Suarez set for home debut

Luis Suarez will make his competitive home debut as La Liga leaders Barcelona look to put the disappointment of their defeat to Real Madrid last weekend behind them against Celta Vigo on Saturday, AFP reports. The Catalans’ defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu was their first in the league since coach Luis Enrique left Celta in... [Read...
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Gerrard warns Liverpool

Just when Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thought he had had enough of answering awkward questions about controversial striker Mario Balotelli and the club’s defence, talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard said he could leave Anfield at the end of the season, AFP reports. The 34-year-old Liverpool-born midfielder, a one-club man, is approaching 700 appearances in all competitions... [Read...
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United bank on Rooney for City clash

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday, AFP reports. However, Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. Van Gaal dismissed reports England striker Rooney was suffering from a foot injury and... [Read...
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Dortmund not scared of Bayern –Hummels

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes Saturday’s game against Bayern Munich is the perfect opportunity for his club to gain confidence and get back on track after a difficult start to the 2014-15 campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s men sit a disappointing 15th in the Bundesliga table with just seven points from nine games, but, according to... [Read...
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Silva out of Manchester derby

Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester United and could be out of action for up to a month with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini said Friday, AFP reports. Silva was injured during the early stages of holders City’s 2-0 League Cup defeat at home to Newcastle United on Wednesday... [Read...
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Enugu boxing coach laments

Enugu State boxing coach Blaise Ude has lamented the failure of the Nigeria Boxing Federation to organise the 2014 National Boxing Championship, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Ude told NAN during the week that boxers in the country had always looked forward to the annual championship, and were disappointed at the failure of the... [Read...
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NTTF set to invite players for African t/tennis

The Nigerian Table Tennis Federation says it is planning to invite players for camping ahead of the African Senior Table Tennis Championship in Sudan, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The championship is scheduled to hold from November 15 to 21. The NTTF Secretary Chinedu Ezealah-Ogundare told NAN during the week that the federation had... [Read...
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Judo federation seeks NSC support

The Nigeria Judo Federation has appealed to the National Sports Commission and corporate bodies to assist in sponsorship of the sport in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The NJF Secretary Akawo Amechi made the appeal in Kaduna during the 2014 World Judo Day celebration. He said that regular competitions would attract more... [Read...
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Baseball consultant advises on NBSA election

A consultant for Major League Baseball in West Africa Yinka Adewusi has urged stakeholders of baseball and softball in Nigeria to elect individuals who can contribute to the growth of the sport in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. NAN reports that the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association will hold its board election... [Read...
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Siasia makes case for school sports

Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has called for the resuscitation of school sports in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The new national Under-23 team manager urged the Nigerian School Sports Federation to adhere to its key objective of discovering and grooming players for the national teams. Saisia said, “That’s what they... [Read...
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Setif eye African crown

Algerian club Entente Setif, dismissed by some officials as not being good enough to win the 2014 CAF Champions League, are poised to lift the trophy this Saturday, AFP reports. A 2-2 draw at the Kinshasa ground of Congolese side V Club on Sunday has tilted the balance toward Setif in a contest between former... [Read...
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Intrigues as govs, senators engage in swap contest

As the 2015 general elections draw near, many second term governors have declared their intention to contest for Senatorial seats amid tough opposition from serving senators, Fisayo Falodi writes Some state governors and senators are desperate to swap elective offices in the 2015 general elections for the purpose of remaining in the corridors of power.... [Read...
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FG to support Lagos in housing, infrastructure

The Federal Government is willing to help the Lagos State Government in managing its population through the development of housing and relevant infrastructure. President Goodluck Jonathan stated this at the opening ceremony of the 45th annual conference of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Lagos. The conference has as its theme: ‘Management of cities... [Read...
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I’m not in a rush to quit Portugal – Quadri

Aruna Quadri reached the quarterfinals of the ITTF World Cup in Germany last month to cap off a super season – after helping his Portuguese table tennis club GD Toledos win the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup. In this interview with Idris Adesina, the Nigeria international speaks about his dreams for the club and the... [Read...
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Aba marathon thrills coaches

