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Expensive joke I’m scared and it’s not a joking matter. A big agbada in the umbrella party has put a curse on our dear nation. It has now become imperative for us to pray. Please pray to God, Allah, Sango, or what you believe in. And if you don’t believe in any of them, make... [Read...
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Njama III’s typical DAY

I wake up by 4am on weekdays and sometimes it is earlier. The next thing I do is to check my phone for unread messages and missed calls. As a writer, the wee hour is my favourite time of the day. I do all my writing with my phone’s note pad. I’m back in bed... [Read...
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Toyota to boost Mexico plant capacity by 40%

As Toyota Motor Corporation ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 per cent to feed demand for trucks. Toyota will increase capacity at its Tacoma pickup plant in Baja California 39 per cent to 89,000 vehicles next April. The upgrade, which will... [Read...
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Awkward Moment with singer Tesee

A day I would never forget in a hurry was the day I was performing on stage and the crowd was excited, hailing me. All of a sudden, the plank on the stage collapsed and both the DJ and I fell on the main ground with the DJ’s instrument on top of me. I was... [Read...
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Jonathan’s discordant tunes on nigeria’s security

President Goodluck Jonathan appears to be protecting those accused by his administration of sponsoring the Boko Haram sect and analysts say this amounts to playing politics with the nation’s security, Fisayo Falodi writes President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration seems to have lost its direction as the administration appears to have shifted its major responsibility of protecting... [Read...
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We’re ready for military training – Civilain JTF

The Legal Adviser and Spokesperson for the Civilian JTF, Jubrin Gunda, in this interview with Kayode Idowu seeks support from the Federal Government including military training in order to assist soldiers in their anti-terrorism campaign Sir, how many are your members? Our strength all over Borno State is over 10,000 people. We have members in... [Read...
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It appears there is no President in Nigeria –Kwara deputy speaker

The Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Prof. Mohammed Yisa, in this interview with SUCCESS NWOGU speaks on national issues and others. What is your assessment of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration? It appears there is no President with the way things are just happening in Nigeria. It is most unfortunate that things are going... [Read...
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‘Eagles need better coach’

Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie has insisted that coach Stephen Keshi’s success with the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and the team’s performance at the 2014 World Cup are not enough reasons to retain him as Nigeria coach. Akpoborie’s argument stemmed from Nigeria’s results in their last ten matches... [Read...
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ITF Africa Circuit: Nigeria win doubles gold

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Audu and Abubakar Tswako have won the boys’ doubles gold in the 2014 International Tennis Federation West and Central Africa Junior Circuit holding in Togo after beating the duo of Ivory Coast’s Gueninle Ouattara and Chisomo Luweta of Malawi 7-5 3-6 (10-7) in the final on Friday. Nigeria also won gold in the... [Read...
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Okagbare, Enyeama top list for Nigerian Sports Award

Commonwealth Games double gold medallist, Blessing Okagbare, and Africa’s best goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, top the list of nominees for the 2014 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award unveiled on Thursday in Lagos. The General Manager, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu, organisers of the awards, said the list has top three athletes for each category... [Read...
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Akindele joins Fuenlabrada

Nigerian big man Jeleel Akindele is staying in Spain’s LigaEndesa this 2014-15 after signing with BaloncestoFuenlabrada, Court Side reports. The player moved to Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-LigaEndesa) late in the 2013-14 season. He played seven games for them and averaged 4.3 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. Akindele transferred there after beginning... [Read...
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Liverpool rebuild will take time – Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has urged patience as his new-look Liverpool side attempt to hit the heights of last season. The departure of Luis Suarez and prospect of a first UEFA Champions League campaign for five years heralded a raft of new arrivals at Anfield during the off-season. Liverpool have not enjoyed the start to the term... [Read...
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S’African rugby legends train Nigerians

South Africa’s Danie Gerber and Breyton Paulse arrived in Lagos on Wednesday as guests of the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation. Since they touched down aboard a South African Airways flight in the early hours, they have been busy talking with the Nigerian rugby community around the dinner tables but more importantly helping the players on... [Read...
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Murray supports Scotland independence

British number one Andy Murray has declared his support for the Yes campaign in the independence referendum. The 27-year-old Scot had previously remained silent on the issue, but posted a message on Twitter just hours ahead of the polls opening, to state his position. He tweeted, “Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last... [Read...
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Redknapp talks up QPR progress

Harry Redknapp is confident QPR are heading in the right direction despite an indifferent start to the season. Redknapp’s side looked out of their depth as they stumbled to a 4-0 Premier League hammering at Manchester United last time out. That loss followed up reverses versus Tottenham and Hull, plus an embarrassing Capital One Cup... [Read...
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Mourinho belittles Europa League

Jose Mourinho claims that dropping into the UEFA Europa League would be damaging to the development of his Chelsea side. Chelsea won the Europa League under the guidance of Rafael Benitez, a feat that still did little to endear him to a hostile fanbase, but Mourinho – who succeeded Benitez at Stamford Bridge – has... [Read...
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Ikeja Golf Club fights cancer

