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‘My Kids Didn’t Have Their First Phones Till They Were 14’ – Bill Gates

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Child discipline remains an area of intense discourse over the years, with the discussion intensifying with the advent and introduction of technology and social media to children.

One of such focal points that have remained a highly contested grey area remains the use of phones by children.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates may have lent credence to the school of thought who believe that children should not carry phones till they are much older, as he says he did not permit his children to own a mobile phone until they turned 14.

Gates made the revelation during an interview on Thursday with the British newspaper The Mirror.

Not only does Gates force his kids to wait until age 14 to get a smartphone, but he also limits the amount of time they could use them before going to bed.

Smartphones were also banned from the dinner table, especially during meal times.

“We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour,’ he told The Mirror. Gates and his wife, Melinda, are parents to Jennifer, 20; Rory, 17; and Phoebe, 14.

Despite the irony of Gates playing a pivotal role in the technological revolution of the digital age, he still thinks limits need to be in place for children.

“You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way homework and staying in touch with friends and also where it has gotten to excess,’ he said of smartphones and social media.

‘We don’t have cell phones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cell phones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.’

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COVID-19: 325 Chinese Nationals Evacuated From Nigeria

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325 Chinese Nationals have been evacuated from Nigeria in a plane headed for Shanghai, due to the lingering Coronavirus pandemic.

China has evacuated 325 of its citizens from Nigeria via an Air Peace flight that was scheduled to depart at 10:05 pm on Thursday.

The Nigerian government has also evacuated some Nigerians from other countries back home.

France, the UK, and the US are among the countries that have also evacuated their nationals from Nigeria since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Samir El-Khodari, a Lebanese living in Nigeria, has revealed that 25 out of the recently evacuated Lebanese nationals from Kano state have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to him, of the 125 Lebanese transported to Beirut from Kano, 25 tested positive for COVID-19.

The number represents one-fifth of those evacuated from the northwest state by the Lebanese government.

As of Thursday evening, Nigeria had reported 8,915 cases of the novel coronavirus with 259 deaths.

However, the virus was first reported in China in December 2019 and the country has reported at least 82,000 cases with more than 4,000 deaths.

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Man Allegedly Stabs His Brother To Death Over A ₦100 Drink

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A family has been thrown into mourning after their son, identified as Chisom Eze, allegedly killed his elder brother, identified as Henry, at their residence located at Johnson Street, Alaba, Lagos over N100 soft drink.

It was reported that it all began after, Chisom stepped out, leaving his drink, only to return to discover that his brother, Henry has drank his soft drink, which greatly infuriated him.

In anger, Chisom allegedly used a knife to stab his brother in the neck in the presence of their sister.

On seeing what happened, she ran out to call for help but he unfortunately died.

Eye witnesses allegedly tied up Chisom to prevent him from running while the police were contacted to handle the matter.

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Police Officer And Soldiers Shoot At Each Other, Mistaken For Terrorists

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Two soldiers of the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) and a police officer shot at each other, sustaining serious injuries after the Police officer mistook them as terrorists while carrying out their duty.

The police officer identified as Constable Emmanuel Ngao attached to Bura community in Kenya, reportedly felt challenged by the two KDF soldiers identified as Senior Private David Mbugua and Jeremy Malusi who were on patrol and shot at them.

After the Police officer shot at the soldiers, they also retaliated, shooting each other and leaving Ngao with serious bullet wounds.

Fafi sub-county police boss George Sangalo, whilst confirming the incident, said the three security operatives sustained gunshot injuries and were conveyed to Bura East Sub-County hospital in critical condition.

The report from the police reads,

“Constable Emmanuel Ngao was challenged by KDF soldiers, Senior Private Jeremy Malusi and David Mbugua. He mistook the officers to be militants, he shot and seriously injured them. The soldiers fired back and the policeman was injured on his leg.

“The three officers sustained gunshot injuries and were taken to Bura East Sub-County Hospital and are in critical condition.”

Garisa police commander, however said a full report will be issued after investigation has been concluded.

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