What to do when you’re caught in a lie (even an unintentional one)

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People lie, on average, one or two times per day. While the percentage of lies told by a person, the conditions under which we lie and the degree to which the truth gets stretched all vary, research agrees: We all do it sometimes. So it’s inevitable that, at some point, we will get caught.

Many people, however, don’t see it that way. Most of us believe that our lies actually work. But frequently there are cues, if we’re willing to see them, that indicate skeptical doubt, even outright disbelief, on the faces of those we lie to.

If you sense that spinning information, denying a mistake or exaggerating a contribution has backfired, don’t assume things will be OK after the painful silence or furrowed eyebrows subside. Your reputation is now in question. Here’s how you can earn back some of your credibility:

— REFLECT ON WHY YOU LIED: Dishonesty is never random. Underneath our lies are unmet needs that we believe lying might satisfy. Identifying these needs is the first step to finding healthier ways to fulfill them. Think about the last time you lied at work. Did you feel overlooked or unfairly judged by your boss? Did you fear your mistake would be more harshly criticized than warranted? My research on dishonesty, a 15-year longitudinal study on conditions that predict why people lie in organizations, reveals that some companies may be unwittingly creating circumstances that actually encourage us to lie. For example, when we feel our work is being unfairly evaluated, we are almost four times more likely to be dishonest.

— ASSESS THE CREDIBILITY DAMAGE: Pay attention to how people now respond to you. Is your opinion being solicited less? Are things you say being engaged differently than before? As you recognize signs of … Read More...

FRSC sets deadline for road unworthy trucks

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The Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) says articulated vehicles without minimum safety standards would be barred from operating in the nation’s ports and tank farms as from September 1.

Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal, made this known while flagging off “Operation Safe-to-road” on Lagos-ibadan Expressway on Monday.

Oyeyemi, represented by the assistant corps marshal, Victor Nwaokolo, in charge of command administration and strategy, FRSC, headquarters, said that the corps was passionate about

maintaining sanity on major highways.

The corps marshal said that the “Operation SafeTo-load” was in line with the Federal Government’s concerns for haulage operations in the country.

He said that the Federal Government had set up inter-ministerial committee on haulage operations headed by Secretary to the government of the federation with all other stakeholders as members.

Oyeyemi said that implementation of the committee’s mandate was ongoing and would be concluded with action plan.

According to him, very soon, there will be policy statement from the Federal Government on the haulage operations.

“The haulage operation in Nigeria has been taken care of, and this is just a start of it. “This will go on simultaneously with sensitisation slated to hold between July and August.

“From September 1, something will happen, something very good. Very soon, we will bring sanity to haulage operation in Nigeria.

“What is this all about? It is that all these, whether wet or dry cargo vehicles, keep to the minimum safety standard. If they don’t have it, they will not be on the road.

“There will be no operation (for articulated vehicles) in the Nigerian Port Authority- the port, no operation in the tank farms except the vehicles meet these minimum safety standards,” FRSC chief said.

According to him, articulated vehicles will be left with no other options than … Read More...

INEC official was caught with $10,000 on election day in Nasarawa, Atiku’s witness tells tribunal

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A witness for the petitioners from Nasarawa State,  Peter Alli, Tuesday told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja,  that an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Kaura, was found with a $10,000 on the day of election.

Ali, who said he was the ward collation officer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also alleged that the $10,000 was a bribe for the INEC officer to manipulate the outcome of the election results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Under cross examination by INEC counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN),  Ali admitted he reported the matter to the police which he claimed was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Bureau for further investigation.

When asked if he knew whether anyone was charged for the said allegation,  he affirmed he did not know, adding that he does not have any report concerning the outcome of the investigation.

Further, Ali said the claim was not hearsay evidence, saying he personally witnessed the alleged $10,000 found in the custody of the INEC officer.

Also, the INEC counsel asked him if he signed form EC88 under duress. Responding, he said he signed it voluntarily mainly because his party won in the ward.

The witness also asserted that out of the 24 units in the ward, he was only able to receive results of 23 units excluding the unit where the allegation of bribing was allegedly perpetrated.

Other witnesses who testified for the presidential candidate the PDP in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, and the party, posited Atiku was bonafide Nigerian.

Leading the team of the witnesses, a retired career diplomat, Ambassador Mabien Zamaki told the tribunal that Atiku was a Nigerian by birth and nationality, and was therefore legally qualified for the presidential poll.… Read More...

AFCON 2019: Super Eagles battle Carthage Eagles for bronze medals

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It is a feisty confrontation of Eagles as the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia file out at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo for the third place match of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

The winning team of the third place match is awarded the bronze medals. Both Nigeria and Tunisia must recover adequately and pick up morale after losing in the semi finals on Sunday: Nigeria falling to a superb Riyad Mahrez free-kick at the death against Algeria and Tunisia crashing out courtesy of an own goal by Dyran Bronn against Senegal.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed renowned Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha to take charge of proceedings. Grisha was in charge of two matches of the Super Eagles during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign: the 2-1 defeat of Zambia in Ndola in October 2016 and the 4-0 defeat of Cameroon in Uyo in September 2017.

Nigeria is making her 18th appearance at AFCON and has made the semi finals for the 15th time – a remarkable record of almost always getting to the business end of the championship. The country has failed to reach the semi finals only thrice before: 1963 (debut, in Ghana), 1982 (Libya), 2008 (Ghana).

Of the 15 times Nigeria has made the semi finals, the Super Eagles have gone ahead to win the title three times, picked up the silver medals four times and won bronze medals seven times.

The Super Eagles have also never lost a third place match at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in Ethiopia in 1976 (against Guinea), Ghana in 1978 (against Tunisia), Senegal in 1992 (against Cameroon), Mali in 2002 (against Mali), Tunisia in 2004 (against Mali), Egypt in 2006 (against Senegal) … Read More...

How weak economy shut down 2,877 firms in 4 years

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On February 19, 2016, South African retailer Truworths exited Nigeria, shutting down two remaining stores in Africa’s biggest market. The clothing retailer cited stringent import regulations and rising costs as key reasons for exiting the market. Many medium enterprises like Truworths exited the Nigerian market between 2013 and 2017 owing to sluggish growth, recession, regulatory…

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