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Legendary indigenous Australian actor and artist David Gulpilil has died aged 68

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Legendary indigenous Australian actor and artist David Gulpilil whose life was celebrated with an Archibald Prize-winning painting dies aged 68 after a long cancer battle

  • Indigenous actor and artist David Gulpilil has died aged 68 in South Australia  

One of Australia’s greatest Aboriginal actors who was immortalised in an Archibald Prize winning portrait has died following a battle with lung cancer. 

David Gulpilil’s death at his home in Murray Bridge in South Australia aged 68 was confirmed on Monday night. 

His daughter Phoebe Marson announced two years ago that her father had been diagnosed with the aggressive cancer and he would soon ‘go to the Dreamtime’. 

The actor appeared in such iconic Australian films as Storm Boy, Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes and The Tracker.  

David Gulpilil (pictured) is a renowned actor and artists who has appeared in numerous iconic films (his family has allowed his image to be used after his death according to his wishes) 

A Yolngu man raised in Arnham Land in the Northern Territory, Mr Gulpilil was trained as a traditional dancer.

He caught the eye of British director Nicolas Roeg who cast him in a main role in his 1971 film ‘Walkabout’. 

Five years later he appeared in the Australian classic Storm Boy which raised him to star status and helped create a longstanding partnership with the South Australian film industry. 

South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said on Monday night, Mr Gulpilil’s work played a large part in shaping the cultural landscape of South Australia. 

‘But David Gulpilil’s life was not without its struggles – he encountered racism and discrimination, and lived with the pressures of the divide between his traditional lifestyle and his public profile,’ Mr Marshall said.

The actor has had an extremely long and successful career (pictured on the set of the film 'Walkabout' in 1971)

The actor has had an extremely long and successful career (pictured on the set of the film ‘Walkabout’ in 1971) 

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Alleged N544m contract scam: Again, Court rejects EFCC’S exhibits against Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

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For the second consecutive time, a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Friday rejected computer generated exhibits sought to be tendered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Dr Babachir Lawal in his trial on alleged N544M contract scam.

The court held that the exbibits extracted from iphone 7 of one Musa Bulani, an associate of the former SGF failed admissibility test as conditions precedent stipulated by law for their admission were not met by the anti graft agency.

EFCC had on January 24, 2021 suffered the same fate following the rejection of its computer generated forensic report report by the same court on the same grounds.

Delivering ruling in an objection by Babachir Lawal against set of computer generated exhibits, Justice Charles Agbaza threw out the exhibits on the reason that the provisions of the Evidence Act on such documents admissibility were not met.

The computer generated documents were sought to be tendered by EFCC through its 8th witness, Mr Dare Folarin, an EFCC operative who had in his evidence in chief informed the court on how the documents were shown to him when he was invited to a laboratory during their analysis.

Counsel to the anti graft agency, Mr Ofem Uket had applied to tender the exhibits but the application was vehemently opposed by Chief Akin Olujimi SAN on various grounds.

Olujimi asked the court to reject the exhibits on the ground that what the EFCC wanted to do through Folarin was to smuggle into the court, exhibits earlier rejected by the same court when it ruled against admitting a Compact Disc on the said iPhone.

The senior lawyer informed the court that EFCC had already filed an appeal against the ruling of the court on the rejection of the computer generated exhibits at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

However in his ruling, Justice Agbaza agreed that his court had last year rejected similar exhibits and that the EFCC was only attempting to bring into the court records, exhibits already marked rejected.

Apart from the exhibits admission not conforrming with law, the Judge held that any oral evidence of the EFCC’S witness will amount to hearsay since he was not the maker and did not sign them.

“I have carefully examined the foundation of arguments for and against the admissibility of the exhibits in dispute and found only two issues for determination.

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“The first issue is on whether the evidence of the prosecution witness falls on hearsay in respect of the exhibits while the second issue is on whether this court has once rejected the exhibits sought to be tendered.

“On issue one, the witness on his own informed the court of how he was invited into the EFCC laboratory and was shown information extracted from a iphone 7.