Athletics coaches Isaac Osagie-Ikhaobomeh and Uruemu Adu say they are thrilled by the forthcoming Aba Township Half Marathon slated for November 21 in Abia State, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Isaac Osagie-Ikhaobomeh, who is a national coach, told NAN in Lagos that athletes and coaches were looking forward to the event. He said, “This... [Read...
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Agbim, Eduok top list for Ghana clash

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi on Friday invited 24 domestic league players ahead of   the friendly match against neighbours Ghana at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo on November 7. According to   the Nigeria Football Federation spokesman   Ademola Olajire, Gombe United goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim leads the list, which includes Emem Eduok and Mfon Udoh, who lead the... [Read...
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NIMASA DG gets second term appointment

President Goodluck Jonathan has re-appointed the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency, Mr. Ziakede Akpobolokemi, for another four-year term. A statement by the Deputy Director and Head of Public Relations, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, said the re-appointment, was conveyed in a letter dated October 13, 2014 and signed by the Secretary to... [Read...
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Celebrating Falcons and other sports lately

Was I surprised that the Super Falcons won the African cup? No, certainly not. Their semi-final match against South Africa was one of their most challenging games in their run to the 2014 African Women’s Championship trophy. It was expected that the Bayana Bayana would be tough to beat and they lived up the billing.... [Read...
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Costa to face QPR

Jose Mourinho said Friday that star striker Diego Costa would return for Premier League leaders Chelsea’s all-London clash at home to strugglers Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, AFP reports. “It is good for us,” Mourinho told a news conference at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham, south-west of London. “It’s difficult when you only have one... [Read...
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Ondo crisis confirms PDP’s disregard for court orders –Alabi

In this interview with OLUWOLE JOSIAH, the Chairman of the dissolved Ondo PDP executive committee, Ebenezer Alabi, says his committee remains the authentic one in the state How would you describe the dissolution of the Peoples Democratic Party executive committee in Ondo State? It was quite unfortunate. I have issued a statement to that effect.... [Read...
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The madness continues

In a week where the lunatics have made a concerted effort to take over the asylum (in fact, may even have succeeded, who knows? ), using the courts of law as their weapon of choice, it’s a relief to finally have some good news. Congratulations to coach Edwin Okon and the Super Falcons for once... [Read...
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Amodu and the rest of us

I didn’t want to go near this topic in any way but I have been forced to touch it due to messages I have received asking my view on the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation to use Shaibu Amodu for the remaining two delicate matches (In any case, news broke out that Stephen Keshi... [Read...
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Westwood eyes PGA Tour glory

Lee Westwood ended a two-year European Tour title drought at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in April and he is confident the venue can also help him return to the PGA Tour’s winners circle this week, AFP reports. The $7m CIMB Classic teed on Thursday at the KLGCC after organisers opted to move... [Read...
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Thieves attack Zamfara Shooters

Zamfara Shooters basketball team of Gusau were robbed while they were out training in Abuja for the National Men’s Basketball Division Two Championship, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Zamfara Shooters coach Muhammad Umar told NAN during the week that the robbery occurred during a break-in at their camp in the Area 10 Sports... [Read...
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Experts advise Nigerians to invest part of their earnings

For more Nigerians to achieve financial freedom, a culture of financial planning and investment is very important, experts in financial planning and investment have said. They said this at a financial workshop organised by Klass Korporate Consultants in Lagos for Cheveron employees, a statement said. The Head, Public Sector, South-South and South-East, Ecobank Nigeria Limited,... [Read...
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Nigeria should appreciate electronic content providers more –Akindeju, CEO, AK Media

The CEO of AK Media and Vice President, Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria, Benson Akindeju, talks about the challenges of the electronic content industry in this interview with ANNA OKON Do you think Nigeria can develop a pay TV station that can compete with the foreign ones? I believe we can. Nigeria is... [Read...
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FCMB, Dana Motors introduce vehicle ownership scheme

First City Monument Bank says it has entered into an alliance with Dana Motors Limited to enable Nigerians own brand new cars at affordable prices. The move, according to the Executive Director, Abuja/Northern Region, FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, will enable the bank to provide more consumer loans to its customers over the next few months.... [Read...
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Sidel unveils PET beer bottle

Sidel, a global provider of liquid packaging solutions, said it has unveiled a lightweight PET bottle for beer. Sidel with its headquarters in Switzerland in May acquired a new bottling line for the Coca-Cola HBC plant in Ikeja dedicated to the production of carbonated soft drinks in PET bottles of 500ml and 1,500ml formats. According... [Read...
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Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls married off