The Ikeja Golf Club has said it will hold a golf tournament to create awareness among women of the deadly breast and cervical cancer. The lady captain of the club, Dr. Veronica Chaka-Awatai, said the tournament would hold on September 24 and it would be used to enlighten women on ways and measures that could... [Read...
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Villa set to worsen Arsenal’s week

A buoyant Aston Villa can make a bad week worse for Arsenal with victory in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Villa Park. The two have endured contrasting fortunes in recent weeks, with Villa revelling in their excellent early-season form that has seen them rise to second while Arsenal have won just one of their last... [Read...
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Balotelli arrives Liverpool training in £240,000 Ferrari

Mario Balotelli drove to Liverpool training on Thursday in his £240,000 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta that has been shipped over from Italy. The 24-year-old has now been reunited with his beloved supercar, which was seen arriving at Liverpool’s Melwood training base as Balotelli and his team-mates prepare for Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Ham. The... [Read...
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No worries for McGinley

European captain Paul McGinley insists he has no concerns over Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell’s relationship ahead of next week’s Ryder Cup, Sportinglife.com reports. The Northern Irish pair have played together six times in the last two contests but are currently involved, directly and indirectly, in a court case with McIlroy’s former management company. McIlroy’s... [Read...
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Keshi ranked 14th best in the world

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has been ranked as the 14th best coach in the world by Football Coach World Ranking for September. The rankings placed Keshi as the best national team coach in Africa ahead of sacked Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah. Keshi moved up two places from last the rankings despite not earning any... [Read...
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Groves hopeful of Rebrasse win

George Groves returns to Wembley on Saturday night, keen to exorcise the demons of his last visit there when a thundering right hand from Carl Froch ended his world title challenge in-front of a sold-out 80,000 crowd, Sportinglife reports. There will not be the same razzmatazz when he faces Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse for the European... [Read...
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Serena’s partying causes rift with Venus

Tennis insiders are whispering that Serena Williams’ partying has caused an icy rift between her and her sister, Venus Williams. The tennis champs have not been seen together off the court in recent weeks, and many wonder if Serena’s late nights out and disappointing doubles performances have annoyed the more low-key Venus. An insider was... [Read...
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I will coach Eagles for just N3m

Once on this page I threw myself in for the Super Eagles job at a time when there was vacancy for the position. The current situation has again touched on my sense of patriotism that I am offering myself yet for the position. And mind you, I am doing so at the most reasoning cost... [Read...
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Pennant turns DJ in Liverpool

Former Liverpool player Jermaine Pennant may still be without a club but he is making sure he keeps himself busy in the meantime, most recently DJ-ing in Liverpool on Saturday night. The 31-year-old, who has been without a team since being released by Stoke in January, proved to be a hit on the decks as... [Read...
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Winners emerge in MX Games

The MediaVision Extreme Games (MX Games) was held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Friday, 12th September 2014. The Games witnessed participation from 28 athletes from Lagos and Ogun States who competed in Rollerblades, Biking, Mixed Bikes and Unicycle. In the rollerblades event, Ernest Otagharwa of Lucky Stars Skaters Club came first while Tunde... [Read...
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Jara crashes $35,000 Mustang

Benfica striker Franco Jara was lucky to come away from a car crash unscathed on Wednesday. The Argentine crashed his black Mustang into a tree after losing control of the vehicle. Pictures emerged of the smash after Jara crashed the car when driving towards Lisbon. The car appeared to have been completely written off in... [Read...
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Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about God

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US man kills daughter, six grandchildren

A grandfather shot dead his daughter and her six children before taking his own life at a home in Bell, Florida, police have said. The children range in age from three months to 10 years old, said Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz. The authorities have identified the gunman as Don Charles Spirit, 51. Schultz said... [Read...
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APC lying about Tinubu’s health, says PDP

The Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday urged residents to pray for the quick recovery of the former governor and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who it said was ill and had travelled for treatment in a London hospital. The PDP also urged Tinubu’s family and the Lagos State... [Read...
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Jonathan lauds corps member’s N10,000 donation to re-election bid

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday expressed gratitude to a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ezemagu Sunday Nnamdi, who was said to have donated N10,000 to his re-election bid. A statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, quoted President Jonathan as saying in his appreciation letter to... [Read...
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Scotland rejects independence

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With 31 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the ‘No’ side has an unassailable lead of 1,914,187 votes to 1,539,920. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and the unionist parties to deliver on... [Read...
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PDP hails Scotland on referendum, urges unity among Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party has called on Nigerians to live in a united and peaceful nation just as it hailed the people of Scotland who have chosen to preserve their more than 300 years union by voting to stay in the United Kingdom, irrespective of challenges of ethnic diversity. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh,... [Read...
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Three feared dead in Benin building collapse

No fewer than three persons are feared dead following a building collapse at 22, First Uzama Street, Off Oliha Quartres in Benin, Edo State. More details later.
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France launches first air strikes on IS in Iraq

