Day zero, Grammys, Davido: Your Tuesday briefing

How afraid of human cloning should we be?
‘The Chinese scientists want to clone monkeys to study the genetic factors behind Alzheimer’s disease.’ Photo: Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo/Chines/PA

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Good morning, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.


Embu Level Five hospital made history on Friday when it became the first public institution in Mt Kenya and upper Eastern region to conduct a successful brain surgery.

The delicate operation to remove a blood clot in the brain was carried out by a team of five doctors and five nurses and was witnessed by Governor Martin Wambora.

Hospital chief executive Dr Moses Njue said the patient, a man in his 20s, was out of danger and was recuperating in the Intensive Care Unit.


Protests Cape Town City over water crisis
Four-year-old Caleb Slabbert attended the protest.Photo: Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp

HUNDREDS of people joined outside the civic centre to protest against the City of Cape Town’s management of the water crisis. The Cape Town Water Crisis Coalition (CTWCC) is calling for government to remove water management devices, to stop any drought levy or water tariff increase plans and no privatisation of water supply.

Shaheed Mahomed of the CTWCC said that although the crisis is real, “Day Zero is an invention of the City”. He claimed that the City is trying to instil fear in order to privatise water for profit. “They want to bring in desalination. They want to bring in those water management devices so that they can effectively exercise control of the lives of the people,” he said. “You can come up with the most beautiful plan, but if the City is under mismanagement, it’s a problem.”


All the looks you need to see from the 2018 Grammys red carpet

THE STARS wore their best and boldest looks on the red carpet at the 2018 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

As promised, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, Sarah Silverman and more wore white roses on the red carpet. A group called Voices in Entertainment came up with the rose accessory, inspired by the women who’ve pushed the “Time’s Up” campaign against workplace sexual harassment.


THERE was drama on Monday at the new wing of the Senate complex in Abuja after a National Assembly official physically assaulted the senate deputy minority whip, Abiodun Olujimi.

Trouble started when an official of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) rode in the same elevator with the lawmaker, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Lifts in the assembly are installed in pairs, one reserved for lawmakers (Senators and House of Representatives members), and another for other users.

The senator was on her way to the petroleum committee public hearing while the PASAN member, who was not immediately identified, was to attend a meeting of his association.


My songs has connected me to 13 presidents - Davido
Nigerian singer Davido. Photo: Guardian Nigeria

Music star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has revealed how big he has become since releasing his first song years ago.

“That one song with the video made my father realise that I had the talent. And then, I did the song, ‘Dami Duro’. The song became so big and I remember that the President Goodluck Jonathan at the time called my father to talk about me and the song.

“Even during my father’s business meetings with his friends, they would mention my name and the song. Before long, I started travelling and doing shows around the world.”

Davido said he now has the numbers of about 13 presidents on his phone.


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