In a new video on Friday, Boko Haram’s leader said the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls who remain hostages of the Islamist group had converted to Islam and were married off. The group also denied Nigerian claims that a ceasefire had been agreed. In a new video obtained by AFP, the Islamist group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, denied... [Read...
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Nurse in Ebola row can associate, says US judge

A US judge ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious. The decision from a district judge in the northeastern state of Maine is the latest twist in a bitter row over enforced quarantine of American medics returning... [Read...
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CAF meet over Ebola-clouded Cup of Nations

When and where the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged should be resolved within days amid pleas from hosts Morocco to postpone the tournament over the Ebola epidemic. The virus has claimed almost 5,000 lives this year, almost all in west African countries Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health... [Read...
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Civilian JTF kills 41 insurgents in Borno

No fewer than 41 members of the violent Boko Haram sect were killed by a vigilance group popularly called Civilian JTF in a Borno State village, Gur, it was learnt on Friday. A member of the vigilance group, Mala Yusuf, said that after a failed attempted attack on Sabon Gari in Damboa Local Government Area... [Read...
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Reps set for showdown over move to reconvene House

The Peoples Democratic Party members in the House of Representatives and their All Progressives Congress colleagues are set for a showdown over alleged plan by the PDP caucus to reconvene the House next Tuesday. Saturday PUNCH learnt that the PDP lawmakers’ plan jolted their APC counterparts many of whom had already travelled to their constituencies... [Read...
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Arsonists set Rivers PDP secretariat on fire

Some suspected arsonists on Friday set the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party secretariat in Port Harcourt on fire. The building, located along the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway, would have been completely burnt down if not for the quick intervention of residents around the place. It was gathered that the suspected arsonists, armed with four litres of... [Read...
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Kaduna police chief armourer kills self

A Chief Armourer with the Kaduna State Police Command, Nambol Audu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, committed suicide in the early hours of Friday, the police authorities said. Audu was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing firearms and attempted selling them to criminals. He was reported to have shot himself on the chest while in... [Read...
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ECOWAS advises Burkina Faso as military takes over

In the aftermath of protests that forced Mr. Blaise Compaore to step down as President of Burkina Faso after 27 years in power, the army on Friday took over power in the country. The Economic Community of West African States, however, condemned the takeover of power by the military, saying it would not recognise any... [Read...
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Grant linked with Nigeria

Sky Sports understands the Nigerian FA wants Avram Grant to manage the team during the Africa Cup of Nations. Former coach Stephen Keshi was sacked on October 16 after a poor run of results but on Thursday The PUNCH confirmed that Keshi was returning to the job. The decision surely leaves Grant out until perhaps... [Read...
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Chinese firm to construct new power grid – FG

A Chinese firm, Shandong Power Equipment Company Limited, is to construct a new power grid for the country, the Federal Government has said. The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with SPECO for the construction of a new national grid system. The minister... [Read...
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PDP chief alleges plot to rig Abia delegate poll

One of the Peoples Democratic Party  aspirants for Isiala Ngwa North / Isiala Ngwa South federal constituency, in the 2015 elections, Chief Anthony Agbazuere , has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by some forces to rig the Abia  state ad- hoc delegate congress election slated for Saturday. Agbazuere in a press conference Thursday... [Read...
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Jonathan returns Keshi as Eagles coach

Stephen Keshi is set to return as the coach of Nigeria barely two weeks after he was relieved of his position by the Nigeria Football Federation. The PUNCH learnt on authority that Keshi is returning on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan. A person with detailed information of happenings at the NFF Secretariat told our... [Read...
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Substandard product level drops to 40% – SON

The level of substandard products in the country has dropped to 40 per cent from 85 per cent in the last four years, the Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, has said. Odumodu, who spoke at a world press conference to mark the 2014 World Standards Day in Lagos on Thursday, said the... [Read...
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N800m lost to Nigerian cyber criminals —FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says 250 vendors have lost nearly $5m (about N800m) to 400 actual and attempted “purchase order frauds” allegedly organised by Nigerian cyber criminals. The United States security agency said in a statement on its website that investigators had found more than 85 companies and universities in the country whose identities... [Read...
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LEE squash: Ige backs veterans