French jets have carried out their first strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, the office of President Francois Hollande says. A statement said planes had attacked an IS logistics depot in north-east Iraq. France was already carrying out reconnaissance flights over Iraq and providing weapons to Kurdish fighters. President Hollande said on Thursday that... [Read...
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Story of my health, mother of all lies -Tinubu

A former governor of Lagos State, and national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was reported to have travelled for treatment in a London hospital, has said that story about his health was the mother of all lies. Tinubu who returned back to the country on Thursday night, said he only... [Read...
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Group petitions Jega over Benue by-election

An umbrella body, socio-political organization, Democracy and Justice Initiative, has petitioned the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega over his alleged bias in the controversial Buruku House of Representatives seat in Benue state. The petition titled “Fresh Election into Buruku Federal Constituency of Benue State: Role of Prof. Attahiru Jega” dated September 15th,... [Read...
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Elemure Ogunyemi dies at 71

Popular traditional musician, Elemure Ogunyemi, has passed on. News of the musician’s death broke on Thursday, shocking many of his fans. He was aged 71. He was said to have breathed his last at his residence in the Ekute area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital in the early hours of the day. Elemure’s passage has... [Read...
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42 graduate from Enugu Airforce helicopter school

Forty-two pilots have graduated from the Nigerian Airforce International Helicopter Flying School, Enugu. Speaking at a ceremony held to mark the graduation of the pilots, President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the Nigerian Airforce has achieved an important milestone with the success of the flying school. The president noted that the achievement... [Read...
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El-Zakzaky reports sect members massacre to UN right commission

Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as the Shiite movement, Sheikh  Ibraheem  El-Zakzaky,  is not resting  over the killings of no fewer than 35 of his members, including three of his biological children in July, this year  by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State, as he has taken his case to... [Read...
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We want schools reopened to avoid prejudice –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has explained why the Federal Government directed schools to re-open on Monday, September 22, despite protests by some individuals and teachers over the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. The President said government took the decision to avoid discrimination against Nigeria within the international community and also to tell... [Read...
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Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond resigns

Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, has resigned following the outcome of the independence election. Details later…
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Users frustrated by Apple iOS update

Apple iPhone and iPad users have taken to social media to express their frustration over installing the company’s latest software update. Many have resorted to deleting photos, videos and other files in order to free up space for the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS8, which requires up to 5.8GB of storage. Apple... [Read...
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Nasarawa NUT gives ultimatum on schools reopening

THE Nigeria Union of Teachers in Nasarawa State on Thursday gave the Federal Government four days ultimatum to provide equipment for testing and prevention of the Ebola Virus Disease in schools across the state. The union said this even as it directed its members not to resume work on Septembers 22 as directed by the... [Read...
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Microsoft cuts another 2,100 jobs

Microsoft has confirmed another 2,100 redundancies as part of a plan to cut 18,000 jobs, some 14 per cent of its workforce. The software giant said 747 jobs will go in the Seattle area, with the rest spread across its global operations. Microsoft had already cut 13,000 jobs, with the bulk at the Nokia phone division bought... [Read...
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Libya’s former air chief assassinated in Benghazi

A former Libyan air forces chief was assassinated in the volatile eastern city of Benghazi, a security source said on Thursday. Unknown gunmen shot former air forces chief Ahmed Habib al- Mesmari on Wednesday night in the al-Hadaek region in central Benghazi, the source said. Benghazi Medical Center also confirmed Mesmari’s death, saying his body... [Read...
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FG moves to prevent Ebola in schools

The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday said it had taken adequate steps in collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure safety in schools ahead of the Sept. 22 resumption date. Mr Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Health Minister, made this known in a text message to the News Agency of... [Read...
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Ukraine crisis: President Poroshenko urges US support

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the US to provide military assistance to his country to counter pro-Russian eastern separatists. In an address to a joint session of Congress, he said ill-equipped young Ukrainian servicemen were fighting a “war for the free world” against Russian aggression. US President Barack Obama has condemned Russia’s actions in... [Read...
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FG releases N200bn for third quarter capital projects

The Federal Government on Thursday said it had released the sum of N200bn to its Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the implementation of third quarter capital projects contained in the 2014 budget. This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, through a statement issued by her Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Paul... [Read...
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Tinubu condoles with Dimgba’s family

APC Leader Bola Tinubu on Friday paid a condolence visit to the family of late journalist, Dimgba Igwe, describing his death as a great loss to the nation. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Igwe, Vice Chairman of the Sun Newspapers, was killed on Sept. 6 in Lagos. He was aged 58 years. Tinubu, who returned to Nigeria... [Read...
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Patients buying survivors’ blood from black market –WHO

THE World Health Organisation has raised the alarm that desperate patients of the Ebola Virus Disease are buying the blood of survivors of the virus from the black market. Blood from survivors, referred to as convalescent serum, is said to have antibodies that can fight the deadly virus, hence the rush for the blood of... [Read...
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China approves plan to combat climate change

