid) something irregular occurs, Busby will recognise it and send your exact location to your loved ones, emergency contacts or your employers so help can arrive as quickly as possible.

We are excited to announce a number of new features in the next month or so such as GroupSafe – keeping users together in a group safely, SmartStart – Busby automatically turns on if you are active, even if you forget to turn it on and the ability for us to pay users for being safe with a digital currency (stay tuned!).”

Busby is available to download for free on iOS and Google Play.

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2021 WASSCE To Hold August/ September

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The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria, says the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination will commence in August and not May.

WAEC also debunked reports by some news platforms that it postponed the examination.

In a statement on Friday, Acting Head, Public Affairs, WAEC, Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, said WAEC Nigeria Head, Patrick Areghan, was quoted out of context at a briefing on Tuesday when he announced the release of results of WASSCE for private candidate

According to Ojijeogu, Areghan said the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted the academic calendars of schools, hence, it will be impossible for candidates to sit for the examination in May because most of the schools are still in their first term

The statement was titled, ‘Conduct Of WASSCE For School Candidates, 2021 In Nigeria’.

The statement said Areghan had at the Tuesday briefing said, “Let me also use this opportunity to dispel rumours being peddled about by some people regarding the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much felt in the education sector

“The academic calendar has been distorted. It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released.”

The statement added, “The arrangement is in line with the current academic calendar and was done in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education

“Consequently, the Council wishes to inform schools, candidates and the general public that the examination will hold from August 16, 2021 to September 30, 2021. The International timetable for the conduct of the examination will be released in due course.”

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Lagos Eases Restrictions on Social Gatherings, Event Centres

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The Lagos State Government has further eased restrictions on social gatherings and event centres across the state.

This was contained in a press statement titled ‘Lagos State Government eases restrictions on social and event centres’, on Friday.

The statement was signed by Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile Yusuff, and the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, after due consultation and deliberations with relevant “stakeholders and MDA’s including The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos State Safety Commission has approved the further easing of social centres across the State with immediate effect,” it added.

Meanwhile, Akinbile-Yusuff and Mojola have issued new guidelines for social/event facilities reopening.

While stating that COVID-19 protocols must be complied with, the officials said that “any violation of this protocol shall attract fines and penalties in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020”.

Some of the guidelines stated that event centres must register before reopening and event duration should not exceed a maximum period of six hours.

The guidelines read in part, “All event centres must hold a valid license of The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating as an event center in the State.

“Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding over 200 people.

“Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly pasted at the entrance of the event hall.

“Maximum allowable capacity for Event Centers irrespective of occupancy limit is 500 people. Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event.

“Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be six people on a table of 10 persons.

“Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of six hours.

“Event center owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff.”

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UK Court Bans THISDAY Editor and Arise TV Chairman, Obaigbena From Serving As Director Of Any Company For 7 Years

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According to the court, Obaigbena made efforts to clear some payments, but there were still large sums that remained outstanding.

The United Kingdom has disqualified the founding Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY Media, ARISE News Channel and ARISE Magazine, Nduka Obaigbena, from serving as a director of any company in the country for seven years.

The application for disqualification was made under Section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and arose from the compulsory liquidation of Arise Networks Ltd of which Obaigbena was the sole director since its incorporation on October 30, 2012.

According to the judgement, published on BAILII, the company had zero turnovers and as of December 31, 2013, it had recorded losses of £3,854,112 and debts of £1,545,883.

Due to foreign exchange restrictions by the Nigerian government in September 2014, it was difficult to “transfer necessary funding to ARISE”.

In December 2014, the company had expense debts of more than £3 million. The debt owed to creditors led to increased pressure from late 2014 onwards due to the company’s inability to pay off its debts.

A paragraph of the judgement partly read: “As of 31 December 2014, the total losses were £12,922,174, with trade creditors (which includes those working for the company) of £3,737,445 and associates being £14,407,929. By 31 December 2015, the total losses were £24,913,106 with the trade creditors (which includes those working for the company) in the sum of £5,635,596 and associates being £19,681,779. By 22 April 2016, the total losses were £25,671,167, trade creditors (which includes those working for the company) £5,850,730 and associated companies £20,313,691. The trade creditors rose by £2,113,285 even taking into account that certain liabilities have been discharged. The associated companies’ debt during this period rose by in excess of £5 million.”

An email quoted in the judgement read, “Hi Kevin/Nduka, Happy anniversary, I have been working under contract for six months at Arise. I’ve been paid one month’s money. February’s money is three months late. Still nothing, when will I get what is owed?”

According to the court, Obaigbena made efforts to clear some payments, but there were still large sums that remained outstanding. With no certainty of when any of the payments would be made, the court took into account that it did not consider the case of dishonesty but rather unreliability.

“However, this does not mean that the case is any less serious. The public interest is served in this case, in my judgement by disqualifying Mr Obaigbena for a period of 7 years,” the judgement read.

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