“On this, Iam satisfied that the witness is not the maker of the exhibits in dispute. They were only shown to him according to his oral evidence here.

“Therefore, anything said or to be said by the witness is nothing but hearsay and for this reason, I resolve this issue in favour of the defendants.

“On the second issue, there is no dispute that the exhibits were earlier sought to be tendered but they were turned down and marked rejected and even, the rejection is a subject of appeal at the Court of Appeal.

“For this reason, I agree that the exhibits cannot be admitted having been earlier rejected and marked rejected.

However, trial of the defendants could not proceed as the EFCC counsel told the court that his witness, Dare Folarin p was indisposed and cannot make it to court and applied for an adjustment.

Due to no objection from the defense team, Justice Agbaza fixed February 16 and 17 for continuation of trial.

The former SGF is facing a 10-count charge the EFCC filed against him but however pleaded not guilty.

The charge borders on alleged diversion of funds, criminal conspiracy, and official corruption.

Those standing trial along with him are his younger brother, Hamidu Lawal; Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh Monday, and two companies, Rholavision Engineering (fifth defendant) and Josmon Technologies (sixth defendant).

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Major crypto exchange mulls Russia expansion despite looming ban

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Major crypto exchange mulls Russia expansion despite looming ban

 

 

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, wants to expand to Russia despite a proposed crypto ban in the country.

 

According to Binance Eastern European Director Gleb Kostarev, expansion to Russia is strategically important for the growth of the crypto exchange.

 

Our goal is to obtain a license and conduct legal business where the regulation allows,” Kostarev told Reuters, noting that Binance is expecting to see a progressive regulatory approach from Russia that could also set a precedent for similar regulations in neighboring states.

 

Russia has been eager to regulate its growing crypto market.

 

According to the central bank, the country’s annual volume of cryptocurrency transactions is near $5 billion.

 

The regulator, which has been increasingly critical of cryptocurrencies for the past several years, recently proposed a complete ban on crypto trading and mining in the country.

 

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The proposal, however, has been met with opposition from both the public and other government ministries; who called for a more moderate approach, and regulation instead of prohibition.

 

The Ministry of Finance said this week that regulations of this kind are already in the works; noting that crypto technologies “should get a chance to develop.

 

Kostarev called the ban proposal “harsh,” but noted that “for now, we consider this as an invitation to dialogue with the regulator.

 

He also said that the course Russia takes in regulating crypto may impact its neighbors.

 

In Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan they are more loyal to cryptocurrencies and are taking steps towards liberalization, rather than restriction. But local regulators are taking these steps with an eye on Russia.”

 

Cryptocurrencies are for now largely allowed in Russia and can be used for financial transactions; but their use for purchasing goods or services is prohibited.

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Policemen taking bribes from ‘Yahoo boys’ will die – Ibiyeomie

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Pastor David Ibiyeomie has said any policeman that takes a bribe from internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo boys will die.

Ibiyeomie, while speaking at a recent service in his church, said the activities of Yahoo boys have led to the death of many.

He said: “Let me tell us these Yahoo boys. Stop! I am a man of God. You kill people every day. When you Yahoo somebody, it is stealing. Don’t quote it anyhow. It is stealing. Most people, all their retirement benefits, you take it and people die. I curse you in the name of Jesus.

“It is a demonic, satanic way of getting money. Which kind of money is that? You are a thief. No matter how you colorise it, you are a thief. You love stealing! I curse the root of it. Do you know how many people you have killed? Scam kills people. Some people, the whole of their retirement benefit. You scam them and say you are buying car. What nonsense? You will get an accident with that car!”

On policemen who take bribes from fraudsters, the clergyman said: “To the police, all the Yahoo boys, jail them, arrest them. If you take a bribe from Yahoo boys, that money kill you! That blood money that you take will kill you. You know why? They stole from somebody who died. You now collect money and release them. You and your family die with it. Police stop taking that kind of money.”

The clergyman also lashed out at traditional rulers who bestow chieftaincy titles on internet fraudsters.

He said such persons should be regarded as armed robbers.

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