The Chinese central government on Friday approved a plan that maps out major climate change goals to be met by 2020. This was contained in a statement released on the website of the country’s National Development and Reform Commission. The State Council, China’s cabinet, gave a green light to the plan which was proposed by... [Read...
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Contenders for 2015 Abia governorship in intense lobbying

In this piece, STEPHEN UKA examines the chances of the governorship aspirants who are jostling to succeed Governor Theodore Orji in 2015 Although the Independent National Electoral Commission has yet to permit political campaigns for the 2015 polls, aspirants for various elective positions across the country have commenced serious lobbying, consultations and subtle campaigns to... [Read...
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Ebola: Villagers kill Guinea health workers

Eight members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say. Some of the bodies – of health workers, local officials and journalists – were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore. Correspondents say many... [Read...
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Nasarawa consumers lament hike in electricity bills

Residents of Angwa Nugu area of Lafia Local Government of Nasarawa State on Friday lamented the low power supply and unnecessary hike in electricity bills by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. AEDC is one of the recently privatized electricity distribution companies. It supplies electricity to Abuja, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa States. Some of the residents in Obi, Awe, Doma and Keana... [Read...
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Ebola health team held captive in Guinea

Officials in Guinea say a team of health workers and journalists who were trying to raise awareness about Ebola may have been kidnapped. The team of six went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. Meanwhile, President Francois Hollande says France is setting up a military hospital... [Read...
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Banks not lending to real sector -CBN

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday berated Deposit Money Bank for not lending to the real sector of the economy. The Governor of the apex bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, while addressing journalists shortly after the two-day meeting of the committee which was held at the headquarters of the CBN,... [Read...
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Oyo gov: Alao-Akala picks PDP nomination form

Former Gov. Adebayo  Alao-Akala of Oyo State and an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday collected the nomination form for the 2015 governorship election. The aspirant, who paid the mandatory N3m fees, collected the form at the party secretariat in Ibadan through his Committee of Friends. Razak Gbadegesin, the aspirant’s former Chief of Staff,... [Read...
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Houthi rebels, militia clash in Yemen

Fighting between Shia rebels and Sunni militias in Yemen has escalated, with clashes on the edge of the capital. Armed rebels, known as Houthis, shelled buildings of the state TV and the main Sunni Islamist party, Islah, in Sanaa. Hundreds of residents have fled their homes and international flights to the city have been suspended.... [Read...
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Ebola: Lagos urges residents not to relax

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, on Thursday said Nigeria has yet to be totally free from the threat posed by Ebola Virus Disease. He explained that since the disease was still ravaging neighbouring West African countries, Nigeria was at risk. Idris said this in Ikeja, Lagos, while receiving some Ebola preventive... [Read...
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Engineer arraigned for alleged rape of female friend

An engineer, Chikezie Okwubie, who allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman, was on Friday charged before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos. The accused, 35, who lives at Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah on Lagos-Epe Expressway, is facing a charge of unlawful carnal knowledge. The prosecutor, Insp. Ignatus Okeke, told the court that the offence was committed on... [Read...
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N1.76trn needed to complete 184 road projects -FG

The Federal Government on Friday said that a total amount of N1.76trn would be required to complete the ongoing 184 road projects in different areas of the six geopolitical zones. The Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, disclosed this while presenting a three year score card of his ministry at the ministerial platform in Abuja. A... [Read...
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GlaxoSmithKline fined $490m by China for bribery

China has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) after a court found it guilty of bribery. The record penalty follows allegations the drug giant paid out bribes to doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted. The court gave GSK’s former head of Chinese operations, Mark Reilly, a suspended three-year prison sentence... [Read...
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Ogun teachers vow not to resume Sept 22

Rising from its state executive meeting on Friday, teachers in Ogun State have have vowed not to resume on Monday September 22, as ordered by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education, unless adequate preventive measures are put in place to forestall the outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Diseases in public schools... [Read...
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UN seeks support for Liberia, others over Ebola

Mrs Jane Giogh, United Nations Children’s Education Fund representative in Nigeria, has appealed to countries with adequate human resources capacity to assist Liberia and Sierra-Leone to fight Ebola disease. Giogh made the call in Port Harcourt on Friday in a chat with newsmen. She said Liberia, Sierra-Leone and Guinea that were being ravaged by the disease... [Read...
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FCT CJ, Adoke seek speedy dispensation of cases

Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ibrahim Bukar, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, on Thursday advocated speedy dispensation of cases in court. They spoke in Abuja at the event marking the commencement of the new legal year of the High Court... [Read...
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Don’t demand for fitness certificate, EEOC tells schools

The Ebola Emergency Operations Centre has warned schools not to ask parents to produce certificates showing that their children are Ebola-free, saying “no such certificates are issued to the general public.” The EEOC implements a comprehensive strategy to contain Ebola and reduce mortality. A statement in Abuja by the Incident Manager of EEOC, Dr. Faisal... [Read...
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Prepare before inflation hits your finances

Businesses and individuals can mitigate the effects of inflation with certain measures, IFE ADEDAPO writes The negative effect inflation can have on financial goals and plans already set by individuals, families and businesses should not be underrated. There have been regular complaints of the inability of people to meet financial obligations due to sudden rise... [Read...
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Afenifere demands devolution of power

