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Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Whatever is better than spending an afternoon at a University campus?
I did that the other day at the commencement (graduation) exercises of Towson University in Baltimore where over a thousand students got their degrees in various fields.
It was a well-organized ceremony with shuttle buses taking guests to the event. A couple of Sierra Leoneans were among the graduates. University President Kim Schatzel told the graduates, “to get this far, you have had to exhibit discipline, commitment, resolve and leadership. Our university works hard to ensure its students emerge well prepared for their professions and ready to make intellectual contributions and discoveries within their respective fields.
“As you enter the next chapter of your lives, I want to remind you that you will always be a part of the university family. I challenge you to show the world your capabilities by using the knowledge you have gained.”
Among the graduates, the youngest was 19 years while the oldest, a doctoral candidate, was 65.
Get ready for a robotic policeman as every cop you’ve ever encountered has been a living, breathing human.
This has changed as the oil rich city has deployed its first robotic cop.
Dubai’s police chief said he would like to see robots make up 25 percent of the total police force by 2030.
The robot has two arms that end in articulating fingers, a head and two eyes.
It has even a hat but instead of legs, the robot cop has wheels.
It’s not equipped to chase suspects but people will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and ask questions.
Then you’d ask – is robot policing the way of the future?
Dubai for the moment holds the answer as the Emirate has taken the technological leap of Faith by introducing its first robot officer designed like a knight in shining white plastic armour.
Counting the cost – the impact of corruption on democratic growth and stability is the topic of a workshop organised by the National Endowment for Democracy.
Speaking notes observed that in many places around the world, citizens are losing their patience with official corruption.
Increasingly, the impact of government theft, coercion and abuse of the public trust is being exposed by courageous activists, journalists and even government officials.
Corruption and its terrible effects erode political and economic opportunity and destroy the faith of citizens in government institutions.
The pioneering work of five brave activists who are battling against corruption in Afghanistan, Angola, Guatemala, Malaysia and Ukraine were highlighted.
Educational institutions in America are putting the stops to shabby dressings and are implementing the school dress codes.
A High School student who wore an off-the-shoulder top was slapped with a ten day suspension and is worried about losing her college scholarship.
She wore a top which the principal said her lower back was exposed amounting to a violation of the school’s dress code.
The school’s handbook specifies that students are prohibited from wearing off-the-shoulder tops as well as anything that exposes their midriff.
Early this year, 45 students were disciplined at the Hickory Ridge High School for wearing leggings,
Monday May 29, 2017.

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