Day: July 12, 2018

Pizza Chain Founder Used N****r racial Slur In Conference Call

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has stepped down as chairman of the company’s board after apologising for using the N-word in a conference call.

The pizza chain founder used the racial slur in a media training session in May.

Mr Schnatter quit as chief executive last year after criticising the NFL over players’ national anthem protests.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said it condemned “racism and any insensitive language”.

It later said it had accepted Mr Schnatter’s resignation and that a new chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks.

Papa John’s is the world’s third-largest pizza chain, with nearly 4,900 outlets worldwide.

Role-playing exercise

The incident happened during a conference call in May between executives at Papa John’s and a marketing agency called Laundry Service.

According to Forbes, the call involved a role-playing exercise that was supposed to give Mr Schnatter experience in dealing with difficult issues.

When discussing how he would distance himself from racist groups, Mr Schnatter said that Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, had never faced criticism for using the N-word, Forbes reported.

Papa John's boxImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES: Mr Schnatter appears as part of Papa John’s branding


Trump donor Mr Schnatter stepped down as chief executive of the company in 2017 after he criticised the National Football League (NFL) for not containing national anthem protests at American football games, which he said were hurting his firm’s sales.

Players had been protesting against the treatment of black people in the US by kneeling during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump had also criticised the players for the protests and pressed the NFL to ban them.

Nigerian Government Launches National Campaign Against Fake News

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has launched a National Campaign Against Fake News, calling the phenomenon
a time bomb that can detonate with deadly consequences if left unchecked.

Addressing a world press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister also described fake news as a global epidemic that could be worse than all the plagues that the world has recorded put together, a clear and present danger to global peace and security, and a threat to democracy.

He said the fake news phenomenon is capable of undermining confidence in the media, adding: ”Once the people lose confidence in the media,
the media and the society are in trouble.”

Alhaji Mohammed said the essence of the campaign is to ”sensitize all Nigerians to the dangers posed to the peace and security, and indeed the corporate existence of Nigeria by the phenomenon, and the fact
that each and every Nigerian has a role to play in curtailing the
spread of fake news”.

He explained that though the federal government has been calling national attention to the issue of fake news and hate speeches since last year, ”the timing of the launch is also not unconnected to the role of fake news in aggravating the various crises in the country as well as the need to check this phenomenon ahead of the 2019

The Minister said the government will use all the information
dissemination tools at its disposal, work with both the traditional and social media, as well as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to sensitize Nigerians.

He said the campaign will, however, not involve the use of coercion and censorship, but appealed to the media to lead the campaign, and to Nigerians not to share any news or message unless they can vouch for
its source and authenticity

Citing instances from around the world to illustrate the dangers posed by fake news, Alhaji Mohammed said a recent study by researchers at the Ohio State University in the US concluded that Russian interference and the fake news it promoted probably played a significant role in depressing Hilary Clinton’s support on election day during the 2016 presidential elections in the US.

He also said that in India, about a dozen people have been killed in
the past six weeks just because of fake news or hoax messages, noting: “The victims were lynched after they were falsely accused of child abduction based on fake messages circulated via the social media platform, WhatsApp.”

The Minister said that last week, a national newspaper in Nigeria
reported on its front page that a court has ordered the National
Assembly to begin impeachment of Buhari, which was not the case.

”The problem with that news item is that it is fake news. According
to the certified true copy of the order, the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court in Osogbo ordered and I quote: ‘The applicants are hereby granted leave to issue and bring an
Application for the order of Mandamus to compel 1st to 3rd Respondents to start impeachment proceedings against the 4th Respondent, the
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’. This was manipulated to read that the court has given the go-ahead for the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against the President. Fake
News,” he said

The launch, which was sponsored by the NTA, FRCN, and three newspapers
– The Nation, Vanguard and Leadership – was attended by all the heads of the media parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and
Culture, President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),
representatives of the security agencies, social media practitioners and journalists.

Apple Store Robbed In Brazen Daylight Robbery

A BRAZEN robbery of an Apple Store in broad daylight has been captured by CCTV cameras – and shared to the world.

The crystal-clear clip shows four men snatching more than £20,000 worth of pricey Apple gear, before fleeing the scene.

The bold heist was over in less than 30 seconds, and saw thieves make off with 26 different items.

Four black males aged between 16 and 18 years old wearing hooded jackets were seen running into the Californian store and tearing Apple gadgets away from their show-tables.

“Various iPhones, the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and [iPhone] 8, and even the new iPhone X was taken in this grand theft,” said Lt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department, speaking to ABC7 News.

Watch CCTV clip of robbery

“One customer stood by the door to prevent them from leaving but was knocked out of the way.”

Apple’s video shows how terrified onlookers – including a group of teenage girls – watched the robbery in shock and fear.

Local police say that the suspects never displayed any weapons during the heist.

But the men had clearly planned the robbery in advance.

Two charged straight for a table with MacBooks, slamming lids shut and ripping them away.

Closer to the door, another pair of hoodlums yanked out iPhones from their tethers – as a little girl ducks under a table to hide.

One customer who tried to prevent the robbery was knocked over as thieves fled the scene.

Police are now looking for five suspects – four thieves, and a possible getaway driver.

They’re also looking into the possibility that this crime may be connected to a spate of recent thefts in the US state.

“There are other reports of other places, other cities in California, that have had these kinds of takeover thefts,” said Hudson.

“So we are looking into [this crime] being connected to other crimes, at any other Apple Stores outside of Fresno.”

The Sun

Youngest Kardashian Sibling Kylie Jenner Set To Be Youngest Ever Billionaire At 20

Kylie Jenner may be the youngest sibling of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but she is also the family member bringing in the most cash.

Jenner, who’s on the cover of Forbes’ August 2018 “America’s Women Billionaires” issue, is worth roughly $900 million, according to the magazine.

According to Forbes’ calculations, that makes her not only the Jenner or Kardashian with the highest net worth, but the 27th-richest self-made woman in the United States. For comparison, Forbes estimates that Jenner’s older sister Kim Kardashian West is worth roughly $350 million.

The 20-year-old’s net worth has skyrocketed thanks to the success of Kylie Cosmetics. Forbes conservatively values the company at $800 million, with an estimated $330 million in sales last year. Jenner is both the face of the company and the sole owner.

Read also: How Kylie Jenner built a 900 million fortune in less than 3 years

Forbes’ Natalie Robehmed detailed how Kylie Cosmetics has found success by harnessing Jenner’s immense social-media following and slashing costs by outsourcing labor. There are only five full-time employees, with Jenner’s mother, Kris Jenner, handling finances and public relations in exchange for a 10% management cut, the report says.

Kylie Cosmetics is dealing with slowing growth – Forbes reports that revenue grew just 7% last year, with lip-kit revenue dropping an estimated 35%.

However, the magazine says it would take more than a slow year of sales to stop Jenner from reaching billionaire status and making history.

“Another year of growth will make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female, trumping Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23,” Robehmed reported.