The Afenifere Renewal Group has said Nigeria’s disintegration can only be averted if the country emulates the United Kingdom in devolution of power and self-determination, which has made the Scotland referendum possible. In a statement signed by its National Chairman, Olawale Oshun, the group asked for “full devolution of power to the constituent units in... [Read...
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Rivers gets FG’s N200m, defers school resumption

THE Federal Government has approved the release of N200m as monetary assistance to Rivers State Government in the fight against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease. Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, who disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, informed him... [Read...
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Champions League: Guardiola hails Bayern fighting spirit

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola hailed his team’s fighting spirit after their last-gasp UEFA Champions League win over Manchester City, Soccerway reports. The Bavarian giants required a stunning 90th-minute strike from ex-City defender Jerome Boateng to settle the Group E contest in Munich on Wednesday. City started brightly but could not find a way through... [Read...
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Winner of wedding reality show to get N15m

Organisers of the My Big Nigerian Wedding reality show have said that the winners of this year’s edition will get a package worth N15m. The event is coming as part of the Wed Expo 2014, holding in Lagos between October 10 and 12. The organizers note in a statement that after Yemisi Aiyedun and her... [Read...
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Investors spend N2.7bn on equities

Investors exchanged 273.435 million shares worth N2.729bn in 4,188 deals on Thursday as equities continued to fluctuate in value. The market capitalisation of the listed equities, which appreciated by 0.20 per cent or N27bn on Wednesday after falling by 0.30 per cent a day earlier, fell on Thursday by 0.11 per cent. In the same... [Read...
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No political party has plan for education –Obi

A former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has lamented the decay in the education sector, insisting that no political party in the country has a framework for education. The All Progressives Grand Alliance leader said this at the 2014 Founder’s Day Lecture which was held in commemoration of the 105th anniversary of King’s... [Read...
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Recapitalisation: NSE advises operators to consider mergers

Capital market operators have been advised to consider mergers and acquisitions in order to meet the new minimum capital requirement for market operators and to be globally competitive. The Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, gave the advice in Lagos on Thursday at a seminar organised by the Association of Issuing Houses... [Read...
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S’West NANS faults award for Bode George

The National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone D, comprising six states in the South-West, has distanced itself from the Nelson Mandela Iconic Award given to a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Chief Bode George. At an event in Lagos three weeks ago, the Coordinator of NANS, Zone C, Adio Odunjo, who superintends... [Read...
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Still on the possible ban on ponmo

Last week, I wrote about the Federal Government’s impending ban on the consumption of ponmo (cow skin that has been processed for consumers to cook and eat like beef). I also elaborated on the production process and the demerits of consuming ponmo. The questions and comments that I got were overwhelming, funny and remarkable. From... [Read...
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Hollande asks Europe for patience with France

President Francois Hollande pleaded with Germany and other European partners on Thursday to be patient with France and give it more time to reform before it meets EU deficit targets, admitting that results were coming too slowly. Hollande announced at a news conference that Paris would join the United States in air strikes in Iraq... [Read...
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Ukraine leader warns of Russia threat, seeks support

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called for greater political and military support from Washington and tighter sanctions on Russia as he told US lawmakers that Kremlin aggression represented a threat to global security, AFP reports. Speaking to a joint meeting of the US Congress, Poroshenko spoke of the threats posed by proxy wars, terrorism... [Read...
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On the track of drug barons

Seasoned producer, Steve Gukas, speaks on his recent exploits in Nollywood, AKEEM LASISI writes Unlike many producers, Steve Gukas professionally prepared for the Nigeria’s film industry. After getting a diploma in TV Production from the NTA Television College in Jos, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at the University of Jos, the... [Read...
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We’re expecting 5,000 PDP members –APC

A former Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Abubakar Audu, has stated that the All Progressives Congress in the state is prepared to receive over 5,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party that will defect on September 22. Among them are a former acting governor, Chief Clarence Olafemi, and a former Speaker of Kogi State House... [Read...
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‘I want to retire at Milan’

Nigel de Jong says he fully expects to sign a new contract with AC Milan, reiterating that he wants to finish his career at San Siro, Goal reports. The Netherlands international was one of the few shining lights in an otherwise dark 2013-14 campaign for the Rossoneri and was heavily linked with a move to... [Read...
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Israel believes Syria kept significant chemical munitions

Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, Reuters quote a senior Israeli official as saying on Thursday. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians’ surrender of their declared chemical arsenal,... [Read...
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Denna Rossi introduces new fruit drinks

A leading player in the FMCG sub-sector, Denna Rossi Limited, has concluded plans to introduce a variety of fruit drinks into the Nigerian market. A statement by DRL’s Head of Marketing, Mr. Ifeanyi Nihe, said the products were the Ivana fruit juice, Shappe fruit drinks and Clue vitamin water. Other products are said to be... [Read...
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Wenger regrets missing out on Ronaldo, Drogba

