Day: September 23, 2019

Boeing to pay bereaved 737 families $144,500 each

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Families are to receive about $144,500 each

Families who lost relatives in fatal Boeing 737 Max air crashes are set to receive about $144,500 (£116,200) each from the company.
The money comes from a $50m financial assistance fund, which Boeing announced in July.
The fund has started accepting claims, which must be submitted before 2020.
Lawyers for the victims' families, many of whom are pursuing the company in court, have dismissed the fund as a publicity stunt.
“$144,000 doesn't come close to compensating any of our families or any of the families,” said Nomaan Husain, a Texas-based attorney who is representing 15 families.

“This is not something that is going to satisfy the families. The families really want answers.”
Diversion tactic?The 737 Max has been grounded since March, as investigators evaluate the airplane's safety following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which claimed the lives of more than 340 ..

Letter from Africa: Why Nigeria’s internet scammers are ‘role models’

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Media captionOnline scamming: 'If it doesn't look right, don't trust it'
In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani laments that internet scammers have become role models for many youths in her country.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US has indicted 80 people – 77 of them Nigerians – in what it describes as the “largest case of online fraud in US history”.
But most shocking for Nigerians was the separate arrest of their internationally celebrated business tycoon, Obinwanne Okeke.
The head of Nigeria's Invictus Group, which has interests in sectors ranging from agriculture to real estate, he was named by the respected Forbes magazine in 2016 as one of its 30 top African entrepreneurs aged under 30.
Now Mr Okeke – or Invictus Obi as he is popularly known – is accused by the US authorities of stealing $11m (£8m) in one online scam alone.

He pleaded n..