The inaugural edition of the LEE Squash Championship served off on Thursday at the O’Trafford Squash Club, Ikoyi. At the event the CEO of HotSports Nigeria Limited, Taye Ige – a veteran squash player, expressed displeasure over the non-inclusion of the Veteran category in the tournament. He said it would deny many veterans, including him,... [Read...
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FG to arraign NBC, Coca-Cola bosses Nov. 4

The Federal High Court 8, Abuja has fixed Tuesday, November 4 for the arraignment of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and Nigeria Bottling Company Limited and their managing directors for alleged violation of the Consumer Protection Council Act. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, filed three counts against the accused before Justice Evoh Chukwu. The... [Read...
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Eagles find lovely nest in Uyo stadium

In the last two years the Nigeria Football Federation had found a home for the Super Eagles in Calabar but that relationship with the UJ Esuene Stadium is ending with the birth of the new Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo. Briefly said, the only venue in the class of this stadium in Nigeria is the... [Read...
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Diamond, Heritage seek first win at Bankers Games

Diamond Bank and Heritage Bank are the only sides to win maximum points this season and they are in action on Match Day 6 as the ‘big boys’ of Group B and UBA and Fidelity return to action again after cancelling each other out in a nil all draw on Match Day 4. In Group... [Read...
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FIFA ban: Court strikes out case against NFF

Nigeria on Thursday escaped the wrath of the world football governing body as Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court sitting in Jos struck out the suit filed against the Nigeria Football Federation by the Chris Giwa-led group. FIFA had given Nigeria up to Friday (today) to put its football house in order or... [Read...
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Mimiko, PDP leaders begin implementation of agreements

Following the agreement reached earlier in the week by the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to work together, indications have emerged that the implementation of the terms of agreement reached at the meeting has started. It was gathered that the representatives of the... [Read...
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First Bank urges organisations to adopt sustainable practices

More organisations need to show commitment to sustainability as it has long-term benefits for them, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, First Bank Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bisi Onasanya has said. He said this at the International Sustainability Conference 2014 on Thursday in Lagos, organised by FirstBank Sustainability Centre in partnership with the Lagos... [Read...
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World champions lead Obudu list

Reigning world mountain running champion, Isaac Kiprop, of Uganda and winner of the 16th WMRA World Cup final, Petro Mamu Shaku of Eritrea will be among the elite runners who will be competing for the $50,000 top prize at the 10th Obudu international mountain race which holds next week Saturday in Cross River State. Kiprop... [Read...
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I achieved 80% of my goals at Guinness – Adetu

The Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Seni Adetu, who will step down from the role in December, spoke with SIMON EJEMBI about his tenure After over two and half years as MD of Guinness Nigeria Plc, you are moving to another role in the Diageo Group. How do you feel about this? Well, Guinness... [Read...
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Custodian and Allied declares N3.2bn PAT

Custodian and Allied Plc, a wholly owned Nigerian company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, has released its unaudited results for the nine months to September 30, 2014. The result showed that the company’s profit after tax rose to N3.2bn in the nine-month period under consideration, representing a 54 per cent increase year-on-year. It had... [Read...
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Govt makes U-turn on commercial motorcycle ban

The Federal Government on Thursday reversed its plan to ban the operation of commercial motorcycles nationwide. Our correspondent gathered that the announcement of the ban on Saturday had caused disquiet among senior government officials, especially in view of the general elections next year. It was learnt that the population of commercial motorcycle operators was large... [Read...
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Nigerian consumers deserve the best –Leventis

Leventis Foods Limited, a subsidiary of A.G. Leventis Nigeria Plc, has said it is continually improving its products and production processes in a bid to keep abreast of competition and technological development in the industry. “As a good corporate entity, we take seriously our obligations to improve upon the expertise and technical knowledge that make... [Read...
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Ibadan Disco plans to generate electricity

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company is making plans to generate its own power through embedded generation in order to raise capacity. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IBEDC, Mr. Fortunato Leynes, said during a special edition of the firm’s customer forum in Ibadan on Wednesday that a proposal had been forwarded to the Nigerian... [Read...
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Nigeria down in judo rankings