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rued missing out on signing Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo earlier in his career, Sportinglife reports. The Gunners boss endured nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup final in May, with Chelsea’s Drogba and Ronaldo of Manchester United contributing to the drought. “I would have loved to... [Read...
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Ebola survivors recall moment of pains, anxiety

For over 30 minutes, journalists waited not knowing exactly what to expect. Would the meeting between Governor Babatunde Fashola and the Ebola Virus Disease survivors still hold? Nothing was certain; even with the presence of some aides of the governor. Discussions shifted from the dreaded epidemic to the reality or otherwise of stigmatisation of those... [Read...
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Providing seamless customer experience, not a favour

In today’s dynamic and changing world of business and customer empowerment, it is not uncommon for customers to choose to contact their service providers through any of their listed channels, whether by email, phone call or via social media. Most companies are quick to jump on the bandwagon and list themselves on the latest social... [Read...
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Arsenal target Yobo

Arsenal are exploring the free transfer market in a desperate attempt to ease their defensive problems, Daily Mail reports. The Gunners’ lack of depth in defence was apparent on Tuesday night when Arsene Wenger was left with just three senior defenders for their 2-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund. The club are looking for a central... [Read...
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Terrorism can’t stop elections in N’East, says Jega

The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Atahiru Jega, has expressed optimism that elections will hold in Nigeria’s troubled North-East in 2015, insisting that even in troubled countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, elections were being held. Jega said this while responding to questions from members of the Senator Andy Uba-led Senate Committee... [Read...
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British journalist purportedly shown in IS propaganda video

Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal “facts” about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media, Reuters reports. The Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already beheaded two... [Read...
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Nigeria drops in FIFA rankings

NIGERIA has   dropped by four spots in the FIFA World Rankings and is now 37th as a result of its unimpressive performance in its two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. According to the September rankings released on Thursday on FIFA’s website, Nigeria now has 642 points as against 673 points it garnered in the August... [Read...
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Van Gaal’ll turn Rooney into a terror – Rio

Louis van Gaal will get Wayne Rooney back to his best and terrorising defenders again, according to former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, ESPN reports. Ferdinand, 35, has seen both sides of the talented Manchester United striker: the angry young man and the calmer but less influential elder statesmen in the squad, and is optimistic he is... [Read...
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Manipal to support manufacturers with printing press

To provide support to the manufacturing companies in the country, Manipal International Press Limited, an India-based company, has inaugurated its printing factory in Nigeria. According to the company, the huge and ready business environment in Africa for label printing has presented an opportunity for it to expand its business operations to Nigeria. At the inauguration... [Read...
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IMF warns of risks from financial market bets

The global economy faces a growing risk from big financial market bets that could quickly unravel if investors get spooked by geopolitical tensions or a shift in United States interest rate policy, the International Monetary Fund has said. Reuters reported that the IMF, the world’s premier watchdog for financial and economic stability, said in a... [Read...
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Eagles’ll qualify for Morocco 2015 —Echiejile

Elderson Echiejile has backed the Super Eagles to bounce back from their poor form against Congo and South Africa in the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. “I think we have a good chance to qualify. It is just two games and we have four more games to play. We just have to concentrate... [Read...
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Ahmed Musa laments Roma humiliation

Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa says the early goals conceded by his Russian club CSKA Moscow led to the side’s 5-1 thrashing they suffered at AS Roma in a UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday, africanfootball.com reports. CSKA conceded four quick goals – in the sixth, 10th, 20th and 31st minutes with Musa scored the... [Read...
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Google is a platform for piracy – NewsCorp

The chief executive of NewsCorp has written to the European Commission calling for a tougher approach to search giant Google. In the strongly worded letter, Robert Thomson says “the shining vision of Google’s founders has been replaced by a cynical management”. It calls Google a “platform for piracy” whose power “increases with each passing day”.... [Read...
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LCCI raises concern over activities of Lagos councils

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has expressed concerns over the multiple and arbitrary levies charged by local government councils in Lagos State. The LCCI President, Alhaji Remi Bello, at a corporate assembly with the governor of the state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said the businesses community in the state was concerned about the manner... [Read...
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NSIA to explore growth at Dubai business forum

The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority will join a number of global business and government leaders to examine investment and growth opportunities within Africa and the Middle East at the second Africa Global Business Forum holding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates The Chief Executive Officer, NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji, has been scheduled to speak alongside other... [Read...
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FIFA orders officials to return gifts

FIFA executive committee members are among more than 50 football officials who have been ordered to return luxury watches worth more than £16,000, Skysports reports. The Swiss-made Parmigiani watches were included in 65 gift bags handed out by the Brazilian football federation at the pre-World Cup Congress to 28 FIFA executive committee members and a... [Read...
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Barcelona were lucky – APOEL coach

APOEL manager Giorgos Donis praised his side’s performance in their 1-0 Champions League opening loss to Barcelona on Wednesday evening at the Camp Nou and stressed that they should’ve come away with at least a point, Inside Spanish Football reports. In his post-match interview via UEFA, Donis praised his side’s defensive performance, but while he... [Read...
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Ondo APC sets up committee to reconcile factions

In its bid to be effective in the coming general elections, the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has constituted a 23-member reconciliation committee to resolve all differences among members of the party. Factions emerged within the party following the loss of the last governorship election in the state in 2012 and the state convention.... [Read...
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ECB bank-funding programme sees low take-up

A European Central Bank measure designed to stimulate the flagging eurozone economy has seen a low initial take-up by banks. The cheap loans for European banks have been designed to encourage lending to business. But out of total loans of €400bn (£315bn) available on Thursday, only €82.6bn was taken up by 255 banks. However, banks... [Read...
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CBN seeks increased access to finance for women

The Central Bank of Nigeria has urged banks to develop platforms for products and services that will ultimately increase women’s access to finance. The Deputy Governor, Economic Policy, CBN, Dr. Sarah Alade, stated this at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria’s 2nd annual seminar on ‘Gender economic inclusion in the Nigerian financial services industry.’... [Read...
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Aluko makes Hull vow

Hull striker Sone Aluko is determined to force his way back into the team after being overlooked this season, BBC Sport reports. The 25-year-old Nigerian has not started any of the club’s four Premier League matches, having been pushed out by the Tigers’ new signings. “Competition for places is very good. It’s healthy so I’m... [Read...
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City’ll recover from defeat – Fernandinho

Midfielder Fernandinho is convinced Manchester City can be competitive in the Champions League despite their opening loss at Bayern Munich, PA Sport reports. Fernandinho believes City can take much from their performance at the Allianz Arena, which ended in an agonising 1-0 defeat after a last-minute goal. Former City defender Jerome Boateng struck a deflected... [Read...
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PSG must be more clinical – Ibramhimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says PSG must be more clinical if they want to progress in the UEFA Champions League, Soccerway reports. The Sweden striker was not happy with PSG’s 1-1 draw against Ajax on Wednesday, as the Ligue 1 champions were left to rue a host of missed opportunities. Laurent Blanc’s side had 14 attempts at... [Read...
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Lucky Fibre introduces new range of products

In a bid to expand its products range, Lucky Fibres, makers of Nobel carpets and rugs said it had introduced a new range of centre rugs known as AAFREEN into the market. The company, in a statement, said the new product would be available in September at an affordable price. The General Manager, Lucky Fibres,... [Read...
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Frauds reduce FDI, growth —Wigwe

The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, says the financial sector is losing a huge chunk of its revenue to frauds. He also said frauds and anti-money laundering activities had reduced the amount of Foreign Direct Investment coming into the country. Wigwe spoke at a stakeholders’ forum marking the bank’s... [Read...
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FG to raise N100bn from bonds, yields mixed

The Central Bank of Nigeria sold N100bn worth of bonds at higher yields for three- and 10-year paper while it was able to offer lower yields on 20-year benchmark debt. The Debt Management Office on Thursday said it sold N15bn of three-year debt at 11.49 per cent, 37 basis points higher than 11.12 per cent... [Read...
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US Fed offers no hint on rate rise

The US Federal Reserve has reiterated that it will raise interest rates once a “considerable time” has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October. The announcement came at the end of a two-day meeting of the central bank’s policy committee in Washington DC. In a press conference, Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen disappointed some when... [Read...
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Private depots deplete fuel stock as strike continues

A fresh round of fuel scarcity is looming in the country as private depots from which marketers are currently loading petroleum products may soon exhaust their stock if the ongoing strike by oil workers in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation persists. The strike by the NNPC branches of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural... [Read...
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Redknapp insists on Crouch

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he would welcome the opportunity to work with Peter Crouch for a fourth time, Teamtalk reports. The pair have previously taken in spells together at Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. Redknapp has been able to bring the best out of the much-travelled frontman, with a vastly-experienced... [Read...
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Amosun gives N559m to cooperatives, SMEs

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has said his administration disbursed N559m to over 107 cooperative societies and small and medium scale enterprises in the state. This gesture, he said, was to reduce poverty. He said this during the one-day Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises awareness seminar organised by the state’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry... [Read...
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Heartland star proud of Kaduna win

Heartland midfielder, Julius Ubido, has praised his side’s performance in their 2-0 defeat of Kaduna United in their Premier League game in Owerri on Wednesday. John Nnam scored the match opener in the 10th minute while forward, Osas Okoro grabbed the second in the 20th minute to hand his side the three points. “We were... [Read...
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Irish economy sees strong growth

The Republic of Ireland’s economy grew 1.5 per cent in the second quarter of the year, figures show, and was up 7.7 per cent on the April-to-June period in 2013. The official data prompted the government to upgrade growth forecasts for the second time in a week and to promise no new austerity measures. Last... [Read...
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Eaglets captain promises victory

Golden Eaglets captain Kelechi Nwakali has promised that Nigeria will qualify for the 2015 African Junior Championship, despite their 2-1 defeat to Gabon in the final qualifying match recently. “We are going to show Gabon that Nigeria are world champions and not ‘Ebola Nigeria’ as they called us in Libreville,” Nwakali was quoted by africanfootball.com... [Read...
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UK retail sales boosted by vacuum cleaner sales