Nigerian judokas continued their downward plunge in the International Judo Federation rankings due to their non participation in international tournaments since the start of the year. In the October rankings released last week by the IJF, only two Nigerians made their way into the ranking list – Augustine Esther and Solomon Eniafe both ranked 77... [Read...
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Capital market can fund entertainment industry – Oteh

The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Arunma Oteh, has said the country’s capital market can play a major role in tackling the funding challenges being faced by the country’s entertainment industry. This, according to her, is because the capital market is structured to provide long-term funding as opposed to the short to... [Read...
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Stop multitasking and improve your team’s productivity

Companies still talk about the idea of multitasking. Phrases like “jack of all trades,” “juggling act” and “Renaissance man” all imply that the ability to multitask is something to be relished or achieved. In sales we are expected to be unbelievably good in multitasking. In fact, I once spoke to a high achieving rep who... [Read...
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Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season, the Associated Press reports. The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors but has not followed other retailers including Best Buy and Target in matching prices of... [Read...
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Royal Mint tries to woo gold investors

The Royal Mint is to sell a series of new, smaller, gold coins in a bid to get more people investing in bullion, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported. For as little as £90, buyers can take part in the ups and downs of the gold market – although it’s been mostly downs in recent months.... [Read...
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AFC provides funding to members to fight Ebola

The Africa Finance Corporation says it is providing financial assistance to the governments of its member countries affected by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. According to a statement, AFC’s assistance will be directed through partnerships with the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Virology Unit of the Central Research Laboratory... [Read...
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Kogi set to reduce N12bn cashew losses

The Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, has said that the state government is making efforts to reduce about $75m (about N12bn) cashew’s post-harvest losses in the country. He said the state government   had begun the upgrading of warehouses in the state to standard cashew handling centres equipped with modern grading and quality assessment equipment.... [Read...
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Guinness Nigeria announces 6% increase in Q1 profit

Guinness Nigeria Plc on Thursday released its financial results for the first quarter ended 30 September 2014, declaring a six per cent rise in profit before tax year-on-year. The result showed that the company’s pre-tax profit rose to N1.962bn from the N1.867bn it posted for the first quarter ended September 30, 2013. The company’s gross... [Read...
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Churn: Taking out the silent killer

Churn can be broadly defined as the number of customers who decide not to continue business with an organisation for a period of time or forever. Many reasons could be adduced to churn which include, but are not limited to bad experiences, unmet expectations, bait and switch tactics; the list could go on and on... [Read...
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Firm warns Nigerians against fake imported drugs

A large percentage of the drugs imported into Nigeria may have been tampered with, says a leading international health care company, Sanofi. According to the Head, Public Affairs, North East African Region, Sanofi, Oladimeji Agbolade, unless the drugs are registered with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, there is a high possibility... [Read...
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‘Luxury business thrives on quality’

Luxury goods marketer and the Executive Director, Polo Avenue, Jennifer Obayuwana, has said that the luxury goods industry is sustained by quality. She said the watchword of the organisation was to maintain a tradition of quality and also support brands that show excellence and top quality in their work. According to a statement from the... [Read...
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SENEC to inaugurate development fund board

The board of the South East Nigeria Development Fund will be inaugurated on Friday, according to a statement. The emergence of the fund is being coordinated by the South East Nigeria Economic Commission. The board, which will be inaugurated in Enugu, is headed by the Founding Chairman, Diamond Bank, Pascal G Dozie, who is also... [Read...
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Amosun lauds investment partner for supporting SMEs

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has commended the German Agency for International Cooperation for supporting the state in the areas of trade and investment promotion, in its bid to enhance operations of the small and medium enterprises. He said this in Abeokuta during the launch of the Trade Route Incident Mapping System facilitated by... [Read...
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England, Egypt top seeds at Lagos Squash Classics

England and Egypt have been seeded as the top teams in the men and women events of the Lagos International Squash Classics, which serves off on Monday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The two nations were ranked top because of the rating of their players globally. For England, Adrian Grant will hoist their flag in... [Read...
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Women farmers pledge to ensure food security

The Deputy Director, Women in Agriculture and Nutrition, Federal Department of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Zainab Towobola, has said that no fewer than five million women farmers have shown commitment to ensuring national food security. She stated that the women had registered under the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Scheme. She... [Read...
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