UK retail sales rose by 0.4 per cent during August, helped by shoppers looking to snap up high-powered vacuum cleaners ahead of an EU ban on the products. The Office for National Statistics also said sales were up 3.9 per cent compared with the same month last year. The British Broadcasting Corporation reported that demand... [Read...
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I’ll still represent Britain –Murray

British No.1 Andy Murray says he will still represent Great Britain in the 2015 Davis Cup regardless of which way the vote swings in the Scottish Referendum, ESPN reports. Murray told the Daily Mail he would continue to represent Team GB after they were handed a first round home draw against the United States, which... [Read...
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Ebola: Sierra Leone begins three-day lockdown

A three-day curfew is under way in Sierra Leone to let health workers find and isolate cases of Ebola, in order to halt the spread of the disease. Many people have been reluctant to seek medical treatment for Ebola, fearing that diagnosis might mean death as there is no proven cure. A team of 30,000... [Read...
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Abdul Bary pleads guilty in US embassy bombings

An Egyptian man accused of helping to plan the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has pleaded guilty in federal court in New York. But a judge has not yet accepted a plea deal for Adel Abdul Bary, 54, that would see him serve 25 years in prison. He was charged with... [Read...
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Extrajoss Football Championship kicks off Monday

The third edition of the Extrajoss Football Championship will kick off on Monday in the five divisions of Lagos State. According to the Country Manager, Kalbe International, the event sponsors, Didik Novandi, the company would continue to improve the standard of the competition yearly. He said, “We believe that sport is an avenue to build... [Read...
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Sarkozy announces return to French politics

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to politics. On his Facebook page, he said he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP party, widely seen as a first step towards a presidential bid in 2017. “I am a candidate to be president of my political family,” Mr Sarkozy wrote. The statement... [Read...
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NNPC unions, PENGASSAN, NUPENG shelve planned strike

The labour unions in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Friday resolved to suspend their planned strike, which would have paralysed the whole country if the planned industrial action takes off. NAN reports that the planned strike has been... [Read...
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FG bails out private power firms with N213bn

The Federal Government said on Friday that it had approved N213bn facility to rescue private electricity companies. Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, said this while speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. She briefed journalists on ‘Electricity market stabilisation facility and the bankability of the power sector’. “The CBN, in... [Read...
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FG not doing enough to prevent anarchy -Catholic bishops

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has said the Federal Government has not done enough to stop the rising insecurity and the unending killings in the country. The Bishops, which issued a statement during their Second Annual Plenary in Warri, Delta State, said the meeting has daily been inundated with “first-hand and horrifying reports reaching... [Read...
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German Muslims rally against extremism

Muslims across Germany held a day of prayer and rallies Friday to condemn both Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques. Some 2,000 mosques joined the event “Muslims against hatred and injustice” organised by Germany’s four main Islamic groups, together with government ministers, lawmakers, Christian and Jewish... [Read...
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Flood sacks over 200 residents in llorin

Over 200 families have been rendered homeless at the early hours of Friday, following flood that wreaked havoc at the Aduralere area of Ilorin. The flood was a result of a torrential rain which lasted for many hours. The Special Adviser to Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed on Emergency and Relief, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Ibrahim, who disclosed the... [Read...
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Unity schools begin indefinite strike on Monday

Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has directed its members in 104 Federal Unity Colleges throughout the country to commence an indefinite strike with effect from Monday next week over non-payment of arrears and entitlements estimated at N1.8bn. A statement on Friday in Abuja by the Secretary-General of ASCSN, Mr. Alade Lawal, said its... [Read...
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NAF graduates 36 pioneer commercial helicopter pilots

The first set of 36 commercial helicopter pilots trained in the country graduated from the Nigerian Air Force International Helicopter Flying School in Enugu State on Friday. Vice President Namadi Sambo said at the graduation that the pioneer helicopter pilots ever trained in the country would help to ensure safety, security and development of the... [Read...
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Synagogue members prevented rescue efforts, death toll to rise

Followers of a controversial preacher and televangelist prevented rescue workers from getting to victims of a collapsed building in Lagos last week, in an accident that claimed the lives of at least 84 people, according to a Nigerian official. Nigerian Emergency Management Agency said Friday that lives were lost as a result of church officials... [Read...
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Lagos clears last Ebola suspect

The Lagos State Government on Friday said the last suspected case of the Ebola Virus Disease in the state had been cleared having tested negative after surveillance. Gov. Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while giving an update on the virus at the Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa, where he observed Jumat Prayers. The governor said the development... [Read...
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Ebola: FG postpones workshop for school resumption

The Federal Government may have postponed a workshop on the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease designed to train teachers of Federal Government-owned secondary schools before the September 22, 2014 resumption date for schools. The Ebola training programme designed to train two teachers in each of the Federal Government schools was initially scheduled to commence from September... [Read...
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